VERY Rewarding Nafl Salaahs we can Pray Everyday this Ramadan!

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    VERY Rewarding Nafl Salaahs we can Pray Everyday this Ramadan!

    EVERY SECOND IS SO PRECIOUS THIS RAMADAN! SO LETS GET GOING AND PRAY THESE NAFLS THROUGHOUT THE DAY EVERYDAY THIS RAMADAN AND BEYOND AND OUR GOOD DEED ACCOUNTS WILL FILL WITH GOOD DEEDS INSHALLAH!!!

    1.TAHIYATUL WUDHU (Nafl prayer after doing Wudu)

    Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that once Nabi Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam asked Bilal (Radiyallahu 'anhu) at Fajr Salat:

    O Bilal!

    Tell me that deed of yours
    which is most hopeful (for reward)
    after embracing Islam,
    for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise
    (in my dream).


    Bilal (Radiyallahu 'anhu) replied:

    I have not done anything extroadinary except that
    whenever I perform Wudu during the day or night,
    I Salat (Tahiyatul-Wudu) after that,
    as much as was written or granted for me.
    (Bukhari)

    Abu Huraira Radhiallahu ‘anhu 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.” Narrated by Al-bukhari and Muslim.

    After completion of the wudhu of two Rakaats is full of blessings (sawaab). It is related in the Hadith that performance of the two Rakaats of Tahiyatul wudhu Namaaz makes paradise obligatory (wajib) for the performer (ref:Muslim Sharif) There are also many other benefits.

    It should not be performed during the Improper (makruh) times. (When the sun rises, when it is at Zenith and when it sets.)

    2. Prayer of Ishraq (Sunrise prayer)

    The beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has said: Those who perform the Fajr prayer in congregation (Jamaa’at), read the Zikr (remembrance of Allah) till the sun has completely arisen (length of a spear from the horizon, after 20 minutes of sunrise) and read 2 Raka-at Nafil prayer, will have the benedictions (sawaab) equal to those of Haj-Umrah. It is recommended to read the Surah Fateha and Ayyat-uk-Kursi till Khaalidoon, in the first Raka-at, and in the second Raka-at to read, after Surah Fateha, Aamanar Rasul till the end of Suratul Baqarah. In the case that this verse cannot be read from memory, one can recite any other verse and then ask Duas. Woman should read all prayers of Farz and Nafil at home and will derive the same benefits (sawaab) that accrue from prayer performed at the Mosque (Tirmizi Shareef).

    The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) is reported to have said that Whoever, after finishing Fajr salat, kept sitting at the place of prayer, and prayed the Ishraq salat before getting up from there, provided he did not engage in any worldly act or conversation during that time, and instead, remained in Allah's Zikr (remembrance), then all his sins are forgiven, even if they are as much as the foarn of the ocean. [Abu Da'ud] The scholars have written that during this time, the person should take care to sit facing the Qiblah. Sheikh Shahabuddin Soharwardi (R.A.) used to say that the action whose reward is obtained right away in this world, is that a person, after Fajr salat, facing Qiblah, does Zikr of Allah until Ishraq. After a few days the person will gain inner spiritual light (Nuraniyat).

    Rasulullah is reported to have said that Allah Ta'ala says, 'O son of Aadam, perform 4 Rakaats of Salat (Ishraaq) in the early part of the day. I shall help you in accomplishing all your responsibilities during the rest of the day.' (Mishkaat pg.116)

    In another narration of Tirmidhi, Rasulullah is reported to have said, 'He who performs Fajr Salat with Jamaat and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakaats Nafil Salat, (Ishraaq), he will obtain the Thawaab of one Hajj and one Umrah.' (Tirmidhi).


    From the above Ahaadith, we learn that the number of Rakaats to be performed are 2 or 4 Rakaats, and the Mustahabb method of performing it is to remain seated in your place of Salat after Fajr and engage in Dhikr, etc. until sunrise. Then, approximately, 10-15 minutes after sunrise perform 2-4 Rakaats. 'If a person gets occupied in some worldly activity after the Fajr Salat, and after sunrise he offers Ishraaq Salat, this will also be permissible although the reward will be less.' (Bahishti Zewar part2 pg.30)

    3. Dhuhaa Salaat (Breakfast prayer)

    When the sun has risen high and there is heat in its rays, the performance of 2,4, 6,8 or 12 rakaats is called Namaaz-e-Chaast. This is full of countless rewards.

    The Traditions says that the performance of 2 rakaats wipes away all ones sins. There are 360 joints in our body and to pay Sadakah for each is Wajib (obligatory) The 2 rakaaats is enough to pay all the Sadakah. Performance of 4 rakaats places the performer's name among the Abids and is the Sunnat of Saliheen and promise the performer protection until the evening. The performer of 6 rakaats is relieved of his day's worries. Performance of 8 rakaats places his name among the Parhezgaars and the performer of 12 rakaats ensures a Golden Mansion or castle for himself in Paradise. (Ref : Tirmizi, Ibne Majah, Ahmad and Abu Yala)

    The Mustahabb (preferred) time of performing Salat al-Dhuhaa is after 1/4 of the day has passed. This is deduced from a Hadith of Muslim. (Halabi; Sharah Kabeer pg.390). From many Ahaadith, we understand that Salat al-Dhuhaa should be performed after the sun has risen quiet high. Because the Fuqahaa and Muhadditheen are of the opinion that the commencement of the time of Salat al-Dhuhaa is the same as that of Ishraaq (i.e. immediately after sunrise), the Ulama have stated that 'if due to lack of time, one performs the Salat of Ishraaq and Dhuhaa together at one time, that too will be correct.' (Our Namaas pg.44)

    Rasulullah is reported to have said, 'Whoever offers 2 Rakaats of Salat al-Dhuhaa, all his sins will be forgiven even though they are as much as the foam of the sea.' (Ibid)

    It is reported that Sayyidna Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) used to perform 8 Rakaats of Salat al-Dhuhaa. She said that even if her parents arose from the grave, she would not leave Salat al-Dhuhaa to go and meet them. (Ibid).

    'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats and it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505)


    The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) is reported to have said that Whoever prayed twelve rakaats at the time of Chasht, then Allah will, as reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. [Mishkat, Tirmizi, Ibn Majah]


    4. Virtues of the Four Rak'aah Sunnah of Zuhr


    The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) is reported to have said that Whoever performs the four rakaats before and after the Zuhr salat with constancy, Allah Ta'ala makes the fire of Hell haram (forbidden) for him. [Mishkat, p. 104; Tirmizi, Abu Da'ud, Nisai, Ibn Majah]


    The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) is reported to have said that after the worshipper prays the four rakaats of Zuhr salat, the doors of heaven are opened, i.e. the salat becomes accepted by Allah, and the cause of its acceptance comes down on the worshipper as rays of mercy. [Mishkat, p. 104]

    5. Virtues of the 4 Rak'aah Sunnah of Asr

    Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said: "May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (rak'ahs) before 'Asr prayer." (Abu Dawud)

    6.Prayer of Tahajjud (Night prayer)

    Our Master, the beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has said: In Paradise there is a castle reserved for those who read Tahajjud and the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) further adds, those who pray at night will enter paradise without having to account for their acts in this life.
    The Nafils of Tahajjud are read after the Esha prayer, but it is important to sleep before performing Tahajjud. The prayer consists of a minimum of 2 Raka-ats, and a maximum of 8 or 12 Raka-ats (to be read according ones capacity).

    After Esha prayers sleep for some time, then wake up any time during the night before the rise of morning for Tahajjud prayers. With the performance of 2 Rakats you have duly achieved your Tahajjud. However, the performance of 8 Rakats in Sunnat, and complying with the practice of the Holy Saints of Islam and performing 12 Rakats is commendable.

    It is recommended that you recite in your prayers as much of the Sacred Quran as you know. If you happen to know by heart the whole of the Sacred Quran you may, in at least 3 nights or most 4 nights of Tahajjud effectuate the complete reading of the Sacred Quran.

    Otherwise, you may recite 3 Surah Ikhlas (Qul Hu Allahu Ahad) after your "Alhamdu..." in every Rakat and you will thus derive full benefits of the full recital of the Sacred Quran in every Rakat.

    During the month of Ramadan one should awake a little earlier for Sehri and make time to pray Tahajjud Salaah for the reward is magnified so much more in Ramadan and duas are even more readily accepted than at any other time of the year.

    The dua's at the time of Tahajjud are very readily accepted by Almighty Allah and one should repent and ask of Allah and try to cry in their dua's at this time, if one cannot cry due to the hardness of ones heart due to sin then at least one should make the face as if one is crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quickly and promptly when it cries the same way Allah attends to his servant quicker when they are crying.

    7.Salaatul Tawbah (Prayer for Repentance for sin)

    If one has done committed any sinful act which is contrary to the Shariat then one should perform 2 rakaats of Nafil and humble themselves before Allah and sincerely repent, feel ashamed for their sins and ask Allah for forgiveness and make a firm intention never to commit such act again in the future. By the Grace of Allah the sins would then be forgiven (Ref: Shami)

    Ameerul Mumineen Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) relates that the Holy Prophet ( Sallaallahu Alayi Wasallam) said that whenever one has done a sinful act he should make wudhu , perform 2 rakaats Nafil and thereafter sincerely repent and seek Almighty's forgivness. Allah pardons all sins. After relating this , the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) then read the following from the Quran:

    "And those who have done something to be ashamed of or wronged their own souls. Earnestly bring Allah to mind and ask for forgiveness of their sins, and who can forgive sins except Allah" (Sura 3-135)

    8.Virtues of walking to the Masjid

    Abu Hurayra رضى الله تعالى عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said,

    "Anyone who purifies himself in his house and then goes to one of the houses of Allah to fulfil one of the obligations of Allah, one step removes an error and the other raises him a degree." [Muslim]


    9. Virtues of Praying in the Masjid

    The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) is reported to have said that The person who, from morning to evening, goes towards the Masjid to perform salat, every time he goes to the Masjid, Allah Ta'ala prepares the Paradise for his welcome. [Mishkat]

    10. Tahiyyatul Masjid (Nafl prayer when entering Masjid)

    Abu Qatada Radhiallahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam said : “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two raka’ats before sitting.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

    This is a 2 Rak'aah Nafl prayer which one should perform as one enters the Masjid. It is very rewarding.


    11. Reward of Salaah multiplied 70 times or more by use of Miswaak

    ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) has reported that,

    “The prayer before which the Miswak is used is seventy times more excellent than that before which it is not used.”

    Ibn Abbas, ‘Ali and Ata (may Allah be pleased with them all) state that,

    “But it increases to 99 or 400 times.”

    Reward for every action is based on sincerity, the more sincerity we are the the more reward we'll get! It may be that we could get 70, 99 or even 400 times or more rewards for every action depending on how sincere we are in doing the action. Subhanallah!
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    Asalamu aleikum wr wb.

    Jazakalllahu khair, dear sister/brother.. May ALLAH azawajal reward you for that.. May ALLAH Subhana wata'ala give you janatul firdous and make everythin blessed for you inshaALLAH.. May ALLAH azawajal forgive and hide the bad things you have done both in dunya and akhira ..

    InshaALLAH, may ALLAH accept our Dua and make it come true inshaALLAH..

