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Does marriage break if one does not pray?

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


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Asalamaleikum warahamatullah e wabarakatuhu.

I and my wife have one important quistion in this regard.

If a husband is not praying and the wife is praying so why the nikkah is broken OR just the apposite if a husband is praying and the wife is not praying,so what is the fault of one partner who is praying..Is there any ayyat OF HOLLY QURAAN IN THIS REGARD...


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Does marriage break if one does not pray?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Jabir reports that the Prophet (saws) said, "Between a person and disbelief is discarding prayer."

Related by Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.


Buraidah reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "The pact between us and them is prayer. Whoever abandons it is a disbeliever."

Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, anNasa'i and Ibn Majah.


Says 'Abdullah ibn Shaqiq al-'Aqeely, "The companions of Muhammad (saws) did not consider the abandonment of any act, with the exception of prayer, as being disbelief."

Related by at-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim,


Some scholars in Islam has based their opinion on the above authentic narrations of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and declared that one who abandons prayer would become a disbeliever; and since marriage with a disbeliever is forbidden in Islam, the marriage of one who abandons the prayer would become automatically invalid.


But the automatic and voluntary annulment of the marriage of a believer who abandons his prayer is neither the accepted view of the majority of the scholars in Islam, nor would any Shariah Court in the world uphold this opinion.


The most accepted opinion is that if a believer intentionally abandons his obligatory prayers, due to laziness, or forgetfulness, or because of his casual attitude towards the importance of prayer, etc.; he will be regarded as a grave sinner in the sight of Allah Subhanah. The true believers around him and his sincere well-wishers must try and strive to guide him and invite him to fear Allah Subhanah and seek His forgiveness, and encourage him to offer his obligatory prayers. But he will still be regarded as a muslim and all the rights that are legally due to a muslim will be accorded to him. This opinion is based on the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) regarding his treatment of the hypocrites in Medinah. Although the hypocrites were openly declared disbelievers in the Quran, the Messenger of Allah (saws) accorded them every right that was accorded to the believers; they were allowed to marry amongst the believers, they were allowed to inherit from their muslim parents, they were given muslim burials, etc.


But one must realize that the abandoning of prayers without a very valid reason is considered amongst the grave sins in Islam, and such a person would have a very severe accounting in the Presence of Allah Subhanah on the Day of Judgment.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 74 Surah Mudatthir verses 40-48:

40 (The believers will be) in Gardens (of Delight); they will question each other

41 And (ask) of the Sinners:

42 "What led you into Hell-Fire?"

43 They (the sinners) will say: "We were not of those who prayed;"

44 "Nor were we of those who fed the indigent;"

45 "But we used to talk vanities with vain talkers;"

46 "And we used to deny the Day of Judgment"

47 "Until there came to us (the Hour) that is certain."

48 Then will no intercession of (any) intercessors profit them.


But if one who is a muslim openly declares disbelief, or openly and verbally declares that he has become an apostate and wishes to leave the fold of Islam; then indeed he would leave the fold of Islam and be treated as a disbeliever. All the rights that were formerly due to him as a believer would become null and void; he would not be allowed to marry a believing woman, nor would he inherit from his muslim parents, nor would he be able to visit the Sacred House, nor would he be given a muslim burial, etc.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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