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Not knowing the signs of puberty and not praying out of ignorance

Last updated: 1st January 2021
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Recently I found out that growing pubic hair is a sign of puberty. But before I didn't know that and only started praying 5 times a day once I got my period. Will the prayers I missed before be counted since I didn't know they were obligatory on me? And I don't know when I started growing hair. There was a time in march until May when I prayed but stopped cause it was so hard for me because no one in my family prays and they're not religious so I have to hide it. Do I have to make up the prayers that I missed? And am I sinning if I don't? Because I don't know how many prayers I have to make up. Maybe 2 years worth of prayers... maybe 1 year... maybe 6 months... I literally have no idea whatsoever so I'm waiting on my little sister to start growing hair down there so I can estimate how many prayers I have to make up. But I am more hairy than her so it may not be accurate

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

A girl can regard her self a Baligh (reaching the age of puberty) is either she has a 1.wet dream
2.become pregnant

Or until she reaches the age of fifteen.

As you began praying from the start of your menses you don’t need to do Qadha as you have attained puberty.

( بُلُوغُ الْغُلَامِ بِالِاحْتِلَامِ وَالْإِحْبَالِ وَالْإِنْزَالِ ) وَالْأَصْلُ هُوَ الْإِنْزَالُ ( وَالْجَارِيَةِ بِالِاحْتِلَامِ وَالْحَيْضِ وَالْحَبَلِ ) وَلَمْ يَذْكُرْ الْإِنْزَالَ صَرِيحًا لِأَنَّهُ قَلَّمَا يُعْلَمُ مِنْهَا ( فَإِنْ لَمْ يُوجَدْ فِيهِمَا( شَيْءٌ ( فَحَتَّى يَتِمَّ لِكُلٍّ مِنْهُمَا خَمْسَ عَشْرَةَ سَنَةً بِهِ يُفْتَى ) لِقِصَرِ أَعْمَارِ أَهْلِ زَمَانِنَا

(رد المحتار، ٦/١٥٣،سعيد)

And Allah knows best

18 Jumadal Ula Akhar 1442/ 01 February 2021

Answer last updated on:
4th February 2021
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London