Cutting the voluntary prayer to attend to a need


If a person knocks the door while she is praying voluntary, is it allowed for her to cut her prayer to open the door?


If she suspects that it is her mother or father or what might cause her harm, and it is within her scope not to cut her Salah and take and few steps and open the door – there is nothing wrong with this. Man or woman, there is nothing wrong with this.

Due to the story of Jurayj, O Jurayj! He said: “O my Lord, my mother or my Salah?”, so he continued with Salah and left answering his mother.

And a second time (she called him) and the likes of this, his mother said: “O Allāh do not cause him to die until he sees the face of a prostitute.” Then Jurayj was tested….That prostitute sought dominance over him and presented herself to him but he didn’t pay her any attention or look at her.

So she presented herself to a sheep herder and she said it (the baby) is from Jurayj. So he was tested.

They went to his temple, They destroyed it and began to curse him and beat him. He said: “What’s wrong with you.” They said: “You had relations with that prostitute until she became pregnant with your child.” He said: “Where is the child.” They said: “Here.” So he made wudhu then prayed then came and poked him with his finger and said: “Who is your father?” He said: “The herder.”

So they began to venerate him and also they said: “We will rebuild your temple from gold.” Extremism and negligence with the children of Isrā’ēl. Exaggeration and recklessness without retirement.

The point of benefit is he was tested due to the duā of his mother against him. The people of knowledge said at the likes of this Hadith, if his father or mother calls him and he is in a voluntary prayer, then he leaves the prayer and focuses on answering his father or mother. This is better. As for obligatory prayer then no.

And likewise, it is said for a woman with her father and mother and her husband, if the affair allows her, as long as she doesn’t nullify her prayer. And even if she left the voluntary prayer and opened the door then returned to it, the affair is flexible, from the angle of something being important but another thing being more important.

Answered by: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him


Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi