Not waking up for fajr Salaah

Q: It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: A woman came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when we were with him and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, my husband Safwaan ibn al-Mu’attal does not pray Fajr until the sun has risen.” Safwaan was with him, so he asked him about what she had said, and he said: “O Messenger of Allaah, we are a family who are known not to wake up until the sun has risen.” He said: “When you wake up, then pray.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2459; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 7/65. 

I can’t pray fajr salah because I have sleep problems.  I don’t fall asleep easily and if I wake up for fajr I can’t fall asleep again so can I pray fajr at zuhr time, would it be valid and am I a kafir if I don’t pray fajr on time. Above hadith it says our prophet allowed a man to pray fajr after sunrise.


A: You do not fall within the purview of this hadeeth. The commentators explain the hadeeth that he performed his Fajr on time, but with some delay i.e. just before the sun can rise.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)