NAFL SALAAH BEFORE EMBARKING ON A JOURNEY

 

1. When a person intends leaving his home in order to undertake a journey, it is mustahab for him to offer two rakaats of nafl salaah before leaving home. When he returns from his journey, it is mustahab for him to go to the musjid first. He should offer two rakaats of nafl salaah in the musjid and then go to his house.

Hadith: Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: "A person does not leave behind at home anything better than the two rakaats which he offers before embarking on a journey." It is related in another Hadith that when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to return from a journey, he used to go to the musjid first and offer two rakaats of nafl salaah.

2. It is also mustahab for a musafir to offer two rakaats of nafl salaah when he intends staying over at any place during the course of his journey. These two rakaats should be offered before he can sit down.

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SALAATHUL-QATL

 

When a Muslim is about to be killed, it is mustahab for him to offer two rakaats of salaah and make dua to Allah Ta'ala and ask Him to forgive him his sins. This is so that this salaah and dua of his will be his last act in this world.

Hadith: Once Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had sent a few qaaris from among his companions to a certain place in order to teach the Quran. During the course of the journey, the kuffaar of Makkah captured them. Apart from Hadrat Khubayb radiallahu anhu, they killed all the other companions at that very spot. They took Hadrat Khubayb radiallahu anhu to Makkah in a great procession and they martyred him with great pomp and ceremony. When he was about to be martyred, he asked them for permission and offered two rakaats of salaah. Since then, this salaah became mustahab.

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