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Can one pray while sleepy.

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Can we continue our prayer (salah), when we are sleepy (slumber) in our prayer.


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Can one pray while sleepy

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Intentionally missing or delaying the offering of any of the five obligatory prayers of the day and night due to sleep or slumber is not a valid excuse.for the five obligatory prayers have to be performed at their appointed times.


Respected brother, we assume that you wish to clarify whether one should continue the offering of their optional supererogatory prayers while in the state of slumber


Hadrat Aishah (r.a.) reports that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "When one of you gets up during the night for (optional) prayers and his Qur'anic recital becomes confused to the extent that he does not know what he says, he should lie down (go to sleep)."

Related by Muslim.


Hadrat Anas ibn Malik (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (saws) entered the masjid and saw a rope stretching between two posts. He (saws) asked: "What is this?" The people told him that it was for Zainab [bint Jahsh] who, when she became tired or weary, held it (to keep standing for the prayer). The Prophet (saws) said: "Remove the rope. You should pray as long as you feel active, and when you get tired or weary, you should lie down to rest (go to sleep)."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim.


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