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Merits of the Duha Prayer

‘Ishraq’ (sunrise), salat Al-Awwabin (prayer of the oft-Returning), or Duha are different names that refer to the same forenoon prayer. The time of Duha prayer starts with the sunrise until just before the time for Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer.

In this short talk, Sheikh Muhammad Salah talks about the significance and virtues of the Duha (Forenoon) prayer as mentioned in the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity, enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is disreputable is an act of charity, and two rak`ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice.” (Muslim)

Then, Sheikh Muhammad Salah talks about the best time to offer it and the number of its rak`ahs (units of prayer).

Enjoy watching this interesting talk to know more about the merits of the  Duha Prayer.


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I am a new revert to Islam. I am still learning and memorizing my salat. If I miss a prayer due to my job or due to travel what must I do to make up for the lost prayer? Do I need to pray as soon as I have a chance? What is the expectation?

I have a concern with this as I want to pray 5 times per day but I can’t always do so.


    Thank you for your confidence in our website, and we seek Allah’s guidance to help us meet your expectations, and to bless you with strength and guidance. We also appreciate your eagerness to learn that which you do not know.
    With regard to your question that have to do with missed prayer, there are two views:
    First one, if you miss a prayer unintentionally, for a legitimate excuse, such as forgetting or sleeping, although you are basically very keen to perform the prayer on time. In this case you are excused but you have to make it up as soon as you remember it. Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “He who forgets the prayer should say it when he remembers it, there is no expiation for it, except this. Qatadah said: (Allah says)” And observe prayer for remembrance of Me” (Muslim)
    Second one, if you miss a prayer deliberately. This is a major sin and one who does this has to repent sincerely, according to scholarly consensus. With regard to making up the prayer, there was a difference of opinion among the scholars as to whether or not it would be accepted from him if he makes it up afterwards. Most of the scholars said that he should make it up and that his prayer is valid, although he is a sinner.
    You could also check the following link on our website whereas you will find more details about your question.
    You should be aware my brother about the five obligatory prayers and do your effort to offer them on time. May Allah guide us to His straight path.


      Thanks very much for the explanation. I have a second question then. My job which is as a safety supervisor in the oilfield for a very poisonous gas, if I am at work and the activities do not allow me to stop my work for prayer do I then pray as soon as I have a chance? Is my job a legitimate excuse?

      For doing them on time, I have an app on my phone called iPray. It sends me an alarm when it is time to pray. This helps me to be on time.


        Dear Muslim brother, May Allah bless your bless your eagerness to follow the straight path.
        Regarding your question about the issue of delaying the prayer due to the nature of your job. First, do your best to organize your time in a way that will not interfere with offering the daily prayers on time and work out an agreement on a suitable solution with the administration. You must try hard to solve this problem. It will not take you more than ten minutes to do this thing, so you can agree with the boss that you will make up this time before or after your shift.
        Dr. Abdullah Al-Shoreka (Supervisor of International Wasatia Center) said, “If that is not possible, you could combine zhuhr (Noon) prayer and `Asr (Afternoon) prayer at the time of Zhuhr or combine them at the time of `Asr Prayer. Also, you can join Maghrib (sunset) and `Ishaa’ (Night) at the time of either of them, depending on what is easier for you.”
        May Allah Guides us to His straight path.


          Combine meaning do both prayers in sequence?

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