The Excellence of the Optional Prayers

بســــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــم الله الرحمن الرحــيــم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته

Now that we’ve covered the obligatory Salah,we’ll take a look at the Nawafil, something that most people don’t do by saying that it’s “just Sunnah”.

“He who does not follow my Sunnah has nothing to do with me” Bukhari

“A house will be built in paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak’ah of optional salah other than the obligatory salah in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” Muslim.

Note : these extra 12 rakaats of optional prayers, according to Imam Nasaai and Tirmithi are : 2 rakaats before the obligatory prayer of Early morning (fajr), and 4 rakaats before (Duhr) and 2 rakaats after it ,and 2 rakaats after the obligatory of early evening prayer (magrib) and 2 rakaats after the obligatory prayer of night (isha) prayer.

Abu Huraira said : “My Khalil (friend) (the Prophet Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam) advised me to observe three things and I shall not leave them till I die: 1. “To observe Saum (fasting) three days every (lunar) month; 2.” To offer the Duha prayer; 3. To offer Witr prayer before sleeping.” Bukhari and Muslim.

“The two rakaats before dawn (fajr) prayer are better than the word and all that it contains.” Muslim.

Aisha radhiyallahu ‘anha narrated that the Prophet Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam was never more regular and strict in offering any Nawafil than the two rakaats (sunnah before) dawn (fajr) prayer. Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

“If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two raka’ats before sitting.” Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Abu Huraira narrated that Allah’s Messenger Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam said to Bilal Radhiallahu ‘anhu “Tell me about the most hopeful act (i.e one which you deem the most rewarding with Allah) you have done since your acceptance of Islam because I heard the sound of the steps of your shoes in front of me in paradise.” Bilal said : “I do not consider any act more hopeful than that whenever I make ablution (wudoo) at any time of night or day, I offer salah (prayer) for as long as was destined for me to offer.” Al-bukhari and Muslim.

BONUS:
It is not permissible to greet with a wave of the hand, rather the Sunnah is to greet and return the greeting with words. Greeting with a wave of the hand is not permissible, because it is an imitation of some of the kuffaar who do that, and because it is contrary to what is prescribed by Allaah. But if a person gestures to the one whom he is greeting to indicate that he is saying salaam, because he is far away, whilst also uttering the words of the greeting, there is nothing wrong with that, because there is evidence to that effect. Similarly, if the person who is greeted is busy praying, he may respond with a gesture, as was narrated in the saheeh Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/352.

Don’t forget to invite your friends:-)

Peace out

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