Not performing Salaah due to laziness

Q: Zeid doesn’t pray salaat regularly because of laziness. He has been told by a Hanafi maulana that this is not kufr (however it is fisq). But, there is an opinion related from Imam Ahmad that leaving salat because of laziness is kufr. If Imam Ahmad’s opinion turns out to be the correct one, what will happen to Zeid? Will he be a kafir who is forever destined for hell, or will he be excused since he is a Hanafi and acted according to the information given to him by Hanafi ulema?


A: When there is a difference of opinion then categorically one cannot say that this alone is the right.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)