    Fi amanillah..
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    Asalaamu Alaikum wr wb, jazakallah for the beautiful dua. May it apply to both of us and our families. Please remember me in your duas. Allah hafiz
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    The Fiqh of Voluntary (Nafl) Prayers: An exposition of the prayers not directly related to the obligatory prayers

    The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) related from Allah Most High that He said,

    “… And my servant continues to draw closer to me by voluntary actions until I love him…” [Bukhari]

    The Salutation of the Mosque Prayer (Tahiyyat al-Masjid)

    On the authority of Abu Qatada (Allah be pleased with him) he said, "The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: 'If any of you enters the Mosque, let him not sit until he prays two rakats.'" [Bukhari & Muslim]

    And on the authority of Abu Dhar (Allah be pleased with him) he said, "I entered the mosque, and there was the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) sitting alone, so he said: 'Oh Abu Dhar, Truly the mosque has a greeting, and indeed its greeting is two rakats, so stand up and pray them.'" [Reported by Ibn Hiban in his Sahih]

    Ibn Abidin explains in his commentary Radd al-Muhtar on al-Durr al-Mukhtar that, "What's intended by it (i.e. greeting the mosque) is drawing nearer to Allah not to the mosque, because a man if he enters the house of a king greets the king not his house." [Radd al-Muhtar 'ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, 1:456]

    The fiqh involved

    The salutation of the mosque (tahiyyat al-masjid) is a two rakat prayer offered when first entering the masjid preferably before one sits down.

    The opportunity is not missed by sitting down, but rather it is preferable to perform it before (one sits). [Imdad al-fattah 411]

    One should not perform the two rakats of salutation (tahiyyat) in a time that is disliked (makruh) [i.e. not from the start of Fajr until the sun rises, during the zenith, or after having prayed ‘Asr until the sun sets]. [ Imdad al-Fatah, 411]

    The obligatory prayer takes the place of the tahiyyat, and so does every other prayer one offers when entering the mosque regardless whether one includes the tahiyyat in one’s intention or not, [though one is only rewarded for the tahiyyat if one intends it]. [ Imdad al-Fattah, 411]

    If one frequently enters the mosque in a day for a specific reason, than one is given the option of offering the tahiyyat either in the first of his entrances or in the last. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:456]

    If the Imam is praying the obligatory prayer, or if the muezzin is giving the call to commence prayer (Iqama), than one refrains from the tahiyyat. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:457]

    The Two Prayer Cycles of Ablution (Wudu')

    Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) related that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said to Bilal, "Oh Bilal, tell me about a work that you are most hopeful about (being rewarded for) from the works you have done in Islam, for I heard the thumping of your sandals in front of me in Jannah." He said, "I did not do a work more hopeful to me, except that I never performed ablution in an hour of night or day without praying with that ablution what was written for me to pray." [Bukhari & Muslim]

    Muslim reports that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless and give him peace) said, "There is no Muslim who performs ablution properly, than gets up and offers two rakats turning to them wholeheartedly, except that Paradise becomes necessary for him."

    It is recommended to offer two prayer cycles after performing ablution, and before the complete drying of the limbs. [ Imdad al-Fattah, 412]

    The two rakats are offered after performing ghusl as well. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:458]

    It is recommended to read surat al-Kafiroon in the first raka, and surat al-Ikhlas in the second. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:458]

    If an obligatory prayer was performed following the ablution, it acts in place of the two recommended rakats. [ Hashiyat al-Tahtawi, 217]

    The Forenoon (Duha) prayer

    Abu Hurayra related that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, "Whoever adheres to the Duha prayer shall have his sins forgiven, even if they are like the foam of the sea." [Tirmidhi, 438]

    Abu Hurayra said, "My Dear One (Allah bless him & give him peace) enjoined me with three: to sleep having performed the witr prayer; to fast three days every month; and the two rakats of Duha." [Nasa'i, 1659]

    Mu`adha said that she asked `A'isha (Allah be pleased with her), "How many rakats did the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) pray for the Duha prayer?" She replied, "Four rakats, and he would add what he wanted." [Muslim 1175, Ahmad 23317, Ibn Maja 1371]

    It is a minimum of two rakats and a maximum of twelve. [ al-Durr al-Mukhtar, 1:459]

    The optimal amount of rakats is eight, and the optimal minimal amount is four. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:459]

    Its time is from when the sun has risen (f: 12 to 15 minutes after Fajr exits) to when the sun is at its zenith (Zawal, just before Zuhr time enters).

    Its preferred time is after a quarter of the day has passed. [ Durr al-Mukhtar, 1:459]

    The two surahs of Duha, i.e. Surat al-Shams and surat al-Duha are recommended for recitation in the prayer. [ Radd al-Mukhtar, 459]

    It is disliked to pray more than 4 rakats at a time with one taslima.

    The Two Prayer Cycles of Travel

    On the authority of Maqtam ibn al-Miqdam? That he said, "The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless and give him peace) said, 'No one has left behind with their family anything better than two rakats offered at home when wanting travel.'" [Reported by al-Tabarani]

    Kaab ibn Malik relates, "The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) would not arrive from a journey except daytime in the forenoon, so if he arrived he started with the mosque and prayed two rakats in it then sat." [Muslim]

    Whoever desires to travel should offer two rakats of prayer in his home prior to traveling, and when he returns from his journey he should seek the mosque and offer two rakats therein. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:459]

    Night Prayer

    It's reported about the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) that he said: "Adhere to night prayer, for it is the habit of the righteous before you, and a means of drawing nearer to your Lord; it is an expiation for sins, and a deterrent from wrongdoing." [Tirmidhi & al-Hakim]

    Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah be pleased with him) said to him, "Oh Abdullah, do not be like so-and-so, he used to pray in the night then he abandoned night prayer." [Bukhari & Muslim]

    And it is reported by Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) that, "The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to perform eleven rakats of prayer (at night), prostrating in it a prostration the length it takes any of you to read fifty verses (ayats) before raising his head." [Bukhari]



    It is preferred over daytime prayer. [ Radd al-Muhtar,1:459]

    It begins from after isha and continues until fajr time. [ Imdad al-Fattah, 412]

    It is a minimum of two rakats and a maximum of eight, with three additional rakats for witr. [ Hashiyat al-Tahtawi, 217]

    If one desires to pray one-third of the night and sleep two-thirds of it, than it is best for him to pray in the middle third of the night because worship in this time is most arduous. [ Radd al-Mukhtar, 1:460]

