I have asked
this question to several shuyukh and ulama around the world and haven’t received an answer
properly yet, i am hoping you would be able to
provide a tenable answer inshaAllah.
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
In his commentary on Sahih Bukhari, Allamah Badrud-Deen Al-Aini has explained that for an one's action to be considered regular and punctual (in the Shariah), he should do it with such regularity and punctuality that it is considered regular and punctual according to the 'Urf (i.e. according to the understanding of people). In other words, if the people consider one's action to be regular and punctual, it will be considered regular and punctual in the Shariah; otherwise not.
قيل: أدومها كيف يكون قليلا ومعنى الدوام شمول الأزمنة مع أنه غير مقدور أيضا. أجيب بأن المراد بالدوام المواظبة العرفية وهي الإتيان بها في كل شهر أو كل يوم بقدر ما يطلق عليه عرفا اسم المداومة (عمدة القارئ ج23 ص64)
Hence, one can draw from the above that if one habitually performs an action but sometimes misses it due to a genuine excuse like sickness, etc, he will be considered punctual and regular in that action.
يثاب المريض على النوافل التي كان يعملها في صحته وشغل بالمرض (فتح الباري 1ج ص407)
And Allah knows best
Maulana Shakeel Tariq
Checked and approved by:
Mufti Faizal Riza
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