ON SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLALLAHU'ALAYHI WASALLAM PERFORMING NAWAAFIL
It is better to
perform the nawaafil in the home. It has been mentioned in many narrations
that Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam exhorted one to perform
these at home and did so himself. Many benefits are derived from this devotion.
Among these are that barakah of salaah the home becomes fulled with barakah
and nur. The memebers of the household will learn the salaah, and will gain
the courage to perform these. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
had commanded in a few ahaadith that "perform part of the prayers in
the home. Do not make it a cemetery".i.e. Do not make the house like
a cemetery where salaah is not performed, or like the dead who do not perform
the prayer. Do not make the house in this manner a resemblance of a graveyard.
The author has mentioned only one hadith in this chapter.
Hadith Number 1:
'Abdullah bin sa'd Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "I enquired from Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam, is it more meritorious to perform nafil salaah
in the home or in the masjid? Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Aayhi Wasallam replied:
'Do you observe that my house is so near the masjid (which does not make
it difficult, or cause a hindrance in coming to the masjid, in spite of
all this) I prefer to perform the salaah, besides the faraa-id,
in my house, rather than in the masjid".
As the nawaafil are based on concealment, therefore it is better to perform
it in the home, to ensure complete concealment. It keeps away from show
and pretence. But certainly, it is undesirable that the faraa-id etc.be
concealed. More ajr ( thawaab-reward) is gained by performing it in the
masjid. Included are also the rak'ahs performed after tawaaf of the Ka'bah,
salaatut taraweeh etc. Although the tarawee is not from the faraa-id it
is a peculiar feature of Ramadhaan, and is masnun to perform in jamaa'ah
(congregation). Likewise is every salaah performed with jamaa'ah like
salaah of kusuf (solar eclipse prayer), which are meant to be publicly
declared. Therefore it is desirable to perform these in the masjid.
taken (with Thanks) from Darul-uloom Bury