Prayers during injuries

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com
My mother met a serious accident on the evening of 4th August, 2015. She offered Zuhr prayer before injury – head injury. Up to Asr-Maghrib she had been in semi-conscious state but could not offer prayers. Afterwards, she became unconscious. Even after surgery she could not regain consciousness. This state continued till the morning of 28th November, 2015 when she breathed her last. What the Shariah says for her during the time she was unconscious. Secondly, she had a very strong will to perform Hajj. I am not sure whether financially she was in a position where Hajj could have become fardh. Now she is no more with us, can anybody perform Hajj-e-Badal for her. Thirdly, what should we do to rest her soul in peace. She herself was very punctual for prayers. This hospital period was the only days where the prayers were missed that too when she was not in conscious state. Your response will serve a lot for us.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 603/659/H=07/1437)

(1) If she could not offer Asar and Maghrib in the state of semi-consciousness, it is better to pay fidyah of these two salahs on her behalf. And no fidyah etc is wajib for the salah of the period during which she remained unconscious for months.

(2) You may do Hajj-e-Badal on her behalf or send such a person on her behalf who has already done his Hajj, and is pious and God-fearing person and is able to execute all the rituals of Hajj on behalf of your mother completely, then it shall be better.

(3) Do visit the grave of your mother occasionally and supplicate for her forgiveness and also for her high ranks. Recite the Holy Quran, durood and offer nafl salah and do isal-e-sawab for her. Also send the reward to your mother by helping the poor, needy ones and by donating money to madrasa, mosque and religious affairs as per your capacity. Offer your salah with jamah, hold fast taqwa and piety. Pay the rights of others. In-shaAllah, your mother shall receive the pleasure of hereafter if you do these practices and her ranks shall be elevated.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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