Topic: Praying 40 Consecutive Prayers to Seek the Virtue of Praying Forty Prayers in Masjid al Nabawi   (No-17012)

Q I'm currently visiting Masjid Al Nabawi and aiming to receive the reward mentioned in the hadith for praying forty prayers here. However, on my sixth day here, I overslept and woke up precisely at the Fajr adhan, and unfortunately, my accommodation is a half-hour walk from the mosque. Knowing that the fajr prayer in Masjid Al Nabawi begins after fifteen minutes and that I would not be able to reach there on time, I prayed in a nearby mosque then came to Masjid al Nabawi later.
Does missing the Fajr prayer at Masjid Al Nabawi due to this circumstance affect the reward of performing forty prayers here? Would it be best to extend my stay for eight more days to complete forty continuous prayers, or would performing one additional Fajr prayer or any other prayer in congregation suffice?

aIt should be noted that the fazeelat (virtue) of performing forty prayers in Masjid Al Nabawi mentioned in the hadith is on the condition that no prayer is missed in between. Therefore, this fazeelat will not be obtained if even one prayer is missed in between. However, performing forty prayers in Masjid Al Nabawi is not obligatory for those performing Hajj or Umrah, and it will not make any difference to the Hajj or Umrah. Rather, it is only a matter of fazeelat, which should be sought.
Therefore, in the situation mentioned in the question, if you can stay for another eight days and perform forty continuous prayers, it will be a great source of reward. However, if you are unable to perform forty continuous prayers due to any reason, there is no sin in it.

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دلائل:

مسندأحمد: (رقم الحديث: 12521، 312/8، ط: دار الحديث)

عن أنس بن مالك، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال: «من صلى في مسجدي أربعين صلاة، لا يفوته صلاة، كتبت له براءة من النار، ونجاة من العذاب، وبرئ من النفاق».

والحديث أخرجه الطبراني في ’’الأوسط‘‘(325/5)(5444)وقال:’’ لم يرو هذا الحديث عن أنس إلا نبيط بن عمر، تفرد به ابن أبي الرجال ‘‘
وأورده المنذري في ’’الترغيب والترهيب‘‘(139/2)(1832)وقال:رواه أحمد ورواته رواة الصحيح والطبراني في الأوسط وهو عند الترمذي بغير هذا اللفظ.وذكره الهيثمي في ’’مجمع الزوائد‘‘(8/4)(5877)وقال: قلت: روى الترمذي بعضه.رواه أحمد، والطبراني في الأوسط، ورجاله ثقات.و ذكره القسطلاني في ’’إرشادالساري‘‘(344/2)وقال: وروى أحمد بإسناد رواته الصحيح، من حديث أنس رفعه.

Allah the Almighty knows best.
Darul ifta Al-Ikhlas, Karachi.

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