How and When to Pray the Duha Prayer?

How and When to Pray the Duha Prayer?

The Virtues of the Duha Prayer

Ishraq means the sunrise while Duha means the forenoon which comes after sunrise. 

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “My friend (the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him) directed me to observe fasting for three days in every month, to perform two rak`ahs of Duha prayer at forenoon and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed.” (Agreed Upon) 

The Time of the Duha Prayer

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr (Dawn Prayer) in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises and prays two rak`ahs, then for him is the reward like that of a Hajj and Umrah.” (At-Trimidhi

In another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Perform the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer, then stop Prayer until the sun rises up to the height of a lance”. (Muslim

It is clear that we are not allowed to offer any voluntary prayers after Fajr Prayer till sunrise which is equivalent to approximately 15 minutes.  

The Ruling of the Duha Prayer

The most reliable view among scholars is that Duha Prayer is an emphatic sunnah (highly recommended). Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “In the morning, alms are due for him, ever fastهىل is alms, every pilgrimage is alms, every utterance of “Glory to be Allah” is alms, every utterance of “Allah is most great” is alms, every utterance of “Praise be to Allah” is alms. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) recounted all such good works. He then said: “Two rak`ahs which one prays in the Duha serve instead of that.” (Abu Dawud) 

To know more about the virtues and rulings of offering the Duha Prayer, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah. 



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All About Fajr Prayer

All About Fajr Prayer

By Editorial Staff 

Prayer is a connection between a Muslim and His Lord, Allah. Prayer is the second pillar of Islam. Prayer was the last will of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and it is the first act that we will be judged by on the Day of Reckoning. Islam ordered us to offer prayers at their proper fixed times. Almighty Allah says:

Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times. (An-Nisaa’ 4:103)

A Muslim offers prayer at a mosque - All About Fajr Prayer

The Prophet said, ‘Whoever prays the two cool prayers (`Asr and Fajr) will go to Paradise.”

One should think deeply over the tranquility and peace that he/she feels after offering prayer to the extent that one forgets pressure of business and social strains. The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of observing the five daily prayers in congregation, for thus the Muslim character is formed.

Supremacy of Fajr Prayer

Among the five daily prayers, Fajr, the early Morning Prayer is definitely the most valuable.

Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (Al-Israa’ 17:78)

Imam As-Suyuti (may Allah have mercy upon him) said that the word “witnessed” in the above verse means that “both the angles of the previous night and the angles of the new morning intently listen to the Fajr Prayer being recited loudly because of its great status and virtues.” (Tafsir Al-Jalalayn)

Time of Fajr Prayer

The time for Fajr Prayer starts from the true dawn until sunrise, a period which lasts about one and a half hours.  It was narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “…and the time of the morning prayer is from the appearance of dawn, as long as the sun has not risen; but when the sun rises, refrain from prayer for it rises between the horns of the devil.” (Muslim)

The majority of scholars are of the view that it is recommended to offer the Fajr prayer at the beginning of its time, before the darkness of the night is dispelled.

Status and Rewards of Fajr Paryer 

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) said, I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Prayer for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Prayer the whole night.” (Muslim)

Jundub ibn Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “He who offers the dawn (Fajr) prayer will come under the Protection of Allah. O son of Adam! Beware, lest Allah should call you to account in any respect from (for withdrawing) His Protection.” (Muslim)

Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Whoever prays the two cool prayers (`Asr and Fajr) will go to Paradise.” (Agreed Upon)

Buraidah ibn Al-Hasib (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Give good tidings to those who walk to the mosques in darkness for having a perfect light on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)

Sakhr Al-Ghamidi narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah, bless my people in their early mornings.” (Abu Dawud)

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him)narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Angels keep on descending from and ascending to the Heaven in turn, some at night and some by daytime, and all of them assemble together at the time of the Fajr and `Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with you over-night, ascent unto Allah Who asks them, and He knows the answer better than they, “How have you left My slaves?” They reply, “We have left them praying as we found them praying.” (Al-Bukhari)

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The two Rak`ahs before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all it contains.” (Muslim)

Jarir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “We were sitting with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he looked at the moon on the night of the full-moon and said, “You people will see your Lord as you see this full moon, and you will have no trouble in seeing Him, so if you can avoid missing (through sleep or business, etc.) a prayer before sunrise (Fajr) and a prayer before sunset (`Asr) you must do so.” (Al-Bukhari)

Warning against Missing the Fajr Prayer

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “No Prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the `Isha’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Agreed Upon)

`Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that: Mention was made before the Prophet (peace be upon him) of a man who slept throughout the night till morning. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) remarked, “He is a man in whose ears Satan urinated.” (Agreed Upon)

How to Wake up for Fajr Prayer

1- Sleep early

2- Observe the etiquette of sleeping i.e. sleeping after performing ablution, saying the adhkar (remembrance) of sleep, and reciting the verse of Al-Kursi and the last two verses of Surat Al-Baqarah.

