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Virtue of the two rak’ahs of Duha

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Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“Whoever regularly prays the two rak’ahs of Duha, his sins are forgiven even if they are like [the vastness of] the foam of the sea.”


This Hadith has been recorded by Imams Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah among others (rahimahumullah).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 476 and Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1382)

This narration is suitable for practice despite the chain being weak.

It is actually substantiated by the fact that several high ranking, reliable Muhaddithun have reported this narration from the weak narrator; Nahhas Ibn Qahm, as pointed out by Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah).

When a Hadith is reported by a weak narrator, and it is widely quoted/accepted by other reliable Hadith narrators, the weakness is then lessened.

See here for more on this principle.

See here for more virtues of this salah.

Also see footnotes of Shaykh ‘Awwamah on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 7868.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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