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The Ruling on delaying the Prayer due to Sleep

I am a young girl who often misses the Maghrib prayer due to sleep, then I make it up in the morning or at a later time. What is the ruling on this?

The ruling is that it is not permissible for anyone to be so careless in prayer that the time for it ends. If a person was sleeping, he can charge someone with the responsibility of waking him so that he may pray, and he must do so. So it is incumbent on this young girl to encourage one of her family members to wake her. But if she is forced by circumstance, because of her sleep is very deep, and she has prayed the Maghrib prayer, but fears that she will be overcome by sleep before Isha and be unable to pray it before Fajr time, there is no sin upon her if she performs the Maghrib and Isha prayers together so that she does not miss praying the Isha prayer at its stated time. This would only be allowed due to some exceptional circumstances, such as if she had stayed awake for a number of nights, or she was afflicted by illness etc.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 240
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