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Praying sunnah prayers?

what is the best way of praying sunnah prayers? is it after the farz swalah or before ?please explain the best way for sunnahs of before or after every farz swalah, and the number of rakas.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

The best way to pray any prayer, is to pray them the way the blessed prophet (pbuh) prayed.

There are two kinds of sunnah or Nawafil or Supererogatory Prayers which are performed before or after the obligatory prayer. Firstly, the one which were performed by the blessed Prophet (PBUH) more frequently, and their total number comes to twelve Rakah. They are called Sunnah Muakkadah or As-Sunnan Ar-Rawatib, That is, the Rakah which are proved from the saying and practice of the blessed Prophet (PBUH), and which were performed by him usually. These are said to be Compulsory prayers, These include the sunnah prayers of fajar, duhr, 'asr, magrib, and 'isha. Secondly, such Nawafil which were not performed by the Prophet (PBUH) regularly. These are called Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah and are said to be Optional prayers.

The below table will show the number of Sunnah Muakkadah or As-Sunnan Ar-Rawatib rakah before or after five obligatory prayer:

Before : : Prayer : : After
2 Fajar 0
4 Duhar 2
0 Asr 0
0 Magrib 2
0 Isha 2

One thing that should be borne in mind in respect of As-Sunnan Ar-Rawatib or Muakkadah is that it is better to perform them at home. This was the usual practice of the Prophet (PBUH), and this is what he ordained the Muslims. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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