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Should She Stop Her Prayer Because Her Family Does Not Know That She Is Muslim?

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

I am a new muslim and this is my
2nd ramadan fasting. My family is
still disbeleivant and I pray and fast
without their knowledge. At home, I
pray only fajr and Isha prayers, and
other prayers I pray outside ( i.e. at
school, at muslim center or at
friend's house). Whenever I pray at
home I lock my bedroom door and
pray. My sister also shares bedroom
with me. This is what happened
when I was praying Isha prayer at
home. I locked the door before I
started praying but somehow it
didn't lock. I prayed first rakaa and
I got up from sujud and reciting
alfatiha and suddenly my sister
opened the door. i got scared and i
did not finish praying isha at that
time i let her in. and after few
hours i prayed isha again. i just
want to know, what is the ruling on
not praying while you intended to
pray 4 rakaa and what should I have
done.

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.
Firstly:
We congratulate you for the
blessing of Islam, and we ask Allaah
to make you steadfast and to help
you and strengthen your faith. And
we ask Him to guide all your family
and your siblings, so that you will
be a means of their success.

Secondly:
If you are afraid to declare your
Islam and fear that some harm may
be befall you, or if you want to
delay telling people until you have
learned more about Islam and are
able to call your family to Islam,
there is nothing wrong with you
doing that. There is also nothing
wrong with your stopping the prayer
if you are afraid that someone will
see you.
The basic principle is that when the
Muslim has started an obligatory
prayer, he is obliged to complete it,
and it is haraam for him to stop it,
unless he has an excuse.
The fuqaha’ have listed some
excuses which make it permissible
to stop the prayer. These include:
-Fear of being harmed by an enemy
or a wild animal.
-Fear for one's wealth or property,
such as if a person is praying and
someone comes who wants to take
his property, or he fears that his
mount will run away.
-Stopping the prayer in order to save
someone from a fire or from
drowning, or fear that a blind man
may fall into a well.
See Radd al-Muhtaar, 1/654; al-
Mabsoot, 3/2; Kashshaaf al-Qinaa’,
1/380.
If you fear harm to yourself if any
of your family see you praying and
find out that you are a Muslim,
there is no sin on you if you stop
praying at that time, then pray
after the danger has passed, which
is what you did.

Thirdly:
You should strive to learn the
rulings of Islam and keep company
with good believing women, who will
help you to obey Allaah. Think
about the best way to call your
family to Islam and strive to do
that, for they are the most entitled
of all people to your good treatment
and da’wah.
May Allaah help us and you to do
that which He loves and which
pleases Him.
And Allaah knows best.

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