The sunnas associated with the obligatory prayer – SunniPath Answers   
Answered by Sidi Sohail Hanif, Amman (Jordan)

The great Indian mujaddid, faqih, sufi, and hadith master, Shah Wali Allah al-Dahlawi (Allah have mercy on him) mentions the wisdom behind the legislation of supererogatory (nafl) prayers in his Hujjat Allah al-Baligha, arguably the greatest work written on the wisdom of the rulings of the Shariah,

“Worldly concerns lead to forgetting the remembrance of Allah Most High and …attaining the fruits of devotion perpetuating the animal aspect of human nature and confounding his angelic aspect.

It was therefore necessary to legislate something to polish [his heart] before the obligatory prayers so that they could be entered into with a purity of heart and concentration of spiritual ambition.

How often it is that a person does not pray such that he attains unto the benefits of the prayer. This is what was indicated by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) when he said, ‘How many a worshipper has no share from his prayer except a half of it, or a third of it, or a quarter of it.’. 

It was therefore necessary to legislate prayers after it as well to complete the purpose. [Dahlawi, Hujjat Allah al-Baligha, 2:28, Dar al-Ma’rifa]

What follows is an explanation of the confirmed and non-confirmed sunna prayers along with relevant hadiths and fiqh details….

The sunnas associated with the obligatory prayers


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