Vanity

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says:

وَالَّذِيۡنَ هُمۡ مِّنۡ عَذَابِ رَبِّهِمۡ مُّشۡفِقُوۡنَ‌ۚ‏  ﴿۲۷

“And those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord”  ( Qur’an 70:27 ) 

It  is narrated that Ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه said : ” Destruction consists in two things , despair and vanity.” And Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه reported that a man praised another man greatly in front of the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم . The Prophet said to him : << ” Woe to you! You have cut off your companion’s neck…” and repeated it many times and then added, ” One of you who cannot help expressing praise for his brother should say, ‘ I think that he is so-and-so  – in case he ( really) found him such – and Allah knows the truth , and I do not confirm anybody’s good conduct before Allah.”>>

Harith ibn Mu’awiyah related that he told ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab ( may Allah be pleased with them): <<” People used to entice me to tell them stories,” to which he replied, ” I am afraid that when you tell them stories you may consider yourself great amongst them: and when you do that often, they may consider that you are in the star constellation above them! Thus Allah, will put you down under their feet on the Day of Resurrection as much as that” >>

Anas  رضي الله عنه related that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: <<” If you had not sinned I would have feared for you what is more serious than vanity. ” >>

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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.

 

 

 

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Abu Umamah reported: “I came to the Messenger of Allah and said: ‘Order me to do a deed that will allow me to enter Paradise.’ He said: ‘Stick to fasting, as there is no equivalent to it.’ Then I came to him again and he said: ‘Stick to fasting.”‘ [Ahmad, an-Nasa’i, and al-Hakim].

Hadith – 3

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Sahih Bukhari Book 02. Belief
Narated By ‘Aisha : Once the Prophet came while a woman was sitting with me. He said, “Who is she?” I replied, “She is so and so,” and told him about her (excessive) praying. He said disapprovingly, “Do (good) deeds which is within your capacity (without being overtaxed) as Allah does not get tired (of giving rewards) but (surely) you will get tired and the best deed (act of Worship) in the sight of Allah is that which is done regularly.”

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