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When Should I Pray the Zuhr Prayer If I Have Delayed It up to the Disliked Time of the Asr Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

If one missed Zuhr and delayed Asr to its disliked time for whatever reason, should one still perform the Zuhr prayer before the Asr prayer?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, if you have missed a prayer, yet at the same time, delayed praying `Asr until the disliked time, then you would pray the day’s `Asr prayer only.

This is because: (1) makeup prayers (such as Zuhr, in this case) aren’t valid during sunset, and (2) the order (tartib) is excused when sunset begins, until Maghrib time.

If you had delayed the prayers, however, until only enough time remained before sunset to pray either Zuhr or `Asr, then you would pray Zuhr, and thereafter, `Asr during sunset.

In any case, the person would be sinful for such a delay without a valid and legally acceptable excuse.

[Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar (1.488)/Minhat al-Khaliq (2.89)]

Please also see: A Reader on Missed Prayers

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

Is My Zuhr Prayer Valid Despite Praying It After the Early Asr Time?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Sometimes I pray my Zuhr prayer after the exiting of the Shafi’i time of the Zuhr prayer but before its exiting according to the Hanafi school.

Is my Zuhr prayer valid?

Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah,

Yes, your prayers would be deemed valid because such a time is considered to be from Zuhr. Yet what is normally praiseworthy is to pray Zuhr before the early ‘Asr time, and ‘Asr after the later time, to avoid the differences of opinion on the matter.

Please also see: Praying Dhuhr After Shafi’i Dhuhr Ends But Before Hanafi Asr Time Begins

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam was born and raised in Ipswich, England, a quiet town close to the east coast of England. His journey for seeking sacred knowledge began when he privately memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown at the age of 16. He also had his first experience in leading the tarawih (nightly-Ramadan) prayers at his local mosque. Year after year he would continue this unique return to reciting the entire Quran in one blessed month both in his homeland, the UK, and also in the blessed lands of Shaam, where he now lives, studies and teaches.