The time for the qayloolah

Reference: Fataawa wa Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee – Page 412, Fatwa No.27

Question: According to the Sunnah, is the time for the qayloolah (siesta) before or after the Zhuhr prayer?

Response: It is before they pray the Zhuhr prayer. [Then], after the [mid-day] heat has lessened, they can pray [the Zhuhr prayer]. And the meaning of his ﷺ saying:

«Perform the Zhuhr [prayer] when it is cool», [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, No.538] is that you should do the qayloolah before [the Zhuhr prayer].

And if he were to sleep after the Zhuhr prayer, then it is not considered as the qayloolah.

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.