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[Sunnah Series] The Optional Prayers

Ar-Rawaatib Prayers:

“There is not a Muslim servant who prays to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) twelve Rak’aat ,other than the obligatory prayers, every day and in obedience to Him, except that Allah builds for him a house in Paradise; or a house will be built for him is Paradise.”

These extra, recommended prayers are:

► Four Rak’ah before Salah Adh-Zhuhr and two after it.

► Two Rak’ah after Salat Al-Maghraib,

► Two Rak’ah before Salat Al-‘Isha and

► Two Rak’ah before Salat Al-Fajr.

Do you yearn for a house in Paradise? Preserve this Prophetic advice and perform twelve Rak’ah, in addition to the obligatory prayers.

[The Excellence of Optional Prayers]

Salat Ad-Duha

In the human body, there are three hundred and sixty joints. In order to express gratitude for this blessing, charity is required to be given on a behalf of each of these joints daily; the full reward of this can be attained by praying the two Rak’ah of Ad-Duha.

Every morning, charity is due on every joint of a person – every Tasbeeh is a charity, to enjoin good is a charity and to forbid evil is a charity. All of this is sufficed by two Rak’ah prayed at Ad-Duha.

Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu said, “My friend (Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised me to fast three days of every month [i.e. the three days of the full moon – the 13th, 14th and 15th of the lunar month], pray two Rak’ah of Ad-Duha and pray Witr before lying down (to sleep).”

Its time begins approximately fifteen minutes after the sun rises and lasts until approximately fifteen minutes before Salat Adh-Dhuhr. The best or preferred time to perform is at the time of intense heat. The minimum number is of Rak’aat is two and the maximum is eight. It has also been said that there is no limit to the number.

[The Time of Duha Prayer]

Sunnah of Salat Al-‘Asr

“May Allah have mercy on a person who prays four Rak’aat before Salat Al-‘Asr.” 

[Ruling on Delaying ‘Asr Prayer]

Sunnah of Salat Al-Maghraib

“Pray before the obligatory prayer of Maghraib.” He said it three times and on the third time he said, “For whoever wants.”

Sunnah of Salat Al-‘Isha

The Prophet said: “Between (every) two calls to prayer is a prayer. Between (every) two calls to prayer is a prayer.” On the third time he added, “For whoever wants.”

Imam An-Nawawi said the intended meaning of the two calls to prayer is the Athaan and Iqamah.

[Book: More than 1000 Sunan Every Day and Night (Adhkar Min Alf Sunnah Fee Al-Yawm Wa Al-Laylah, Dar-us-Salaam Publications)]

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