Can I Delay the Obligatory Prayer beyond its Time Due to Exhaustion?

Name of Questioner: Ruqayyah

Date: 31-5-2021 01:44:18 PM


I'm a mom of 3, the last is almost 11 months. I find it difficult to pray Isha' at its time around 11p.m in Canada because I'm very tired. Most of the time when I'm putting the baby to sleep I fall asleep. Baby still wakes up to feed in the night which contributes to tiredness. If I sleep very late I'm not able to get up for Fajr prayers at 2:45 a.m What can I do regarding my Isha prayer and Fajr prayers. Jazakumullah khayran

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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.

Prayer obligatory to perform within its fixed times.  Almighty Allah says:

"Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours". (An-Nisa' 4:103)

Each prayer has a time range in which it can be performed, for example Fajr can be performed from sahr to shrook. If you delay prayer while remaining in its alloted time period it is permissible. However if you are asking about delaying it beyond its alloted time, then it is not permissible.

You should schedule your time according to prayer because firstly, you cannot combine between Isha' and Fajr Prayers even there is a necessary. It is not permissible in Islam. Second, it is not impossible for anyone to delay prayer beyond its time. 
Try your best not to miss the prayers. You’ll get rewarded. Allah has not asked much of us humans. The only thing we really are responsible for is performing good deeds, engaging in acts of worship and obedience to Him. Each prayer offered takes only about five minutes to perform which totals less than 30 minutes of prayers a day.

And Allaah knows best.