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qasr namaaz

Last updated: 2nd February 2007
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2nd February 2007

when praying qasr namaaz, does one also have to perform the sunnats or do we only pray qasr of the fardh rakaats.


Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
10th March 2007
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

According to Imam Abu Hanifah (RA) to do Qasr (shortening of prayers) is 'Azeemat (necessary) and as for praying full will not be permissible.

Narrated Ibn 'Umar :

I accompanied Allah's Apostle and he never offered more than two Rakat during the journey. Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Uthman used to do the same. (Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 20, Number 206)

Also, according to the Fiqhi Usool (fundamental principles):

"Al Mashaqqah Tajlibut-Tayseer" (difficulty brings about ease)

Allamah Nawawi writes in Sharah (commentary) of Muslim that praying general Nawafil (optional) prayers such as, Salat Ishraq, Dhuha, Awwabeen, Tahajjud etc, is permissible according to all.

With regarding praying Sunnat Mu'akkadah there is difference of opinion, one group which includes Ibn Umar (RA) say one should leave it. Imam Shafi' (RA) and Jumhoor (general) Ulamaa say it is Mustahab (peferable) and Imam Abu Hanifah (RA) say it is a virtue praying it but leaving it there is nothing, because the emphasis has gone. ('Ilaus Sunan Vol. 7 Pg. 289)

However, praying the Fajr Sunnats the emphasis still remains. As Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) says, "Do not leave them, i.e. two Sunnat Rakats of Fajar......."
('Ilaus Sunan Vol. 7 Pg. 192)

In another place, Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) prayed the two Sunnat Rakats of Fajr during the journey. (Bukhari Vol. 1 Pg. 149)

(Darse Tirmidhi Vol. 2 Pg. 328-332)

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.