04 Jul

Completing a non-obligatory prayer or fast

It is mustahabb for a person to complete a non-obligatory fast or non-obligatory prayer he has began. It is permissible for him to exit the fast or prayer without having to make it up regardless of if he exits based on a legitimate excuse or not. This is the opinion of the following Companions:

 

Umar

Ali

Ibn Umar

Ibn Abbaas

Ibn Mas'uud

 

It is the opinion, among the jurists, of 'ishaaQ, Maalik, and al-thawri.

 

Maalik holds the opinion that it is permissible to exit a non-obligatory prayer or fast for a legitimate reason. If a person exits the act before completing it without a legitimate excuse then it is necessary for him to make it up.

 

Abu Hanifah holds the opinion that one has to make up the non-obligatory prayer or fast if he exits the act prior to completion regardless of if he exits because of a legitimate excuse or not.

 

 

al-haawii al-kabiir

Volume 3 Page 468

 

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