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Am I losing the reward of Nafl because of my Qadha Salaah?


Nasihah (Advice): The value of two Rakaats of Salaah


Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam once passed a grave and asked, ‘Who is buried here?’ The Sahabah Radhiyallahu anhum replied, ‘So and so person.’ Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam thereupon said, ‘Offering two Rakaats of Salah is more beloved to him than your entire world.’ (Al Mu’jamul Awsat)



Question and Answer:


  1. (1) If I pray my missed make up salat during tahajud salat time, then will I get the reward of tahajud salat as well, since I am praying at that time ?


(2) Likewise, if i pray my missed make up salat at salatul duha time, then will I get the reward of duha salat as well, since I am praying at that time.


In this type of cases, do I need to make dual intention or what? I feel that I am losing the reward of the Nafl Salaah.



  1. You will not get the reward for the Nafl Salaah while performing the Fardh Qadha. The Fardh stands on its own and does not take a dual intention. Dual/multiple intentions can be made for Nafl, not Fardh.


What you will get is the reward for Fardh which is far, far superior to the reward of Nafl. The performance of the Fardh is the means to your salvation and the key that will open Jannah.


The Nafl is similar to the garnishing of a food and the Fardh is the food itself. The garnishing adds flavour and beauty to the food but if the food is missing, then the garnishing loses its point.


Hence, do not feel that you are losing out by not performing the Nafl. Devote your time to the completion of your Qadha Salaah which is your obligation and which nets the greatest reward. Once the Fardh is taken care of, you may then “garnish” your Fardh with the Nafl.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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