    If one desires to pray half the night and sleep half of it, than it is best to pray the last half because of the hadiths that relate to this time of night. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:460]

    It is best to perform night prayer two rakats at a time with one taslima. [ Imdad al-Fattah, 408]

    The Guidance Prayer (Istikhara)

    On the authority of Jabir ibn 'Abdi'llah (may Allah be well pleased with him and with his father) who said, "Allah's Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to teach us how to seek guidance in choosing the best option available in a practical enterprise [al-istikhara fi 'l-amr], just as he would teach us a Chapter [Sura] from the Qur'an. He would say:

    "'If one of you is concerned about some practical undertaking, or about making plans for a journey, he should perform two cycles of ritual prayer [rak'atain], not as an obligatory observance [farida], but voluntarily. Then he should say:

    '"O Allah, I ask You to show me what is best, through Your knowledge, and I ask You to empower me, through Your power, and I beg You to grant me Your tremendous favor, for You have power, while I am without power, and You have knowledge, while I am without knowledge, and You are the One who knows all things invisible.

    Allahumma inni astakhiru-ka bi-'ilmi-ka wa astaqdiru-ka bi-qudrati-ka wa as'alu-ka min fadli-ka 'l-'azim fa-inna-ka taqdiru wa la aqdiru wa ta'lamu wa la a'lamu wa Anta 'Allamu 'l-ghuyub :

    O Allah, if You know that this undertaking is in the best interests of my religion, my life in this world, and my life in the Hereafter, and can yield successful results in both the short term and the long term, then make it possible for me and make it easy for me, and then bless me in it.

    Allahumma in kunta ta'lamu anna hadha 'l-amra khairun li fi dini wa dunyaya wa akhirati wa 'aqibati amri wa 'ajili -hi wa ajili-h :fa-'qdir-hu li wa yassir-hu li thumma barik li fi-h :

    If not, then turn it away from me, and make it easy for me to do well, wherever I may happen to be, and make me content with Your verdict, O Most Merciful of the merciful.'"

    wa illa fa-'srif-hu 'an-ni wa yassir liya 'l-khaira haithu kana ma kuntu wa raddi-ni bi-qada'i-ka ya Arhama 'r-rahimin :

    The guidance prayer (Istikhara) is recommended for those matters in which it is unclear to one what course of action one should take. [ Hashiyat al-Tahtawi, 217]

    One begins by offering two rakats to Allah (Mighty and Majestic). One should then sit, (Preferably facing the qibla with hands raised) and recite the dua of Istikhara.

    ◦It is recommended to open the dua of istikhara with praise of Allah and sending blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace), and to close it in this manner, too. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:461]◦The invoker chooses either to declare his or her matter of concern in place of, "this undertaking" (hadha 'l-amra) in the dua, or to declare it at the end upon its completion. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:461]
    It is desirable to repeat the Istikhara seven times. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:461]

    The Prayer of Glorifications (Tasabih)

    The method of offering the prayer of glorifications (tasabih) listed below is reported by al-Tirmidhi on the authority of Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak:

    1- Begin by making takbirat al-Ihram

    2-Read the opening invocation (thana)

    3- Say the following tasbihs: "Exalted is Allah, and all praise is for Allah, and there is no god save Allah, and Allah is the greatest [subhanallah wa al-hamdulillah wa la ilah illa Allah wa Allahuakbar]" fifteen times.

    4- Then say, "I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed devil"

    5- Then recite the opening of the book (fatihat al-kitab) with a surah after it

    6- Repeat the tasbihs in the following ten times:

    a) After reciting the surah while still standing

    b) In ruku after (Subhana Rabbi al-Aala) thrice

    c) After rising from ruku and standing up straight

    d) In prostration following (Subhana Rabbi al-Adheem) thrice

    e) In the sitting between the two prostrations

    f) In the second prostration following (Subhana Rabbi al-Adheem) thrice

    7-Repeat 1-7 in every cycle (raka) of the prayer

    Above list extracted from Fatawa al-Hindiyya [1:112]

    The prayer of glorifications (tasabih) is four rakats with one taslima or two. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:461]

    It is offered in any time that is not prohibitively disliked (makruh) to pray in. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:461]

    The tasbihs should not be counted on the fingers if one is able to count by heart. [Radd al-Muhtar, 1:461]

    It is recommended to recite surat al-takathur in the first raka, surat al-asr in the second, surat al-kafiroon in the third, and surat al-Ikhlas in the fourth. [ Fatawa al-Hindiyya, 1:112]

    The Prayer of Need (Salat al-Hajah)

    According to a traditional report, transmitted by Abu Hashim al-Ayyili on the authority of Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be well pleased with him), the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

    If someone has a seriously pressing need, requiring Allah's help, he should perform the ritual ablution [wudu'] with proper care. He should then perform two cycles of ritual prayer [rak'atain]. In the first cycle he should recite the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] and the Verse of the Throne [Ayat al-Kursi], and in the second cycle, the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] and "Amana 'r-Rasulu... [The Messenger believes...]" to the end of that passage. Then, having pronounced the testimony [tashahhud] and the salutation [taslima], he should make his plea by offering this prayer of supplication [du'a'], for his need will then be satisfied. The words of the prayer of supplication [du'a'] are as follows:

    O Allah! O Intimate Friend of every lonely individual! O Companion of every solitary individual! O You who are Near, not distant! O You who are Present, not absent! O You who are Invisible, but not vanquished!

    Allahumma : ya Mu'nisa kulli wahid : wa ya Sahiba kulli farid : wa ya Qariban ghaira ba'id: wa ya Shahidan ghaira gha'ib : wa ya Gha'iban ghaira maghlub :

    I beseech you by invoking Your Name: In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate, the Ever-Living, the Eternally Self-Sustaining the One whom neither slumber nor sleep can overtake.

    as'alu-ka bi'smi-ka bi'smi'llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Rahim: al-Hayyi 'l-Qayyum: alladhi la ta'khudhu-hu sinatun wa la nawm.

