• How to Perform Salat al-Ishraq (Post-Sunrise Prayer)?


    Salat al-Ishraq (Post-Sunrise Prayer) Ishraq Prayer is a nafl prayer which is performed about 45 minutes (three quarters) after sunrise (according to the Hanafi school of thought) or 20 minutess after sunrise (according to the Shafi school).

    A person prays between 2 and 12 units of prayers in multiples of 2. After completing Fajr salat, one does not move from one’s place and remains there reciting dhikr, tasbih, Qur’an, etc., avoiding participation in worldly affairs until the sun has fully risen (about minutes after sunrise). Then, one stands and offers two or four rakat of nafl. Hadiths are replete with the high merits of this prayer. Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) relates that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) has said that "He who says Ishraq prayers without fail shall have his lesser sins forgiven even though they may be as numerous as foam specks on the surface of the sea." [at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

    RasulAllah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) is reported to have said that Allah Ta'ala says, 'O son of Adam, perform 4 Rakats of Salat (Ishraq) in the early part of the day. I shall help you in accomplishing all your responsibilities during the rest of the day.' [Mishkaat pg.116]

    In another narration of at-Tirmidhi, RasulAllah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) is reported to have said, 'He who performs Fajr Salat with Jamaat and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakats Nafil Salat, (Ishraq), he will obtain the reward of one Hajj and one Umrah.' [at-Tirmidhi]

    How to perform salat al Ishraq

    How to Offer Salat al al Ishraq

      1. Rakat
    • First make the Niyyah (intention) by reciting "I intend to perform two rakats of the salat al Ishraq"
    • 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 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