Chapter on Salaah
Q) What is meant by sunnat-e-muakkadah?
A) Sunnah muakkadah is a sunnah that the holy prophet never left. As such it is very close to wajibs (obligatoires). We are obliged to complete the 12 sunnahs muakkadahs daily, to read salaat of eclipse and taraweehs as such. In the contrary we would be responsible. The proof of importance is found in the hadith mentioning the importance of sunnahs before Jum`ah salaah. Please read it in our Jum`ah book on web. If this does not answer your querry, please reformulate your question with other words. 

Q) For a person who is reading namaz on chair in the masjid, can he put his chair anywhere in the masjid; right, left or even in the middle? Is it permissible?
A) Yes, that is what is sunnah. On chair or on floor, one must stand where the saff is same like everyone else. 

Q) Can one make dua in sajda in farz namaz,like saying ya muqallibal qulub etc, can we say in sajda faraz namaz or nafil only?
A) Not in farz. Nafil permissible only arabic.

Q) Suppose for some reason, there is only enough time left for me to pray 4 rakaats during Zohr time. What should I pray 4 rakaats sunnah or 4 rakaats Fard?
A) Farz.

Q) Can we read ''allahumagfirli warhami wahdini warzukni wa afini '' between 2 prostration in farz salah?
A) Yes

Q) What is fard namaz and sunnah namaz?please give me details on these topics. 
A) Farz are obligatory and neglecting it will bring great sin. Sunnah is important, but not as obligatory as fard. If missed, Farz should be replaced even if years have passed by. If Sunnah missed, then need to replace in its time. If its time(example Zohr time) have passed by, then no need to replace. One may do istighfaar.

Q)The other day, I was sick at Dhuhr time & I started praying Dhur Fard salat only at 15:37 and completed this Fard salat at 15:41. The last time to pray Dhuhr salat on that day was 15:40. Does my salat count? 
Q) If you missed salah with jamaat, then is it better to do the missed salah at home or in the mosque?
A) It is better to do it in the masjid. It is also sunnah to assemble the family and do it at home. 

Q) Asalam mualaikum, Asr prayer after 4.15pm? Some Masjids perform Asr before 4pm. please explain.
A) Shafi`ee time or they want to be different

Q) Can we replace Zuhr namaz after Assr salaat?
A) Yes, if you have more than 6 namazs qaza on your qaza account.

Q)Can i do 2 rakaat after esha salat in order to ask Allah dua?

Q) How to pray nafl salat?And when?So as to get closeness to Allah? 
A) Tahajjud time.

Q) I use to pray Nafl salaat after Fajr to thank Allah for acccepting my duas...One day I completed the salaat 1 minute after sunrise. Will the salaat still count? 
A) Nafil not allowed between sehri and israaq time. Nor after assr till maghrib.

Q) What is the minimum rakat to pray tahajjud?
A) 2.

Q) What are the benefits of salaat Chaast? 
A) Barakah in sustenance, rizq. It alleviates all th 360 sadaqahs due on us daily.

Q) What is salaat Chaast? How to read it? 
A) 10a.m. read 2 to 12 nafils. No specific surahs..

Q) Should we read Sura Qul huwallahu ahad in each rakaat of Tahajjud? 
A) No. There is no fixed sourah for any salaah.

Q) Can one pray esha after midnight and at 3am? 
A) It is makrooh to do so in normal circumstances.

Q)Praying two rakat after Asr .
A)Nafil, not permissible

Q) How to perform sajda sahw? What is this?
A) Sajdas added by one salaam at the end of salaah,when major mistake is done.

Q) Are we allowed to replace namaaz we missed after Asr prayer? 
A) Yes. Permissible. But not 15 mins before sunset.

Q) Say for example sunrise is at 5.20 a.m. What's the last time of performing fajr salah? Also, after how many minutes can we perform namaz after sunrise (i.e. replacing fajr if we missed it or reading nawafil like ishraak)?
A) If you completed namaz before 5.20 a.m. then no need to redo namaz. But if you read namaz between 5.20 - 5.23 a.m. then you must redo namaz 15 minutes after sunrise.

Q) Is there qadha for sunnat e muakkadah salah?
A) Yes, if it's on the same day. If the day has passed then make istighfar and tawbah. 

Q) Can i swallow my spit during prayer and can someone who have flatulence make one ablution for fard and witri prayer?
A) Yes, can swallow. One wouzu is sufficient for one fard salaah time. But if you slept in between, then should redo wouzu

Q) Previously i was working in government and i could offer all salah including tahajjud. I really appreciated the benefits of tahajjud. I now work in private from 09:00 till 18:00 and miss zuhr and asr. How should i proceed if i want to carry on with tahajjud?
A) Should replace the missed salah first, then may read tahajjud.

Q) Can we replace asr namaz just before maghrib azan?
A) Yes.

Q) Is namaz valid if we cannot concentrate in namaz enough and keep thinking of wordly transaction? What can we do to have concentration?
A) Namaz valid. Do long nafil salah to have concentration.

Q) Can we make dua in sajdah position (outside namaz) in any language?
A) Yes, but with wudhu.
Q) The imam says that you yourself said that one may not raise hands and it is better to make dua individually and softly and showed us the answers from your website. He will make silent dua and not raise hands. Is this correct? 
A) Refer to us the answers on our web. Recommended to raise hands during duas. 
Recommended to make duas after salaahs. Permissible to leave the du`a though. So moderately at audible voices, the imaam will make du`a to teach the musallis masnoon duas and there will be no remarks on those who wish to do their duas individually or at other times.

Q) In hot summer days is it ok to wear only a kaftan without trousers with a burkha on top to read namaz? 
A) No. Kaftan is too thin.

Q) Is there congregational dua after farz namaz or should everyone do their own dua?
A) Better individually and softly, but permissible to teach people with an audible collective dua

Q) When i read namaz i got a habbit of reading Bismillah before tashahhud, durood and dua. Will my namaz be accepted?
A) Must stop this habbit. Namaz is accepted, but it is against the sunnat of Nabi (saw).

Q) Is it permissible to do only 4 rakaat for tahajjud? 
A) Yes.

Q) Can a woman read salah with short sleeves. Will her salah be valid?
A) No. The whole body should be covered during salah. 

Q) Is it possible to replace the swalaat one has deliberately missed for the past 20 years? How should it be done? 
A) We have a chart for replacing salaah on the web 
Click to download . It is possible by starting the first missed salaahs and then second etc. One may read these replacing salaahs even at Fajr and after assr times, except sun rise, sun set and zawaal times.

Q) I have got problem with my work recently, they are denying me the permission to go for jumuah . what should i do?? 
A) Do zohr salaah. Can you get 3 colleagues together in a place at zohr time? If yes, then there may be another option... 

Q) The other day, I woke up a little bit earlier to pray tahajjud then Witr...Unfortunately, I finished Witr 1 min after the Sehri end time......Is the Witr salat valid? 
A) Valid. But know that the holy prophet SAW appreciated Abu Bakr`s praying witr before sleeping, after Esha. It is better you read witr before sleeping. 

Q) Say the start time for Magrib is 18:03 and due to some delay, I only managed to complete Asr salat at 18:03....Is the Asr salat still valid in this case? 
A) Valid.

Q) Can i replace zohr prayer after assr but before magrib?
A) Yes.

Q) For Jummah, I usually pray 4 rakaats sunnat before jummah, then after the jummah, I pray 2 rakaats sunnat and finally 4 rakaats sunnat. Am I praying the proper number of sunnat salats for jummah? Is the sequence correct? 
A) No. Read 4 rakaats after Jum`ah, then 2. Permissible to read as reading though.

