Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
As we approach the month of Ramadhaan, we should try our best to prepare ourselves with good actions which we can continue to do and increase on during the blessed month, so we can reap the rewards, you know race one another to the pleasure of Allaah!!! As Allaah mentions in the Qur’aan,
“Race one with another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord and towards paradise, the width whereof is as the width of the heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allaah and His Messengers. That is the grace of Allaah which He bestows upon whom He wills, and Allaah is the owner of great bounty.” 1
Salah is the best act of worship to draw close to Allaah, besides the obligatory, we can help ourselves to carry out the forenoon prayer, Salatul Duha.
Timing of Salatul Duha
Ishraaq (“ishrak”) prayer is Duha (“chast”) prayer offered at the beginning of its time. These are not two different prayers. It is called Ishraaq because it is done immediately after sunrise (shurooq) when the sun has risen to a certain height.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz said:
Ishraaq prayer is Duha prayer done at the beginning of its time.
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 11/401
The time of Duha prayer is from the time when the sun has risen to a certain height, until just before the time for Zuhr prayer.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen defined it as being from a quarter of an hour after the sun has risen until ten minutes before Zuhr prayer.
Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 4/122
So all of this period is the time for Duha prayer.
It is better to pray it after the sun’s heat has become intense, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“It is preferable to offer Duha prayer when the sun’s heat has become so intense that even the young of the camels feel it.” 2
The minimum is two rak’ah.
The Rewards of Salatul Duha
Abu Hurairah radiallaahu ‘anh reported:
My khalil (the Messenger of Allaah salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) directed me to fast three days of each month, and to observe two Rak’ah Duha at forenoon, and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed. 3
Abu Dharr radiallaahu ‘anh reported the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam said,
“In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allaah’s Glorification (i.e., saying SubhanAllaah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (i.e. saying Alhumdulillaah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha illallaah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M’aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak’ah Duha prayers is that which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward). 4
So, when you’re in the bathroom brushing away (hopefully) perform wudhu while you’re there, and offer two rak’ah, you will see what a difference it makes to your day insha’Allaah…
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah radiallaahu ‘anh from the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, who said:
“Allaah (mighty and sublime be He) says:
‘The first of his actions for which a servant of Allaah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers (salah).’ If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded; and if they are wanting, then he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers, the Lord (glorified and exalted be He) will say: ‘See if My servant has any supererogatory prayers with which may be completed that which was defective in his obligatory prayers.’ Then the rest of his actions will be judged in like fashion.” 5