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What do I do if I cannot pray at work?

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Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed
Translated by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher

Someone applied for about 60 jobs before finally getting a job. Among the reasons that caused this hardship was that he recently came out of prison and his academic qualifications are sparse. His job, however, does not presently permit him to pray fajr even though he has argued with the administration about it extensively. He now fears that if he breaches this subject with them another time, they will fire him. What should this brother do, given the fact that he needs the money from this job?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

He has no excuse to not pray on time. Rather, he should select a suitable time and place and pray the prayer in its time by, for example, taking permission for a short time to buy something or go to the bathroom. If he is unable to do even this, then he has no option but to leave the job for the sake of Allah, and through the blessing (barakah) of his guarding his prayer, Allah will facilitate for him what is more beneficial than the provender [h: he is currently earning]. Whoever prefers Allah, Allah prefers him.

Amjad Rasheed

Amman, Jordan

(Translated by Hamza Karamali)

السؤال : رجلٌ قدم على ستين وظيفة تقريباً قبل أن يحصل على عمل ، ومن الأسباب التي أدت إلى هذه الصعوبة أنه خرج من السجن قريباً وأن مؤهلاته الدراسية بسيطة ، لكن وظيفته لا تسمح له أن يصلي الفجر حاضراً مع أنه ناقش أصحاب العمل في هذا الموضوع كثيراً ، وهو الآن يخاف أنه إذا فتح هذا الموضوع معهم مرةً أخرى فإنهم سيرفدوه ، فماذا يفعل ذاك الأخُ علماً بأنه يحتاج إلى راتبه من تلك الوظيفة ؟

الجواب : لا رخصةَ له في ترك الصلاة في الوقت ، لكن ليتخير الوقتَ والمكانَ المناسبين فيصلي الصلاة في وقتها ، كأن يستأذن قليلاً لشراء شيء أو قضاء حاجة . فإن ضاق الأمر عليه فلا سبيل له إلا ترك العمل لأجل الله ، وببركة محافظته على صلاته سييسر الله تعالى له ما هو أنفع من الرزق إن شاء الله ، فمن آثر الله آثره الله .

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