Unlock the Secrets of 8 Sunnah Prayers to Fulfil Your Desire

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Sunnah prayers are additional voluntary prayers that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) regularly performed and encouraged his followers to do the same. Unlike Fard (obligatory) prayers, which are mandatory for every Muslim to perform, Sunnah prayers are optional but highly recommended. 

Performing Sunnah prayers not only earns additional rewards but also complements the obligatory prayers, enhancing one’s overall spiritual practice. Here are eight Sunnah prayers that you should integrate more into your life as they serve as an opportunity to connect with Allah (SWT) on a deeper level, providing spiritual benefits tailored for specific moments and needs. 

  • Tahajjud – When you deeply desire something

Tahajjud is a special prayer offered in the last part of the night, before Fajr (dawn) prayer. During this time, it is narrated in a hadith that Allah descends to the lowest heaven when one-third of the first part of the night is over and says:

“I am the Lord; I am the Lord: who is there to supplicate Me so that I answer him? Who is there to beg of Me so that I grant him? Who is there to beg forgiveness from Me so that I forgive him?” He continues like this till the day breaks.  

[Sahih Muslim]

Tahajjud is performed when a Muslim has a deep desire or need and seeks Allah’s guidance and support. This prayer is highly virtuous, as it involves waking up from sleep solely to worship Allah. To perform Tahajjud, one should pray at least two units (rak’ah) of prayer after making the intention (niyyah).

  • 2 Rak’ah Before Fajr – When seeking blessings beyond this world

The 2 Rak’ah before Fajr prayer is a highly emphasised Sunnah prayer performed just before the obligatory Fajr prayer. The reward for performing these prayers is immense; Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,

“The two rak’ahs before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all it contains”. 

[Sahih Muslim]

This highlights the tremendous spiritual value and reward associated with these simple acts of worship. To perform them, one should pray two units (rak’ahs) after making the intention (niyyah), focusing on seeking Allah’s blessings and starting the day with devotion.

  • Dhuha – When desiring abundant sustenance

Dhuha prayer, also known as the forenoon prayer, is performed after the sun has fully risen and before it reaches its zenith. It acts as a charity for every joint in one’s body, and it is said that performing it regularly can earn one the rewards as if they distributed charity to every bone in their body. 

It is recommended for seeking abundant sustenance and blessings throughout the day. The prayer consists of at least two rak’ahs but can be extended to eight or twelve rak’ahs. It is a means of expressing gratitude to Allah for the blessings of life.

  • Witr – When seeking closeness to Allah at day’s end

Witr prayer is performed at the end of the day after the Isha prayer. It consists of an odd number of rak’ahs, typically three. Witr is unique in that it serves as a closing prayer for the day, seeking closeness to Allah and asking for His forgiveness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“Make Witr as your last prayer at night”.

[Sahih Bukhari]
  • Tawbah – When needing to repent for sins

Tawbah prayer, also known as the prayer of repentance, is performed when a Muslim feels the need to repent for their sins and seek Allah’s forgiveness. It consists of two rak’ahs. After completing the prayer, the person should sincerely ask Allah for forgiveness and make a firm intention not to repeat the sin. This act of humility and repentance helps cleanse the soul.

  • Istikharah – When seeking clarity in decision-making

Istikharah prayer is performed when seeking clarity and guidance in making decisions. It consists of two rak’ahs followed by a specific supplication (du’a) asking Allah for guidance in choosing the best course of action. 

The reward of performing Istikharah is finding ease and clarity in making decisions, as it invites divine guidance and wisdom into the decision-making process. This prayer is a means of entrusting one’s decisions to Allah’s wisdom and seeking His help in matters of uncertainty.

  • Istisqa – When praying for essential rain

Istisqa prayer is performed when praying for essential rain, especially during times of drought. This prayer reflects the community’s dependence on Allah for their basic needs and sustains faith in divine providence.

It consists of two rak’ahs and is usually offered in congregation. This prayer is an expression of a Muslim’s dependence on Allah for sustenance and a plea for His mercy in providing rain to nourish the earth.

  • Tahiyatul Masjid – When showing respect upon entering a mosque

The Prophet Muhammad said, “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak’ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). This prayer is called Tahiyatul Masjid, or the greeting of the mosque, performed upon entering a mosque. It consists of two rak’ahs and is a way of showing respect and recognition of being in the divine presence. It acknowledges the mosque as a special place of worship dedicated to Allah.

Increasing the observance of Sunnah prayers can significantly enhance one’s spiritual journey. These prayers, though optional, bring immense rewards and help in fulfilling various needs and desires. As Allah says in the Quran,

“And establish prayer and give zakat and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience]”.

[Surah Al-Baqarah : 43]

By incorporating Sunnah prayers into daily life, Muslims can deepen their connection with Allah and find peace and guidance in every aspect of their lives. Which Sunnah prayers are part of your Salah routine? Which ones do you hope to start including in your life?