Making Up the Sunnah before Zhuhr Prayer: Allowed?
Making Up the Sunnah before Zhuhr Prayer
Is it permissible to make up the four rak`ahs of sunnah Prayer before the Zuhr (Noon) Prayer?
There many hadiths that clarify the virtues and great rewards of offering the optional prayers as follows:
Um Habibah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever prays twelve rak`ahs a day and night, Allah Almighty will build for him a house in Paradise.” (An-Nasa’i)
It was narrated the the Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever prays four rak`ahs before Zuhr and four after it, Allah makes him prohibited for the Fire.” (At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad)
It was also narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to perform four rak`ahs prayer after the declining of the sun before Zuhr prayer and would say, “This is an hour at which the gates of heaven are opened, and I like that my good deeds should rise to heaven at that time.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Many jurists are of the view that it is preferred to offer the missed sunnah prayers according to the hadith in which the the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “O the daughter of Abu Umaiyah (i.e. Um Salamah), you asked me about these two rak`ahs after the `Asr prayer. In fact, some people from the tribe of `Abdul Qais came to me to embrace Islam and busied me so much that I did not offer the two rak`ahs which were offered after Zhuhr compulsory prayer, and these two rak`ahs (you have seen me offering) make up for those.” (Agreed Upon)
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