Salat (Prayer) - Punishment for Missing Even One Fardh Salah
  • Question:

    What is the punishment from Allah for missing one salah?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Fardh ṣalāh (mandatory ritual prayer) is a pillar of Islam. It is a distinctive feature between a believer and non believer. (See Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

    Abandoning fardh ṣalāh or being lazy about them is a destructive sin which is an act close to disbelief. Missing mandatory prayers leads to a decrease and or difficulty in acquiring sustenance, a bad death, and punishment in the hereafter.

    “As for the one who turns away from My remembrance, they shall have a straitened life, and We shall raise them sightless on the Day of Judgment.” (Quran 20:124)

    “So, Woe to those performers of ṣalāh ,who are neglectful of their ṣalāh” (Quran 107:4 & 50)

    It must be noted that Almighty Allāh is ever forgiving and merciful. If one repents and resumes praying, Allāh will certainly forgive In-shā Allāh.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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