Making up prayers during Ramadan

  • Author: Fatwa No. 88994
  • Publish date:24/05/2009
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Question: 

Sir following us the description of my thought so please guide me here (the meaning of Hadeeth). "The person who will observe fast and will try to satisfy Allah; is forgiven by Allah as he has not committed any sin before and will get 70 to 700% more benefit what of one virtue in Ramadan."   Now according to Hadeeth 1 virtue = 70 to 700 (in Ramadan). 1 Fardh of any prayer = 70 to 700 like this if we do say our Qada' (qazza) prayers in Ramadan.  1  Qada' prayer = 70 to 700 prayers (only in Ramadan) now if we calculate it for whole Ramadan then there are 30 days in Ramadan so 70*30 = 2100. Now if we divide it with 365 in order to calculate qazza for a year2100/365 = 5.7534 = 6 years qazza almost to21000/365 = 57.534 years qazza now its up to us that in Ramadan we make to effort to say our qazza prayers and her is simple thing to do this and that is we make little more effort and can try to say our qazza prayers with relative one with the intension to not miss ever a single prayer intentionally and call Allah for help. Now if we are offering Fajr then qazza of two Fardh with it of Fajr and so on.  now if we are still not do this and some how manage to say our qazza prayers for half of Ramadan then 6 / 2 = 3 years Qada' to  58 / 2 = 29 years Qada'. 
 
Fatwa:
 
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.
 
We do not know an authentic narration from the Sunnah which indicates that the reward of fasting is multiplied 700 times. Rather, it is confirmed that Allah rewards for fasting without limitation. Imaam Muslim  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him  reported that Abu Hurayrah may Allah be pleased with him, said: "The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "The reward of every act of the son of Aadam will be multiplied tenfold up to 700 times, Allah said except fasting, (it is done for My Sake and) I will reward for it (as much as I wish)." Imaams Al-Qurtubi, Ibn Al-Jawzi and others  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  them said that the narration means that the reward for the acts of good deeds of people is known to them and that they are multiplied tenfold up to 700 times except fasting, Allah rewards for it without limitation.
 
However, people differ in the degree of this reward they will receive. Some of them get the reward stated, and some get a reward less than that, and some others do not get anything of this great excellence and favor, based upon the extent of their fulfilling the conditions and etiquettes of fasting. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "Many a fasting person does not get from his fasting except hunger." [Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and others] So no one knows that he has indeed obtained this great favor.  The above is about fasting.
 
As regards the multiplication of the reward of the prayer, it is included in the saying of Allah (which means): {Whoever comes [on the Day of Judgement] with a good deed will have ten times the like thereof [to his credit]}[6:160]. But it could be multiplied by more than this; verily Allah grants His Favors upon whomever He wants.
 
 However, it should be noted that the reward of fasting and praying being multiplied does not mean that if one misses an obligation he does not have to make it up. Whoever misses an obligatory prayer or obligatory fasting he has to make them up because an obligation must be made up if missed.
Allah Knows best.
 
Fatwa answered by:The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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