Duha Prayer



In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,


To begin with, the majority of the classical scholars are of the opinion that the post-sunrise prayer (ishraq) is the same as the mid-morning prayer (Duha). This is the very reason why the major classical books of Hanafi Fiqh do not mention the two prayers separately. (See: Abu Bakr al-Jassas, Ahkam al-Qur�an, 3/559)


However, the common perception (especially amongst the Hanafis of the Indian Subcontinent) is that Salat al-Ishraq and Salat al-Duha are two separate prayers. The recommended time for offering Ishraq prayer is immediately after sunrise, whilst the Duha prayer (which they call the Chasht prayer) is offered later on. (See: Heavenly Ornaments, P: 143)


The reasoning behind this, in my humble view, is that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) has encouraged offering this prayer directly after sunrise. Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: �Whosoever offers his morning (fajr) prayer in congregation, then remains seated making the dhikr of Allah until the sun rises, and thereafter offers two rakats, they will receive the reward of performing a Hajj and Umrah.� (Sunan Tirmidhi, no: 586)


This Hadith implies that one should offer this optional prayer directly after sunrise by remaining seated on the very place one offered the Fajr prayer and by engaging in d’ua and other forms of dhikr. Thereafter, when the sun has risen properly, one should offer the Ishraq or Duha prayer.





Forgive everyone who has hurt you

Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah’s forgiveness, shouldn’t we lesser beings forgive too? If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people.

One Prayer Rewarded As Ten Prayers!

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah said, ‘My word does not change, as it is enjoined upon you in Umm al-Kitaab, every Hasanah will have the reward of ten like it, so they are fifty in Umm al-Kitaab and five enjoined upon you.” [Bukhaari]

Our Messenger Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us in the Hadith of the Israa (ascension to heaven) how he went back and forth between his Lord and Moosa (alaihis salam), when each time Moosa (alaihis salam) told him to go back to his Lord and ask Him to reduce the number of prayers required, until they became five instead of fifty. 

So he went back to Moosa (alaihis salam), who said: “What did you do?” He said: “It is reduced for us, and for every Hasanah we will be given the reward of ten like it.” [Bukhaari]

Moosa (alaihis salam) from his experience with the Bani Israeel knew how difficult people were, how ungrateful to their Lord, and how easily misled by Shaitaan. So he kept advising Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to reduce the number. This continued till Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) felt too shy to ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) any more.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) in His generosity promised to still give us the reward of fifty prayers if we just prayed five times a day. Each prayer is rewarded as ten prayers. What a shame that despite this incentive we cannot pray even five prayers a day!