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Is someone who doesn't pray (although they know how to) still a Muslim according to the Quran and Sunnah?

You can be Muslim by "Title" but that doesn't mean anything. To be a Muslim is to worship Allah (a physical and emotional act). In fact, the very first thing Allah asks us about on the Day of Judgment is Prayer. So yes, Prayer is very important and if you don't pray, you aren't really Muslim by action, just by title (which is not really Muslim anyway). I hope I answered your question :)

answered 154 Skykiki's gravatar image

Messenger of Allah (عليه الصلاة والسلام) said, "That which differentiates us from the disbelievers and hypocrites is our performance of Salat. He who abandons it, becomes a disbeliever."

Sunan at-tirmidhi , 2621

The Messenger of Allah (a'leh al salat wlsalam) said, "Between a man and disbelief and paganism is the abandonment of Salat (prayer)."

sahih muslim. Book of Faith 01. hadith 147

answered 1603 petrolhead's gravatar image

It depends if you really can't pray.(EX:No one showed you how to pray(it is rare)) But, if he doesn't have "Kalima Shahada", he is not a Muslim. Here's the 5 meanings of Islam that will help you understand: 1. the shahada 2. daily prayers (salat) 3. almsgiving (zakāt) 4. fasting during Ramadan 5. the pilgrimage to Mecca(hajj) at least once every lifetime.

 I hope it helped.
answered 22828 Aaqib%20J's gravatar image

Thank you, but I edited my post to be more specific.

(Nov 17 '12 at 16:38) UmmRaheil UmmRaheil's gravatar image

asslamm a´likum. if he believes that praying is wajib but he doesn´t pray because of laziness or something like that then he is still muslim but like "munafiq". that doesn´t mean that he won´t be punished. if he eaves praying because he doesn´t believe in praying. this one is no doubt a non-muslim "mushrik".wa Allahh a3lam.

answered 1171925 lumisho's gravatar image

We shall note that prayer is the second pillar of islam just after shahada. according to one prophetic tradion, the promise that is between us (muslims) and non-muslim is prayer whoever stop performing it is not believer. in another long hadith prophet compare anyone who stop prayer with fir'aun, hamman, karun and ubayya and that he will be raised with them on the day hereafter. there is alot of hadith that invalidate the faith of anyone who delibarately stop praying. wallahu a'alamu.

answered 10 Najeeb%20Mansur%20Sayaya's gravatar image

Masha Allaah, do you have the authentic references? Book and number of hadith etc.

(Dec 30 '12 at 13:31) UmmRaheil UmmRaheil's gravatar image

UmmRaheil, I've answered with references.

(Dec 30 '12 at 17:36) petrolhead petrolhead's gravatar image

Actually the thing is if you say Kalima from the heart then Alhamdulillah you are a Believer.

Note I said you a Believer and not a Muslim. Now whats the difference ?

Believer in Islam: Believe in oneness of Allah and his last Messenger Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

Muslim: One who submits to the will of Allah, according to Islam.

So if you don't submit to the will of God, meaning you are breaking your religious duties declared by Allah then how can you say yourself a Muslim? rather you are a Believer.

The thing is There are Five Pillars of Islam.

  1. the shahada (Islamic creed)

  2. daily prayers (salah)

  3. almsgiving (zakāt)

  4. fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm)

  5. the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetime. If you have the money

And if you try to break any one of them, your emaan can not be completed.

Hope you will be satisfy by the answer :-)

answered 1.2k16 believer's gravatar image
edited Dec 30 '12 at 05:48

What does kalima mean?

(Dec 31 '12 at 01:34) sadie ♦ sadie's gravatar image

Its Kalima-e-Shahaadat (Second Kalima)

"Ash-hadu an-La illaha ill Allahu, Wahdahu La Sharika lah, wa ash-Hadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa Rasoolu"

You can find more on here

(Dec 31 '12 at 08:49) believer ♦ believer's gravatar image
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