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Is it permissible to sit and perform the Sunnah/Nafl Salaah?

 

Nasihah (Advice): Standing and performing Salaah reaps the full 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 whilst sitting.” (Sahih Bukhari)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. Is it permissible to sit and perform the Sunnah Salaah? If I start the Sunnahs standing, can I finish it sitting?

 

(Question published as received)

 

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

 

However, by sitting and performing the Sunnahs 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 Sunnahs of Salaah due a valid reason i.e. 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) Salaahs, it will not be permissible to perform them whilst sitting down without a valid reason.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie

 

(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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