12 Rak’at Al-Sunan al-Rawatib

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March 16, 2024


12 Rak’at Al-Sunan al-Rawatib

بِسْمِ ﷲِ ال َّ رحْمٰنِ ال َّ رحِیْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

The Sunnah prayers are also known as Al-Sunan al-Rawatib. These are the voluntary prayers we offer after our Fardh Salah.
The twelve Raka’t of Al-Sunan al-Rawatib can be summarized in one rule: the 2 4 4 2 2 rule. This means 2 Raka’t before Fajr, 4 Raka’t before Dhuhr, 4 Raka’t after Dhuhr, 2 Raka’t after Maghrib and 2 Raka’t after ‘Isha.

Virtues of Performing Al-Sunan al-Rawatib

Offering voluntary prayers can bring many benefits. Namely, praying the Sunnah prayers can:

  • Unlock blocked blessings
  • Be a means for having Du’as accepted
  • Remove worry and distress
  • Protect you from evil desires
  • Protect you from the evil of others
  • Fulfill the obligation of following the Sunnah
  • Increase your love for the Prophet 
  • Forgive your sins
  • Bring you closer to Allah
  • Make the tasks of your day easier for you
  • Remove calamities from your way
  • Make the 5 obligatory prayers easy for you

However, these are only some of the abundant blessings for the one who offers the Sunnah prayers. There are many blessings Allah bestows on us that we don’t even realize!

How to Build the Habit of Performing Al-Sunan al-Rawatib

To get consistent in performing the Sunnah prayers and reap the most benefits, follow this step-by-step guide:

  • Set an alarm for each prayer.
  • Plan your day ahead and plan your tasks around your prayers.
  • Inform your family members or roommates that you will be taking extra time to pray so that they don’t disturb you during it.
  • Remove all distractions from your prayer area.
  • Make a list of Du’as that you want to say during each Sunnah prayer.

Consistency in observing the Sunan al-Rawatib is key to reaping their full rewards. While they are not obligatory, making them a regular part of one’s daily routine demonstrates spiritual discipline and love for Allah and His Messenger  ﷺ.  Even during times of difficulty or busy schedules, prioritizing these prayers is highly encouraged.








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