Monday, September 6, 2010

Perfoming Voluntary Prayers at Home



Ramadaan is right around the corner and during this and also outside of Ramadaan many of us should be doing voluntary acts of worship (Nawafil). It is incumbent upon the Muslim to act in accordance  to the Sunnah of the Messenger (sws).

Allah says in the Qur'an "Say, 'if you really love Allah then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.' "  (Aal-Imraan, 3:31) 

From the benefits of adhering to the Sunnah are:  To reach a level of love- Love of Allah for his believing slave, It's a means to compensate for any deficiency in the obligatory actions, It is a protection from falling into innovation, and  it indicates the exaltation of those things that represent the religion of Allah.

Now on to performing voluntary prayers at home, The Prophet (sws) said regarding the excellence of praying at, "Verily, the best prayer of a person is in his home, except for the obligatory prayer.

" {Bukhari and Muslim} Also, "The voluntary prayer of a man (in a place) where no person can see him is equal to twenty-five times his prayer where people can see him." 
{Musnad Abu Ya'laa, Shaykh Al-Albanee graded this narration authentic}

Performing voluntary prayers in the house is a means to: Perfect tranquility and sincerity, distance oneself from showing off,  have mercy descend on the house, and causes the Shaytaan to leave.

The Voluntary Prayers are: Sunnah Ar-Rawaatib, Salaah Ad-Duhaa, and Al-Witr


Ma'salaamah!
Taken from More Than 1,000 Sunan (Sayings and Acts of the Prophet salla lahu alaihi wa sallam)Every Day & Night
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