Published:  11:57 PM, 14 October 2021

The Benefits of Naafil Prayers

The Benefits of Naafil Prayers
Nafl Ibadat means the Ibadah that is performed for the sake of gaining nearness to Allah Ta'ala, but it is not obligatory, wajib, Sunnah Muakkada or Ghaire Muakkada. Sometimes nafl means all acts of worship except fard and wajib. However, the first use is widespread.Purpose of Nafl Ibadat: - Nafl prayers are basically a measure of a servant's love for Allah. The love of God, the Creator, is verified. The matter can be illustrated by the example that the daily work routine is given to the employees by the employer. Which he must do. And the best worship in the life of a believer is obligatory. However, through nafl, the servant gains greater satisfaction and nearness to Allah. And among the supererogatory acts of worship, supererogatory prayers are more dear to Allah. Apart from the five obligatory, obligatory and sunnat prayers, there are also some naafil prayers. The prayers that are specifically emphasized in the hadith, such as: A Companion asks, what is the most beloved deed to Allah? In reply, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 'You will prostrate more and more for Allaah (more and more supererogatory prayers); Because whenever you do a prostration for Allah, in return Allah increases your dignity and forgives one of your sins. '(Sahih Muslim: 1/353) * Tahajjud: Tahajjud is the most dignified prayer after the obligatory prayers. The Holy Qur'an encourages the practice of tahajjud. Irshad said, 'They leave the bed and call on their Lord in hope and fear. And they spend out of what We have provided for them. '(Surat as-Sijdah: 16)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, 'The greatest fast after Ramadaan is the fast of Muharram, the month of Allaah. And the greatest prayer after the obligatory prayer is the night prayer (Tahajjud). '(Muslim, Hadith: 1163)

* Ishraq: Ishraq prayers have to be performed after the sun has fully risen. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to stay in the mosque after the Fajr prayers until the sun rose. At this time he used to recite doa, tasbih and discuss dbini. He used to perform two rak'ats of prayers after sunrise. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged others to do the same. Narrated Anas Ibn Malik: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: Then he prays two rak'ats, he will get the reward of a complete Hajj and Umrah. '(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 586)* Duha: The prayers of 'Duha' are performed just before the sun sets in the middle of the sky. Although there is an opportunity to perform it separately, many people have referred to it as Ishraq prayers. They said, if it is collected at the beginning of the time, it is Ishraq and if it is collected at the end of the time, it is Duha. Narrated from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), he said, 'My beloved (Rasulullah) gave me three He has bequeathed the matter to me so that I will not leave it until death. Fasting for three days every month, praying Duh and performing Vitr before going to bed. '(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1178)

* Awwabin: The six rak'at prayers performed between the Maghrib and Isha prayers are known as 'Awwabin'. Allama Mawardi has given precedence to this view. (Mughnir Muhtaj: 1/343). However, some people have called the 'Duha' prayer as the prayer of Awabin. Although there is disagreement over the name, the importance of performing prayers at this time is proved by Hadith. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, 'Whoever prays six rak'ahs after Maghrib and does not say any of these evil things, the reward of worship will be written in his record for twelve years.' (Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1157)

* Tahiyatul Aju: Two rak'at prayers are performed in gratitude for being purified from the impure state through azur. This prayer is called Tahiyatul Aju. These prayers are allowed to be performed at any time outside the forbidden time. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, 'Paradise is obligatory for one who performs ablution properly and prays two rak'ahs with devotion.' (Saheeh Muslim, Hadith: 234)

* Tahiyatul Mosque: Prayers to be performed after entering the mosque. These prayers are offered as a token of gratitude to Allah for coming to the mosque and for praying that the time of the mosque will be fruitful. Tahiyatul Masjid can be recited after entering the mosque at a time other than the forbidden time. However, if there is a fear that the scheduled sunnat of the congregation and time of prayers will be disrupted, the Tahiyatul Masjid will not be read. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, 'If any of you enters the mosque, let him sit down after performing two rak'ahs of prayer.' (Saheeh Bukhari, Hadith: 1167)

* Repentance: The servant is closest to Allah during prayers. Therefore, there is an instruction in the hadith to seek forgivenessfrom Allah through prayers. Narrated Abu Bakr Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, 'When a servant commits a sin, then he performs ablution well and prays two rak'ats while standing. Then he seeks forgiveness from Allah, and Allah forgives him. '(Sunan Abu Dawood, Hadith: 1521)

* Misconceptions about supererogatory worship:

We have some misconceptions about supererogatory worship. That is why we are refraining from the love of God. First, many think Nafl means extra worship. Even if you do not have a problem. But when we look at the goal of naafil prayers, we see that it is not an extra matter. On the contrary, the deficiency of obligatory worship is filled with nafl. Moreover, nafl worship has been restricted to prayers. But there is also an opportunity to perform Nafl prayers in other rules and regulations besides prayers. May Allah grant the Muslim Ummah the Tawfiq to perform the prescribed Nafl prayers as well as to gain the virtues and dignity of this world and the hereafter by performing the Nafl prayers declared in the Hadith. Amen.

Dr Muhammad Mahtab Hossain Mazed is a MA Kamil Hadith, Islamic Arabic University Dhaka

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