Saturday, February 26, 2011

Solatul Dhuha

The day will not be perfect until my Dhuha and Witr are done aside from the obligatory prayers. Personally, solatul dhuha is an extension of my amalan for my Creator. Surely after so many years of ibadah, I must increase my amal and thus allow growth of my iman. Not necessary true... increase in amal =  increase of iman ... but, I shall let myself amal with the best of intentions or niat.
The time of Dhuha begins when the sun is about a spear’s length above the horizon and it continues until the sun reaches its meridian. It is preferred to delay it until the sun has risen high and the day has become hot. The best time is when the sun is hottest.
The minimum number of rak’ahs to be prayed is two. The most that the Prophet (SAW) performed was eight rak’ahs. Personally, I pray 4 rakaats now after praying 2 rakaats for 20 years already. Sometimes when there are time constraints, two rakaats is so convenient. 

Umm Hani narrated that the Prophet (SAW) prayed eight rak’ahs of Dhuha and made the taslim after every two rak’ahs.
(Abu Dawud)

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever regularly prays the two rak`ats of Duha, his sins are forgiven even if they are as numerous as the foam of the sea.” 
Narrated from Abu Hurayra by al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majahm and Ahmad.

From the above , the core of it are these two du'as.
Du'a solatul Dhuha ~

          اَللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِيْ وَتُبْ عَلَيْ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيْم
100 times ... (Bukhari)

or  اَللهُمَّ اغْفِر لِيْ وَارْحَمْنِيْ وَتُبْ عَلَيْ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الْغَفُوْر  
100 times..... (Baihaqi)

It is clear that Dhuha prayer is very important for the faithful. It is important not because - as many have perceived - Dhuha prayer has to do with the search for sustenance, but it is important because of the oath of God in the Qur'an. 

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