A House in Paradise

Many people are confused regarding sunnah prayers.I would like to elaborate further with these  terms-Fard,Sunnah Muakkadah ,Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah,Nawafil, and Wajib

Fard  :

Obligatory and every Muslim should perform it.The five  daily prayers are obligatory-Fajr,Dhur,Asr,Maghrib and Ishaa

Sunnah Muakkadah  :

It is an act that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, always used to do. These rakats must be offered. (However if missed, there is no makeup or qada for it).

Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah  :

It is an act that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to leave sometimes without any reason. These are not obligatory.

Nawafil  :

Voluntary prayer such as salat ad-duha ,tahajjud,qiam al lail

Below are the sunnah prayers

Fajr/Subh:

2 Sunnah Muakkadah
2 Fard

Zuhr/Dhur:

4 Sunnah Muakkadah
4 Fard
2 Sunnah Muakkadah
2 Nawafil

Asr:

4 Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah
4 Fard

Maghrib:

3 Fard
2 Sunnah Muakkadah
2 Nawafil

Isha:

4 Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah
4 Fard
2 Sunnah Muakkadah
Nawafil (it is the tahajud,qiyam layl….performed 2 by 2 and you may do as much as you want)
Witr (witr is done in ways either 2 rakaat and salam and 1 rakaat salam.When you do 3 rakaat,there is no tashahud in the 2nd rakaat.)[Sunnah surah to be recited are Al-Alaa chapter 87,Al kafiroon chapter 109 and Al Ikhlas chapter 112]

The Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam usually prayed 12 rakaat of sunnah prayers.

Concerning their virtue, it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays twelve rak’ahs during the night and day, a house will be built for him in Paradise: four before Zuhr and two after, two rak’ahs after Maghrib, two rak’ahs after ‘Isha’ and two rak’ahs before Fajr prayer.”


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