Q) When I pray behind the Imam, what should I be reading in each rakaats? Should I be reading only Surah Al-Fatiha and nothing else? 
A) Nothing should be read during qiyaam behind the imaam. One should read only thana when joining and the imaam is silent. Else if he is reading, then one should say takbeer and stay silent.

Q) If I forget to say "A'zoubillah Iminasheitan Ir-Rajim, Bismillah Ir-Rahman Ir-Rahim" before starting my salat and I offer the salat, will my salat count? 
A) It will count. Because Arouzoubillah and Bismillah are sunnahs and not wajibs.

Q) Is it necessary for an imama to mention in his niyyat that women are also following or will it suffice if he just says muqtadis?
A) The imaam should do niyah of women if ever women are behind. Without his niyah, women`s salaah will not count. 

Q) Is there something called 'kaaza oumri"', if yes, what is it?
A) Yes, replace missed salaahs. You may find the schedule on the web..

Q) Is it a bid'ah to lift up the hand and make duah after fard prayer? is there any hadith on that?

A) It is not bid`ah to do so. But one may do so and may not do so. Since the prophet SAW recommended his sahaba Mu`az bin Jabal that he should absolutely not leave to make du`a after salaah:

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ 

Allahoumma a`inni `ala zikrika wa shoukrika wa housni ibadatika. (Abu Dawood)

This is enough to classify to make this du`a mustahab after every salaah. Rasouloullah SAW did not move from his place until he read some duas. He recommended dua after salaah by saying ''Duas that most accepted are Tahajud times and after fard salaah'' (Tirmizi). Furthermore there are four duas that are reported in Sahihs that the prophete never used to leave them after salaahs: Allahoummah antasalaam... Allahoumma a`inni.. La ilaaha illahou.. Allhoumma la mani`a lima a`tayt.. 
As such if a imaam read these du`as loudly to teach his musallis these duas, then it is permissible and recommended.

Q) If someone is knocking on the door, can we break salah? 
A) No. 

Q) Can one read this when making dua : "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un, Allahumma ajirni fi musibati wa akhlif li khairan minha" ?
A) Yes.

Q) I want to do my salah with devotion, sincerity and concentration but while performing salah i feel as if salah is a burden for me and i want to perform salaat as quick as possible..please help me to be able to do my salah well.
A) Choose a time when you are free to perform long nafil rakaats. Of course do not perform after sehri until ishraaq time. Nor zawaal or after assr. But anytime besides these, read the longest sourah you know. Or all what you know during the one rakaat. Next rakaat read everything again. Insha Allah you will develop a devotion in salaah. Better be this salaah at tahajud time. Continue doing your salaah, it will improve.

Q) What's the meaning of istikhara?
A) Istikharah means Allah knows and I don`t know. We look for future solutions in there, that may be different with actual ones. It is like an acid test of the future. But it is not wajib to follow a istikharah though.

Q) If one sits to perform namaz, can he/she read namaz with shoes? 

A) No. The holy prophet SAW always took out his shoes for salaah. In salaah we need to prostrate the finger toes also. That is we need to push the finger toes down and prostrate ourselves. In shoes, we cannot do that.

Q) Is it allowed to replaced fajr and zohr swalaat after asr? Can we perform nafil after asr? 
A) Permissible to replace Fajr and Zohr salaah after assr. But it is not permissible to perform nafil after assr. 

Q) What is preferable for a woman, to perform swalaah at the first time or after adhaan itself? 
A) At first time.

Q) Is sajda e tilawat allowed between asar & maghrib?
A) Yes. But not at sun set.

Q) After the imam has read surah fatihah, should the muqtadi say ameen loudly or softly?

A) Softly.

Q) Will I see jinn if I pray tahajjud? A person who prayed tahajjud regularly has told me that he sees jinn!! Also, the jinn comes into possession of the person at times...Is it not risky to pray tahajjud? Because I do not want to see jinns!!! 
A) Not necessarily. Do read tahajjud to get the proximity and closeness to Allah. In fact dua is mostly accepted that time and Allah Ta`ala ask for what our needs to be fulfilled.

Q) Since I have school and tuition after. I always miss the zohr prayer and sometimes the Asr prayer but I replace them after magrib. Is my salaat still valid ? 
A) The salaat is valid. But still try to do it on the way somewhere on time.

Q) Is it allowed to pray only 1 rakat of witr prayer? Are there any evidence for this? 
A) Not allowed. In fact the prophet did prevent us from doing only one rakaat. 

Q) If someone does not know how to read dua e qunoot, should she do sajdah sahou? 
A) No. Rather read soubhanallah soubhanallah. 

Q) Should one read the thana when praying with Imam? If yes, I have been praying in congregation without reading the thana at start of the salat for a very long time...Will my congregation salat be accepted by Allah? 
A) Recommended to read thana. But your salaah is still valid without it. 

Q) If one does not know du'a qunoot, must she perform sajdah sahw at the end?
A) No. Firstly she should make an effort to learn it. If she does not know it, then she should read Subhanallah few times in place of du'a qunoot.

Q) In a 4 rakat namaz, on the 2nd rakat when reading tashhahud, one must read the whole tashhahud till the end or just until "ash hadu al laa ilaaha illallah." If one was supposed to read till the end but didn't know and used to read it till illallah, is the namaz for so many years counted or not (because it is something wajib in namaz).?
A) Whole tashahud is wajib to be read. Insha Allah it will count. Make tawbah and istighfaar on this ignorance.

Q) In first rakat i read sura 'falaq' in second rakat i read sura 'ikhlass' by mistake. Do i need to make sajda sahu? 
A) No. but it is makrooh to do such.

Q) Subhanaka Allahumma wa bihamdika watabarasmuka wa tarala jadduka wa la ilaha ghairuk,what is the rule to recite this dua in salah?only starting of salah or starting of sunnah faraz nafil witr anytime when starting these salaah?

A) Recite before salaahsQ) What are the fardh things in salaat?
A) Saying Allahu Akbar,Standing,Reading Quraan,Bending in ruku,2 sajdahs and last sitting before salaam.

Q) I know salah is farz and i know its rewards and i perfomed it but can't having the love and doing sunnah in salaah,just praying because its farz.
A) Keep doing it as an obligation until it becomes a pleasure.

Q) Is it permissible to close our eyes in salaah for concentration
A) Not advisable. Against Sunnah.

Q) If a person joins jamaat in 3rd rakaat how he should complete his salat?
A) Zohr type salaah: stand after salaam to complete one rakat with alhamd and surah. Then sit attihiyat. Then stand to complete one rakat alhamd and surah and then finally stand again to complete with alhamd only. Then sit with attihiyat and douroud and dua and salaam.

Q) I was in namaz and a goat pass out during my namaz then what will happen?
A) Nothing

Q) I have a son of Six years old, he started learning surah lately so now he wanted to lead me during my salah at home. is this permissble in islam? 
A) Not permissible. A child cannot lead an adult in prayer. 

Q) If you missed salah with jamaat, then is it better to do the missed salah at home or in the mosque?
A) It is better to do it in the masjid. It is also sunnah to assemble the family and do it at home. 

Q) Is salah accepted in tight clothes like churidar and short Kurta but body remain fully covered? 
A) Accepted, but makrooh. 

Q) How many rakat are there in tahajjud namaz? I do it in 12 rakaats with surah ikhlaas 12 times in the first rakat and reduce it by one. Hence having to read it once in the last rakat. Is it the proper way?
A) 8 rakats better. Minimum two. It is makrooh to fix surahs for salahs. Tahajjud should be lengthy and no fix surahs.

Q) If a muswalli arrived late such that the imam is about to start the khutbah, is it permissible for him to start the 4 rakat sunnah knowing that he won't be able to finish before the khutbah. Must he read the sunnah even if the khutbah has started or must he read it after jum'ah salah?
A) No, don't read. Replace the sunnah after jum'ah. Because Nabi (saw) prohibited from performing salah during khutbah.

