Recitation In The Optional Prayer

Why do we recite surahs in only the first two rakats while offering the farz prayer but in all four while offering the sunnah prayer?

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The Narrowly Missed Prayer In Menses

If my wife is in menses at the time of Zuhr and at the time of Asr she is clean, must she pray Zuhr as Qadah?

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Offering Only The Fard Ṣalāh

I have been watching your show in USA. I will appreciate if you can answer my following questions.

1. I work full time. When I come home I am totally exhausted. Is it okay to perform only
Fard ṣalāh (without Sunnat and Witer) and can I do Maghrib and Issha Namaz at the same time.

2. Is it okay to do Namaz with Nail polish on?

3. Can I make up for the missed ṣalāhs?

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Loud Recitation In Individual Ṣalāh

If a person is saying his prayer alone can he recite the Qur’anb with a loud voice not so loud to disturb anyone and also with close eyes to seek concentration? I am asking about any of the five prayers.

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Sun Rises Between Two Sides Of Head Of The Devil

I need an explanation of the last sentence of the hadith mentioned below. How authentic it is?

Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "When the (upper) edge of the sun appears (in the morning), don't perform a prayer till the sun appears in full, and when the lower edge of the sun sets, don't perform a prayer till it sets completely. And you should not seek to pray at sunrise or sunset for the sun rises between two sides of the head of the devil (or Satan)." (Bukhārī, 494)

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Our View On Witr Prayer

I totally disagree with your point of view on witr prayer and I respectfully submit my reservations over it. Indeed it was the first opinion about Witr I ever heard from anybody else. It raises many questions in my mind regarding it and have totally surprised me. I am astonished with your views about the Witr, my queries are as follows:

1. Tahajjud is not a Farz prayer, and there is no compulsion over its offering. We will not be questioned if we skip it, then why you are attaching the farz content with the Non-Farz ṣalāh. Don’t we offer witr if we are in travel?

2. If Witr is part of tahajud then why in Ramadan we offer it after Tarawi?

3. If Witr is part of tahajud then why in all Islamic countries like KSA, Indonesia, Malaysia, it is offered after Isha Prayer?

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Obligation Of Wudu For A Bedridden

I am almost a bedridden patient for last five month, barely able to go to washroom once in a day. During night I have to use bed pan, which sometimes spoil my clothes. I want to offer my prayers but feel that I am not clean enough to offer prayers. Please tell what should I do?

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Creed Of Prayer Imam

Is it appropriate to ask an imam about his "creed/belief" to determine if one should follow him in congregational prayer?

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Lack Of Punctuality In Praye

I live and work in Canada. It is getting very difficult for me to be punctual in Salat that leaves unrest in my heart all the time. I have heard that in this kind of difficult situation I can perform Zuhr and Asr and Maghrib and Isha Salat at a time. Meaning from the start of Zuhr time to end of Asr time I can perform both the Salats. Same for Maghrib and Isha. Please correct me or verify it? Secondly can I perform all Salats at night after getting back to home?

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Unanswered Prayers

Many of our prayers are not answered in this world. It may be due to wisdom of God almighty but is it a satisfactory answer? Tassawauf have kashaf and karamat which are visible and are experienced through our senses so that can give us some faith and satisfaction. But can any intellectual debate regarding our unanswered prayers satisfy us?

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Quranic Ruling Regarding Inebriation

According to a verse in the Quran you should not come closer to the prayers in an intoxicant state. This implies that at the rest of the moments you can stay in such state. While as per other verse intoxicant is haram at all moments. Is this a contradiction?

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Mosque And Jāmi’ Mosque

While reading about Mosques, I found two different names for Mosques - Masjid and Jami‘. What is the difference between the names? Is one of these types of Mosque "better" or "more important" than the other type? If so; what makes them more important? Are they representative of different schism in Islam, for instance Sunni and Shia names?

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Prayer During Menstruation

Allah Almighty has commanded us to perform salah in all circumstances. One is obliged to pray even one is on the death bed and even one has najasat on and one cannot find water. What about salah for menstruating women? The only thing Allah Almighty says about menstruation is in 2:222 and there too there is no mention of not praying during the cycle.

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Place Of Children In Congregational Prayer

What is the Shari’ah guidance regarding children in the mosques during prayers? We have been to Umrah twice in the last 18 months and no one asked our children to move to the back row during prayers in Makkah and Medinah. In Makkah we even were in the very first row or two and no one asked to move them. However back at our local mosque in USA and, in fact, in Karachi as well when I used to live there, Imam would ask the kids to move to the back line. He even stated that the Prayer will be invalidated if kids are in the front row with adults. Now this only happens whenever the Imam is of Indian or Pakistani origin. Arab imams will never ask the kids to move. My kids feel insulted when they are asked to move to the back. If you can guide me to a Quranic verse or a Haidth where this is mentioned as a requirement then I can explain to my children.

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Direct Address To The Prophet In The Prayer

Why do we say in salah the following as if the Apostle (pbuh) is alive and present with us?

"All compliments, all physical prayer and all monetary worship are for Allah. Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet, and Allah's mercy and blessings. Peace be on us and on all righteous slaves of Allah. I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except Allah And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger." Why and how does it make sense? Why do we start talking to the Apostle while praying to Allah? Is prayer not supposed to be addressed to Allah?
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Isha And Tahajjud

Is it true that if someone misses ‘ishā' prayer then he/she cannot offer tahajjud prayer the same night?

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Importance Of Salah

I cannot pray five times a day. However, I feel pain for orphans, the poor and the needy. I think for their betterment and do what is in my capacity. I think I am doing better than those who pray five times a day but neglect these people. They engage in corruption while they earn etc. Now would you please guide me whether my approach is acceptable?

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Women Imams

Are women allowed to lead men in prayers? Are these historical examples true? A woman led the funeral prayers for Imam Shafi'i (a respected Muslim scholar). In another stance the Holy Prophet (sws) would visit an elderly woman. The male servant of that woman would use to call the adhaan (call for prayer) while the woman herself would lead the prayer (http://shams.za.org/womenclaim.htm )

Also should women be allowed to pray alongside men in the mosques as they do in hajj? Or should they be segregated?
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Problem With Prayer Timings

1. I live in Stockholm Sweden and here in summer time i.e. during the months of June to August the day and night timings are very odd. The sun sets at 11pm and then rises again around 2 am. So the time is very short and for the people who work and go on jobs it is very difficult to stay late to pray fajr prayer. So please can you tell us how can we solve this problem of fajr prayer?

2. The timing of Fasting in Sweden is around 18 hours in summer. Its very difficult to fast for that long. Some people open the fast according to the timings in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. Is it right to do so and what timings should we follow?
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Prayer Timings

The Holy Qur'an mentions that there are only two obligatory prayers. (Surah Bani Isra’il (Q 17) mentions the Morning, dalūk al-shams and the tahajjud prayer. It also explains that tahajjud is a nafl (supererogatory). This means only two prayers are obligatory. Similarly Surah Hūd (Q 11) mentions tarafi al-nahaar and Surah Ṭāhā (Q 20) uses the words ānā'a al-layl.)

However, the ahādith tell us that the Holy Prophet (sws) has commanded the believers to pray five times a day. Is it possible that the Prophet (sws) contradicts the commands of the Book of God and gives a different command?
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