Monday, June 4, 2012


Isharay is a nafl prayer which is performed a bit after the sunrise when the sun is somewhat high, that is, usually  twelve minutes after sunrise. It has only two rak'ats but ahadith arc replete with the high merits of this prayer. Abu Hurairah relates that our Prophet - upon whom be eternal Peace - has said that "He who says Ishraq  prayers without fail shall have his lesser sins forgiven even though they may be as numerous as foam specks on the surface of the sea" (Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

Abu Hurairah has also related that the eternally blessed Prophet once sent some companions on jihad. They  returned soon and with much booty. Someone expressed his surprise and said that he had never seen a military  expedition return so soon and with so much booty. The Holy Prophet said "Should I not tell you about the men  who would come back even sooner and with still more booty'?," then he said "He who performs his ablution  moll, then completes his fajr prayer and then (after sunrise) performs his ishraq prayer, come, sooner and with greater booty"  Targhib p.427. vol I ref. Abu Yate ba Isnad-e-Sahib).

Abu Dhar Ghifari that tells us that man has three hundred and sixty joints in his body and to rid each of them  from hell-fire, he should do at least three hundred and sixty good deeds, which were subsequently described by our Holy Prophet. He said that saying Subhan Allah once in one good deed, saying a1 Hamdu Lillah is another  and saying La Ilaha Illallah is the third: to bid someone do good is a good deed and to stop someone from sin is also a good deed. Then after reciting the whole list, our Prophet said:

'And in place of all these good deeds, two rakats prayed at the time of ishraq can also suffice (Sahrh Muslim)

This clearly means that these two rak'ats are equivalent to three hundred and sixty good deeds. The best way  of performing Ishraq prayers is to sit in place after fajr prayers and do dhikr and then leave after saying ishraq  prayers when the sum has risen. But if one cannot follow this, then he can say ishraq prayers after coming back  home or after doing something he has to do.

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