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Punishment of Leaving Fajr Prayer Muslim Should Know

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The sin of leaving fajr prayer has been described in the Al-Qur’an and Hadiths. Prayer is better than sleep, it is our focal point as Muslims, that fajr prayer is one of the obligation for every Muslim.


Oftentimes a lot of people who do not conduct fajr prayers for various reasons such as lazy to wake up sleep or sleeping and ultimately oversleeping. For that required the willingness and self-consciousness to conducted it. See also : Importance of the Call to Prayer

The time of dawn itself is one of the most extraordinary time of the others, so Allah chooses the time of dawn to command His servant on performing prayers (fajr prayer). In the Al-Qur’an, it is explained about the virtue of the fajr prayer, as explained in the following surah:

“So exalted is Allah when you reach the evening and when you reach the morning.” (Ar-Rum: 17)


“Establish prayer at the decline of the sun (from its meridian) until the darkness of the night and (also) the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.” (Al-Isra: 78)

Besides the fajr prayers, the command of other prayers is very clear in Al-Qur’an, as explained belows:

“Indeed, your Lord knows, (O Muhammad), that you stand (in prayer) almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and (so do) a group of those with you. And Allah determines (the extent of) the night and the day. He has known that you (Muslims) will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy (for you) of the Qur’an.


He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking (something) of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah. So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for youselves – you will find it with Allah. It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Al-Muzzammil: 20)

See also :  Benefits of Night Prayers

Punishment of Leaving Fajr Prayer

If you perform fajr prayers, so many virtues lays in it that you can get later. Are you not afraid as a Muslim if called as a hypocrite for having neglected worship of fajr prayer? The average Muslim community generally neglects the fajr prayer caused by another routine’s activity like sleep. This has been explained and reinforced by the words of the Prophet, as explained below:

“Surely the most severe prayer performed by the hypocrites is the Isya prayer and the Fajr prayers. If they knew the virtue of both, they would come to it even by crawling. ” (Al-Bukhari : 657 and Muslim : 651)

“There is no more severe prayers perceived by the hypocrites than the Fajr prayers and the Isha prayers.” If they knew what was in it, surely they would come to it even if they had to drag along the ground. And indeed, I was thinking of telling the muadzin to peals iqamat. Then I told someone to lead the man, while I took the fire and I burned (the house) of people who did not come out (doing) the fajr prayer. (Al-Lu’lu wal Marjan: 383)

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Then there is also a hadith from Sahih Al-Bukhari which says that:

“Something are even harder, once the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dreamed, and the dream of the Prophets was real. He said, “Last night I dreamed to be visited by two figures sent to me. Both said, ‘Let’s go!’ Then I went with both of them. We went to someone who was lying down. Suddenly someone else stood over him lifting a large rock.

The rock was dropped by him on the head of the sleeper. The sleeper’s head broke, while the stone rolled away. The man followed the rock that rolled and took it. Before he returns to where the person lies down, the head has returned to as it was. The man returned and did what he had done before. “When the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam asked what he saw, the two figures replied,” We will tell you. The first person you met whom his head is broked by a rock is the one who takes the Al-Qur’an and refuses it and he sleeps not doing the obligatory prayer.” (Shahih Al-Bukhari: 7047)

From the above long explanations it can be drawn a conclusion that the severe punishment will be experienced by the Muslims who are lazy to get up from sleep for carrying out his duties as a Muslim to do Fajr prayer. See also : Rights of Travelers in Islam

Imam Al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radhiyallahu ‘anhu said;

“It is mentioned before the Prophet Shalallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam the existence of one who sleeps all night until morning arrives. He said, “That’s the man whose two ears urinated by Satan.” (Al-Bukhari: 1144 and Muslim: 774)

“Satan made three knots at the nape of one of you while he slept. In each of them he breathed, ‘Your night is still long, go to sleep!’ If he wakes up and dhikr to Allah, then loose another knot. And if he performs ablution, then loose another knot. And if he prays loose all the knots. (if it was so) in the morning he would be excited and his soul is pure. Otherwise, his soul will be impure and lazy.” (Al-Bukhari: 3269)

If there are so many virtues promised by Allah SWT for His servant who did not neglect the Fajr prayer, why should you neglected it?

The Virtue of Fajr Prayer

These are the virtues of performing the Fajr prayer, as explained below:

1. By Conducting Fajr Prayer Will Be Witnessed By Angels

This is explained from the words of the Prophet SAW, the explanation are as follows:

“And the angels of the night and the angels of the day gather at the Fajr prayer (dawn).” (Hadith of Bukhari : 137 and Muslim : 632)

2. By Conducting Fajr Prayer Will Be Calculated as if Worshiping Prayer aWhole Night

Allah promises His servants that for those who worship Fajr prayer, their worship will be calculated as the full night prayer. It’s explained from the words of the Prophet SAW, as explained below:

“Whoever conducting isya prayer`congregation (salat al-jama’ah) then as if he had night prayers for half of the night. And whoever congregational Fajr prayer, then as if he had prayed all night.” (Hadith of Muslim : 656)

See also : Benefits of Zuhr Prayer

3. By Conducting Fajr Prayer Will Be In the Assurance of Allah SWT

How do you still want to neglect the Fajr prayer, if Allah alone gives the advantages of His assurance for His servant who conducted Fajr prayer? This is explained from the words of the Prophet SAW, as follows:

“Whoever do Fajr prayer then he is in the assurance of Allah. Therefore do not let God demand anything from you of His assurance. For whom Allah demands with something of His assurance, Allah will certainly find it, and will lay their face down in hell. (Hadith of Muslim : 163)

4. By Conducting Fajr Prayer Will Make a Prevention on Entering Hell

Take advantage of the opportunities given by Allah SWT, without exception an opportunity to perform obligations as a Muslim ie Fajr prayer. By conducting the Fajr prayer we will avoid the threat of hell that may be in sight. This is explained from the words of the Prophet SAW,  as follows:

“It will not enter the hell for the one who conducts the prayer before the rising of the sun (ie Fajr prayer) and prayer before the sunset (ie Ashar prayer). (Hadith of Muslim : 634)

See also : Importance of Duha Prayer

5. By Conducting Fajr Prayer Can Take You  to the Heaven of Allah SWT

Well, it is so easy for Allah gives blessings to His faithful and devoted servants with the reward of heaven, as well as conducting the Fajr prayer. This is explained from the words of the Prophet SAW, as follows:

“Whoever does the prayer of bardain (ie Fajr prayer and Ashar) then he will entering the heaven”. (Hadith of Bukhari : 574 and Muslim : 635)

It can be concluded that regarding the sins leaving the Fajr prayer that I have reviewed in detail, hereinafter it will be easier for you to learn and understand more deeply so it can make a new information or insight for you later on. Hopefully it will be useful and thank you for taking your time to read this article.

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