What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Some people say that prostrating after Fajr in the makrūh time is as though one is actually prostrating to Satan. Is this actually true or not? Will salāh become invalid from this or not?

Questioner: Zaheer from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

Makrūh time is approximately twenty minutes from Fajr time having finished; no salāh is permissible during this time; neither fard, nor wājib, nor nafl; nor the current salāh [i.e. adā’], nor previous salāh [i.e. qadā’]. Likewise, sajdah al-tilāwah & sahw are also impermissible, just as it mentioned in the mutūn [books of Fiqh].

However, saying that doing sajdah in this time is doing sajdah to Shaytān is incorrect. Whereas, in reality, the Noble Prophet ﷺ has prohibited the performing of sajdah during this time as well as the praying of salāh, as the sun rises from the two horns of Satan at this time and this is the very time that the non-Muslims used to prostrate to the sun. Just as the Noble Prophet ﷺ has stated,

“صَلِّ صَلَاةَ الصُّبْحِ، ثُمَّ أَقْصِرْ عَنِ الصَّلَاةِ حَتَّى تَطْلُعَ الشَّمْسُ حَتَّى تَرْتَفِعَ، فَإِنَّهَا تَطْلُعُ حِينَ تَطْلُعُ بَيْنَ قَرْنَيْ شَيْطَانٍ، وَحِينَئِذٍ يَسْجُدُ لَهَا الْكُفَّارُ”

“Observe the dawn prayer [i.e. Fajr], then stop praying salāh [or any other worship comprising of prostration] when the sun is rising till it is fully up, for when it rises it comes up between the horns of Satan, and the non-Muslims prostrate themselves to it at this time.”

[Sahīh Muslim, vol 1, pg 569, Hadīth no 832]

He ﷺ further stated that,

“فَإِذَا طَلَعَتِ الشَّمْسُ فَأَمْسِكْ عَنِ الصَّلَاةِ، فَإِنَّهَا تَطْلُعْ بَيْنَ قَرْنَيْ شَيْطَانٍ”

“When the sun rises, refrain from salāh [and prostration] for it rises between the horns of Satan.”

[Sahīh Muslim, Hadīth no 612]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali

Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0605] Is it allowed to pray or do sajdah after Fajr time has ended?

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