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    Asalaamu Alaykum


    Sometimes I have class or work during the time of a prayer so I miss it. I always make them up but am afraid I miss too many prayers each day. Likely 3 prayers!

    Does it take me out of Islam by missing prayers even if I make them up?
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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

    Asalamu Alaikum,

    If you mean salah at masjid in congregation (gamaah) then its ok to pray alone if you were busy and couldn't free yourself at the time of gamaah.
    If you mean that you miss the time limit for the prayer until the next prayer comes, then try to spare 5 minutes and find a free room to pray in or even just in the corner of any room, you can pray anywhere, on grass, on the beach (pebbles or sand) just anywhere where there is no najasa (uncleanliness such as animal excretion) and it is preferred to pray somewhere dry to avoid any doubt of najasa.
    One of the advantages of islam, is that you can pray almost anywhere so long as where you pray is clean and it is easier for men as they don't have to pray in a hidden place like women.

    I remember days when I was at University when I could spare 5 minutes in between lectures to pray Asr prayer, as the lectures end at Maghrib prayer. I used to find an empty hall where I would pray with my friends as the masjid was too far to reach before the next lecture started. We would put a jacket or our notebooks to pray on as the hall wasn't carpeted.

    Between each prayer and the one after it are several hours and each prayer must be performed within its time limit or else it would be Qadaa. You musn't leave prayers and pray them as Qadaa on purpose; Qadaa prayers can be only if you miss a prayer without meaning to e.g.
    - you slept and didn't hear the alarm clock
    - someone is threatening your life
    - you're unconscious

    The importance of prayer reaches a degree that:
    - if you can't find water for ablution, you perform Tayamum (involves hitting your hands on dust e.g rock or sand or even pillow twice once wiping you hands and then wiping your face).
    - If you can't pray standing, due to illness, you pray sitting if you can't then lying down even to the point that if someone can't move (paralyzed) they can pray by moving their eyes.

    Peace

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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

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    Asalaamu Alaykum


    Sometimes I have class or work during the time of a prayer so I miss it. I always make them up but am afraid I miss too many prayers each day. Likely 3 prayers!

    Does it take me out of Islam by missing prayers even if I make them up?
    Asalaamu Alaikum brother it is very easy to pray at work or in class. When people are at work then why do they go to the toilet? Because they have to right? Sameway we HAVE to pray salaah no matter where we are there are no excuses to miss it at all. No workplace or educational institution will ever stop you from praying but most of the time you never even have to tell them anything because it does not take long at all.

    When people go to the toilet at work or at school then they usually take 5 minutes or longer. So instead of going to the toilet then you can go and pray which will take you even less time than a person who goes to the toilet. Simple. It is not rocket science but it is shaythan who gives us a million and one excuses in our minds until he convinces us to miss them and pray kazaa at home instead. This is not right and we must ALWAYS ensure we pray oru Salaah no matter where we are. We must not become convenience Muslims who only pray when it suits us best.

    You can pray literally anywhere apart from the toilet. Just find any empty room, corner, on the side or corner of a corrider, stair case anywhere. It will literally take you a couple of minutes to find a suitable space to pray and then just pray. If you need a long term room to pray in then tell staff and they will point you towards one or if not then pray wherever you can as long as it is not in the toilet or where there is visible impurities. Take with you to work and school an empty bottle which you can use for Isthinja. If you ever need to use the toilet then simply wet some tissue and clean the toilet seat and it is purified. Water is the best purifier.

    Practising Islam is so easy but we make it hard for ourselves. All it requires is a little effort so put in the effort and you will taste the fruits of your efforts inshallah.

    And Allah knows best in all matters
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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

    It's not easy doing salah in a work place especially if their is no space for you to pray privately I'd rather do it at home. since my country is Predominantly catholic i seldom see any muslim that works in call centers and pray privately and it would be considered out of the norm not that i am ashamed of my faith.

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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

    I know who you feel salapuddin i also come from a predominantly catholic country, here it would even seem weird if a catholic said "i have to leave early to go to church", alhamdullillah i found a room in university which is usually empty, if you can ask at work for a room etc. it is also a way to do dawah

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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

    Quote Originally Posted by salapuddin35 View Post
    It's not easy doing salah in a work place especially if their is no space for you to pray privately I'd rather do it at home. since my country is Predominantly catholic i seldom see any muslim that works in call centers and pray privately and it would be considered out of the norm not that i am ashamed of my faith.
    Asalaamu Alaikum, i am from the UK which is also a Christian country and in the many organisations iv'e worked for iv'e never needed a room to pray in. One should ask the management if there is a room allocated to prayer. If there is not then ask for a empty room. If they still say there is not then one should just walk around the building and i guarantee one would ALWAYS find a suitable place to pray. It is all about making the effort. Who is going to physically stop us from praying at work? No one!

    Praying Salaah at work is in fact a wonderful form of dawah as others will see you pray and will enquire from you or seeing you pray may even give them an inclination to look into Islam further. Whenever i did Wudhu in the toilet at work or Uni then there were many non Muslims who came in and i told them that i was doing ablution for prayer in case they are wondering what i was doing.

    It is not difficult to pray at work at all but we make it difficult for ourselves. We can pray ANYWHERE apart from the toilet and where there is visible impurities. Surely it is shaythan who gives us such lame excuses not to pray. No matter where we are there is always a way we can pray but it just requires some effort on our behalf.

    There is no excuse for praying Qadha after work because there is sufficient time and space at work in order to pray all of the Salaah. If there is no room allocated to prayer than there will always be a room empty. If there is no room empty then there is always a corridor, staircase or any place where there is sufficient space in order for one to make Sajda properly.

    So let us not be a "Convenience Muslim" who only prays when it is convenient for them and when it is not then they do not even bother praying. But let us be of those Muslims that when prayer time comes we strive to pray no matter where we are and what we are doing. So let us make the FULL effort for the pleasure of Allah and do not forget who gives us the jobs we have and the food we eat and the very life we lead. So let us pray to the one that is worthy of all worship.

    And Allah knows best in all matters
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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

    Namaz is said to be principal need in Islam. We should stop each work at the time of namaz. Offering namaz five times each day purifies our spirit and body. The positions which we do while performing Namaz has mending powers. Researchers has proven that when we do Sajood the rays originating from the beginning our body and it is the best time when our body circulates blood at its peak which results extraordinary effect on our body, soul and on to our skin.

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    Re: Missing prayers due to work

    We should stop each work at the time of namaz. Offering namaz five times each day purifies our spirit and body.
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