Leaving the Wajib (Necessary) When Prayer Time is About to Exit

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: If I was in a bit of a hurry to complete a fard prayer before the forbidden time (for example completing fajr before sunrise), is it acceptable for me to only recite the Fatiha in the two rakahs and to bypass reciting any of the short surahs?


Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

Yes, it would be permitted to leave recitation beyond the fatiha if one genuinely feared the exiting of Fajr time. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

It is obligatory (fard) to complete the prayer within the time. Therefore, one would leave as many necessary (wajib) actions as needed to fulfill one’s obligation of completing the prayer on time.

It would, however, be recommended to repeat this prayer.

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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