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What is the difference between sunnah salat and nafl? And do i need to say intention (al niyyat) before i perform them?

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edited Feb 01 '13 at 23:05 Ubi ♦ 1.2k518 Ubi's gravatar image

Bismillah hir rahman nir raheem

Sunnah Salat are themselves Nafls that our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) prayed and this is why they are called Sunnah Salaat.

There are two types of Sunnah Salaat.

  1. Sunnat-e-Muaqqadah
  2. Sunnaht-e-Ghair-e-Muaqqadah

Sunnat-e-Muaqqadah are those sunnah salaat which our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) prayed regularly before and after Fard (Obligatory) Salaat respectively.

Sunnaht-e-Ghair-e-Muaqqadah are those sunnah salaat which our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) prayed but not every time.

Sunnah Salaat have greater reward then Nafls.

And yes, you have to make intention (Niyyah) for Sunnah Salaat before you perform them.

However, Nafls are not limited, you can offer as many nafls as you want but their reward is lesser then Sunnah Salaat.

Hope you are clear now :-)

answered 1.2k16 believer's gravatar image
edited Feb 02 '13 at 07:42

Assalaamu Alaikum,

Could you please provide any reference in Sunnah or Ahadith whereby the prophet Muhammad (alaihissalaam) or his companions provided the difference of definition for Fard Salat, Sunnah Salat and Nafl Salat or are these terms got coined/defined by later scholars?

(Dec 22 '13 at 04:55) Ghazali Ghazali's gravatar image

Must we say the intention in arabic language or in our native language?

answered 718 arsay's gravatar image

You can make intention in your own language.

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(Feb 02 '13 at 09:10) believer ♦ believer's gravatar image

The niyah must be in the heart and it should not be mentioned as we all know that ALLAH is ALL KNOWING so our sunni shikhs told us that, performing the wodho is a sign that we are going to pray so intention is seen :) and ALLAH know more.

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