Salah - When Does It Become Compulsory?
  • Question:

    How old must one be to start praying the obligatory prayers? At what age does salah become compulsory?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said that children should be made to pray at the age of 7 and even further disciplined at the age of 10. Therefore, after the age of 10 it is obligatory upon the parents to make their kids pray and they are sinful if they don’t. Once the kids hit puberty, they are now responsible for their own actions.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Director – Islamic Learning Foundation
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