[Q-ID0481] Can we pray 2 rak’at nafl before the 3 Fard of Maghrib prayer?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue, that what is ruling of praying any nafl salāh after sunset before the 3 fard of Maghrib, and is it permissible to pray 2 rak’at nafl or not?

Questioner: Jahāngīr from England

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

According to Hanafīs, it is prohibited to pray nafl salāh from sunset until the fard of Maghrib, but one is allowed to pray 2 short rak’ats.

Just like ‘Allāmah Muhammad Bin ‘Alī Haskafī رحمه الله wrote in al-Durr al-Mukhtār stating that,

وَ حَرَّرَ إبَاحَةَ رَكْعَتَيْنِ خَفِيْفَتَيْنِ قَبْلَ الْمَغْرِبِ

‘Allāmah Ibn Humām has wrote regarding the permissibility of 2 short rak’ats before the fard of Maghrib.

[‘al-Durr al-Mukhtār’, Kitāb al-Salāh, Vol. 2, Pg. 14. ‘Fath al-Qadeer’, Kitāb al-Salāh, Bāb al-Nawāfil, Vol. 1, Pg. 389]

Muftī Amjad ‘Alī A’zamī explaining the 12 prohibited times for nafl salāh states that, ‘From the time of sunset, right up to the fard of Maghrib. However, Imām Ibn al-Humām made an exception for 2 very short rak’ats.’

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, Vol. 1, Pg. 456, Maktaba tul Madīnah print]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali

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