Ways of The Prophet (S.A.W)

by Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Hai Arifi

Isha Salaah

Then, one should offer Isha Salaah in time and in a congregation. There are four Rakaats of Sunnat -e- ghair -Muakkadah before the obligatory Salaah. [Bada’i]

After the fard of Isha Salaah, there are two Rakaats of Sunnat -I- muakkadah (Compulsory). [Mishkat]

If instead of two Rakaats of nafil Salaah, after the two Rakaats mentioned above, one offers four Rakaats as nafil Salaah, one gets a reward equal to Lailatul-Qadr (the night of power). [Al-Targhib wa Tarhib]

If some one is not accustomed to get up at midnight, then the above four Rakaats after Isha Salaah should be offered like this, this treated as Tahajjud Salaah. In case one awakes after midnight, he may offer Tahajjud Salaah, otherwise, the four Rakaats offered after Isha Salaah would suffice.

[Bahishti Zewar, Al-Targhib wa Tarhib]

After witar Salaah, two Rakaats of nafal Salaah are to be performed,

Note: It is better that, if on both the occasion, i.e., when performing four Rakaats before witar Salaah and two Rakaats after witar Salaah, one does so with niyyah (intention) of Tahajjud Salaah, then if ALLAH WILLS he will not be deprived of the virtue and reward of Tahajjud Salaah,