In this hadith: "Allaah will build a house in Heaven for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak'aat (as follows): 4 Rak'aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the Ishaa (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer." Hadith sahih narrated by at-Tirmidhi No. 379 and by others. Hadith No. 6183 in Sahih al-Jaami.

Why is the 4 rakat Sunnah before Asr and Isha not included? Normally in prayer schemes these two are present but according to this hadith they are not.

  • You should explain why you expect it to be included? There are a variety of ahadith about recomended nafl (optional) prayers.
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  • Prayer schems are madhhab related. Different madhhabs have different opinions on what is sunnah or nafl and what isn't.
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    Feb 21, 2019 at 6:52
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The Asr (Late-Afternoon) Prayer has no routine Sunnah (basic recommended voluntary prayer). However, it is mustahab (preferable and recommended) that one prays 4 Rak'aat before the Asr Prayer. The 4 Rak'ahs are of less reward and significance in importance of adhering to them compared to the "sunnan al-rawaatib" described above. The 4 Rak'ahs are the ones intended by the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him) in saying: "May Allaah have mercy on one who prays 4 rakaaat before the Asr Prayer." Narrated by at-Tirmidhi no. 395 and he declared it a hassan and ghareeb Hadith. Al-Albany rated the Hadith as hassan in Sahih al-Jami No. 3493. All the foregoing 4-Rak'ah voluntary prayers are to be prayed two at a time according to Imam ash-Shafii and Imam Ahmad.

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