Suffers Great Difficulty in Falling Asleep and Waking Up
Fatwa No: 423061

Question

Sheikh, I have a serious issue falling asleep, I had it since childhood. Now, I have started to pray 5 times a day, and sometimes I hold myself awake until fajr time, prays and than go to sleep, but I cant fall asleep and quite often I just lie in my bed and try hard to fall asleep, often after 4-5 hours I fall asleep and than if I wake up again for zuhr prayer I cannot fall asleep again. I mean when I fall asleep once than it is not possible for me to fall asleep again, what is the shari ruling on a person who has a such difficulties sleeping. Can I combine two prayers? Like Zuhr and Asr on permanent basis?

Answer

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  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Many jurists are of the view that it is permissible to combine two prayers due to sickness. Therefore, if you are sick in a way that you are harmed by waking up and cannot return to sleep, then we hope that you have a concession to combine two prayers until Allah Almighty cures you.

Allah Knows best.

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