Praying Witr after the beginning of the time of Fajr
Fatwa No: 114688

  • Fatwa Date:16-11-2008 - Thul-Qi'dah 18, 1429
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Asalaamu CAleykum W.W. Sheikh JAZAKULLAHU KHAIR FOR EVERYTHING ISLAM WEB IS DOING TO EDUCATE THE UMMAH, MAY ALLAH ACCEPT YOUR DEEDS FOR HIS SAKE ONLY... 1 - What does islam say on playing video games for example playstation 2 for like an hour a day ? 2 - I am a very sexual active person, and Alxamdullilah I do not commit fawaahish acts, and I do fast. Is there any other way to help me control my desires? 3 - I really do not like to eat too much food, so I eat litte foods, but my parents especially my mom always yells at me about eating to litte and to eat to my fill and I have told her about what the religion says on eating to much and the hadiths? WHat should i DO? 4 - How can you find inner peace in a kuffar country like Canada for example ? When all around there are Enemies of ALLAH? 6- What is the best act above all others to waste your time in ? 7 - What is the best way to make yourself cry for fear of ALLAH, during prayers and when you are doing good acts of obedience ? How do you become the KHASHIUN that ALLAH mentioned in suratul MUMINOON in the second ayat? 8- My family usually backs bites one of my brothers who lives in Medina, my father and mother and my sister and brother always talk behind his back and there is not one of them who do not know the punishment for this, even though sometimes when i try to speak out my father admonishes me emotionally saying i do not know nothing, I usally tell my self in my heart that ayat quran (I AM FREE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING) but is there any other ways to help? 9 - I prayed 10 rakats of Tahajjud last night and I completed one hour before fajr, and i decided to sleep, but when I woke up that athan for fajr was almost done, so i made wudu and prayed the single rakat of witr, is that correct because I believed I would wake up before fajr time JAZAKULLAHU KHAIR SHEIKH, I apologize for asking to many questions, it is very hard to find a sheikh in Canada to ask as many questions as you like......


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.


We have already issued many Fataawa about many issues which you raised in the question; so we will summarize the answer to your questions and we will refer you to our previous Fataawa.

1-    Video games are permissible if they do not include any prohibition, and playing them –in this case –for an hour a day is permissible. However, a Muslim should endeavour to use his time in what is beneficial for him in his worldly matters as well as in matters pertaining to the Hereafter. For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 86533 and 83778.

2-    Marriage is the best thing by which a person keeps himself chaste, so you should endeavour to marry. If a person is not able to marry, he/she should fast. There are other matters which may reduce your sexual desire; you may refer to them in Fatwa 88259.

3-    As long as a Muslim is able to reside in a Muslim country where he is safe about himself and his religion, he should do so. It might be that he is obliged to migrate from a non-Muslim country to a Muslim country, and it might be that it is desirable for him to do so according to his circumstances. If a Muslim is in necessity or in a dire need to reside in a non-Muslim country, he should be keen on increasing his faith and obeying his Lord. He should also keep company with his Muslim brothers and he should avoid suspicious places and avoid befriending dissolute and disobedient people.  By doing so, one would attain inner peace; for more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 86405.

4-    Submissiveness in prayer and in other matters and weeping out of the fear of Allaah can be achieved by mentioning Allaah as much as possible, being keen on obeying Him, and refraining from disobeying him. Among the matters which help achieve submissiveness in prayer in particular is to endeavour to go to the mosque and sit there while waiting for the prayer and being preoccupied by the mention of Allaah and the recitation of the Quran while waiting; for more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 83931 and 88068.

5-    You should continue on advising your parents and your brothers and sisters about backbiting your brother, and you should be kind to them and advise them in a gentle manner and supplicate Allaah as much as possible to guide them. For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 90439 and 90818.

6-    Performing only one Rak’ah Witr prayer is permissible as we clarified in Fataawa 83303 and 92752. The time of Witr prayer starts from the time after praying ‘Isha until the beginning of the time of Fajr; this is something agreed among the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them. However, Ibn Al-Munthir  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that a group from among the righteous predecessors  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that this is the time one has the choice to pray Witr during any part of it. However, the time of necessity extends until commencing the Fajr prayer. Therefore, if someone is prevented from performing it due to sleep or forgetfulness, until the time of Fajr started before he had prayed the Witr prayer, he may perform the Witr prayer before praying Fajr as long as he does not fear that the prescribed fixed time of the Fajr prayer is over. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Whoever sleeps through Witr prayer (and misses to perform it) or forgets to perform it, he should perform it as soon as he wakes up or remembers it." [At-Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah]

7-    It is an obligation to obey the parents in what is permissible and in matters that do not harm the child. Therefore, if eating much does not cause any harm to the child and what the parents want from him/her is not more than what is normal, then he/she has to obey them in this regard. However, it should be mentioned that it is dispraised to eat much and more than normal.

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 83282.

Allaah Knows best.

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