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Years of missed prayers...

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KingKong5200

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Assalamu Aleykum Wa Rahmatullah

 

This is an issue that is very important for me...

From when i was 12 till i became halfway through 15 i have been missing prayers. I would only pray sometimes and long periods of time even months (maybe) could go without me praying. Even before i was 12 i could miss a prayer here and there. I have alot of missed prayers.

So the question here is: Do i have to make them up? If i have to, would all the nafilas i have prayed  be invalid? 

You see i suddenly by the help and will of Allah (SWT) became a practicing muslim again (Alhamdullilah)

Please reply with sources

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Bismillah.

Salaam.

Bulugh is a natural state that both males and females experience some time in their lives. In this stage, the body undergoes major change and growth spurts. These physical changes vary depending on the individual, the climate of where one lives in, one’s nutrition, etc. Changes such as in voice, the growth of coarse hair around the private parts, seminal discharge in males, and menstruation in females. In Islam, the time when one becomes duty bound has been set on when one experiences the signs of bulugh (most notably, seminal discharge in males and menstruation in females). However, in Islam, in addition to these natural biological signs, an age limit has also been determined. If this age is reached and those signs haven't been seen yet, they will by duty bound and are responsible for their religious duties and actions.

Both the Shia and Sunni schools of thought agree [1] that if a female becomes ha’idh (experiences menstruation) [2] she will be baligh (has come of age religiously and is duty bound). There are other signs also, but since they are not agreed on, we will not mention them here. Therefore, it isn't true that only the Sunni schools says that females become baligh from physical puberty and that the Shia only believe that to take place upon 9 years of age (although in some places, females’ puberty coincides with them reaching 9 years of age), rather, if a girl experiences menstruation or becomes pregnant, she will be duty bound according to all schools of thought, even if she hasn’t reached the age limit determined by the Sunni school of thought. [3] So, when it comes to the signs of bulugh, there is no difference between the Sunni and Shia schools of thought. The only difference between the two schools is regarding the age limit.

Bulugh by means of age

There is a difference regarding the age at which girls become baligh between the Shia and Sunnis, there is difference within the Sunni school also regarding this issue. [4]

The famous verdict on this issue among the Shia scholars, is that the age for girls is 9 (lunar years) and for boys is 15 (lunar years). [5]

 


[1] See: Jazayiri, Abd al-Rahman, al-Fiqh ala al-Madhaahib al-Arba’ah wa Madhab Ahl al-Bayt, vol. 2, pg. 412, Dar al-Thaqalain, Beirut, 1419 AH.

[2] Of course, they have assumed the least age a girl can experience menstruation to be nine years. See: Kitab al-Taharah (of Imam Khomeini, new print), vol. 1, pg. 9.

[3] Al-Fiqh ala al-Madhaahib al-Arba’ah wa Madhab Ahl al-Bayt, vol. 2, pg. 412.

[4] See: al-Fiqh ala al-Madhaahib al-Arba’ah wa Madhab Ahl al-Bayt, vol. 2, pg. 412.

[5] See: Tusi, Muhammad bin al-Hasan, Al-Mabsut, vol. 3, pg. 37; Sharaye’ al-Islam, vol. 1, pg. 179; Jame’ al-Maqasid, vol. 5, pg. 180; Tadhkirah al-Fuqahaa’, vol. 14, pg. 188; Idhah al-Fawa’id, vol. 2, pg. 50; Kashf al-Rumuz fi Sharh Mukhtasar al-Naafi’, vol. 1, pg. 552.

 

With Duas.

Narsis.

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Mashallah thank you, i almost forgot that the duties start after Balagh.... 

But doing a little search here and there i found out that i am around 17 years old Hijri. Does that mean i have to make up two years of missed prayers?

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2 minutes ago, KingKong5200 said:

Mashallah thank you, i almost forgot that the duties start after Balagh.... 

But doing a little search here and there i found out that i am around 17 years old Hijri. Does that mean i have to make up two years of missed prayers?

Salam

Yes you have to make those up.

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1 minute ago, narsis said:

Yes you have to make those up.

Well... That might take me a year or something. But could Nafilah prayers compensate for that? And would the Nafilah that i pray be invalid when having Qadha Prayers?

I know im asking alot :) 

Salam

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I've had years and years of missed prayers too and follow Sistani as well. I was told to sum up all the prayers that I have missed and pray an extra one for each prayer i say now for the summed up number of years. 

i hope that's the right way to go about it. 

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Brother, nawafil prayers cannot compensate for missed prayers. I have read that it's best not to pray nawafil until you have made up for your missed prayers.

The order in which you do your missed prayers does not matter. It is best to perform missed salahs after each obligatory prayer, instead of offering nafilah.

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7 hours ago, Zarla said:

Brother, nawafil prayers cannot compensate for missed prayers. I have read that it's best not to pray nawafil until you have made up for your missed prayers.

The order in which you do your missed prayers does not matter. It is best to perform missed salahs after each obligatory prayer, instead of offering nafilah.

Thx for the answer. 

But I can still pray Tahajjud right?

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29 minutes ago, narsis said:

to be in order is not necessary except between Dhuhr and Asr and also Maqrib and Isha'.

Well i almost never combine prayers... I, most of the time, seperate them and pray them each at their time. 

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