3- Eat less before going to sleep.

4- Take a nap during the day.

5- Intend sincerely to wake up for Fajr.

6- Get immediately out of bed when waking up.

7- Ask a family member or a friend to wake you up when they rise.

8- Ask for Allah’s help to wake you up the next morning.

May Almighty Allah make us all among those who rise and pray Fajr easily and consistently, out of submission and gratitude.

Learn how to offer the Fajr Prayer in the correct manner:

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Fajr Prayer is Like a Good Investment

Fajr Prayer is Like a Good Investment

Some Muslims offer Fajr prayer in congregation.

No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr prayer and the `Isha’ prayer.

By: Bilal Elsakka

Why is it easy for us to wake up extra early for work, but hard for us to wake up extra early for prayer in the masjid (mosque)?

Why is it so easy to watch a movie for two hours, but so hard to pray two rak`ahs (units of Islamic prayer) before Fajr (Dawn prayer)?

Why is it that we get excited when going to a friend’s house, but feel lethargic when encouraged to go to Allah’s (Exalted is He) house when He created that friend we love so much?

Bismillah (In the name of Allah)

Dear brothers, sisters, and respected elders,

I post this with pure intentions and an optimistic attitude regarding our attendance (of our youth especially) in the masjid at Fajr time. A few sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are listed below regarding the importance of praying `Isha’ (late evening prayer) and, in particular, Fajr in the masjid (mosque). This is a beneficial reminder for myself a dozen times before it is for a single other person. That being said, I humbly request you, the reader, to invest a few short minutes to read a few potentially life-changing sentences.

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) reported, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: ‘One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation is as if he has performed prayer the whole night.’” (Muslim)

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “He who attends `Isha’ in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for half of the night; and he who attends the `Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for the whole night.” (At-Tirmidhi)

“If they knew the merits of prayer after nightfall (`Isha’) and the morning (Fajr) prayer, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

“No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr prayer and the `Isha’ prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Any businessman would tell us that this is a good investment—a good deal. Let us think about it: praying `Isha’ and Fajr in congregation in the masjid, which takes comparatively little time, earns the reward of having prayed the entire night—the entire night! Could we ask for a better deal?! Fortunately for all of us, this sale is offered every night and every morning. May Allah guide us all to take full advantage of it.

May Allah guide us to pray Fajr and `Isha’ in the masjid at least once a week. May Allah guide us to consistently encourage others to pray Fajr and `Isha’ in the masjid. May Allah give us the best relationships with each of our parents. May Allah bless us with a good understanding of Islam. May Allah give us the best character, like that of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) a mercy sent to all of mankind. And last, but definitely not least, may Allah gather us together in the highest rank in paradise.

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How to Wake up for Night and Fajr Prayer

How to Wake up for Night and Fajr Prayer

Wake up for Fajr Prayer!

The Night Prayer is the habit of the true believers who turn to Allah, complain to Him their affairs, and ask Him for His favor. It is one of the greatest worships that strengthen one’s faith and encourage one to do the good deeds and avoid the bad ones. There are many texts that explain the virtues of Night Prayer:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of prayer after the obligatory (five) prayers is night prayer” (Muslim)

Fajr (Dawn) Prayer

A Muslim must strictly observe offering Fajr prayer due to the fact that angels are sent down by Allah Almighty to witness the Fajr prayer offered by a Muslim. Allah says:

Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. ( Al-Israa’ 17:78)

In this short video, Sheikh Ahmad Saeed provides some tips that could help the Muslim to wake up at night:

1- Do not eat food after `Isha’ Prayer,

2- Take a nap after the Dhuhr Prayer which is a missed Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

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What Are the Virtues of Fajr Prayer?

What Are the Virtues of Fajr Prayer?

Virtues of the Fajr Prayer 

Question: What are the virtues of offering the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer in congregation at the mosque? What is the authenticity of the hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two rak`ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and `Umrah.”?

Answer: First of all, it is highly recommended to attend all the prescribed prayers in congregation at the mosque. Some scholars are of the opinion that it is wajib (obligatory) for men to offer prayer at the mosque. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The prayer of a person in congregation is twenty-seven times in excess to the prayer said alone.” (Muslim)

Dr. Muhammad Salah starts his talk by shedding some light on the importance of acting upon a reliable reference that are the Qur’an, Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the way of Salaf (righteous scholars). Sometimes, people act upon some statements without verifying their authenticity like gathering for reciting a certain surah in certain number of times.

There are a lot of verses and prophetic traditions concerning the numerous virtues of the Fajr Prayer:

1- Allah swears by the Fajr prayer due to its great significance,

By the dawn. (Al-Fajr 89:1)

2- Fajr is witnessed by the angels.

And [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (Al-Israa’ 18:78)

Do not miss watching this important talk about the virtues of following the authentic traditions of the prophet and the virtues of the Fajr Prayer as well.

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