[Q-ID0675] Does missing the prayer make you a munafiq (hypocrite)?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: If we abandon any Salah without a reason, what would be the sin for this and will doing this make us hypocrites?

Questioner:  Junaid from England, UK

ANSWER:

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

The person who misses a single prayer without any (Shari’) reason would become a transgressor (Fasiq) and one who has committed a major sin. He must make true repentance [by fulfilling all conditions of sincere repentance] and make a firm promise that he will never miss another Salah again. I have not read anything regarding the one missing Salah becoming a hypocrite specifically, however, doing this (missing prayers) is most definitely an action which the hypocrites do.

As well as this Sayyidi A’la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه رحمة الرحمن has mentioned in Fatawah Ridawiyyah:

“Whoever misses one single prayer knowingly/purposefully without any Shari’ reason, he is a sinner and has committed a major sin, alongside this he has made himself worthy of punishment of the Fire of Hell.”

[Fatawah Ridawiyyah volume 5, page 110]

Hazrat Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad son of Ahmad, Dhahabi (ْذَهَبِي) has written in Kitaab ul Kabaair:

“There is a valley in Jahannam called Wayl (ْوٓيْل) , (it is stated regarding this valley) that if the mountains of this world were to be placed into it (Wayl) then they too (as well as whatever else is placed into it) would crumble due to the severity of its heat. This will be the abode for such individuals who show laziness in offering Salah and perform Salah after the stipulated time (as Qada).

[Kitaab ul Kabaair page 19]

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 Bilal Shabir

Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0675] Does missing the prayer make you a munafiq (hypocrite)?

Also see:

[Q-ID0393] Does a person who does not pray become a disbeliever?

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