Nasihah (Advice): Nafl Salah after Fajr and Asr
Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radhiyallahu Anhuma narrates that a group of reliable people testified before me, and amongst them was Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu, and he was the most reliable in my eyes, reported that, “Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forbade praying (Nafl, Sunnats etc.) after the Fajr prayer till the sun rises and after the ‘Asr prayer till the sun sets.” (Bukhari)
Question and Answer:
- Can a person perform the Tawaaf of Umrah after Fajr and Asr? If so, can a person perform the two Raka’ats of Tawaaf after Fajr and Asr? If not? Can a person continue with the Saee’ after Fajr and Asr without performing the two Raka’ats after Tawaaf?
- It is permissible to perform the Tawaaf of Umrah after Fajr and Asr. However, it is Makrooh(disliked) to perform the two Rakaats of Tawaaf after Fajr and Asr as Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam prevented Salaah during these times.
Therefore, if a person performs the Tawaaf of Umrah after Fajr and Asr, the two Rakaats of Tawaaf should be postponed until after sunrise (ishraaq time) and after sunset respectively. (Shaami 2/499)
A person may perform multiple Tawaafs in this time and postpone the two Rakaats of Tawaaf for each Tawaaf performed until after sunrise or sunset respectively. Saee’ of Tawaaf is permissible after Fajr and Asr. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah 10/350)
Note: If the two Rakaats of Tawaaf are performed after Fajr and Asr, it would be valid but should be repeated.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Moosa Salie
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