What is it permissible to do of naafil prayers at times when prayer is makrooh?

What are the times when it is makrooh to pray, and what Sunnah prayers may one pray at times when prayer is makrooh?.

Praise be to Allaah.


The times when (voluntary or naafil) prayer is not allowed are basically three, and five ‘when explained in detail. They are:

·        From dawn until sunrise

·        From sunrise until the sun has risen to the height of a spear, which is approximately as twelve minutes, but to be on the safe side we make it a quarter of an hour.

·        When the sun is high at noon, until it passes the zenith.

·        From ‘Asr prayer until sunset.

·        When the sun begins to set until it is fully set.

In brief, the times are:

·        From dawn until the sun has risen to the height of a spear

·        When high at noon, until it has passed the zenith

·        From ‘Asr prayer until the sun has fully set.  Continue reading


Does the fact that Allah answers the prayers of the disbelievers indicate that what they believe is true?

I am a Muslim convert, Alhamdulillah. I was raised a misguided Christian kaafir, and then Allah guided me to Islam and the Sunnah. However, I then adopted Shiite beliefs and did many horrible sins like insulting the Sahaba of the Prophet : such as Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Lady Aisha, etc (May Allah Bless Them All). I have just repented and returned to the Sunnah and I am a Sunni Muslim insha’Allah and Alhamdulillah! I’m crying in repentance, may Allah accept it. What should I do with Shi’ite books I have since they have the name of Allah written in them should I put them away somewhere or throw them out?
Also I suffer from terrible waswas (likely from the sins of cursing the sahaba, and lying against Allah with blasphemies like comparing his creation to him with the Shi’ites so-called “12 Imams” which are all scholars of Ahl al-Sunnha like Ali ibn Abi Talib RA, etc. and the Mahdi will be born later at the end of time when the Muslim Prophet Isa AS returns). I don’t even want to speak of them, as I know the hadith says not to talk or act upon the waswas one hears. But I feel as if the shaytan is giving me horrific waswas to try to scare me about whether the Deen I know is true really is true Allah FORGIVE ME (I’m nearly crying as I write this)!!! The shaytan’s waswas tells me “are you sure about Allah” and then shaytan scares me with thoughts that other accursed kuffar pagan religions allegedly are “appealing” I know the hadith tells us that at the time of death these fears can occur http://islam-qa.com/en/ref/60191/death%20jew%20christian And you said this the greatest trial. I know that Allah is the truth and Islam is the only salvation from the accursed hellfire Allah Protect me. Allah is One and Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah is his slave and final Messenger. And all the Prophets AS throughout history were Muslims as well.
Also how do we answer claims of the kuffar (like Christians, Jews, etc) who claim that their kuffar false “prayers” allegedly produced them “miracles” we know that Allah will answer the person who calls upon him and that this world is a test. I found this link interesting http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-about-islam/faith-and-worship/heart-and-soul/166077-does-allah-answer-the-prayers-of-non-muslims.html?Soul=
“But what about those millions of people around the world who will tell you that Jesus or such-and-such saint or anyone else answered their prayers? What they got in response was no more than what was already written for them. Even if they hadn’t prayed, they would have got that thing. Nothing happens by coincidence or chance in the meaning that it was unplanned by Allah. Only sincere supplication to God (Allah) alone can change what is written.
So, Allah (God) does answer non-Muslims when they ask Him for something. Anything else they get is only what was already written for them.”
Also it makes me feel good to read about the stories of the miracles Allah bestowed on the Prophet and upon the righteous Muslims today like being cured of diseases like cancer see one example an American Muslim convert woman named Aminah Assilmi.

Praise be to Allaah.


Praise be to Allah Who has guided you to Islam and given you the blessing of Tawheed (belief in His Oneness), and has brought you back to the truth by His grace, kindness and blessing. We ask Allah to make you steadfast in adhering to the truth and to guide you to true guidance and goodness, and to help you to fear Him in word and deed. You have done well by wishing to learn and in your eagerness to find out the truth. We ask Allah to bless you with understanding of Islam.  Continue reading

He wants to put the prayers together on a permanent basis because he works at night

I have got a job that requires me to work the night shift, and this means that I have to sleep during the day. Is it permissible for me to put Zuhr prayer together with ‘Asr, and Maghrib with ‘Isha’, on a permanent basis, so long as I have the night shift at work? I want to put them together so that I do not interrupt my sleep a great deal.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is required is to regularly offer the prayers at the proper times, in obedience to the command of Allah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Guard strictly (five obligatory) AsSalawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. the best prayer Asr). And stand before Allah with obedience (and do not speak to others during the Salat (prayers)).”

[al-Baqarah 2:238]

“Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours”

[an-Nisa’ 4:103]

and so as to avoid being included in the words of Allah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salat (the prayers) (i.e. made their Salat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.) and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell”

[Maryam 19:59]. Continue reading

A hadeeth for which there is no basis warning those who do not offer the five daily prayers

I seen people posting on Internet(facebook) about reward of performing each salah which I have not read in Quran nor in any hadiths.
they post 
-FAJR : The Glow of their face is taken away.
-ZUHR: The Blessing of their income is taken away.
-ASR : The Strength of their body is taken away.
-MAGHRIB : They are not benefited by their children.
-ISHA : The Peace of their sleep is taken away. ”
Would you please tell us whether this is correct or something invented from people.

Praise be to Allaah.

This hadeeth does not appear in any of the books of Sunnah, or any books of saheeh (sound) hadeeth or even books of da‘eef (weak) hadeeths. This indicates that it has no basis and no isnaad. Rather some people have fabricated it and spread it in chat rooms and on some websites, thinking that they can scare some people and stop them giving up prayer. They do not know that they have committed a great sin by doing this. Some scholars even stated that the one who tells a lie about the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) deliberately is a kaafir.  Continue reading

How much did the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) recite in the obligatory prayers?

