Merit of the (Optional) Duha (Forenoon) Prayer

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.

Asalamu ‘alaikum warahmatula wabarakatuhu.

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 206
Merit of the (Optional) Duha (Forenoon) Prayer

1139. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: My Khalil (the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)) directed me to fast three days of each month, and to observe two Rak`ah Duha (optional prayer) at forenoon, and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Ever since learning about the above hadeeth, I have since then made it a duty to perform the optional prayer of the Duha prayer which is also known as the forenoon prayer.

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 207
Time for the Duha (Forenoon Optional) Prayer

1143. Zaid bin Arqam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I saw some people performing Duha (prayers) in the early forenoon and warned them (saying): These people must know that performing Salat a little later is better. The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The Salat of the penitent is to be observed when the young ones of camels feel the heat of the sun (i.e., when it becomes very hot).”

Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn -raḥimahullāh- said, as occurs in ‘Majmūʿul-Fatāwá’ (14/306/no.875): ”The time of the Duha Prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, i.e. approximately a quarter or a third of an hour after having risen; until ‘just before the zawaal’, and ‘just before the zawaal’ means between ten and five minutes (prior to it)..

This basically means that the timing for Duha prayer is from 15 to 20 after sunrise until 5 to 10 minutes before Dhur prayer.

There are rewards for the one who sits in his place of worship from fajr Salat engaging in worship till he performs the Duha prayer.

It is reported on the authority of Anas Ibn Malik: may Allah be pleased with him that the Messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever prays the morning prayer in congregation then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two units of prayer has the reward like that of Hajj and `Umrah.’” rt No : 6,Page No:147)

‘An easy way to remember, is to perform 2 – 4 ra’kahs in the morning  before leaving my house and slowly that action has now become a habit Alhamdullilah.

For my Gambian readers, I believe the sunnah prayer is called ‘Faynangeh’ excuse me on the spelling but alhamdullilah I have learned that most of our parents and grand parents do perform this Sunnah occasionally.
Insha Allah let us try and implement it. It is a minimum of 2 rak’ahs with no maximum limit. However, it is preferable not to exceed eight Rak`ahs and to say Taslim after each pair of Rak`ahs. Furthermore, they should not be combined with one Taslim at the end, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The (optional) Salah (Prayer) by night and day should consist of pairs of Rak`ahs. 

Here is all you need to know about the Duha Prayer and may Allah ‎سبحانه وتعالى grant us success!


BarakAllahu Feekum 



Source: Merit of the (Optional) Duha (Forenoon) Prayer

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