Q) If i can't pay atttention at all in soon as i start salaah i don't know how i finished it already...what can be really worried about it. 
A) This concern is worth praising. To have concentration, read long nafil salaah and when realised in salaah, then straight away come to the salah concentration. Ponder upon the meanings of the Qur-aan and duas in the salaah. You may find them in Masnoon duas on web.

Q) What is swalat ul ishraq ? And how to perform it? 
A) Two rakaats of Salaat-ul- ishraaq may be performed approximately 15 minutes after sunrise. If one remained seated in zikr since fajr until ishraaq, inshallah one will receive the reward of performing one hajj and umrah.

Q) I found this on your site 'Q) In first rakat i read sura 'falaq' in second rakat i read sura 'ikhlass' by mistake. Do i need to make sajda sahu? ' Can you please explain Where's the mistake? 
A) The mistake is that the reader read first the sourah 113 and then sourah 112. It should be that the sourah 112 be first and then 113. The holy prophet read always in this sequence and hence is established the rule of salaah: tarteeb or sequence of reading. No sajdah sahu required. But need to make istighfaar.

Q) Is it true that one should fold the prayer mat after reading namaz, that is it should not be left open? 
A) Permissible to leave open. 

Q) Should women cover their feet in salaat and everywhere they go? Is the feet part of awrah.? 
A) Because of necessity, feet is not awrah. But when possible, one should hide feet also from strangers.

Q) How can I advise a close relative who is not regular with the Swalat and also with whom religious discussion is not easy? 
A) Do the Ta`leem of Fazail Salaah in Fazail Amaal of Hazrat Mowlana Zakarya r.a. 

Q) Can one perform salaat-ul-hajah after esha and aftre asr?
A) One may read after esha, not after asr.

Q) How to perform witr salaat for Esha? 1 rakaat or 3 rakaat? 
A) 3 rakaats.

Q) Can i read two rakat nafil namaz and send isaale sawab to a marhoom? 
A) Yes. 

Q) Is salah accepted in tight clothes like churidar and short Kurta but body remain fully covered? 
A) Accepted, but makrooh. 

Q) How many rakat are there in tahajjud namaz? I do it in 12 rakaats with surah ikhlaas 12 times in the first rakat and reduce it by one. Hence having to read it once in the last rakat. Is it the proper way?
A) 8 rakats better. Minimum two. It is makrooh to fix surahs for salahs. Tahajjud should be lengthy and no fix surahs.

Q) If a sunnah is missing in your namaz, sajdah sahwa is necessary or not?
A) No, sajdah should not be performed.  

Q) 1. Is it compulsory to read namaz in sequence? 
A) Yes, it is compulsory and wajib. 

Q) 2. If we do not read namaaz in sequence, then is our namaaz is not accepted by Allah?
A) If purposely done, then even 2 sajdahs will not be sufficient for correction. Then the namaz should be redone. 

Q) 3. If it is not accepted by Allah, then where is it mention in Quran?
A) We cannot definitely say so that it is not accepted by Allah Ta`ala. But acceptation is at His discretion. But we may find from the most famous sunnah of Rasouloullah SAW that he did his last salaahs in the prescribed sequence. And he ordered us: Read salaah as you have seen me reading salaah (Bukhari) Allah Ta`ala said: ''Prenez ce que le Messager vous donne; et ce qu’il vous interdit, abstenez-vous en; et craignez Allah car Allah est dur en punition.''(59:7) Here Allah Ta`ala said that we have to obey and follow the prophet SAW. Furthermore the following ayah attached the divine guidance only in the sunnah of the holy prophet SAW: ''Dis: «Obéissez à Allah et obéissez au messager. ... Et si vous lui obéissez, vous serez bien guidés».(24:54) Since it is the divine order for us to follow and obey the prophet, then we can conclude that any salaah done away from the sunnah can be rejected by Allah Ta`ala. Kindly ans my question.. 

Q) In namaaz when reading tasbih in roukou and sijda, should we read the same quantity in all roukou and sijda for a particular namaaz.
A) No. But better read 5 or 7 times. 

Q) Heard that our prophet s.a.w used to do Raf'e Yadain. Must we do it? 
A) Raf'e yadain was done by the prophet but then later on left. Hence Abu Bakr, umar and Uthman did not do rafe yadain. The salaah of Abu Bakr is the salaah that is closest to the prophet peace be upon him. Hence if one is from a hanafi background, then one should not do rafe yadain. 

Q) What is the best time to perform namaaz istikharaa?
A) Anytime, except makrooh times. One may read before sleep also. 

Q) What is hajaah salaat? plz explain how to perform it. 
A) One makes wuzu and then perform 2 rakats salaah. Then say some glorification of Allah or may read sourah fatiha and also read douroud on the prophet. Then read this dua :

Tuhwatul ahwazi ala sharhil Tirmizi.

Q) If one reads her qirat in salah louder or makes some sound to make her child notice where she is ,is the salah broken?
A) Yes salaah is broken when such external signs are made. 

Q) Should we read Bismillah before reading attahiyaat in namaz?
A) No, not sunnat.

Q) Due to work i have to perform salah before the jamat stands up. But sometimes while doing so if the mouazzin says the iqaamat, what should i do? continue reading or break my salah and join the jamat?
A) Best is to break the salah and join the jamat.

Q) I was praying and there was an insect beneath my clothes and I was scared that it might sting me and I had to stop praying to remove the insect. Is it a sin? 
A) Not a sin. But need to restart the salaah in case you used both hands.

Q) Which salat is better when there is something you badly want Allah to give you: Salaatul hajah or salaatul tahajuud? 
A) Salaatul Haajah and accompanied with daily tahajjud.

Q) What if I get a wet dream but do not know of it after I wake up and I do not perform ghusl since I am not aware of it. Then I offer salat. Will my salat be accepted by Allah? 
A) No, salaah will not be accepted. you will have to do ghusl and repeat the salaah you prayed.

Q) If I fart, do I need to change my pants before praying? 
A) No.

Q) How do we do istikhara?
A) Read 2 rakaats any permissible time and read the istikharah dua on web. Click on masnoon duas for the dua.

Q) If the last time to read Dhuhr salat is 15:25 in Port-Louis, is it correct to say that the last time to read Dhuhr salat in Coromandel is 15:27 i.e 15:25 plus (not minus) 2 minutes? 
A) Yes.

Q) I was doing magrib salah in second rakat at tashahud I read Attahiyyat n also darud then I remember for third rakat I stand and complete the salah does sajdah was necessary. 
A) Sajdah sahu necessary if read douroud to thar extent: Allahoumma salli `ala Muhammad. If did not do Sajdah Sahu, then should redo namaz. 

Q) We are 2 friends at work who perform Zuhr prayer in a senior's office. but there is a calendar with a picture of an idol in his office. Can we pray in spite of that picture?
A) It is makrooh to pray if the picture is in front of you. We suggest that you turn it around for your salaah time. 

Q) What is Hajaat salaat? when to perform it?
A) A 2 rakaats salaah followed by Haajah dua before performing a work. One may find it in the masnoon duas on web.

Q) If I am at work and I cannot offer salaat, why is it a sin? Because I have to work to earn a living but I am not free to pray. Does Allah forgive us in such situations? 
A) Keep replacing your salaahs if you can`t do it on time. But keep doing tawbah when replacing. Then make dua to open way for a halaal earning with salaahs on time. 

Q) If I am at work and I cannot offer salaat, why is it a sin? Because I have to work to earn a living but I am not free to pray. Does Allah forgive us in such situations? 
A) Keep replacing your salaahs if you can`t do it on time. But keep doing tawbah when replacing. Then make dua to open way for a halaal earning with salaahs on time.

