“…My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary deeds until I Love him.”

“Whoever prays twelve rak’ahs of prayer voluntarily in a day and night, Allah will build him a house in Paradise.”

[‘Sahih Muslim’; 1/503]

“The first thing which the people will be called to account for of their actions on the Day of Judgment is their prayer. If it is in a good state, he is successful and has passed. If it is in a bad state, he has failed and has lost. Allah will then Say: ‘See if there are some optional prayers that can compensate for the deficiency in his obligatory prayer!’ Then, all the actions will be dealt with similarly.”

[‘Sahih at-Tirmidhi’; 1/130]

“Allah Says: “My servant approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him, and My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary deeds until I Love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.””

[‘Fath al-Bari’; # 6502]

1 – Fajr

“Two rak’ahs before the Fajr prayer is better than the World and all that is in it.”

[‘Sahih Muslim’; 1/501]

‘A’ishah said: “The Prophet was never more obliged to an optional deed than the two rak’ahs before Fajr.”

[‘Sahih al-Bukhari’; 1/393]

2 – Dhuhr

“Whoever is constant and regular in praying four rak’ahs before Dhuhr and four afterwards, then the fire of Hell will not touch him.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6195]

3 – ‘Asr

“May Allah have Mercy on the one who prays four rak’ahs before ‘Asr.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 3493]

4 – Maghrib

{“And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.”} [al-Furqan; 64]

al-Kalbi said: “Whoever prays two rak’ahs after the Maghrib prayer and four after the ‘Isha‘ prayer will be considered like those mentioned in this verse.”

[‘Tafsir al-Qurtubi’]

5 – ‘Isha’

{“And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.”} [al-Furqan; 64]

Ibn ‘Abbas said: “Whoever prays two rak’ahs or more after the ‘Isha’ prayer will be considered like those mentioned in this verse.”

[‘Tafsir al-Qurtubi’]

6 – Duha

“Whoever prays four rak’ahs of Duha prayer, and before the first, he prays four (for a total of eight), a house is built for him in Paradise.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6340]

“Allah Said: “O Children of Adam! Pray to me four rak’ahs at the beginning of the day, and I will suffice you until the end of it.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 1913]

“Nobody is constant in performing the Duha except the one who is awwab, and it is the prayer of the awwabbin (the ones who return to the straight path, or return to their home in Paradise).”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 7628]

“Whoever makes ablution and proceeds to the mosque for the Duha prayer, then this is easier for him than participating in a battle, has greater spoils, and is quicker in return.”

[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’; 1/349]

7 – Witr

“O people of the Qur’an! Perform your Witr, for surely Allah Loves the Witr.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 7860]

8 – Prayer after ablution

“Whoever makes ablution – and makes it well – then prays two rak’ahs, not letting his mind wander in them, then Allah Forgives him all of his previous sins.”

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; # 6041]

“Whoever makes ablution – and makes it well – then prays two rak’ahs concentrating on them intensely with his heart and his face, then Paradise is obligatory for him.”

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; # 6062]

6 Responses to ““…My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary deeds until I Love him.””

  1. Assalamu ‘alaykum warahmatulah my brother

    What does this mean:

    “Whoever prays four rak’ahs of Duha prayer, and before the first, he prays four (for a total of eight), a house is built for him in Paradise.” – especially the part ‘before the first’.

    Also what is the timing for the Duha salaah? Is it after the sun has risen more than a spear’s length but before the time for dhuhr?

  2. ‘Alayk as-Salam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh;

    This simply means that he prays a total of eight. Allah Knows best, the wording could be like that to show that you can pray four or eight depending on your ability.

    As for the time of the Duha prayer, it is basically fifteen minutes after the Sun has risen until ten minutes before Dhuhr time.

  3. Barakallahu feek akhi.

    May Allah keep you safe and increase you in knowledge.

  4. In Dhuhr ,four after fardh ,are they 4 rakah with two and two rakah seperate.Are they called nafl or sunnah?Same question about four rakah after Isha.

  5. I think the prayers which are sunnah mu’akada and which the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam) never left are the 12 rakah: 2 before Fajr, 4 (2 and 2) before Dhuhr and 2 after, 2 after Maghreb and 2 after ‘Isha.

    The ones mentioned above are nawafil which the Prophet (salalahu ‘alyhi wasalam) performed and encouraged others to do so, but not as strongly and regularly as the 12.

    Is that right Abu Sabaya?

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