Volume 2, Book 13, Number 757:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar:
Allah’s Apostle used to pray two Rakat before the Zuhr prayer and two Rakat after it. He also used to pray two Rakat after the Maghrib prayer in his house, and two Rakat after the ‘Isha’ prayer. He never prayed after Jumua prayer till he departed (from the Mosque), and then he would pray two Rakat at home.
- Don’t miss the Sunnah prayers:
2 rak`aat before Fajr
4 before Dhuhr, 2 after it
2 after Jumu`ah
4 (optional*) before `Asr
2 after Maghrib
2 after `Ishaa’
It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays twelve rak’ahs during the night and day, a house will be built for him in Paradise: four before Zuhr and two after, two rak’ahs after Maghrib, two rak’ahs after ‘Isha’ and two rak’ahs before Fajr prayer.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 380; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6362.
- Pray the Sunnah prayers at home (for men). Especially the 2 rak`aat after Jumu`ah. Prophet (SAW) never prayed after Jumu`ah till he departed from the Mosque. So make it a point.
*Prophet (SAW) sometimes prayed these rak`aat, and sometimes he didn’t. The other Sunnah prayers were offered regularly by him. He never missed them unless an exceptional situation came up.
Narrated Zaid binWahb:
Hudhaifa saw a person who was not performing the bowing and prostrations perfectly. He said to him, “You have not prayed and if you should die you would die on a religion other than that of Muhammad.”
My reaction: O_O
Wouldn’t it be the greatest loss? Thinking you’ve done something to earn reward and Allah’s pleasure, but actually all you’ve gained is loss. You think you’ve prayed, but in fact you haven’t. You proudly label yourself a Muslim, but in reality you’re not on the religion of Muhammad (SAW). Astaghfirullah! *shivers*
In order to save ourselves from such a bad surprise in the Hereafter, we have to perfect our prayers. Study the way Prophet (SAW) used to perform Salah very carefully and follow it as much as you can. While studying the Sunnah, you might find some teachings conflicting with the way your mom or dad or Imaam sahab used to pray. But it shouldn’t matter. It shouldn’t hold you back from changing your way. Because you are to follow Muhammad (SAW)’s way. For real for real (Wisam Sharieff style).