Question # 13-16: Can you explain Salaat al-Awwaabeen?

Question:

Assalaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatu 'Llahi wa barakatuh. Please explain salatul Al-Awaabin and the daleel that supports it. I cannot locate a hadith about this salah. Jazzakallahu Khayrun

Answer:

Praise be to Allah.

Walaykum Salam brother,

Salaat al-Awwaabeen is also known as Salaat al-Duhaa, and may consist of 2, 4, 6 or 8 rak’ahs, prayed after the sun has risen and before the time for Zuhr approaches. It is better to delay it until the day is hotter, the evidence for which is as follows:

“From Zayd ibn Arqam who said: ‘The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the people of Qubaa’ and found them praying. He said: “Salaat al-Awwaabeen is when the young camels lift up their feet (because of the heat of the sand).”’ (Reported by Muslim, 1238).

According to a report narrated by Imaam Ahmad from Zayd ibn Arqam, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to or entered the mosque at Qubaa’ after the sun had risen, and found the people there praying. He said:“Salaat al-Duhaa should be prayed when the young camels lift up their feet (because of the heat of the sand).”

Allah knows best.

Shk Mostafa

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