    Again I beseech you by invoking Your Name: In the Name of Allah the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate, the Ever-Living, the Eternally Self-Sustaining, the One before whom faces are humbled, voices subdued and hearts quake and tremble.

    wa as'alu-ka bi'smi-ka bi'smi'llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Rahim: al-Hayyi 'l-Qayyum: alladhi 'anat la-hu 'l-wujuh: wa khasha'at la-hu 'l-aswat: wa wajilat min-hu 'l-qulub :

    [I beseech You] to bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and to grant me relief from my problem, and a way out of it, and to fulfil my need.

    an yusalliya 'ala Muhammadin wa 'ala ali Muhammad wa an taj'ala li min amri farajan wa makhrajan wa taqdiya hajati.

    Night Worship (Ihya al-Layl)

    It is recommended to worship on the following nights:

    1- The Night of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr

    It is reported by Ibn Majah (1782) that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "Whoever stood in worship on the two nights of the two Eids (Adha and Fitr) expecting great reward from Allah, his heart will not die the day the hearts die.

    2-The Night of the Middle of Shaban

    It is related by Ali ibn Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "On the night of the middle of Shaban, stand its night in worship, and fast its day, for verily in it Allah (Mighty and Majestic) descends with the setting of the sun unto the sky, saying: 'Is there not a seeker of My forgiveness that I may forgive him, is there not a seeker of My providence that I may provide for him,’ until day breaks." [Abd al-Razzaq & Ibn Majah 1388]

    3-The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

    On the authority of Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) that she said, "If the last ten (nights) of Ramadan came in, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) would stand the night in worship, wake up his wives, and tighten his waist wrapper [i.e. strive strenuously and vigorously (in worship)]." [Bukhari and Muslim]

    Also reported by Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) that she said, "He (Allah bless and give him peace) would exert himself in the last ten days (of Ramadan) that which he would not exert in other than it." [Muslim]

    4-The First Ten Nights of Dhul Hijja

    It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "There are no days more beloved to Allah to be worshipped in than the ten of Dhul Hijja, the fasting of every day in it is equal to fasting a year, and the worship of every night in it (equal) to the worship of the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr). [Tirmidhi]

    Standing in worship in these previously mentioned nights includes the following:

    1. Voluntary prayer without any specific prescribed number of rakats

    2. Reciting Quran

    3. Reading hadiths and listening to them

    4. Glorifying Allah (Mighty and Majestic) and praising Him

    5. Prayer and blessings upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) Imdad al-Fattah (417)

    Standing these nights in worship is attained by spending the greater part in worship. It is also said spending a moment therein suffices. And it is related from ibn ‘Abbas that it is attained by praying 'Isha' with a group and being determined to pray Fajr with a group. [Imdad al-Fattah, 417]

    It is disliked for people to get together to worship in any of these nights, regardless whether it is in the mosque or elsewhere. [ Imdad al-Fattah, 417]

    The Execution Prayer (Salat al-Maut)

    If a Muslim was tried with death by execution, it is recommended for him to perform two prayer cycles, pleading for Allah's forgiveness and mercy after them; so that his final works before leaving this world are seeking forgiveness and prayer. [ Radd al-Muhtar, 1:462]

    We ask Allah to give us success in incorporating the practice of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) into our lives and to avail of the tremendous bounty of Allah.

    Source:http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=1&ID=2133&CATE=99
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    WANT TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF RASULALLAH (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallim)?

    Rabi'ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers)." (Muslim)
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    LET US PRAY Tahajjud Prayer EVERYNIGHT IN THESE LAST FEW DAYS OF RAMADAN


    "And during a part of the night, pray Tahajjud beyond what is incumbent upon you"

    Quran (Surah 17: Verse 79)

    Tahajjud is derived from the Arabic root “hajada” meaning: he who was wakeful in the night. Thajjud prayer, also known as Salatul-Layl, was an obligatory prayer for our Prophet (saw) to offer anytime after Isha Prayer.

    For the Ummah of the Holy Prophet (saw) this particular prayer holds the most merit from all the optional prayers that one can perform. As a mureed it is particularly important and

    "....highly recommended for you to observe Tahajjud Prayer, for it was the practice of your righteous predecessors.The Tahajjud prayer brings you close to your Lord, atones for your sins, drives disease from the body, and puts a stop to transgression.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

    Time & Performance of Tahajjud:

    “The closest that a slave comes to his Lord is during the middle of the latter portion of the night. If you can be among those who remember Allah the Exalted One at that time, then do so.” (At-Tirmidhi)

    Our mureeds should observe their tahajjud prayer anytime between: 12:30am and one hour before Sehri ends.

    Although Tahajjud Prayer can be anywhere between 2-8 rakaats (cycles), mureeds are asked to perform atleast 4. The tahajjud should be observed such that in each rakaat you recite Surah Fatiha once & Surah Ikhlas three times.

    Waking up one's soul partner:

    It is highly recommended that one wakes up one's own partner for this prayer also. Abu Hurairah quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying:

    “May Allah bless the man who gets up during the night to pray and wakes up his wife and who, if she refuses to get up, sprinkles water on her face. And may Allah bless the woman who gets up during the night to pray and wakes up her husband and who, if he refuses, sprinkles water on his face.” (Ahmad)

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also said:

    “If a man wakes his wife and prays during the night or they pray two rak`ahs together, they will be recorded among those (men and women) who (constantly) make remembrance of Allah.” (Abu Dawud.)


