Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
One clarification…we don’t *have* to make up missed past yrs of confirmed sunna prayers if our past missed fard prayers are many, right? Your email on the subject was definitely thought-provoking and inspirational…barak Allahu fi kum…..it’s just that one can make up 5 fajrs (fard only) OR 1 zuhr with the confirmed sunnahs, in the same time and with the same presence of heart. I realize the superiority of doing more… but it can sometimes be overwhelming…
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
Sorry for a lack of clarity: I was talking about the confirmed sunnas within the prayer, not the confirmed sunna prayers related to the fard.
It is not expected (or even recommended) to make up missed sunna prayers from the past. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
How do I perform make up prayers quickly?