Confirmed Sunnahs: What to Recite?

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When you are praying the 4 rakat sunnah muakada of Salatul Dhuhr do you recite durood sharif in the 2nd and the 4th rakat, and what about the opening dua do you recite it in the beginning of the 1st and the 3rd?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wa Alaykum Assalam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu,

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From a past post by Sidi Sohail Hanif (Edited by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani):

There is a difference between confirmed prayers and non-confirmed ones in the way that one offers them.

1. Due to the emphatic nature of confirmed sunna (sunna mu’akkada) prayers, a four rakat confirmed sunna prayer is prayed just like a four rakat obligatory prayer the only difference being that:

· one must recite a sura or at least the equivalent of 3 short verses after the Fatiha in every rakat.

2. When offering four rakats of a non-confirmed sunna prayer, each two rakats is effectively a separate prayer. This means that:

· it is sunna to send blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in the first sitting and

· to read the opening invocation ( thana or istiftah) and seek refuge from the devil (ta`awwudh) in the beginning of the third rakat, as though one is starting a new prayer.

In all other regards the two prayers are the same.

We ask Allah to give us success in incorporating the practice of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) into our lives and to avail of the tremendous bounty of Allah.

Please see the following link in answer to your question:

The Sunna Prayers Related to the Obligatory Prayers: A Detailed Exposition


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