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Sunnah prayer for Dhuhr

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What is the correct opinion on how many raka we should pray for sunnah of dhuhr salat? 2 + 2 or 4 together? 

 

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Sunnah prayer for Dhuhr

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

There are authentic narrations from the Messenger of Allah (saws) that he (saws) prayed the four rakah Nafl (Sunnah for us) prayers before Dhuhr prayer most times in a 2+2 combination with two separate tasleems, and at times in a four rakah combination with only one tasleem. Therefore, if one prays either way, 2+2 with two tasleems, or a 4 rakah with only one tasleem, both would be following the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and thus both would be correct and valid.

 

The Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was that he used to pray four rakahs voluntary prayer before Dhuhr prayers (2+2, or 4 rakah with one tasleem), and two rakahs voluntary prayer after the Dhuhr prayers, which are his (saws) Sunnah for us.

 


The Messenger of Allah (saws) regularly prayed a total of 12 rakahs voluntary prayers before or after the obligatory prayers as follows:

 

2 before

FAJR

+0 after

4 before

DHUHR

+2 after

0 before

ASR

+0 after

0 before

MAGHRIB

+2 after

0 before

ISHA

+2 after

 

Thus these twelve rakahs are known as Sunnah Muakkedah, and the believers who strive to observe these voluntary prayers will, Insha Allah, receive a huge reward in the Presence of their Merciful Lord.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 


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