Q) In hajaah salaat, after the salaat, one should say some glorification of Allah then read douroud and finally say Tuhwatul ahwazi ala sharhil Tirmizi...From the moment one says glorification of Allah onwards, should one raise his hands? 
A) May raise hand as from beginning of the dua.

Q) Is it obligatory to shower everyday to be able to offer salaat? 
A) No. 

Q) How many rakaat is there in Istikhara Is there any specifiic dua to read? 
A) 2 rakaats nafil. Then read read this dua on web:

Q) We are told in hadith to perform two rakat salah and make du'a when we need something. What is this salah, nafil or sunnah?
A) It's two rakaat nafil of salatul hajah. 

Q) What time does zohr namaz become kaza? Is it at the start of assr azaan? If i could not perform zohr namaz in time and i reached home at 3:40pm, can i perform my zohr prayer? Or do i have to perform kaza zohr?
A) It becomes Qaza at the beginning of Assr time. You may find assr time on our web and also when sending QNA NAMAZ to 8386.. 

Q) In a four rakat sunnah muakkadah salah, is it necessary to read all four surahs in order, or can I read first two rakat e.g. falaq n naas and then next two rakats wal asr n lumazah? 
A) It is very important to read in order.

Q) Can we perform salatul hajjah 5mins b4 or after fajr?? 
A) No. Only 2 sunnahs and 2 Farz permissible at this time. 

Q) What is rafe yadein? 
A) It is the action of raising hands in salaah. We do rafe yadain when starting salaah and during witr on 3rd rakaat

Q) What is the best time to perform salaatul Hajaah?
A) At tahajjud time between 3 to 5 a.m.

Q) Is it permisible to do Salaat ul Esha first on time and then replace swalatul Maghrib which is qaza?? 
A) Yes, if you have 6 or more salaahs qazas on your salaah account. 

Q) Can I read the same surah in tahajjud everyday?
A) Permissible. Try to learn one ayah daily and discover the pleasure of adding that ayah in your tahaujjud salaah. 

Q) I want to replace all my missed namaz, but I do not know the total. How should I go on? 
A) Replace the 1st Fajr, then 2nd... Zohr also 1st, will find the chart on web. Click to download

Q) Can I perform Fajr prayer 10 mins before the adhaan of Fajr? 
A) No. You need to check the time of fajr in your area.

Q) Is it true if someone neglects his or her salah, he/her will become kafir? Does this apply to someone who works and misses zohr salah only but replaces it on the same day? 
A) No. But it is a grave sin to neglect one's salaat. Try to do it during Zohr time, even if only 4 farzs: Send "qna namaz" to 8386 to have salaat times. 

Q) Can a lady praying salat alone at home wear onlya jilbab or kaftan without wearing trousers under the dress? Ankles are covered. 
A) Permissible if during sajdahs the limbs are not uncovered. 

Q) Is raising the hands during witr and ask doah a sunnat?
A) No.

Q) I wanted to know,if someone deliberately missed his namaz for several years then after that he regrets what he he says he will do all his namaz from it compulsory for him to replace all his missed namaz?if yes,then is there a book of hadith or quran which states that he must replace all his namaz?i wanted to have the reference.
A) The holy prophet SAW did replace the Fajr and Assr he missed and collectively conducted the Qada salaah with the sahabas. As such it is obligatory to replace missed salaahs. We have a Qada salaah grid whereby one may fill the Qadas salaahs he performed so that one may know which salaah he is replacing. Intention of 1st Fajr, 2nd Zohr etc is important. One should replace all those salaahs to such an extent that one feels that he has replaced all of them.

Q) Can you explain how to do istikharah.
A) You may read 2 rakaats and read the istikharah dua found in the masnoon duas on the web.

Q) Some people often come late for Isha prayer then they make another jamaat in the sehen. Is it ok? 
A) Not ok at all. Late comers should do their own salaah individually. 

Q) Is it a sin to read the dua 'Al-Lahumma Aghfir Li Ma Qaddamtu Wa Ma 'Akhkhartu Wa Ma 'Asrartu Wa Ma 'A`lantu Wa Ma 'Anta 'A`lamu Bihi etc' before the end of the salaat when praying in congregation? 
A) Yes. You should not add in farz or sunnah salaah. You may read these duas during nafil salaahs.

Q) Is it allowed to pray salaat with shoes on foot ?
A) No. Not allowed. The shoes at times of prophet SAW was soft. Nowadays they are hard and they leave the foot up in the air which means that sajdah would not be counted. It is compulsory to touch the ground with the feet while in sajdah. Furthermore, the toes does not bend in shoes, and the beloved prophet SAW used to bend the toes during sajdah.

Q) I read namaz behind an imam whose trousers are always below the ankles. Can i read namaz behind him? This is the only masjid which is near my house. The rest are far.
A) Yes, gently speak to the imam once and inform the moutawalli also. After that, continue reading namaz there and do not say anything. Everyone will take his own responsibility.

Q) When replacing a farz namaz (eg Zohar), in 3rd rakat i am supposed to read only alhamd. But if i read "bismillah and part of a sura" after alhamd, is there sajda sahu?
A) No sajdah sahu needed. 

Q) If one could not attend eid salah, will he be accountable for that? Must he make qadha of it? Must woman also read eid salah?
A) There is no eid salah for ladies. If a group of men missed the eid salah, they may form a jamat and replace it. But not alone. Do make tawbah and istighfaar, because it is wajib on men.

Q) At what age does Salah become fardh upon a muslim boy? 
A) At first ejaculation or wet dream. Else at 15 years. 

Q) In regard to namaz Istikharah, do we need to complete 3 witr prior to this namaz or after? 
A) Not necessarily. You may read anytime, except makrooh times. 

Q) What is the last time to do Esha prayers for women? Is it before Sehri time? 
A) Esha ends at sehri. But it is makrooh to deliberately read it after midnight without reasons.

Q) What it is the last time to perform asr salah? Can one read asr 5 mins before maghrib?
A) It is makrooh to perform asr salah 5 mins before maghrib. But if done, the salah will count insha Allah. But don't make it a habit, because there is warning in hadith for whom so ever performs salah at this time.

Q) Can i pray my salah before azan? Or should i wait for the azan?
A) You may pray before azaan, when the salaat time started. You may send ‘’Qna namaz’’ from your mobile to 8386 to have daily salaat times. 

Q) Some people often come late for Isha prayer then they make another jamaat in the sehen. Is it ok? 
A) Not ok at all. Late comers should do their own salaah individually. 

Q) In salah is it required to say 'bismillahir rahmanir rahim' before reciting a surah after reciting surah fatiha? And before starting the 2nd rakat should i recite aouzu billah and bismillah?
A) It is recommended and mustahab to read Bismillahirah maniraheem before a surah. Read only Arouzoubillahimishaitaanir rajeem in the beginning of the salaah. Then on 2nd rakaats read only bismillah before surah fatiha. 
Note: this rule apply to a munfarid (someone reading salaah alone). As for the one reading behind an imaam, then he should read only thana in qiyaam.

Q) Is it true that namaz is not accepted in leggies and churidars? 
A) The dress should be decent such that the silhouette of the body should not be visible. If the leggies and churidar is not tight, then permissible to read salaah in them. 

Q) If i use deodorant or perfume on my body, can i still do salaat? 
A) Yes. 

Q) Is it ok to pray: 4 sunnat and 4 farz in Zohar. 4 farz in asar. 3 farz in magrib and 4 sunnat, 4 farz and 3 witr in isha namaz due to constraint of time. 
A) Due to constraint of time, the least that one need to read is: Fajr: 2 sunnah. 2 Farzs. Zohr: 4 Sunnah. 4 Farzs. 2 Sunnah. Assr: 4 Farzs Maghrib: 3 Farzs. 2 sunnah. Esha: 4 Farzs. 2 sunnah. 3 witr. 