    This is a wonderful PDF version of Kitabusalat- Book of prayer which tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about Wudu, bath, Salat etc

    http://www.islamtomorrow.com/books/prayer_book/kitabsalat.pdf.
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    PRAY SALAATUL TASBIH EVERY NIGHT IN THE REMAINING FEW DAYS OF RAMADAN AND THEN CARRY ON READING IT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT LEAST EVERY FRIDAY OR AS MUCH AS ONE CAN FOR THIS PRAY IS VERY REWARDING ALHAMDOLILLAH

    Salatul Tasbih For forgiveness of All Sins

    Benefits of Salat-Ul-Tasbih


    Our Beloved Prophet Mohammed (Sallallaho Alihiwassallam) said to his uncle (father’s brother) Sayyiduna Abbass (may Allah be pleased with him) Oh uncle shall I not give you Shall I not grant you Shall I not award you Shall I not do mercy on you When you do 10 things Allah will forgive your sins: of the future and of the past; new and old; those you have forgotten and those you did knowingly; big and small; hidden and revealed. Then he (Sallallaho Alihiwassallam) explained the taught the way to pray Salatul Tasbih and then said if you can pray this salah once a day, if you can not pray once a day then every Friday, and even if this is not possible then once a month and even if this is not possible then once a year and even if this is not possible then at least once in a lifetime (Abu’Dawood & Tirimzi)

    How to perform Salatul Tasbih?

    This salaat (namaz) is offered in four rakat at a time and can be read in any part of the day and night besides Zawal and Sunrise and Sunset makrooh times, keeping in mind the forbidden times for performing Salat (namaaz). But is is preferred before Zuhr (Fatawa Alamgeeri)

    The Tasbih to be read in Salaat-Ul-Tasbeeh:

    " Subhaan Allahi Wal Hamdulillahi Wa Laa ilaha illal Laahu Wallahu Akbar "

    Method:

    Goal is to recite above Tasbih 300 times in Four Rakah with the following method.
    In the first rakaat, after reading Sana "Subhaana Kallahumma...", read the above tasbih 15 times.

    Now recite Aaoz "Aoozubillah...", Bismillah "Bismillah...", Then read sura Fatiha and a Surah or minimum of three small Ayayhs then read the tasbih 10 times again.

    Go to ruku saying Takbeer (Allah Hoo Akbar), after reciting "Subhaana Rabbiyal Azeem" minimum of three times read the tasbih 10 times in Ruku.
    Saying "Samee Allahu Liman Hamidah Rabbana Lakal Hamdh" get up from ruku to qiyam position.

    Now read the tasbih 10 times.

    Go to Sajdah saying Takbeer (Allah Hoo Akbar) and after reciting "Subhaana Rabbiyal A'la" minimum of three times read the tasbih 10 times in Sajdah.

    Now go after first Sajdah go to Jalsa (sitting position) saying Takbeer (Allah Hoo Akbar). Sitting in Jalsa read tasbih 10 times.

    Go to sajda again saying Takbeer (Allah Hoo Akbar) and after reciting "Subhaana Rabbiyal A'la" minimum of three times read the tasbih 10 times in Sajdah again.

    Get up to begin 2nd rakat saying Takbeer (Allah Hoo Akbar).

    Do rakah #2 in same fashion, but before reading Bismillah "Bismillah...", and Surah Fatiha, read the tasbih 15 times. Follow the rest as you did in first Rakat.

    After second Sajdah of Second Rakat sit in Qaidah Oola (first sitting) read Attahiyat, Durood and Dua then get up for 3rd rakaat without saying Salam.

    Begin third Rakat, just like the first Rakat, with Sana "Subhaana Kallahumma...", read the above tasbih 15 times. Follow the rest as you did in first Rakat untill you sit for Qaidah Akihra (last sitting) after second sajdah of fourth Rakah.

    In Qaidah Akihra Attahiyat, Durood, Dua finish Salah with Salam.

    Special notes for Salat-Ul-Tasbih:

    1) Do not count loudly. It will break Salah
    2) Do not count on fingers or by holding a Bead Tasbih in hand. It is Makruh.
    3) You may count by pressing the fingers as a reminder. For example if you are in Ruku. You me press pinky of your right hand first for the first count, then the finger next to it for second count, then the middle finger for third count, following this method untill you reach the pinky of left hand will give you an exact count of ten. Use the same method in Qayam, Sajdah and Jalsa.

    4) If missed a count then make it up in the next posture. For example if forgot to recite Tasbih after Surah in Qayam. Then you may recite Tasbish 20 times instead of 10 in Rukuh after "Subhaana Rabbiyal Azeem". Missed Tasbih cannot be recited in Qayam after ruku and Jalsa between Sajdah. If you missed the Tasbih in Ruku then recite 20 in the first Sajdah instead of the Qayam after rukuh. Similarly if missed the Tasbih in first Sajdah then do not make it up in Jalsa. Instead recite missed tasbih in the second Sajdah. If Tasbih has been missed in last sajdah of second or fourth Rakah then you can recite the missed ones before Attahiyat in Qaidah.

    5) If you miss a wajib in Salah and have to do Sajdah Sahaw. You dont have to recite Tasbih in Sajdah sahoo, since the 300 count has been estalished. But if you had missed Tasbih in any of the postures and remeber it now. Then you may recite the missed Tasbih in Sajdah Sahaw now.

    6) It is preferable to recite after Surah Fatiha Sura Takathuur in the first raka’, Surah Wal A’sr in the second raka’, Surah Kaferoon (qul ya aiyuhal Kafiroon) in the third and Surah Akhlas (Qul hu Allah-hu ahd) in the fourth raka’. If one does not remember these surah they can recite the ones they prefer.

    Source: http://www.islamicacademy.org/html/Articles/English/Salat_Tasbih.htm
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    Virtues of Tahajjud Prayer

    All the praise and thanks are due alone to Allah, the Lord of the Al-‘Alamin. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

    The Importance of Tahajjud Prayers.

    The Tahajjud Prayer or Qiyamulail is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW, which Muslims are preferred to follow all the time. In his famous work, Fiqh As-Sunnah, Sheikh Sayyid Sabiq elaborates on the subject as follows.

    Ordering His Messenger to perform Tahajjud, Allah Almighty says:

    “And during a part of the night, pray Tahajjud beyond what is incumbent on you; maybe your Lord will raise you to a position of great glory.” [(Al-Isra’ 17:79]

    This order, although it was specifically directed to the Prophet, also refers to all Muslims, since the Prophet is a perfect example and guide for us in all matters.

