When a Prayer Gets Delayed (Hadith No. 569)
Hadith no. 568 is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:
My father said, “One night we were traveling with the Prophet and some people said, ‘We wish that Allah’s Apostle would take a rest along with us during the last hours of the night.’ He said, ‘I am afraid that you will sleep and miss the (Fajr) prayer.’ Bilal said, ‘I will make you get up.’ So all slept and Bilal rested his back against his Rahila and he too was overwhelmed (by sleep) and slept. The Prophet got up when the edge of the sun had risen and said, ‘O Bilal! What about your statement?’ He replied, ‘I have never slept such a sleep.’ The Prophet said, ‘Allah captured your souls when He wished, and released them when He wished. O Bilal! Get up and pronounce the Adhan for the prayer.’ The Prophet performed ablution and when the sun came up and became bright, he stood up and prayed.”
This was an exceptional situation created by Allah to teach us some important things:
- If someone doesn’t break their word intentionally, it’s not their fault.
- Try to bring out the positives, even from unusual situations.
- There’s always something to learn and something to teach, if only we have the wisdom to say the right thing at the right time.
- Adhaan can be pronounced for a qadha (delayed) prayer.
- Qadha prayer can be prayed in congregation.