I want to ask , for the last couple of weeks i have been doing all of my five time prayers.i thirty years old and not prayed before regretfully , i would like to know how to make up for this , i have heard about Qadha , but not sure about it , please if you could give me information about all this ,, i would be very grateful as i badly want to the all the things that re necessary for us to do , i never knew all about this , even the ways to pray i have got to study it from websites .please give me an answer and also i would like to know about all the ramadhan fasts that i have missed .i also want ask ALLAH SWT forgeivness for all the sins i have committed before
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Alhamdulillah, it is encouraging to note that you are performing your five daily salat and wish to make up for your previous missed salats. This is tawfeeq from Allah Taala which is a great bounty upon you. May Allah Taala keep you steadfast and grant you the strength and ability to continue with His worship till death, Aameen.
In the material world, when one expects to earn something, he works tirelessly towards that. He does not give up in spite of his many failures. As believers, we believe in the eternal life after death and Jannah. Allah has promised great rewards for His obedient slaves. Allah also warned of His severe punishments in Jahannam.
A believer should always focus in his success in the eternal life and strive towards that. When one focuses on the pleasure of Allah, no task is difficult. When one expects millions of dollars in this world, it is not difficult for him to sacrifice his sleep, comfort and luxuries. Ponder upon the infinite bounties of Allah in the hereafter. It will be easy to sacrifice our luxuries and comforts for eternal success and prosperity.
At the background of the above, you should have the courage to make up for your previous years of missed fardh salats from the time you became baligh (physically matured). That is generally around the age of fifteen. Therefore, you will have to make up for approximately fifteen years of farz and witr salats. An easy way of doing that is perform at least one missed fardh salat with each of the present fardh salat and witr salat. Inshallah, in fifteen years time, you would cover up all your missed salats. If you have more time, you could increase performing your missed salats. If you die while making up for your past, Inshallah, Allah will forgive you. You should also make wasiyyat (bequest) to pay fidya for each missed farz and witr salat if you did not make qaza. The amount payable for each missed farz and witr salat is the amount of sadaqatul-Fitr. You cannot deliberately leave out the Qadha Salaat and chose to pay fidya instead. Fidya is only if by chance you were unable to make Qadha as in a life and death situation.
And Allah knows best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah