• How to pray Salat-al-Awwabin?


    Salat al-Awwabin, which literally means the salah of those who turn to Allah alone, is commonly used to refer to the six supererogatory rak’ahs that are prayed after Maghrib. However, in an authentic hadith, the term salat al-awwabin refers to salat al-duha: the pre noon prayer. In one hadith it is mentioned that the blessed Prophet (may peace and salutations be upon him) went to the people of Quba when they were praying Salat al-Duha. He said, “Salat al-awwabin is to be offered at the time when a young camel’s hooves are scorched.” This hadith indicates that salat al-awwabin is the salah which is offered prior to noon [Salat al-Duha].

    Nevertheless, there is no harm in referring to the six supererogatory rak’ahs after Maghrib as Salat al-Awwabin in terms of its meaning [the salah of those who turn to Allah alone]. The hadith of Tirmidhi narrates the virtue of Salat al-Awwabin. Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) reports that Rasulullah (may peace and salutations be upon him) said, "Whosoever offers six rak’ahs after Maghrib and does not speak of any evil within that time, he will receive the reward of twelve years of worship."

    The Prophet said:

    “Whoever offers a prayer between the evening and late-night prayer, it is called the awabeen prayer.” (Ibn Mubarak, el-Raqaik).

    The hadith simply states that one must offer six rak'ahs of salah to attain the said reward. Some scholars hold the opinion that the two sunnahs are included in these six while others say that they are excluded. Therefore, one should try to offer six rak'ahs after the two sunnahs, but if only four are offered, it will suffice.

    How to perform salat al Awwabin

    How to Offer Salat al al Awwabin

      1. Rakat
    • First make the Niyyah (intention) by reciting "I intend to perform six rakats of the salat al Awwabin"
    • You say takbir "Allahu Akbar" This starts the prayer.
    • Begin reciting "Subhanaka"
    • After you say: "Audhu billahi min-ash-shayta -nir-rajeem Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem"
    • Reciting Surah Al Fatiha
    • Another portion (Surah) of the Qur'an.
    • Go into Ruku (the bowing position)
    • Go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations
      2. Rakat
    • Rise up to proceed to the next raka'at,
    • You say "Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem"
    • Reciting Surah Al Fatiha
    • Another portion (Surah) of the Qur'an.
    • Go into Ruku (the bowing position)
    • Go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations
    • After this, you sit for Tashshahud: You recite just At-tahiyyat
      3. Rakat
    • Rise up to proceed to the next raka'at,
    • You say "Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem"
    • Reciting Surah Al Fatiha
    • Another portion (Surah) of the Qur'an.
    • Go into Ruku (the bowing position)
    • Go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations
      4. Rakat
    • Rise up to proceed to the next raka'at,
    • You say "Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem"
    • Reciting Surah Al Fatiha
    • Another portion (Surah) of the Qur'an.
    • Go into Ruku (the bowing position)
    • Go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations
    • After this, you sit for Tashshahud: You recite just At-tahiyyat
      5. Rakat
    • Rise up to proceed to the next raka'at,
    • You say "Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem"
    • Reciting Surah Al Fatiha
    • Another portion (Surah) of the Qur'an.
    • Go into Ruku (the bowing position)
    • Go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations
      6. Rakat
    • Rise up to proceed to the next raka'at,
    • You say "Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem"
    • Reciting Surah Al Fatiha
    • Another portion (Surah) of the Qur'an.
    • Go into Ruku (the bowing position)
    • Go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations
    • After this, you sit for the complete Tashshahud: You recite At-tahiyyat, Allah-umma salli, Allah-umma Barik and Rabbana.
    • By turning to your face to the right first and saying "Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah" and then to his left and doing the same
    Namaz Zamani