How much did the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) recite in the obligatory and naafil prayers?

Praise be to Allaah.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to recite at length in Fajr and Zuhr prayer, a moderate amount in ‘Asr and ‘Isha’, and briefly in Maghrib, in which he would recite short soorahs.

He (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) would sometimes recite longer passages than this or he would make it shorter, according to the situation.

It was narrated from Sulaymaan ibn Yasaar from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I never prayed behind anyone whose prayer was more like that of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) than So and so. Sulaymaan said: He would make the first two rak‘ahs of Zuhr lengthy, and the last two shorter; he would make ‘Asr brief; in Maghrib he would recite the short soorahs from al-mufassal; in ‘Isha’ he would recite medium-length soorahs from al-mufassal; and in Fajr he would recite long soorahs from al-mufassal. Continue reading

His work hours conflict with Taraweeh prayers – what should he do?

My work hours begin before the imam finishes taraweeh prayer, and I need to go to work. What should I do?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Pray whatever you can of taraaweeh in congregation with the imam. It does not matter if you leave for work after two or four or six rak’ahs, etc. Then complete the prayer at home and pray witr at the end.

If you find a mosque that prays early and you can complete the prayer with them and then go to work, this is better, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be written that he spent the whole night in prayer.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 806; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

Reciting the opening du’aa’ in taraaweeh prayers

Should we read the opening du’aa’ at the beginning of each two rak’ahs of taraaweeh prayers?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Yes, it is prescribed for you to recite the opening du’aa’ at the beginning of each two rak’ahs of taraaweeh prayer, and other naafil prayers, because of the general meaning of the evidence.

With regard to the opening du’aa’ in qiyaam al-layl in particular, the following words were narrated:

Laa illaha ill-Allaah (three times), Allaahu akbar (three times), Allaahu akbaru kabeera wa alhamdu Lillaahi katheera wa subhaan Allaahi bukratan wa aseela (There is no god but Allaah, Allaah is most Great, Allaah is most Great, much praise be to Allaah and glory be to Allaah at the beginning and end of the day).” A man from among the Sahaabah started his prayer with these words and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I was surpised, the gates of heaven have been opened for these words.”

“Al-hamdu Lillaahi hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubaarakan fihi (Praise be to Allaah, much good and blessed praise).” Another man started his prayer with these words and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I saw twelve angels competing to see which of them would take these words up.”  Continue reading

Person praying behind the imam holding the Mushaf during Taraweeh prayers

Is it permissible for the person who is praying behind the imam in Taraweeh prayers to hold the Mushaf?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is better for him not to do that, and to listen attentively to the recitation of his imam.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on the person praying behind the imam holding the Mushaf during Taraweeh prayers?

He replied:

I do not know of any basis for that. It seems that he should focus with proper humility and not hold the Mushaf, rather he should place his right hand over his left as is the Sunnah, placing the right hand over the left wrist and forearm and placing them over his chest. This is the most correct view and is best. Holding the Mushaf will distract him from these Sunnahs, and his heart and eyes may become busy following the words on the pages and that may distract him from listening to the imam. What I think is that not doing that is the Sunnah, and that he should listen attentively and not use the Mushaf. If he has knowledge he will be able to prompt his imam, otherwise others will prompt him. Then if it so happens that the imam makes a mistake and is not corrected, that does not matter, unless it is in Soorat al-Faatihah, rather it matters only in Soorat al-Faatihah, because al-Faatihah is a pillar of the prayer which is essential. But if he omits some verses other than al-Faatihah, that does not matter if there is no one behind him who can alert him to that. If someone holds the Mushaf to correct the imam in the case of necessity, then there is nothing wrong with that. But if each person holds a Mushaf, that is contrary to the Sunnah. End quote.  Continue reading

Paying attention to the weak such as the elderly and others in Taraweeh prayers

Should the imam pay attention to the weak such as the elderly and others in Taraweeh prayers?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This is something which is required in all prayers, in Taraweeh and in the obligatory prayers, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you leads the people in prayer, let him make it brief, because among them are the weak, the young and those who have things they need to do.” So the imam should pay attention to the congregation and be kind to them in the night prayers in Ramadaan and in the last ten days. The people are not all the same; people vary. So he should pay attention to their situations and encourage them to come and attend the prayers. When he makes them too long he makes it difficult for them and puts them off attending. So he should pay attention to that which will encourage them to attend and make them want to come and pray, even if that is by making it short and not lengthy. A prayer in which people are able to focus and feel at ease, even if it is short, is better than a prayer in which they do not focus properly and get bored. End quote.  Continue reading

What is meant by even-numbered and odd-numbered prayers

It is well known that the Sunnah mu’akkadah (confirmed Sunnah) prayers include both even-numbered (al-shaf’) and odd-numbered (al-witr). Is there a hadeeth which speaks of the even-numbered prayers?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Shaf’ in Arabic refers to pairs or even numbers, and is the opposite of witr which means odd-numbered. The proven Sunnah prayers that are to be offered after ‘Isha’ prayer are of three types:

1-     The Sunnah prayer after ‘Isha’ – two rak’ahs

2-     Qiyaam al-layl, during which one may pray however many rak’ahs one wishes, two by two.

3-     Witr – which may be offered with one rak’ah or with three, five, seven or nine.

See the answer to question no. 46544

If a person chooses to pray Witr with three rak’ahs, he may either pray them one after another with one tashahhud, or he may pray two rak’ahs then say the salaam, then pray one rak’ah.  Continue reading