Ishaa prayers late
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
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I simply wAnted to know sometimes Ishaa is a little late around o`clock or even later and what about younger children who don`t stay up that late what shhould they do.
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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 103: Indeed, the salaat is a prescribed duty that should be performed at the appointed times by the believers.
Al-Muwatta Hadith 1.9
Yahya related to me from Malik from Yazid ibn Ziyad that Abdullah ibn Rafi, the mawla of Umm Salama, the wife of the Prophet (saws) asked Abu Hurayra about the time of the prayer. Abu Hurayra said, "Let me tell you. Pray dhuhr when the length of your shadow matches your height, asr when your shadow is twice your height, maghrib when the sun has set, isha in the first third of the night, and subh in the very first light of dawn," i.e. when the dawn has definitely come.
Beloved sister in Islam, the prayer times in Islam are linked with the movement of the earth around the sun, and thus in some countries the isha prayers might indeed be very late at night. To pray the prescribed obligatory prayers on time is a direct command of the Lord of the Worlds, and a duty unto the believing slaves of the Lord Most Merciful. If the younger children are unable to stay up late, there would no harm to let them sleep on their time, and wake them up for isha prayers when the time is due; just as the believers wake up for the fajr prayers when the dawn breaks and its time to worship the Lord All-Mighty.
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Your Brother in Islam,