Q) If jamat has stood for Fajr salah, is it allowed to perform the two sunnats at that time?
A) Yes, if there is hope of catching up with the jamat. 

Q) I wish to know what are the important Sunnat of the five prayers which we need to perform. Also, in case I have missed 2 Sunnat of Maghrib, can I do it after Azaan of Esha? What is the last time to perform Maghrib. Is it 5 or 10 mins before Azaan?
A) 2 before Fajr. 4 before Zohr. 2 after Zohr. 2 after Maghrib 2 after Esha. It is a sin to read the 2 sunnats of maghrib after maghrib time have elapsed. Maghrib should be read right after sunset. One should not read maghrib late or after 25 mins. It is makrooh tahrimi and prohibited to read maghrib later than 25 mins. The holy prophet SAW said: ‘’My ummat would always be in well being or on the straight path until they will not postpone to read maghrib salaah at such time that stars have already become clear and apparent.’’(Abu Dawood) 
The time that stars become clear and apparent is about 25 mins after sunset. As such it is makrooh tahrimi to postpone maghrib without reason at such time. 
Furthermore, please note that there is another hadith in Ibn Majah that says that we should read the 2 sunnats of maghrib right after the farz. And that we should not postpone it for later on. 
Esha time starts when it is completely dark. Send QNA NAMAZ to 8386 to get the salaah times. 
Or you may get a salaah time calendar by Falahi shop or phone us on 57921333. 
You may not wait for azaan to perform your salaah. 
In fact, salaah is recommended for you in the first time. But be sure that the salaah time started. 
You may find a salaah time on the web. 

Q) If i could not perform the 4 rakaats sunah before zohar salat due to lack of time, should i do it after faraz?
A) Yes. Read the 2 first, then replace the 4. 

Q) When making qaza of missed salah, must we replace the sunnats also?
A) Sunnat need not be replaced except for the sunnat of fajr of the same day. 

Q) In the third rakat of witr salah, after dua qunoot, can other duas such as rabbanna aatinaa fid dunya etc be recited before proceeding to roukou?
A) No other duas should be read.

Q) Is it permissable to recite by reading (not from memory) a surah from the Quran Karim after reciting Al Fatiha, in salah?
A) No.

Q) Can we replace Zuhr namaz after Assr salaat?
A) Yes, if you have more than 6 namazs qaza on your qaza account.

Q) Why don't we pray salah at the calendar time? Instead all daily salah are performed at a time specified.
A) Because we have recommended times also prescribed by the holy prophet SAW. Permissible for a lady to follow calendar time. 

Q) When it says in hadith to make dua after faraz salah, is it straight after the faraz or after the whole namaz is done?
A) Briefly after faraz and lengthly after sunnah and nafil.

Q) Must we read behind the imam in a Fardh namaz?
A) No. You may only read thana in qiyaam and tasbeeh and duas in other postures

Q) Do I need to replace all the prayers that was missed deliberately in the past ?
A) Yes. 

Q) What is the maximum and the minimum raka'ats to be performed for Tahajud? 
A) Minimum of 2 and maximum of 12. Most of the time the holy prophet SAW read 8 rakats.

Q) How should the saf of salaah be? 
A) Hazrat Abu Malik Ashrari said: Should n`t I tell you of the salaah of the prophet? There used to be iqamah, then the men used to stand in front and then at the back were the children. The prophet used to lead them. Abu Dawood 

Q) I missed 1 rakat in Assr salat. During 2nd attahiyat sitting i must read only attahiyat and no durud and dua. But by mistake i read durud after attahiyat. When i remember, should i stop reading the durud or complete it? and should i make sajda sahu? 
A) No sajdah sahu needed. Stop when remembered. 

Q) When do you get more rewards: When praying in masjid with jammat, then asking dua quickly without crying or praying alone, then asking dua and crying
A) For a man it is more rewarded and wajib for him to pray in the masjid. As such masjid is more rewarded for men. But for women they should pray at home. Then you may cry alone in tahajjud salaah before you sleep or before sehri time.

Q) What should i do if i want my wish to be accomplished ? 
A) Perform two rakat salat-ul-hajah. Then read the du’a for hajah, found in Masnoon du’a on our web. 

Q) How to persuade a Muslim brother to perform his salah while he is completely on the wrong path? 
A) Take some friends and come out from the masjid to go meet him. Once there, tell him about the virtues and rewards of salah. You can learn those virtues from the Book Muntakhab Ahadith. 

Q) What happens if within the time during which I am eligible to pray maghrib salat, I manage to pray only fard maghrib salat? When can I do the sunnah and nafl maghrib salat? 
A) Replace the sunnah before sleeping at night.

Q) My husband does not do namaz in masjid. He prefers to do at home. Is this right? 
A) No. This practice is against sunnah. It is wajib on men to do their salaahs in the masjid. 

Q) If you pee in your pants while praying and you still carry on praying, you are committing a sin. However, what happens if you peed in your pants (a small drop) but you are not aware? Is it still a sin? 
A) A sin and a danger of kufr to continue salaah while your wudhu broke. One should stop salaah and go perform wudhu. But if one is unaware of pee and find later trace of it, then it is not obligatory to repeat salaah unless there are indication that it was before or during salaah. But once discovered, then one should wash at least 3 times before praying in there. The holy prophet said the Key to Paradise is salaah and the key of salaah is wudhu.

Q) Can we do sajda sahoo if we make mistake in farz namaz? Example if we forget to do tashahhud in 2nd rakaat? 
A) In fact it is obligatory to make sajdah sahu on such occasion where a wajib is missed. Forgetting tashahud in 2nd rakaat makes obligatory two sajdahs sahu. 

Q) During the 3rd and 4th rakaat of a farz prayer in jamaat, is it allowed for the mussali to read the surah Fatiha? 
A) No. In fact behind the imaam, it is not allowed to read any sourahs. You may read in your heart. 

Q) In some Islamic calendar there is premier l'heure and dernier l'heure for asr prayer? can we pray asr prayer at premier 'heure asr? 
A) No. Please send ''Qna namaz'' to 8386 to have the exact time for your area.

Q) How to concentrate fully in salah?
A) Read long nafil salah, specially tahajjud salah. Try to concentrate on the meaning of what you are reading. 

Q) I've heard that there is three diferents ways to perform the Witr prayers and also it need not be just after the 2 nafiils of Esha prayers as we usually do here in mauritius. I've also heard that the Holy Prophete PBUH even used to perform more than 3 Rakaats of Witr even go to 11. If what i've heard is true can you please clearly explain to me all the 3 ways of performing all three ways with details and complete duas and surahs to be read during in each rakaats. Also during special nights like Shabbe Baraat must we offer the witr prayer at the end of all nafiils we might do or is it alright if we perform it along with our Esha prayers.
A) Although there has been different ways that the holy prophet has been reported to read witr, but we need to account and look for the last way that the holy prophet performed that particular salaah. We follow the abrogating sunnah that is found in the last days of the holy prophet peace be upon him. During the beginning era, it was permissible to talk in salaah. But in later years, this was abrogated and we could not talk during Salaah. As we look between the ahadiths, we find that there is unanimity between the closest companion of the prophet as Ali(r.a.), Aisha(r.a.), Ibn Abbas(r.a.) and Ubay ibn Ka`b(r.a.) that the holy prophet peace be upon him was performing three rakaats of witr(Abu Dawood and Tirmizi). We read the two rakaats normal and stand up on the second to complete the 3rd with Alhamd and surah and read takbeer to read Qunoot. You may find the dua Qunoot on the web in masnoon dua as Dua Qunoot.

