Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam ‘aleykum
Do I have to make up a voluntary prayer after losing my wudu while trying to perform it the first time? Can I delay it?
Yes, if you invalidate a voluntary prayer, it needs to be made up. [Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
This is because you made it binding upon yourself to pray a complete prayer by beginning it, and because Allah Most High said “Do not let your deeds go to waste.” [47.33]
But this prayer does not need to be made up immediately, even though that would be superior.
Please also see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)
And Allah knows best.
في ردّ المحتار لابن عابدين: (قوله ولزم نفل إلخ) أي لزم المضي فيه، حتى إذا أفسده لزم قضاؤه أي قضاء ركعتين، وإن نوى أكثر على ما يأتي اه
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