How to advise my father who does not pray

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Question: Also, his father does not pray, and says when I advise him, he replies “I know more than you”; So what do you advise that I do?

Response: You mean and he does not know about the prayer!?

[So] he knows more than him, but does not know about the prayer!?

He is not speaking the truth.

He is ignorant and doesn’t know it – and all refuge is sought in Allaah – or he is a ‘scholar’ to misguidance!

So he must continue to advise him, and instil in him the fear of Allaah; instil in him the fear of Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall.

And if he (father) refuses, and [his son] is able to separate himself from him, then he should separate himself from him and live alone, in a house – alone with him and his family, or he lives alone in a house [by himself].

However, he must continue to extend kindness and good to him – even if he lives in another house.


Translation originally published on 26 April, 2024

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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