أَللّهُمَّ اِنَّا نَسْتَعِيْنُكَ وَ نَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَ نُؤْمِنُ بِكَ وَ نَتَوَكَلُ عَلَيْكَ وَ نُثْنِىْ عَلَيْكَ الْخَيْرَ وَ نَشْكُرُكَ وَ لاَ نَكْفُرُكَ وَ نَخْلَعُ وَ نَتْرُكُ مَنْ يَّفْجُرُكَ أَللّهُمَّ اِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَ لَكَ نُصَلِّى وَ نَسْجُدُ وَ اِلَيْكَ نَسْعى وَ نَحْفِدُ وَ نَرْجُوْ رَحْمَتَكَ وَ نَخْشى عَذَابَكَ اِنَّ عَذَابَكَ بِالْكُفَّارِ مُلْحِقٌ 

Allahoumma innaa nasta ‘eenouka wa nastaghfirouka wa nou’minou bika wa natawakkalou ‘alaika wa nouthnee ‘aalaikal khaira wa nashkourouka wa la nakfourouka wa nakhla’ou wa natroukou mai yafjourouka. Allahoumma iyyaaka n’aboudou wa laka nouswalli wa nasjoudou wa ilaika nas ‘aa wa naHfidou wa narjoo raHmataka wa nakhshaa ‘azaabaka inna ‘azaabaka bil kuffaari mulHiq. (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah) 

O Allah! Nous demande Toi l’aide et nous demande Toi pardon. Nous croire en Toi et nous faire confiance en Toi. Nous flatteToi dans meilleur facon. Nous remercier Toi et nous pas ingrat envers Toi. Nous separer et nous laisse (casse relation avec) tout banne dimoune qui desobeir Toi. O Allah! Toi seul Nous prier et pou Toi seul nous faire salaah et nou prosterner et nous galloupe vers Toi et nous faire vite dans faire sa et nous garde l’espoir pour To clemence et nous peur To punition. Certainement To punition pour atteindre banne kuffar. 

Q) I'm a girl. I work in an office, i've tried to find myself a little area to pray, the problem is that there are non muslim men who walk in the area while i'm praying. Is it okay ? 
A) Your salaah is ok no problem. 

Q) If someone sits due to health problems in qiyaam position (in some rakaats when one cannot stand),will the salaat be valid?
A) Yes.

Q) Should one read istikhara at night only or can he read it during the day also? During this time, should he not have contact with that person?
A) No, it is not necessary to read at night. One may read istikharah at any time and take a decision. Oulamas have mentioned to read it for 3 days or, seven days if one didn't get an indication about what decision to take.
Q) The direction for salaat is in front of my bed. can i do salaat while my husband is sleeping on the bed and i just put a bag in front of me? 
A) Yes, permissible.

Q) What does Qiyaam-ul-Lail means?
A) It means standing in salah during the night.

Q) Eski vrai meme tout dua accepter dans sajdah, dans namaz? 
A) Insha Allah tous. Mais sachons que Allah Ta`ala reserve le droit de vous donner comme demander, ou de vous donner quelques choses de meilleur, ou de vous epargner d`une soufrance ou meme de garder les recompenses pour l`au dela
Q) Is it a sin if we do not pray the sunnat mouakidda in salaat?
A) Yes, it is a sin. In fact sunnah muakkadah is mentioned in muslim shareef as ''kutiba'' which means made incumbent upon.

Q) What is the dua of takbeer-e-tashreek? 
A) Allahou Akbar Allahou Akbar Laa ilaaha illallahou Allahou Akbar Allahou Akbar wa lillahil Hamd. 

Q) Can i read namaz while sitting if i am feeling tired? E.g. reading two rakats while standing and 2 rakaat while sitting on the musallah. 
A) Not permissible to sit for farz and sunnat muakkadah. But you may sit for nafil salah. 

Q) In my area there are three masjids. When the first azan goes, i read my namaz. After few minutes, the second masjid's azan goes and then the third. Must i wait for all three azan to finish and then read namaz?
A) Better will be to wait for all three azans to finish. Because some masjids give azan before the salah time has entered. 

Q) How should a woman perform jum'ah salah at home?
A) There is no jum'ah salah for a woman. This is mentionned clearly in Bukharin Shareef. Woman should read zuhr salah at home.

Q) My wife wants to go to masjid to do salah. She says i cant prevent her as it is in sahih hadeeth. How to convince her its better at home? What about eid salah? What are the rulings? And ahadeeth about it? 
A) Tell her that sahih hadith in Abu Dawood, the holy prophet SAW said:''The salaah of women is better in their houses.'' Also Hazrat Umar r.a., hazrat Aisha, Ibn Mas`ood and Ibn Umar r.a. prevented ladies from going masjid. These personalities are much of greater calibre to understand shariat better than us. 

Q) If I have very limited time to pray Zohr while I'm at work, is it a sin if I only pray the 4 farz and raplace the sunnah afterwards? 
A) Sin, but do istighfaar. No problem if difficult when working.

Q) I am feeling a lot lazy to perform my salaat nowadays.what should i do to get rid of this laziness? 
A) Read lot of Laa ilaaha illaa anta soubhanaka inni kountou minaz zalimeen. 

Q) Can one read namaz before its time if he is sick, or if he knows that he'll get busy with something and thus miss namaz?
A) No. You can't perform namaz before its time. 

Q) Allah accepts du'as made in sajdah. Is it sajdah of namaz farz, nafil or simply a du'a made after namaz in the position of sajdah?
A) It means du'a in nafil namaz like tahajjud and the du'a should be made in arabic. 

Q) Can we replace namaz Fajr or Zohr just after performing Assr salat? 
A) Yes, if you have more than 6 salaahs qazas on your account. That is if from whence puberty until now, you have qazas salaahs that you did not replace and their numbers exceed 6 salaahs, then there is no condition for you to replace first zohr, then assr. Had you 6 or less than 6 salaahs qazas on your account from puberty, then you should absolutely replace first Zohr and then assr

Q) I have seen the schedule regarding replacing rozas. Can I replace 5 Fajr after Fajr, 5 Zohr after Zohr etc.. each day, meaning replacing one week namaz per day?
A) Please clarify. Yes. Can.

Q) Is there jum'ah salah if eid is on jum'ah? 
A) It is compulsory on the one who reside in a city or town conducting Jum`ah salaahs to continuously read Jum`ah even if Eid day is on Jum`ah. This is because the beloved prophet SAW said that he would read Jum`ah with his madinah Sahabas. (Abu Dawood). 
The beloved prophet SAW announced to those who resided in villages where there are no Jum`ahs and that they came for Eid salaah in Madinah on a Friday that after Eid Salaah-Khutbah, they may go back to their villages and not compulsory for them to wait for Jum`ah salaah. The proof of this that it was addressed to only villagers not to read Jum`ah is found in Bukhari. Hazrat Usman r.a., the third caliphate clearly announced that ‘’I have given permission to the villagers to go back to their villages and they may not wait for Jum`ah salaah.’’(Bukhari) 

Q) Does my swalaah count if I started it at a time still authorised but it coincided with either the forbidden times at sunrise, zawaal or sunset before I could complete it. My delay in offering swalaah being occasioned by call of nature or having to make wudhu due to bloating etc. Please advise me.
A) Salaah counts. But only for sunrise, you will need to redo it -15 minutes after sunrise.

Q) During Isha in jamaat, when imam starts & says Allahu Ackbar & put his 2 hands close to his ears, I did that too, but in a moment of distraction, I forgot to say Allahu Ackbar! I replaced the Isha fard salat after tarawee at home. Which one will count? 
A) If you did not read Allahou Akbar during the whole salaah, then the replaced one only will count. Should reread witr also.

