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Can We Pray Sunnah After Fajr?

28 November, 2021
Q As-salamu Alaykum. I just had a quick question. I read the hadith about how there are 12 sunnah rakahs and the reward is a house in Jannah insha'Allah. Alhamdulillah, I do them but just have a problem with the sunnah of Fajr. It says that they should be done before Fajr. But my family likes to pray right after the Athan. So, if I pray the sunnah, I'll miss the prayer with them. And I know praying Fajr as a group is more important than the sunnah. So, I pray the sunnah after Fajr. Would that still be accepted?

Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

If you couldn’t pray sunnah before Fajr in congregation, then you should make it up after before sunrise. If, however, you forgot to make it up before sunrise you can do so twenty minutes after sunrise. 


In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

If you couldn’t pray sunnah before Fajr in congregation, then you should make it up after before sunrise. If, however, you forgot to make it up before sunrise you can do so twenty minutes after sunrise. 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever misses the two rakahs before Fajr, let him offer it after sunrise.” (At-Tirmidhi)

We read in another report from Umm Salamah that she saw the Prophet that he made up for the two rakahs of Sunnah after Zhuhr after the Asr prayer as he missed it because of being preoccupied with the delegation of Bani Abd al-Qays (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Another tradition from Aishah says: if the Prophet ever missed the four rakahs after Zhuhr he would make up for them later.” (At-Tirmidhi)

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We read in another report from Abu Said al-Khudhri that the Prophet said, “Whoever oversleeps and forgets to pray Witr, he  should  pray it when he wakes up or remembers.” (At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

Almighty Allah knows best.

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