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  • Salah Obligation And Noncompliance Because Of Worldly Responsibilities

    Posted by Najia Nazir on July 13, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    There’s one conundrum :

    For the five obligatory prayers of the day, if they are *Fardh*, then leaving any of them should bring repercussions in this world and /or the Aakhirah (this is my traditional knowledge).

    In our physical world’s space, there are necessary conditions, duties and responsibilities that bind us with our respective affiliations. The same appears to be the case with those acts that are considered to be *obligatory*

    However, in one of his talks, what Javed Ahmed Ghamidi said, made me question the paradigm of the relationship between obligation and noncompliance.

    For reference, 👇

    Sana replied 1 year, 5 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Salah Obligation And Noncompliance Because Of Worldly Responsibilities

    Sana updated 1 year, 5 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • Umer

    Moderator July 14, 2020 at 4:07 am

    This would’ve been a conundrum if God has obligated on us to pray on specified time at all costs, irrespective of the circumstances or difficulty we are going through. For all Ibadah (Prayers, Fasting etc.), the principle has been laid down as such.

    Take prayer (salah) for example:

    i) In normal circumstances, all effort must be made to perform that prayer within the framework of the rules (time, procedure etc.) laid down by the Religion.

    ii) In case of any hardship (mushaqat, Usr), the same prayer can be performed in its closest secondary form & two prayers can be combined or even reduced to half depending upon the hardship, for example, if it’s difficult to stand up, one can pray on a specified time while sitting down or in worst case scenario, via hand signs only.

    iii) If due to any circumstances (social/contractual obligations for example), you cannot by any chance excuse yourself for prayer, you can pray whenever your situation gets back to normal where you can spare time for prayer.

    In the presence of all these relaxations, it is practically impossible for prayer (salah) to create any form of hindrance in performance of your obligatory social/contractual duties and responsibilities.

    If one has truly recognized God and established a relationship with Him, it is hard to believe that one will not try his level best to connect with God and remember Him in the given circumstances. Still, after all his tries, he is facing impediment to do so, he can avail any of the options above. Thus, there is no room for any conundrum to exist.

  • Sana

    Member June 23, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    This was a very helpful framework. As a follow-up on (iii), has the Shariah/Ghamidi specified what contractual obligations would qualify? For example, in my workplace in Scandanavia, it was considered socially/culturally inappropriate to claim a prayer space. There was a cleaning lady who would try to pray in Ramadan, but she would often be asked to leave by co-workers. Co-workers also expressed disdain for using the sink to rinse our mouths and wash our feet – it is considered bad manners here.

    Weighing these factors, would Qadha prayers be appropriate in this case?

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