Q) Do we have to pray Witr after Tahajjud?
A) If not read, yes should read.

Q) For Isha, when praying 4 sunnah, on 4th rakaat, my wudu broke. When I made wudu again, it was already time for Isha jamaat. I prayed Isha jamaat + taraweeh. On returning home, I replaced the 4 sunnah in the beginning...Will the salaat be accepted? 
A) Yes, you have done right. In fact any salaah broken, should be replaced.

Q) I am in my forty's and I want to replace all namaz which I have missed since my adolesence. How to proceed - when to replace these salaat and how many rakaats should I perform per day?
A) You should replace the 1st salaah fajr, the 2nd missed...For Zohr also. So you need to write them. As such we have prepared a schedule for that : 
Click to download

Q) When you say that in Tahajjud, after salaah make du`a crying or else make as if you are crying, why should we make as if crying? If someone does not cry but is sincerely asking dua, will not his dua be acceptable? 
A) Because the beloved prophet SAW ordered us to do so.

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ابْكُوا فَإِنْ لَمْ تَبْكُوا فَتَبَاكَوْا 

Rasoullah SAW said: Cry! If you can`t cry, then make as if you are crying.''(Ibn MAJAH)

Q) I cannot read the swalaat because I am quite sick. Will my duas be rejected till I can start to do the swalaat again? 
A) Read in whatever sickness you are. Do tayammum if cannot hold wouzou. Do on bed with nappy and do tayammum, but do not leave salaahs. Insha Allah the duas will not be rejected: O Allah give the will and tawfeeq to perform the farzs salaahs. Ameen.

Q) Is it allowed for woman to follow the imam and jamaat of man in masjid or in a house? 
A) No. 

Q) Yesterday, during Fajr in jamaat, when saying salaam to right shoulder, I said 'salaam wa rahmatullah' instead of 'salaam waleikum wa rahmatullah'.I then replaced Fajr salaat at home. Which one will count? The jamaat one or the one done at home? 
A) The jamaat one was ok. The imaam`s salaam was sufficient to break your salaah.

Q) What is sajda sahu?
A) It is a sajdah that is done when a wajib is missed or displaced during salaah. The beloved prophet SAW taught us two more lengthy sajdahs after last attihiyyat and then we should reread attihiyat and douroud to make salaam. 

Q) How many rakaat is there in Tahajud? 
A) Best 8. Minimum 2. 

Q) If i miss a salaat with jamaat, can i make a jamaat at home my wife and me ? 
A) Yes.

Q) For namaz which I have missed years ago, how can I replace them? At what time and how many rakaats for each salaat shoudl I replace? 
A) Replace farzs and witr only. Set up a schedule as per intention: 1st, 2nd 3rd Fajr etc. You will find a schema on web.

Q) Can we use perfumes with alcohol in our clothes? Can we perform salaat with it? 
A) Permissible.

Q) Can i wear iron watch during namaz?
A) Yes.

Q) Does salatul hajat exist in islam? 
A) Yes, Namaz of haajah is 2 nafils read on purpose to facilitate any permissible work that one want to do.

Q) If I pray 4 rakaats Asr fard salat, then on the 3rd rakaat, after saying Surah Al-Fatiha, I say the first word of Surah Al-Ikhlas, then realise that I should not have said it, and stop. Can I carry on praying the 3rd and 4th rakaat as usual? 
A) Counted and finish your salaah normally.

Q) According to a Hadith, it is advisable to make dua right after wudu. According to another, it is advisable to pray nafl salat right after wudu. If one does wudu and wants to make both, Which one should come first after making wudu, dua or nafl salat? 
A) After Nafil salaah. Because the action of salaah is objectively to please Allah, but wouzu is a means only to please Allah.

Q) What will happen if when it is time to pray maghrib, I have in mind 3 rakaats maghrib fard before starting the prayer but I say 3 rakaats fajar fard instead? Will Allah accept the salat or will the salat be invalid? 
A) Insha Allah, it will be accepted.

Q) What happens if within the time during which I am eligible to pray maghrib salat, I manage to pray only fard maghrib salat? When can I do the sunnah and nafl maghrib salat? 
A) Do it before sleeping.

Q) Should I pray all sunnah prayers to pray nafl prayers? What happens if I have prayed Dhuhr nafl prayer but I leave out the sunnah maghrib prayer? Does the Dhuhr nafl salat counts? 
A) All prayed would be counted. Try to replace sunnahs salaahs when you missed them. Replace them same day.

Q) Can we read nafil namaz with jamaat?
A) No. Should read individually as the prophet instructed. 

Q) Is it obligatory to pray nafl of dhuhr, magrib & isha salat for me to be able to pray Tahajjud salat? Or is it only necessary to pray sunnat of fajr, dhuhr, magrib & isha salat in order to pray Tahajjud salat? 
A) The sunnahs muakkadah should be prayed. Leaving them is a sin. Tahajjud is nafil and leaving it is not a sin. But if one did not pray sunnahs, still he can pray tahajjud.

Q) After jammat salah, the imam does a dua. I do not do this dua but I ask personal dua for myself. Will my dua be accepted? 
A) Yes, your du`a will be accepted insha Allah.

Q) Is it obligatory to do sunnat in namaz zohr when i'm at work? 
A) Yes, It is incumbent to do sunnah. If missed they should be replaced until sleeping time at night. Else past sunnahs are not replaced, but tawbah and istighfaar should be said.

Q) Can we read two surahs in one rakat in tahajjud salah? Must we read Bismillah before reading the second surah?
A) Yes, read long rakat of tahajjud. Read many or all surahs that you know in one rakat. Read Bismillah between the surahs and read them in order like in Qur'an.

Q) The other day, I missed Asr sunnah, Magrib nafil & Isha nafil salat but I still offered Tahajjud salat before sehri time. Will the Tahajjud salat be accepted even though I missed these 3 salaats?
A) It will be accepted insha Allah

Q) Can children who have not yet reached puberty join jamaat during the farz prayer? 

A) Yes, at the back of men. 

Q) In salah is it required to say 'bismillahir rahmanir rahim' before reciting a surah after reciting surah fatiha??..and before starting the 2nd rakat should i recite aouzu billah and bismillah?
A) It is recommended and mustahab to read Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem before a surah. Read only A'ouzoubillahimishaitaanir rajeem in the beginning of the salaah. Then on 2nd rakaats read only bismillah before surah fatiha. 
Note: this rule apply to a munfarid (someone reading salaah alone). As for the one reading behind an imaam, then he should read only thana in qiyaam.

Q) I work at a place where there are no masjid in the vicinity. we got a place to do salah. many people come there to do salah. we do salah in jamaat. the problem is everyday anyone of us stand as imaam. we dont know each other and which aqeeda everyone follow. Is our salah valid. should we continue to perform salah in jamaat as we are doing? 
A) Insha Allah, accepted. Make the one who has beard and more learned lead the jamaat. 

Q) After namaz when imam sahab makes dua- do we say ameen in low voice or audibly? 
A) Low voice.

Q) What is the last time to perform Asr prayer? 
A) 10 mins Before maghrib. Else at sunset. But it is makrooh to read at sunset unless any valid reason. But if one has not read assr, then he should read even at sunset.

Q) Please what is the ruling on someone who always abandons isha prayer and prays it in the morning and what should one do if someone unintentionally forgot to pray isha?
A) It is a sin to pray esha prayer after midnight. It is a grave sin to pray esha after sehri. This would be qadhaa and a very grave sin. The holy prophet SAW said: ''the one who miss to read one salaah is as if he lost all his family and all his wealth.''(Sahih Ibn Hibbaan)

Q) I am a boy. Is it necessary for me to go to the masjid to perform salah? Or can i perform it at home? At home i feel more at ease and i read Qur'an, do Fateha and recite naat.

