Can I Make up Prayers by Praying Voluntary Prayers?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum,

Is it true that the only way to make up missed obligatory prayers is by offering voluntary prayers?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

What you have been told is incorrect. Missed prayers must be specifically made up, namely, by intending that you are making up the last missed Fajr prayer you owe, for instance. [see: What is the Proper Intention for Makeup Prayers?]

Please see: A Reader on Missed Prayers

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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