Pearl of Wisdom

'I went to the door of the place in Sarkhas where al-Rida was being held captive in chains. I sought permission from the jailor [to visit him) and he said, 'There is no way that you will be able to see him.' I asked, 'Why?' He replied, 'Because he sometimes offers one thousand prayers in the space of one day and night. He stops praying for a while at daybreak, before noon and before sunset. During these times he sits on his prayer mat and converses intimately with his Lord.' I said to him, 'Then request him to grant me permission during these times'. So he asked permission for me [to visit). I entered and he was sitting on his prayer mat meditating.'

al-Harawi
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 49, p. 91, no. 5

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Question : #452 Category: Salaat / Prayers
Subject: unable to pray at work
Question: Salam,

I used to be able to pray at work and now my Zuhr/Asr namaz becomes qaza because I pray at home.

Is this a major sin? There is no facility for me to pray at work.

Please let me know.
Answer: It is not appropriate for a Muslim to delay the saying of salat from its preferred time (i.e. at the beginning of its time span) and what has been mentioned in the question is not an acceptable excuse.

If the need to work at that place reaches the level of necessity, then he should pray in time in whatever way possible: even just by indicating [by lowering the neck halfway for ruku' and fully for sajda]. However, such a situation would arise only exceptionally. So he should fear Almighty Allah and not accept a job which leads to neglecting the pillar of faith; thus, he should remember the words of the Almighty:
"And whosoever fears Allah, He will make a way out for him [from difficulties] and provide for him from where he does not expect." (65:2)

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