I read Hadith sunnah prayers are : 2 before fajr 4 before zuhr 2 after 2 after Maghrib 2 after Isha

But I was taught those and also 4 rakat before asr and Isha and when I go to the mosque at those times people do this too. which I assumed were sunnah and I have been praying them with the sunnah intention

What to do? I’m confused

  • The matter is open wide. There are different statements in the sunnah some scholars toke one options others another.
    – Medi1Saif
    Mar 4, 2021 at 19:58
  • jazakallah khair
    – H941
    Mar 5, 2021 at 0:13

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Some of the madhabs such as the Hanafis and Shafi'is consider these to be recommended optional prayers. They come under the category of nafal or ghair mu’akkadah type of sunnah.

The evidence for prayer before Asr includes:

رحم الله امرءا صلى أربعا قبل العصر

May Allah have mercy upon a man who prays four before Al-Asr

Jami at-Tirmidhi

And for before Isha includes:

روي عن عائشة رضي الله عنها أنه عليه السلام كان يصلي قبل العشاء أربعا

Aisha narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ offered four rak’ahs before Isha

— quoted in مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح

They are also evidenced by the general meaning of the hadith:

‏ بين كل أذانين صلاة ... لمن شاء

There is a prayer between every two calls (i.e. Adhan and Iqama) ... for the one who wants to pray.


  • jazakallah khair
    – H941
    Mar 5, 2021 at 0:12

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