Have I Committed Kufr Because I Was Playing and Missed My Prayer? What if Someone Recites Durud During Tashahud’s First Sitting?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I had football trials and went to them; the problem was that I couldn’t pray with the timings provided, so I made wudu at home and planned to pray near the football area; however, I lost my wudu while playing; have I committed kufr?

Is motivation gained through music also haram? Can we still use that drive?

Also, what if someone continues Durud Sharif in the first sitting of the three/four-cycle prayer? Should I finish it and then make a Prostration of forgetfulness, or should I get up as soon as I identify it?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well.

No, you have not committed disbelief (kufr). Just repent and seek forgiveness for not being able to perform the prayers within the time. Do not worry much, as you did prepare but lost wudu. Allah (Most High) knows your intention; prepare well for next time.

It will be wrong and sinful of you to seek motivation through music. There are many alternatives, like speeches, nasheeds, naats, qasidas, etc., that you can seek motivation while doing your work and studying.


If one starts to read durud in a lone three/four-cycle prayer, he will stand up straight away and make sajda al-sahw (forgetfulness prostration) if he remains seated for the length of time to say (اللهم صل على محمد) or reached (محمد) in it. If he did not reach (محمد), then there is no sajda al-sahw (forgetfulness prostration) but stand up straight away.

If a person performs his prayer in the congregation and starts the durud, then there is no sajda al-sahw (forgetfulness prostration). [Ibn ’Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

I pray this helps with your question.
[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 the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught 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 interest is a love of books and gardening.