When should I make up the fajr prayer if I wake up at sunrise?

Answered by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher

Sometimes I oversleep and miss fajr, waking up at sunrise. I have heard that it is not permissible to pray at sunrise. What is the best time to make up this missed prayer. Can I pray as soon as I wake up or must I wait upto zuhr prayer then pray before the zuhr?

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

If someone accidentally misses fajr by oversleeping, the missed prayer is best made up as soon as one wakes up, even if this is one of the times when it is normally unlawful to pray, such as sunrise or shortly after. The prayers that are unlawful to pray at these times are some kinds of non-obligatory prayers. The Shafi`i scholars explain that is permissible and valid to perform obligatory make up prayers at these times.

And Allah Most High knows best.Sunnipath

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