Four sunnah before dhuhr.

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You are doing excellent job in the way of islam. I have one doubt brother, in dhuhr salath is there 4 rakath sunnath before 4 rakath fard? How to pray 4 rakath sunnath. Please explain with reference to quran and sunnath.


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Four sunnah before dhuhr

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Hadrat Aishah (r.a.) said: "The Prophet (saws) never left praying four rakah before ‘dhuhr’ and two raka before ‘fajr’ under any circumstances."

Related by Ahmad and al-Bukhari.


The four rakah Sunnah prayer before the obligatory ‘dhuhr’ prayer is what is considered ‘Sunnah Muaqqedah’ in Islamic Jurisprudence; and in light of the above quoted guidance, it was the practice of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to never leave these four rakah prayer before the obligatory ‘dhuhr’ prayer.


The general practice of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was to offer most of his ‘nafl’ (extra) prayers in a set of two-rakah combinations, with a ‘tashahud’ and a set of ‘tasleems’ for each two-rakah combination.


Thus if one offers the four rakah Sunnah prayer before the obligatory ‘dhuhr’ prayer in two sets of two-rakah combinations, they would be in accordance with the practice of the Messenger of Allah (saws).


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