Optional Prayers Do Not Make up For Obligatory Prayers

Question

It has been about a year and a half that I do not pray. It is better for me to start praying qaza to compensate for the prayer I missed or simply to pray non muakaddah sunnah every day if I pray the same extra rakats a day

Answer

Perfect praise to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is no other worthy worship than Allah and that Muhammad sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) is his slave and his messenger.
You did not explain to us why you did not pray during this long time. Be that as it may, we say: prayer is the greatest pillar of Islam after Shahaadatayn (The two testimonies of faith), and a pubescent person is obliged to fulfill it as long as it is healthy. ‘mind.
If a person abandons him because he does not believe in his obligation, it is an incredulity according to the consensus of scholars.
However, to abandon it out of laziness while believing in its obligation is a grave and major sin and the worst of all sins. In fact, many scholars are of the opinion that a person who abandons prayer comes out of the bosom of Islam, even if he believes in his obligations.
Therefore, dear questioner, you must repent to Allah for having abandoned the prayer, regretting having abandoned it and being determined in the future to observe it permanently. You should thank Allah who has guided you to pray before death suddenly attacks you.
If you had abandoned the prayer for this period out of laziness, then, in the opinion of the majority of scholars, it is obligatory to compose the five mandatory prayers, but not the supererogatory prayers of Rawaatib. Praying the Rawaatib or other supererogatory prayers is not enough to make up for the obligatory prayers. On the contrary, you must invent the obligatory prayers by making them specific intentions.
So you do the Thuhr prayer with the intention of doing the Thuhr prayer, and you do the ‘Asr’ prayer with the intention of doing the ‘Asr’ prayer, and so on. Rawaatib and other supererogatory prayers are not sufficient and do not relieve the person from having to complete the five mandatory prayers. You must strive every day, as much as you can, to make the most mandatory prayers you have missed.
do not be lazy and do not overload yourself with difficulties. In addition, do not neglect your obligation to earn a living. Therefore, we recommend you, every day, to compensate for prayers of two days or more, if you can.

Do not worry about Rawaatib and other supererogatory prayers, because you have to make up for many obligatory prayers. Take care of your time by catching up on the obligatory prayers that are due to you. Ad-Dassooqi may Allah grant him mercy from the Maaliki School of Jurisprudence, said: “It is mandatory to be moderate (observe an average course) .
It is enough in one day to compensate (for missed prayers) two days or more.
It is not enough to compensate for the prayers of a day every day, unless he fears that if he catches up with more than one day on the same day, it could lead him to neglect his children (not being able to provide them with the obligatory subsistence). “[End quote]

Allah knows best.

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