If you are looking for the details about the fifth and last daily Fard prayer of Muslims, that is Isha Prayer, you have clicked on the right link here. As here I have collected all of the facts about the Isha Prayer.
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Isha Prayer Rakaats:
The night prayer (Isha) contains total 17 Rakaats including the Witr.
- Four Rakaat Sunnah Ghair Moakkadah
- Four Rakaat Fard
- Two Rakat Sunnah Moakkadah
- Two Rakaat Nafl
- Three Rakaats Witr Wajib
- Two Rakaats Nafl
First of all, Muslims offer four Rakaats sunnah ghair moakkadah. These are the Rakaats that if left, there is no penalty, but if offered there is “ajr” (blessings). Then four Rakaats Fard are offered that are mandatory (Fard). Then two Rakaats Sunnah Moakkadah are offered that are also mandatory.
After this, two Rakaats Nafl are offered that are optional. Then three Rakaats Witr are offered that are wajib (mandatory). Then in the last, two Rakaats Nafl are offered that are also optional.
Isha Salah Importance:
In Islam, the morning prayer (Fajr) and the Night Prayer (Isha) have significant importance. As these are the timings of the sleep/rest for the people. So, there is a great reward of offering these two prayers as narrated in the following Hadith.
“The most difficult salah for the munafiqeen is isha and fajr. Had they known the rewards for them they would have attended them even if they had to crawl on their knees.”(Bukhari)
Abdullah b. ‘Amr reported (R.A) that:
“The time of the noon prayer is when the sun passes the meridian and a man’s shadow is the same (length) as his height, (and it lasts) as long as the time for the afternoon prayer has not come; the time for the afternoon prayer is as long as the sun has not become pale; the time of the evening prayer is as long as the twilight has not ended; the time of the night prayer is up to the middle of the average night and the time of the morning prayer is from the appearance of dawn, as long as the sun has not risen; but when the sun rises, refrain from prayer for it rises between the horns of the devil.” (Muslim)
Abu Qatadah (R.A) reported that the Messenger (S.A.W) of Allah said:
“There is no negligence in sleeping, but the negligence lies in not praying a prayer until the time of the next prayer has come. And whosoever does so should pray as soon as he becomes aware of the negligence.” (Muslim)
Narrated by Abu Hurrerah (R.A) that:
“If it were not to be a hardship on the Ummah, I would have ordered them to delay the Isha Salah until a third or half of the night had passed.” (Tirmidhi)
So, the importance of Isha Prayer is shown in the Hadith.
“Allah’s Apostle offered Witr prayer at different nights at various hours extending (from the ‘Isha’ prayer) up to the last hour of the night.” (Bukhari)
Formerly, the Witr prayer was the part of the Tahajjud prayer that is offered after getting up before the Fajr timing (Fajr Adhan).
“O Allah! We beg help from You alone; ask forgiveness from You alone, and turn towards You and praise You for all the good things and are grateful to You and are not ungrateful to You and we part and break off with all those who are disobedient to you. O Allah! You alone do we worship and pray exclusively to You and bow before You alone and we hasten eagerly towards You and we fear Your severe punishment and hope for Your Mercy as your severe punishment is surely to be meted out to the unbelievers.”
Witr Prayer contains a special “Dua” known as Dua-E-Qunoot. This Dua is recited in the third Rakaat of the Witr Prayer.
Surah Mulk Recitation after Isha Salah:
There is a surah in the Quran, with thirty verses (Surah Mulk), which will intercede for its companion [the one who recites it] until he is forgiven:
“Tabaarak Allaahi bi yadihi’l-mulk (Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion)” [al-Mulk].
Al-Tirmidhi said: This is a Hasan Hadeeth.”
So, it is proved that reciting the Surah Mulk after the Isha Salaah is much beneficial for the Muslims.
Isha Prayer Benefits:
“Whoever offers Isha salah in jama’ah it is as though he spent half the night in worship. And whoever offers fajr salah in jama’ah it is as though he spent the entire night in worship.” (Muslim)
This Hadith shows the importance of the isha prayer. So, conclusively, we could say that the prayer of isha contains lots of rewards, blessings and benefits from Allah Almighty. It is the best way to please Allah Almighty and His Prophet (S.A.W). May Allah grant us the desire and will to offer the five prayers daily, Ameen!