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Is it permissible to perform the Sunnah of Salaah whilst sitting down?

Nasihah (Advice): Sitting and performing Salaah – Half the reward


Sayyiduna Imraan Bin Husain Radhiyallahu Anhu reports – and he had suffered from piles – “I asked Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam about the Salaah of a person whilst sitting.” He said, “It is better for one to perform Salaah standing; and whoever performs Salaah whilst sitting receives half the reward of one who performs Salaah whilst standing; and whoever performs Salaah whilst lying down receives half the reward of one who performs Salaah while sitting.” (Bukhari)



Question and Answer:


  1. After a long day of work, I find it difficult to stand and perform all the Sunnah of Salaah. Is it permissible for me to perform the Sunnah of Salaah sitting down? If I start the Sunnah standing, can I finish it sitting?


(Question published as received) 


  1. It is permissible to perform all the Sunnah (Sunnah-Muakkadah & Sunnah Ghair-Muakkadah) and all Nafl Salaah whilst sitting down (on the ground or on the chair) even if one has the ability to stand and perform the Sunnah and Nafl Salaah. It is also permissible to start the Sunnah/Nafl of Salaah standing and complete it after sitting down during Salaah.


However, by sitting and performing the Sunnah/Nafl of Salaah, one will receive half the reward of a person standing and performing Salaah unless one is sitting and performing Salaah due to a valid reason. If one sits and performs the Sunnah/Nafl of Salaah due a valid reason eg. he/she is unable to perform the Sajdahs of Salaah, then one will receive the full reward like one standing and performing Salaah. (Tahtaawi Ala Maraaqil Falaah 1/402/403)


Note: In the case of the Five Fardh (obligatory) Salaah, it will not be permissible to perform them whilst sitting down without a valid reason.


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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