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Sunnat-az-Zawaal

Question

What is the status of reading four Rakaats after Zawwaal? This is not referring to the Sunnat of Zuhr.

Answer

عن عبد الله بن السائب، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يصلي أربعا بعد أن تزول الشمس قبل الظهر، وقال: إنها ساعةتمتح فيها أبواب السماء، وأحب أن يصعد لي فيها عمل صالخ.رواه الترمذي، وقال: حديث حسن غريب

Similar narrations are also found in Shamaail at-Tirmithi, Abu Daawud and Ibn Maajah. There is a difference of opinion regarding the meaning of these narrations. Some of the Ahnaaf say that they refer to the four Raka’aat of Sunnah before Zuhr, while the other Ahnaaf along with the Shawaafi’ say that these four are besides the four Raka’aat before Zuhr. They call them Sunat az Zawaal. 

It is more appropriate that these four Raka’aat refer to other than the four Raka’aat of Sunnah before Zuhr as stated by Mawlaanaa Rashid Ahmad Gangohi in al-Kawkab ad-Durri as well as others. Therefore, based on the regular practice of Rasul Allaah Sallallaah ‘Alayh Wa Sallam, it will be Sunnah to read these four Raka’aat of Sunnah az-Zawwaal. And if someone were to read these four Raka’aat immediately after Zawaal, they will also be counted as the four Raka’aat of Sunnah before Zuhr.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

(الترمذي، باب ما جاء في الصلاة عند الزوال، ٢: ٢٦، دار الرسالة العالمية)

(الشمائل الحمدية للترمذي، باب صلاة الضحى، صد ٤٩٦ – ٩٩ ٤، دار المنهاج)

(الشمائل المحمدية للترمذي، باب صلاة الضحى، صد ٤٩٦ – ٩٩ ٤، دار المنهاج)

(أبو داود، باب الأربع قبل الظهر وبعده، ٢: ٤٤٩، دار الرسالة العالمية) 

(ابن ماجه، باب في الأربع الركعات قبل الظهر، ٢: ٢٣٦، دار الرسالة العالمية) 

(الكوكب الدري، ١: ٤٠١، مطبعة ندوة العلماء لكهنو) 

( معارف مد نیہ ۵۳:۸، مجلس معارف مد نه چاره ضلع مراد آباد)

(کتاب الفتاوی ، ۳۴۱:۲، زمزم پبلشرز )

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