    Moreover, performing the Tahajjud Prayers regularly qualifies one as one of the righteous and makes one earn Allah’s bounty and mercy. In praising those who perform the late night Prayers, Allah says:

    “And they who pass the night prostrating themselves before their Lord and standing” [Al-Furqan 25:64]

    There are a number of hadiths that reinforce the importance of Tahajjud.

    `Abdullah ibn Salam reported:

    “When the Prophet SAW came to Madinah, the people gathered around him and I was one of them. I looked at his face and understood that it was not the face of a liar. The first words I heard him say were: ‘O people, extend the salutations, feed the people, keep the ties of kinship, and pray during the night while the others sleep, and you will enter Paradise in peace.’” (At-Tirmidzi)

    Salman Al-Farsi quoted the Prophet SAW as saying:

    “Observe the night Prayer; it was the practice of the righteous before you and it brings you closer to your Lord and it is penance for evil deeds and erases the sins and repels disease from the body.” [At-Tabarani]

    Etiquette of Prayer

    The following acts are recommended for one who wishes to perform the Tahajjud Prayer:

    Upon going to sleep, one should make the intention to perform the Prayers. Abu Ad-Darda’ quoted the Prophet SAW as saying:

    “Whoever goes to his bed with the intention of getting up and praying during the night, but, being overcome by sleep, fails to do that, he will have recorded for him what he has intended, and his sleep will be reckoned as a charity (an act of mercy) for him from his Lord.” [An-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah]

    On waking up, it is recommended that one wipes the face, use a toothbrush, and look to the sky and make the supplication which has been reported from the Prophet SAW.

    Abu Hudzaifah reported:

    “Whenever the Prophet intended to go to bed, he would recite: “With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live.” And when he woke up from his sleep, he would say: “All the Praises are for Allah Who has made us alive after He made us die (sleep) and unto Him is the Resurrection.” [Al-Bukhari]

    One should begin with two quick raka’ats and then one may pray whatever one wishes after that. `Aishah said: “When the Prophet prayed during the late-night, he would begin his Prayers with two quick raka’ats.” [Muslim]

    It is recommended that one wakes up one’s family, for Abu Hurairah quoted the Prophet SAW as saying:

    “May Allah bless the man who gets up during the night to pray and wakes up his wife and who, if she refuses to get up, sprinkles water on her face. And may Allah bless the woman who gets up during the night to pray and wakes up her husband and who, if he refuses, sprinkles water on his face.” [Ahmad]

    The Prophet SAW also said:

    “If a man wakes his wife and prays during the night or they pray two raka’ats together, they will be recorded among those (men and women) who (constantly) make remembrance of Allah.” [Abu Dawud]

    If one gets sleepy while performing Tahajjud, one should sleep.
    This is based on the hadith narrated by `Aishah RA, who quoted Allah’s Messenger as saying:

    “When one of you gets up during the night for Prayer and his Qur’anic recital gets mixed up to the extent that he does not know what he says, he should lie down.” [Muslim]

    Recommended Time for Tahajjud

    Tahajjud may be performed in the early part of the night, the middle part of the night, or the latter part of the night, but after the obligatory `Isya’ Prayer (night Prayer).

    While describing the Prophet’s way of performing Prayer, Anas RA said:

    “If we wanted to see him praying during the night, we could see him praying. If we wanted to see him sleeping during the night, we could see him sleeping. And sometimes he would fast for so many days that we thought he would not leave fasting throughout that month. And sometimes he would not fast (for so many days) that we thought he would not fast during that month.” [Al-Bukhari, Ahmad and An-Nasa’i]

    Commenting on this subject, Ibn Hajar says:

    “There was no specific time in which the Prophet SAW would perform his late night Prayer; but he used to do whatever was easiest for him.”

    Best Time for Tahajjud

    It is best to delay this Prayer to the last third portion of the night. Abu Hurairah RA quoted the Messenger of Allah SAW as saying:

    “Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, inquiring: ‘Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?’” [Al-Bukhari]

    `Amr ibn `Absah RA reported that he heard the Prophet SAW saying:

    “The closest that a slave comes to his Lord is during the middle of the latter portion of the night. If you can be among those who remember Allah the Exalted One at that time, then do so.” [At-Tirmidzi]

    The Number of Raka’ats in Tahajjud

    Tahajjud Prayer does not entail a specific number of raka’ats that must be performed, nor is there any maximum limit that may be performed. It would be fulfilled even if one prayed just one raka’ats of witir after `Isya’.

    Samurah ibn Jundub RA said:

    “The Messenger of Allah ordered us to pray during the night, a little or a lot, and to make the last of the Prayer the Witir Prayer.” [At-Tabarani and Al-Bazzar]

    Allah The Exalted Knows best.

    LETS PRAY TAHAJJUD ESPECIALLY ON THESE LAST FEW NIGHTS OF RAMADAN!!!
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    THERES STILL A FEW DAYS LEFT FOR RAMADAN SO LETS DO AS MANY NAFIL PRAYERS AS WE CAN BECAUSE NAFIL PRAYERS IN RAMADAN ARE REWARDED LIKE FARD PRAYERS IN NORMAL TIMES! SUBHANALLAH!!!!

    LETS NOT MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE WE MAY NOT BE ALIVE FOR THE NEXT RAMADAN!!!
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    Every Nafil prayed is the Reward of praying a Fard Salaah!


    In this most blessed month of Ramadhan all good deeds are multiplied. Every Nafil one prays one will gain the reward of a fard Salaah!

    The Prophet peace be upon him said: “Whoever draws near to Allaah during it (Ramadaan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887.
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    Those who had the habit of praying Tahajjud will enter Paradise without reckoning:

    Asmaa binte Yazeed (Ra) narrates that The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “On the day of resurrection, the people will be gathered upon one plain field and an announcer will proclaim saying, “Where are those who separated their sides from their beds? A little amount of people will stand up. They will enter paradise without reckoning, and then it will be ordered that the remaining people be taken to reckoning”. [Baihaqi]

    The Tahajjud prayer can be prayed After Isha but is best to pray it after sleeping and then awakening in the third part of the night before Fajr begins. It is between 2 - 12 Raka’ahs.

