What is the rationale behind offering Sunnah al Muakkada prayers
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
the rationale behind offering Sunnah al Muakkada prayers? I know they are
prayers offered regularly by our Prohet (saw) and therefore we are commanded to
do the same.
However, my husband though he offers all 5 prayers and reads Quran daily, he refuses to offer the Sunnah.
I would like to know how may I convince him in offering the Sunnah prayers? Jazak Allah
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Refuses to offer sunnah prayers
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Firstly, please allow us to clarify the difference between Fard, Sunnah and Nafl prayers.
Fard prayers: These are the five obligatory prayers at their appointed times of the day. If one prays them, he will earn a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not pray them, there will be a severe accounting and punishment.
Nafl prayers: These are the voluntary prayers. If one prays them, he will earn a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not pray them, there is no sin.
Sunnah prayers: These are the Nafl or voluntary prayers which were prayed by the Messenger of Allah (saws), and thus they become his (saws) Sunnah for us. If one prays them, he will earn a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not pray them, there is no sin. The most that can be said of one who does not pray the Sunnah prayers is that he lost a great opportunity to earn huge rewards from Allah Subhanah.
The Sunnah-al-Muaqqeda are those nafl or voluntary prayers which the Messenger of Allah (saws) offered regularly and the believers were encouraged to do the same.
Your Statement: However, my husband though he offers all 5 prayers and reads Quran daily, he refuses to offer the Sunnah.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.44 Narrated by Talha bin Ubaidullah
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Dear and beloved sister in Islam, Allah Subhanah has made obligatory only the five prayers upon the believers; and if one offers them sincerely and perfectly as a duty towards their Lord, he will be free of blame in the Court of Allah Subhanah.
Your Statement: I would like to know how may I convince him in offering the Sunnah prayers? Jazak Allah
Sunan of Abu-DawoodHadith 863 Narrated byAbuHurayrah
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: The first thing about which the people will be called to account out of their actions on the Day of Judgment is prayer. Our Lord, the Exalted, will say to the Angels - though He knows better: Look into the prayer of My servant and see whether he has offered it perfectly or imperfectly. If it is perfect, that will be recorded perfect. If it is defective, He will say: See there are some optional prayers offered by My servant. If there are optional prayer to his credit, He will say: Compensate the obligatory prayer by the optional prayer for My servant. Then all the actions will be considered similarly.
The significance of the voluntary prayers is that not only will Allah Subhanah reward the believer, but if there is any deficiency in ones obligatory prayers, Allah Subhanah, through His Sublime and Infinite Mercy and Grace, will compensate that deficiency through the voluntary prayers.
Without an iota of a doubt, the voluntary prayers one offers will be very useful when one is brought to account on the Day of Judgment in the Presence of the Lord Most High. Allah forbid, if one has been negligent of ones voluntary prayers and finds some deficiency in the offering of ones obligatory prayers on that Tumultuous Day of Accounting, one would have nothing but regrets for not having offered some voluntary prayers when one had the opportunity to do so.
Dear and Beloved Sister, you have stated that your husband Maa-Shaa-Allah recites the Glorious Quran daily.that is indeed very good, very beneficial and very encouraging, Alhamdolillah. Beloved Sister, if only you could convince your husband that in addition to the recitation of the Quran, if he would read the translation of the Glorious Quran in a language he understands best, (even if only one page a day), you will see a stark difference in his efforts towards attaining those Promised Gardens of Eternal Bliss, Insha Allah.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,