Voluntary (nafl) prayers during the day are a neglected sunna, declares Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. He encourages us to aim not only for the most virtuous and difficult deeds, like night vigil (tahajjud), but also to take advantage of easy devotional works. He notes that while the Prophet’s prayers were inimitable, his Companions sought to imitate what they could.
Shaykh Faraz urges us to find excuses to insert extra prayers into our day. He highlights the ease of remembrance and prayer—allowed in virtually any time and place—in contrast with earlier religious traditions. He also mentions scholars’ advice on distinguishing one’s practice through voluntary works, not limiting one’s relationship with Allah to the prayer mat, and maintaining one’s spiritual practice wherever one goes.
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