I Cannot Offer Prayer Due to Work: What Shall I Do?
Name of Questioner: Jasmin
Date: 18-11-2019 11:01:42 AM
Consultant: EDC Editorial Staff
I have a lot of work to do. I cannot offer prayers. What should I do?
Thank you very much for your question. It is our pleasure to answer it.
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.
O man who is connected to the world as if worshipping it! Does your slackness in worship and deficiency in prayers arise from the multiplicity of your worldly occupations, or because you cannot find time due to the struggle for livelihood? Were you created only for this world that you spend ail your time on it?
Why do you not understand that your basic duty is not to labor like an animal, but to expend effort for a true, perpetual life, like a true human being.!
Besides, the worldly works are trivial matters that mostly do not concern you, and that you meddle in officiously and confuse. You leave aside the essential things and pass your time in acquiring inessential information as if you were going to live for thousands of years.
As a result: O man! Know that yesterday has left you, and as for tomorrow, you have nothing to prove that it will be yours. In which case, know that your true life is the present day. So throw at least one of its hours into a mosque or prayer-mat, a coffer for the hereafter like a reserve fund, set up for the true future.
One of the obligations of five daily prayers is to perform them on due time. Prayers cannot be performed by joining them together because of working. One must perform even only the obligatory part of the prayer on due time. If one did not perform it on due time, one should perform compensatory prayer as soon as possible and in addition, one should repent of the sin of postponing the prayer until compensation.