    Then let us try to and the habit of praying Tahajjud especially during this blessed month and be of those who will enter Paradise without reckoning!
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    Very Rewarding Nawafil's to pray during Ramadan



    During this blessed month the reward of good deeds are increased significantly:

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:“Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887)


    Nawafil prayers are a means of gaining closeness to Allah as we are the closest to Allah during prostration and in prayer we have a direct connection with our lord.


    Therefore praying Nawafil prayers are very much encouraged especially during this blessed month whereby we are rewarded like we prayed a fard prayer for each nafil prayer we pray. Nafil prayers can be prayed anytime except:


    1. After praying Fajr until 20 minutes after sunrise.

    2. 20 minutes before Dhuhur begins (Zawwal-when the sun is at its highest)

    3. After Asr prayer up until Maghrib

    Apart from these times Nawafil prayers are very much encouraged.

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “...And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” [Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887]


    The following are Nawafil prayers we can pray everyday this Ramadan and throughout our lives:



    1. Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily:
    - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr and 2 Sunnah of Maghrib

    Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” [Muslim]


    2. Salaatul Duhaa (Can be prayed from 20 mins after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins)

    So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur'an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise and pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday.

    'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats and it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' [Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505]

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. [Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah]

    3. 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nafil of Dhuhr

    Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer and four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” [Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi]

    4. Raka'ahs Sunnah of Asr


    The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said: "May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka'ahs) before 'Asr prayer." [Abu Dawud]

    5. Two Raka'ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid


    Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

    6. Tahiyyatul Wudu - 2 Raka'ahs Voluntary prayer after doing Wudu (Ablution)


    Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

    7. Tahajjud - The Night Vigil Prayer



    The MOST REWARDING Voluntary prayer after the Obligatory prayers is Tahajjud:

    Abu Hurairah (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The best fast after the fast of Ramadan is the fast of Muharram and the best Salaah after the obligatory prayers is the prayer performed at night.”[Muslim]

    Allah listens to the prayers at night:

    Jaabir (RA) says that he heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying,Certainly in the night, there is a moment in which, if coincided by a submissive person asking Allah of the good of this world and the hereafter, Allah gives him whatever he asks for, and that is the entire night. [Muslim]

    Those who had the habit of praying Tahajjud will enter Paradise:

    Asmaa binte Yazeed (Ra) narrates that The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “On the day of resurrection, the people will be gathered upon one plain field and an announcer will proclaim saying, “Where are those who separated their sides from their beds? A little amount of people will stand up. They will enter paradise without reckoning, and then it will be ordered that the remaining people be taken to reckoning”. [Baihaqi]

    The Tahajjud prayer can be prayed After Isha but is best to pray it after sleeping and then awakening in the third part of the night before Fajr begins. It is between 2 - 12 Raka'hs.

    Then let us pray all of our Obligatory prayers on time (congregation for men) and increase in doing voluntary prayers especially during this blessed month for every voluntary prayer is rewarded like that of an Obligatory prayer! Subhanallah how generous is Allah who gives freely without measure!
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    Maximising Nawafil (Superogatory) prayers during this blessed month:

    In order to maximize voluntary prayers (Nawafil) this month then:

    Make a goal of performing every Fard (Obligatory prayer) prayer at its prescribed time. The best tip to help you in this regard is to prepare for the Salaah a little before the Adhan (Call to prayer) goes on.

    Add sunnah and voluntary prayers with each fard prayer that you perform (where applicable).
    Perform different extra voluntary prayers such as Duha and Tahajjud. Make or use a Ramadan checklist to tick off each and every time you have completed a Nawafil prayer on any particular day. Make a target to gradually increase Nawafil prayers each day.

    Remember: Each and every Nawafil prayer carries the reward of a Fard prayer during this blessed month. Subhanallah!
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    Jazak allah khairoon

    so many post, nice reminder..

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    The best and most dearest prayers to Allah are those in the depths of the night:

    Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet, (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), said: “The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is a prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadan is fasting the month of Allah, i.e. the month of Muharram.” [Muslim]

    It was narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr (RA) that the Prophet, (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), said: “The dearest prayers to Allah is the prayer of Daawood (David) and the dearest forms of fasting to Allah is the fasting of Dawood. He used to sleep half the night, then get up and pray a third of the night, then sleep a sixth of the night, and he used to fast every other day.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

    It was narrated on the authority of ‘Amr ibn ‘Abasah (RA) that the Prophet, (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), said: “The closest the Lord is to His slave is in the last part of the night, so if you can be one of those who remember Allah at that time, then do so.” [At-Tirmithi and An-Nasaa’i]

    It was narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (RA) that the Prophet, (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), said: “Our Lord admires two men: a man who leaves his mattress and cover, and slips away from his wife and desire, to go and pray. Allah Says, ‘O My angels, look at My slave. He has left his mattress and cover and slipped away from his desire and wife to pray out of hope for what is with Me and out of fear of what is with Me.” [Ahmad] [Hasan]

    This Ramadan let us get into the habit of praying to Allah in the depths of the night. We just need to awaken a little earlier for Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and pray the Tahajjud (The night prayer) and beg and cry unto Allah every night. We can make this a habit even after Ramadan and gain closeness to Allah that we can only ever dream of!
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    Blessings of Night Prayers during Ramadan

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    Twelve Optional Prayers - That Will Get You Into Jannah

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    Excellence Of The Night prayer

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    Allah admires the following two:

    It was narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), said: “Our Lord admires two men: a man who leaves his mattress and cover, and slips away from his wife and desire, to go and pray. Allah Says, ‘O My angels, look at My slave. He has left his mattress and cover and slipped away from his desire and wife to pray out of hope for what is with Me and out of fear of what is with Me.” [Ahmad] [Hasan]

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