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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Is it true that if one is praying and
ones parent calls for them they are
to immidiately leave prayer go their
parent and then after go and restart
the prayer. I was told this when i
was a lot younger is there any truth
to it?.


Praise be to Allaah.
If a Muslim is offering an obligatory
prayer, he should not interrupt it in
order to answer the call of his
father or mother. But he can alert
the one who is calling him to let him
know that he is busy with the
prayer, either by saying tasbeeh
(“Subhaan Allah”) or by raising his
voice in recitation and the like.
And it is prescribed for him to make
the prayer brief, then when he has
finished he can answer the call.
Al-Bukhaari (707) narrated from Abu
Qataadah (may Allah be pleased
with him) that the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) said: “Sometimes I stand
in prayer, intending to make it
lengthy, then I hear a child crying,
so I make my prayer brief because I
do not want to cause hardship to his
This indicates that it is prescribed to
make the prayer brief if there is
something that is distracting the
If it is a naafil prayer, if he knows
that his father or mother will not
object to him completing the prayer,
he may complete it and then
answer them once he is free. But if
he knows that they will object to
him completing the prayer he may
interrupt his prayer and answer
them, and there will be no blame on
him for that. Then he can go back
and start praying again.
Al-Bukhaari (3436) and Muslim
(2550) narrated from Abu Hurayrah
(may Allah be pleased with him)
that the Prophet (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“Jurayj used to worship in his cell,
and his mother came to him. She
said: ‘O Jurayj! I am your mother,
speak to me.’ She found him praying
and he said: ‘O Allaah, my mother
or my prayer?’ And he chose his
prayer. She went away, then she
came back a second time and said:
‘O Jurayj! I am your mother, speak
to me.’ He said: ‘O Allaah, my
mother or my prayer?’ And he chose
his prayer. She said: ‘O Allaah, this
is Jurayj and he is my son, and I
spoke to him but he refused to
speak to me. O Allaah, do not let
him die until he has seen
prostitutes.’” He said: “If she had
prayed that he be tempted, he
would have fallen prey to
Al-Nawawi gave this report the title:
Honouring one’s parents takes
precedence over voluntary prayer
and other actions.
Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy
on him) said:
The scholars said: What would have
been correct in this case is
answering her, because he was
offering a naafil prayer and
continuing with it is voluntary and
not obligatory, whereas answering
one’s mother and honouring her is
obligatory, and disobeying her is
haraam. He could have shortened
his prayer and answered her, then
gone back to his prayer… End
See: Fath al-Baari by al-Haafiz Ibn
Hajar (may Allah have mercy on
him), al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah,
It says in al-Durr al-Mukhtaar
(2/54) - which is a Hanafi book:
If either of his parents calls him
during an obligatory prayer, he
should not answer unless his parent
is urging him to come and help. End
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah
have mercy on him) said:
If your parents call you when you
are praying, it is obligatory to
answer them, on condition that the
prayer is not an obligatory one. If it
is an obligatory prayer, it is not
permissible to answer them, but if it
is a naafil prayer, you should
answer them.
But if they are people who give
things their due measure and if,
when they realise that you are
praying, they will excuse you, then
in this case you should indicate to
them that you are praying – either
by clearing your throat or saying
“Subhaan Allah” or raising your
voice in the verse or du‘aa’ you are
reciting – so that the one who is
calling will realise that you are
But if they are otherwise, and they
are people who will not make
excuses or who want an immediate
response, then you should interrupt
your prayer and speak to them.
But in the case of an obligatory
prayer, you should not interrupt it
for anyone except in the case of
necessity, such as if you see
someone who you fear will fall into
mortal danger, such as falling into a
well or into the sea or into a fire. In
that case, you should interrupt your
prayer because it is a case of
necessity. Otherwise, it is not
permissible to interrupt an
obligatory prayer. End quote.
Sharh Riyaad al-Saaliheen, p. 302
And Allah knows best.
See also the answer to question no.


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