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Salaah and induced labor

Fatwaa ID: 1729

السلام عليكم
If a woman is induced for labour, will she still be required to pray her Salah or will she need to make it up?
(Water not broken yet but has been induced to start the labour contractions for the safety of the baby)
Please advise, جَزَاكَ ٱللَّٰهُ خَيْرًا

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Whether labor is induced or natural, salaah remains obligatory on a woman until half of the baby exists the womb. Once half of the baby exists, her nifaas will start and she may not perform any salaah until it ends. Prior to that, she must perform her salaahs even during labor. If she is unable to perform salaah standing, she may do so sitting. If she is unable to do that, then with gestures. If she is unable to make wudhu, tayyamum should be made. In the event that she misses any salaah, then qadhaa will be made afterwards.

It is important to understand and cherish the beauty of the salaah. The salaah is not a burden. Rather, it is a source of comfort and solace. Even in the most difficult of times, one is advised to continue connecting with Allaah Ta’aala and seeking His divine assistance and help. Salaah gives a person courage and strength. It allows the person to accept his/her weakness and place tawakkul upon Allaah Ta’aala.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

02/25/1445 AH – 09/11/2023 CE | AML1-8306

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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