How You’re Supposed To Offer Salah When You’re Sick?

by | Feb 7, 2019

How to offer salah when we are sick? All of us suffer from sickness. It’s a natural process, but many of us never pay attention to remembering Allah S.W.T during illness. Many times we neglect our Salah when sick. Because the only thing that revolves in our mind is ‘Fast Recovery.’

Whatever the circumstances are! No one can avoid Salah. Because Salah is obligatory, and there is only a penalty for neglecting it.

Qur’an Mentions About How To Offer Salah When You Are Sick:

Whoever has some excuse due to illness and cannot stand during the obligatory Prayer is allowed to pray sitting. If he cannot pray in a sitting posture, he may pray while on his side by making gestures. His gestures for sujud(prostration) should be lower than those for his raku`(bowing) in such a case. This principle is based on Allah’s words:(And celebrate Allah’s praises, standing, sitting, and lying on your sides).

[Surah An-Nisaa 4:103]

Islam is a flexible religion, so there are soft corners as well. If someone is too weak to stand for Prayer, he can offer Prayer while sitting. If one is unable to sit, then he can lay on his back and offers Salah. While lying, and even if someone cannot lie down but can not bow or prostrate, he can offer Prayer while hinting; this is because obedience to Allah SWT is according to ability.


Reference is taken from Bahishti Zewar

  • If someone is too weak to be able to stand. Then he performs bowings and prostrations while sitting.
  • And if he is unable to sit. Then he lies on his back, supported by a pillow to incline his upper body, and stretches his legs in the direction of the Prayer, hinting at bows and prostrations.
  • If someone is unable to sit down on his side facing his chest in the direction of the Prayer. While indicating, then his Prayer is valid also. However, sitting with one’s legs stretched is better. Because the hints point in the prayer direction.
  • If someone is not able to hint by his head. Then he delays the Prayer and does not hint by his eyes, heart, or eyebrows.

In Case Someone Can Stand:

  • If someone can stand but cannot perform bowing and prostration, one does not have to stand but sits and hints at the movements. He may stand, but the best is to sit.
  • If someone is praying seated while performing complete bowings and prostrations due to illness. Became well during the Prayer, then he builds upon what has been done and conducts the rest standing (i.e., he stands where it is required.)
  • And if someone started praying optionally while standing but became weak. Then it is acceptable for him to lean on a stick or wall or to sit down. This is because this is an excuse.
  • If he started learning during optional Prayer without reason, then this is disliked. Because it is improper behavior.
  • If he sat (during an optional prayer – after having stood in the beginning) without an excuse. Then it is disliked but valid.
  • In case someone prays seated in a boat (while sailing) without being sick. Then it is accurate. But standing is better.
  • The one who loses consciousness or sanity for five consecutive prayer times or less must make them up. If it was more, then he does not have to pray to them.

Never Miss your Prayer:

Oh, Muslims! Never Miss Your Salah because

A Busy Life Makes Prayer Harder, But Prayer Makes a Busy Life Easier.

We never know when our last Prayer would be. So, make the most of it and offer every Salaah as if it will be the previous Salaah may be.

Regardless of the severity and seriousness of the disease, daily prayers have to be observed at the prescribed times. If a sick person cannot perform all the articles of Prayer, he may perform only those he can.

May Allah SWT protect us from all diseases. And Give Fast recovery and Health to all sick people around the world. AMEEN.


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