Making up missed prayers: scholarly consensus

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, SunniPath Academy Teacher

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

Imam Nawawi stated in his al-Majmu` Sharh al-Muhadhdhab (3.86):

“There is consensus (ijma`) of the scholars whose opinion counts that whoever leaves a prayer intentionally must make it up.   Abu Muhammad Ali Ibn Hazm ( 994–1064, Cordoba Spain, Zahiri madhhab ) differed with them on this, saying that such an individual cannot ever make them up and it is not at all valid to make them up. Rather, he said, one must do much good works and voluntary prayer in order that one’s scales be heavied on the day of judgement and one must seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent. This position of his, along with being in opposition to scholarly consensus (ijma`), is invalid in terms of the proof…

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