A) It is necessary for a boy to perform his faraz salah in the masjid. You may perform sunnats and nafils at home. 

Q) A group of women do nafil namaz in congregation. One woman leads the prayer others follow. is it permissible? 

A) Not allowed.

Q) Is it permitted to read quran in namaz in another arabic dialect. because i heard in the mosque the imaam read the surah in another dialect. 
A) Normally one should read the Qur-aan in the dialect of Hafs as it is usual in our Country. One should not confuse the musalli of hearing another dialect. Because many learn the surahs from listening to them in salaah. And one may well understand the meanings of the reading when reading in the main dialect in that country. Reading in other dialects would cause digestion difficulty due to lack of knowledge and faith in the present era. 
This fatwa in no means negate the existence and our belief on these dialects/Qiraats. We do admit and believe that Qur-aan was revealed in 7 dialects. The one who master these 7 dialects may explain to his musalli before reading them and then proceed. Because we witnessed that musalli react negatively on hearing a new dialect and then negate them with ignorance. But still, we realise that many musallis do not know how to read the main current dialect properly. As such a humble opinion is that more effort be done towards teaching people the main Hafs dialect. Wallahu Alam bisawaab. 

Q) Is it permissible to perform taraweeh and esha in the third portion of the night, in case there is a lot of work and it is not possible to fulfill them in the first or second portion of the night?
A) It is makrooh to perform esha after midnight. Taraweeh permissible. 

Q) I have already performed hajj in 2012, i know that once hajj is performed we return to a new born baby, that is all sins are forgiven. what about all the salaat i missed before performing hajj, do i need to replace them?
A) You will need to replace them still 

Q) Should I offer Hajja salat if I want to get whatever I want from Allah...I did it once but I did not get anything... 
A) Duas should be repetitively done after accomplishing good actions for some time. Only Allah Ta`ala decide when to give. But you should know that Allah knows better and He may be avoiding an unknown difficulty that you are not aware of. Or finally and definitely, you would obtain sawaab on the day of qiyamah.

Q) I missed Asr faraz salaat the other day but I replaced it after Isha...I then prayed Tahajjud..will my tahajjud salat be accepted even though I offered qadaa for Asr salat?
A) Make tawbah. It is a major sin to make salaah qazah. 

Q) I usually miss Zohr & Assr prayers during weekdays.How many rakaats should I replace after the Maghrib salaat? 
A) Read the sunnahs and farzs also. 4 sunnah before Zohr, 4 farzs and 2 sunnahs. Then 4 farzs assr. It is a major sin to read salaah after its prescribed times, make tawbah.

Q) If women should do salaat in their hotel and not in haram, then why there is separate place for women to perform namaz in haram in Mecca & Medina? Why are they allowed to do their salalat in the Masjid e Nabawi and Haraam Shareef? 
A) Because of circumstances of Tawaaf, ZamZam, looking at the Ka`bah and making Salaam to the prophet SAW. Because they may be trapped inside the haram because of the crowd, so there should be facility for them. Else, sitting in Madinah, the prophet SAW said that the salaah in the house is better for women. (Abu Dawood) 

Q) Souvent mo voyager mo alle la chine mo ban camarade fer namaz zohr et assr ensam dan lheure zohr, eski li permet ? 
A) Dans voyage plis ki 77 kms, ou capave faire ZOhr et Assr entre Assr Shafi et Assr hanafi. (Anwar Shah Kashmiri) 

Q) When a muswalli standing in swalaat Zohr and Assr( Jamaat) behind Imaam, does he read surat Faatiha & Ayaat or he must stay quiet, do not read anything in all the four rakaat. Kindly please advise me the correct principles as per Hadith. 
Secondly, which is better or is recommended, in Makkah and Madinah, a woman perform swalaat in Haraam (Masjid) or she does it in the hotel room.
A) He should stay quiet. According to sahabas, one should read sourah Fatiha in the heart and not on the tongue. A sahih hadith of Muslim shareef whereby Abu Hureirah r.a. was mentioning the importance of reading sourah Fatihah in every salaah, he mentioned that one should read it in the heart behind the imaam and he should not utter anything from the tongue. This is the collective view of the sahabas:

  - و حَدَّثَنَاه إِسْحَقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ الْحَنْظَلِيُّ أَخْبَرَنَا سُفْيَانُ بْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ عَنْ الْعَلَاءِ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ صَلَّى صَلَاةً لَمْ يَقْرَأْ فِيهَا بِأُمِّ الْقُرْآنِ فَهِيَ خِدَاجٌ ثَلَاثًا غَيْرُ تَمَامٍ فَقِيلَ لِأَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ إِنَّا نَكُونُ وَرَاءَ الْإِمَامِ فَقَالَ اقْرَأْ بِهَا فِي نَفْسِكَ 

In her room is better. The holy prophet SAW said so in Madinah:’’the salaah in their homes are better’’(Abu Dawood)

Q) Is it permissible to join 2 namaz while we are travelling to other countries ?? As there is one hadith that we can do it.
A) According to Hazrat Anwar Shah Kashmiri r.a., basing on numerous ahadiths, one may perform travelling salaahs as such: During the time between Shafi`ee Assr-i.e. after one shade-and before Assr hanafi, one may perform Zohr and Assr together. One may opt for this during travelling more than 77 kms. 
After Maghrib shafi`ee or after about 30 mins after sunset, and before hanafi Esha, one may perform both Maghrib and Esha together. This is applicable only in shar`ee travelling.

Q) Should we replace only the farz namaz or sunnat. if we are doing kaaza namaz for esha, should one replace the witr also..... 
A) if you are doing qaza of the same day salaahs, then you should replace the sunnah muakkadahs also. But past days salaahs should replace only the farzs. Should do tawbah and istighfaar on sunnahs missed.

Q) Should we replace only the farz namaz or sunnat. if we are doing kaaza namaz for esha, should one replace the witr also..... 
A) Yes, should replace witr also. So 6 salaahs a day.

Q) I miss the Zohr prayer on weekdays since i work, should i replace the farz only or should i replace the whole namaz? 
A) You should replace the farz together with the sunnah muakkadah.

Q) When in a hurry or feeling tired, can we perform only the Farz of salaat? If yes, should we replace the sunnat or nafil of the salaat later?
A) No. At least the sunnah muakkadah. Sunnah muakkadah should be replaced at last before sleeping at night.

Q) Can we perform salaat before Azan is given? 
A) Yes, but verify if salaah time already started

Q) Imam makes salaam and sits silently after farz. He makes his tasbeeh for 2 - 3 mins, then sometimes gets up or rarely raises his hands and makes silent dua, Is this correct? 
A) Recommended to do dua`s audibly to teach others about masnoon duas.

Q) If i do salaah behind an imaam who shaves part of his beard and keeps its length less than a fist, is our salaah counted? 
A) Shaved? No. Should redo. 

Q) Should woman do namaz eid-ul-fitr at home? 
A) No. No eid salaah for them.

Q) I have seen a newspaper that a masjid is performing 'salaat Shabeena' with jamaat. I heve never heard or read about this salaat before. Please can I have more details about this salaat please? 
A) This salaah is not sunnah. Tahajjud has never been in jamaat. One should pray at home. 

Q) In hot summer days is it ok to wear only a kaftan without trousers with a burkha on top to read namaz?
A) Yes, if thick enough and covers everywhere properly.

Q) Is it obligatory to pray nafl of dhuhr, magrib & isha salat for me to be able to pray Tahajjud salat? Or is it only necessary to pray sunnat of dhuhr, magrib & isha salat in order to pray Tahajjud salat? 
A) No. Sunnah Muakkadah is important and should be performed. But there are no conditions attached to that for tahajuud.
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