I saw this and started crying.. is it true because I’m very scared and asked for forgiveness: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “A person neglecting his Salat (even though he makes it up later) shall remain in Jahannam for a period of one huqb. Please tell me how I can save myself and is it possible for a hafidh to go to hell?

  • A hafidh can go to hell, a scholar can go to hell etc. there's a qudsi hadith on this subject (See in Sahih Muslim. Intention is the key and doing things for the right cause too. Be aware that none has a ticket to jannah in his pocket the prophet himself even warned his daughter and relatives although they were Muslims and believers! Further repentance is the key a person must sincerely repent to be forgiven by Allah. Note that your questions are rather advise requests and therefore hardly fitting the site's policy!
    – Medi1Saif
    Mar 2, 2021 at 15:36

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The one who missed it for a reason, such as falling asleep or forgetting it. There is no sin on him in this case, but he has to make it up when he wakes up or remembers it.

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever forgets a prayer, let him offer it as soon as he remembers, for there is no expiation for it other than that.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (572) and Muslim (684); Muslim narrated an additional phrase: “or sleeps and misses it”.

Muslim also narrated (684): “If one of you sleeps and misses a prayer, or forgets it, let him offer the prayer when he remembers, for Allaah says ‘and perform As‑Salaah (Iqaamat‑as‑Salaah) for My remembrance’ [Ta-Ha 20:14].”

But the one who missed the prayer with no excuse; rather he ignored it until the time for it ended, out of laziness and carelessness. This person is sinning according to the consensus of the Muslims, and has committed a major sin.

Ibn Hazm said:

As for the one who deliberately omits to pray until the time for the prayer ends, he can never make it up, so he should do a lot of good deeds and offer a lot of voluntary prayers, so that his balance (of good deeds) will weigh heavily on the Day of Resurrection, and he should repent and ask Allaah for forgiveness. End quote.

How you can save yourself

The more correct view – and Allaah knows best – is that the one who deliberately omits the prayer should not make it up, rather he has to seek forgiveness and repent.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:

...but the sin of missing and delaying the prayer beyond its prescribed time is like any other sin, it needs either repentance or good deeds that will erase it or other things that will waive the punishment.

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