If you wake up as the sun is rising should you pray Fajr?

If you wake up as the sun is rising should you pray Fajr?

If you wake up and there are few minutes to sunrise, you should do your wudu, skip the 2 rakahs sunnah, and pray your two fard rakahs straightaway.

However if the sun has started rising, then you cannot pray, as it is prohibited to pray while the sun is rising. You should wait 10-15 and pray. It will not count as a missed prayer.

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“When the top edge of the sun has risen, then delay praying until it has risen above the horizon, and when the lower part of the sun has set, delay praying until it is fully set.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: “There is no prayer after Fajr until the sun has risen fully, and no prayer after ‘Asr until the sun has set.” [Bukhari]

‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir al-Juhani (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“There are three times at which the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) forbade us to pray or to bury our dead: when the sun has clearly started to rise until it is fully risen, when it is directly overhead at midday until it has passed its zenith, and when the sun starts to set until it has fully set.” [Muslim]

Based on the answer of Shaykh Haytham Tamim in the Sunday Hadith Class April 2024

Transcribed by Rose Roslan


Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.