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I heard that there are only two types of salaah (fard & nawaafil).

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I would like to know the detail information about fard, wajib, sunnah (muaqqidah & gair muaqqidah), nawaafil salaah(namaaz).

 

Actually I want definitions of fard, wajib, sunnah (muaqqidah & gair muaqqidah), & nawaafil salaah(namaaz)

 

I heard that there are only two types of salaah (fard & nawaafil), & the one which is strictly observed by our prophet (pbuh) is called as sunnat-e- muaqqidah...

 

I don`t know whether what I heard is right or wrong.

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Fard sunnah nafl prayers

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 none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Indeed brother, there are only two types of prayers: fard (obligatory) and nafl (supererogatory). The nafl prayers which were performed by the Messenger of Allah (saws) are known as his (saws) Sunnah for the believers.

 

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 or extra 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.

Amongst the Sunnah prayers offered by the Prophet (saws), the scholars of Jurisprudence have divided them into two categories:

  1. Sunnah Muaqqeda
  2. Sunnah Ghayr-Muaqqeda

 

Ref: Sunnah Muaqqeda: The term Muaqqeda itself means something which is stressed or emphasized. The supererogatory prayers which were constantly stressed and emphasized by the Messenger of Allah (saws) by his acts or his words like the two rakahs before Fajr, four rakahs before and two rakahs after Dhuhr, two rakahs after Magrib, two rakahs after Isha, the witr prayers, etc. are known as Sunnah Muaqqeda or non-obligatory prayers which were almost always offered by the Prophet (saws).

 

Ref: Sunnah Ghayr-Muaqqeda: The supererogatory prayers which were sometimes offered by the Prophet (saws) like two rakahs before Asr, or two rakahs before Magrib, etc. are termed as Sunnah Ghayr-Muaqqeda.

 

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Burhan


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