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Ruling on Leaving an Obligatory Act of Worship after Starting Observing It


Assalamu alaikum. Dear sheikh, if I remember I have not prayed rakatayl fajr while I have started praying subhi holding in mind that I'm praying alone and not behind the Imam and still in the first rak'ah, can I cut off the prayer and observe rakatayl fajr or should I continue and observe it afterwards?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

You are not allowed to leave the obligatory Salah of Al-Fajr for the sake of observing the two recommended units before it. That is because when a person starts observing an obligatory prayer, he has to finish it. On that, the Kuwaiti Fiqh Encyclopedia states, “Scholars unanimously agree that it is impermissible to leave an obligatory act of worship after starting observing it for no valid legal excuse since doing so contradicts the sacredness of worship. Besides, we are prohibited from invalidating our worship. Allah, the Almighty, said, {… and do not invalidate your deeds.} [The Quran, 47:33]

Besides, you can make up these two recommended units after observing the obligatory prayer or even after sunrise – a ruling based on the Hadith of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )Whoever did not pray the two Rak'ah (before) Fajr then let him pray them after the sun has risen.

Allah knows best.

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