What to do with Missed Salāhs

15th February 2014


السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Question: If the parents missed many Salāhs during their lifetime, is there any payment that must be given to compensate for their missed Salāhs?


 الجواب حامداً و مصلياً

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



Generally, any Salāh missed during one’s lifetime whilst being capable of performing them must be performed as Qadha and if not then a Will must be made before passing away to pay for each missed Salāh, including Witr. For each Salāh missed an equivalent amount of Sadaqatul-Fitr must be given into charity. The payment must be taken out from one-third of the deceased’s total estate.

The Fuqahā state;

“It is necessary upon him to make a Will for which he was capable of performing (i.e. the missed Salāh and Fasts) that remained due upon him which (his) beneficiaries will take out from one-third of his total estate, an equivalent value of half Sa of wheat (similar to Sadaqatul-Fitr) for every Fast and Salāh (missed) including Witr.”[1]

If the deceased didn’t make a Will at the time of his death and the beneficiaries paid on his behalf an equivalent of Sadaqatul Fitr for every missed Salāh then Inshā-Allāh that would suffice.

“If he didn’t make a will and his legal inheritors paid it off voluntarily then that would be permissible.”[2]


[Allãh Knows Best]



Written by (Mufti) Abdul Waheed

Answer Attested by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department



[1] Shurunbalali, Noorul-Iydhah, Kitābus Salāh, p104

[2] ibid