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is it wrong if i say only farz namaz and not the sunnad and vitar namaz how many rakats are there according to hafi madab and hanfi madab




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Pray only Fard

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Your Question: is it wrong if i say only farz namaz and not the sunnad and vitar namaz

Dear and Beloved Brother in Islam, Allah Subhanah will only hold man accountable for what He has declared obligatory (fard) upon us. The other prayers or acts of Sunnah or Nafl are voluntary if one wishes to earn extra reward from the Lord, and not like the obligatory prayers.


The difference between the fard (obligatory) and the Sunnah or Nafl forms of worship is that when one offers the fard or obligatory prayers and acts of worship as commanded by Allah Subhanah, he will have fulfilled his covenant in Islam and Allah Subhanah will give him a huge reward; and if one does not perform them without an absolutely valid reason, he will be held severely accountable for his sin of disobedience in the Just and Supreme Court of Allah Subhanah on the Day of Judgment.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.480 Narrated by Abu Huraira

A Bedouin (desert Arab) came to the Prophet (saws) and said, "Tell me of such a deed as will make me enter Paradise, if I do it." The Prophet (saws) said, "Worship Allah, and worship none along with Him, offer the (five) prescribed compulsory prayers perfectly, pay the compulsory Zakat, and fast the month of Ramadan." The Bedouin said, "By Him, in Whose Hands my life is, I will not do more than this!" When he (the Bedouin) left, the Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever likes to see a man of Paradise, then he may look at this man."


Sunnah and Nafl prayers or acts of worship are voluntary and additional; if one performs them, Allah Subhanah will give him a huge reward, and if one does not perform them there is no sin. The most that can be said of one who does not perform the Sunnah or Nafl prayers or acts of worship is that he missed a great opportunity to earn extra rewards for himself from the Merciful and Bounteous Lord.


Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "The first thing that the people will be called to account for on the Day of Resurrection will be the prayers. Our Lord will say to the Angels, although He knows better: 'Look into the Salah of My servant to see if he observed it perfectly or been negligent in it. So if he observed it perfectly it will be recorded to his credit, but if he had been negligent in it in any way, Allah would say: See if My servant has any supererogatory (Sunnah and Nafl) prayers. Then if he has any supererogatory prayers, Allah would say: Make up the deficiency in My servant's obligatory prayer with his supererogatory prayers.' Thereafter all his actions will be examined in like manner"

Related by Abu Dawud.


Your Question: how many rakats are there according to shafi madab and hanfi madab

Beloved brother, you have not specified which specific prayer you are referring to when seeking knowledge regarding the number of rakahs in a prayer. If you could kindly specify which prayer/prayers you are referring to, we would try to the best of our knowledge to guide you according to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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