Does One Have to Give a Sacrifice if One Slept After Asr or Maghrib?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


In one of our town’s khutbas, a respected Imam mentioned a hadith suggesting the offering of sacrifice to Allah after waking up after sleeping at the wrong time (i.e., after Asr and Maghrib). Despite my efforts, I haven’t been able to find this specific hadith. Could you provide evidence regarding the obligation or recommendation for giving sacrifice after waking up during such times? Jazak Allah Khair.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

I have tried to search for a hadith about this and have not been able to find anything. I would like you to ask your Imam and clarify what he meant about giving a sacrifice and the hadith related to it. The established position of the Hanafi school is that it is not disliked to sleep after Asr. See the link below.

Precious Time of Post Fajr and Asr

The post-Fajr and Asr times are precious times. The Quran and hadith point towards this.

Allah Most High said, “O you who have brought Iman, remember Allah in abundance and glorify him in the morning and the evening” [Quran, 33, 41-42]

There are numerous narrations that discuss the virtue of engaging in remembrance (dhikr) after Fajr and after ‘Asr. Imam Mundhiri (Allah have mercy on him) has dedicated a chapter in his Targhib Wal-Tarhib on this topic.

Sakhr al-Ghamidi (Allah be pleased with him), who said: “The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: ‘O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.’ Whenever he sent out troops or an army, he would send them at the beginning of the day.” Sakhr was a trader, and he used to send out his caravans at the beginning of the day; he did well as a result and made money.

[Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Maja]

Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “It is more beloved to me that I remain seated with people remembering Allah after Fajr prayer until sunrise than emancipating four slaves from the children of Isma‘il, and that I sit with the people who remember Allah after ‘Asr prayer until sunset is dearer to me than freeing four [slaves].” [Abu Dawud]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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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.