I have a question about nafl salaahs

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Kataab: Salaat (Prayers)


Fatwa: 3


Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011











 I have a question about nafl salaahs. Do voluntary salaahs only mean the "specific" salaahs, which have a name, like for example tahajud, duha etc.
or can I simply at any time,except forbidden times, make 2 rakahs like a normal prayer but with the intention of it being naafil? Can you please provide me with the procedure and time of duha and qiyam al lail. Also, is the witr salaah valid without the qunoot, or is it obligatory? lastly, are there any other recommended nafl salahs? if so, please
tell me how they are made and when.




Muhtaram / Muhtaramah


In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.


a) All Salāh besides the Fard and Sunnah is known as Nafl (optional). There is no limit to Nafl Salāh and it can be performed at any time during the day and night besides those times which it is Makrooh (disliked) to do so.

There are a few Nafl Salāhs the performance of which is greatly rewarded. It is therefore better to offer these Nafl Salāhs as opposed to other Nafl Salāhs. Due to a little effort, a person is greatly rewarded. These Nafl Salāhs are Tahiyyatul Wudhu, Ishraaq, Dhuhā (chāst), Awwābeen, Tahajjud, Salatut Tasbeeh.
(For further details refer to Bahisti Zewar, Vol.1, Pg.182, Zam Zam)

b) It is Wājib to recite the Qunoot in the Witr Salāh. If a person forgets to recite the Qunoot, he should make Sajdatus Sahw at the end of the Salaah. However, if he realised after the Salāh that he has omitted the Qunoot, then he should repeat the Witr.

(Fatāwā Mahmudiyyah, Vol.7, Pg.460, Fārukiyyah)
(Fatāwā Rahimiyyah, Vol.5, Pg.236, Ishā’at)


And Allah knows best
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