Does One Become a Disbeliever if He Misses Fajr and Will the Fast of the Day Remain Valid?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


On the second day of Ramadan, I missed fajr because I was tired and lazy, so even though I was awake, I stayed in bed until fajr almost ended. According to most websites that show when the time for Fajr ends where I missed fajr, as in I prayed fajr after the time for it had already ended.

So I thought I was kafir now, so I said, “Ashhadu ala ilaha illallah wa ash hadu anna muhammadan rasulullah” to become Muslim again. I then did wudu again and prayed Fajr again, and after some time, I thought I said the wrong shahada, so I started repeating the shahada; I said the shahada probably over 40 times that day. I’m thinking, am I still a kafir, and are my prayers and fasting valid?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

One does not become disbeliever (kafir), missing Fajr due to laziness. One’s prayers and fasting thereafter will be valid, and there is no factor or reason for them to be invalid. Missing one prayer is a single act and will not affect the prayers and fasting that will be carried out after.

Your regret and saying of the testification (shahada) and remembrances is a pure sign of your sincere faith (iman) and love in Allah’s commands and the Prophet’s (Allah bless him and give him peace) teachings.

Repent and seek forgiveness and find ways to wake up on time.

Please read Does Neglecting the Prayer Entail Disbelief? – SeekersGuidance

Allah Most High reward you for your sincere efforts in his religion, keep you upright, and increase you in knowledge and action, Amin.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.