What Should I do If I Forget During the Prayer?

Question: What Should I do If I Forget During the Prostration of Forgetfulness? I’ve been repeating prayers like this constantly and am starting to hate myself but I’m worried if Allah will question me for not repeating my prayer. What should I do?

Answer:

I pray you are well.

Mistakes In the Sujud al Sahw Are Overlooked

If you have made a mistake in the prayer and are performing a forgetfulness prostration to compensate for it, then just complete the two sajdas and end your prayer. If you’re not sure if you’ve done one or two, do another and end your payer.

Mistakes in the forgetfulness prostration are overlooked, and they do not require another forgetfulness prostration, nor a repetition of the prayer (Shurunulali, Maraqi al Falah, Tahtawi, Hashiya Maraqi al Falah).

Learn How to Pray and Fix Mistakes

Please take one of the free courses on the prayer that we offer. That way you’ll learn how to identify mistakes and rectify them. As a general rule, if things in your practice of Islam seem to be getting too difficult you should consult a teacher.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Indeed, [the practice of] the religion is ease itself” (Bukhari).  So if something seems difficult you may be doing it wrong. You don’t need to make up the prayers. Focus on thanking Allah for this ease that He has placed in the din.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.