بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد
عن حذيفة بن اليمان (رضي الله عنه ) قال:
فَصَلَّيْتُ مَعَهُ الْمَغْرِبَ فَلَمَّا قَضَى الصَّلاَةَ قَامَ يُصَلِّى فَلَمْ يَزَلْ يُصَلِّى حَتَّى صَلَّى الْعِشَاءَ ثُمَّ خَرَجَ
Hudayfah ibn Yaaman رضي الله عنهما said: “I prayed Maghrib (with the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم) and when he finished, he stood up and prayed. He continued to pray until (the time of) Isha. Then he left.”
[Ahmad, 5/392; At-Tirmidhi, 3781 – classed as saheeh in ‘Irwa’ al-Ghaleel’, 470]
1. There are ayaat and athar that support and explain the virtue of praying at this time. One narration is reported from Anas ibn Malik رضي الله عنهما – He commented on the ayah: “They used to sleep but little by night (invoking their Lord and praying, with fear and hope).” (Adh-Dhariyat: 17) – Anas said, “The companions used to pray between Maghrib and ‘Isha.” [Tafseer Ibn Mardawayh as quoted in ‘Awn al-Ma’bood, Abu Da’wud, 1322; Al-‘Iraqee authenticated the isnad]
2. Ash-Shawkani رحمه الله تعالى said: “The ayaat and ahaadeeth quoted concerning this matter indicate that it is prescribed to pray a great deal between Maghrib and ‘Isha…” [Nayl al-Awtar, 3/68]
3. Hafidh Al-Hakeemi رحمه الله تعالى acknowledged salah (at this time) as being a sunnah – He wrote that among the prayers which are recommended to perform is the prayer between Maghrib and ‘Isha. It’s recommended as it has a great reward in performing it.
4. Hafidh al-‘Iraqee رحمه الله تعالى said: “Among the Sahabah who used to pray between Maghrib and ‘Isha’ were ibn Mas’ood, ibn Umar, ibn Amr al-Aas, Salman al-Farisi, Anas ibn Malik and some of the Ansaar رضي الله عنهما
5. Among the Tabi’een were al-Aswad ibn Yazeed, Abu Uthman al-Nahdi, Ibn Abi Maleekah, Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir, Abu Haatim, ‘Abdullah ibn Sakhbarah, Ali ibn al-Husayn (Zayn al-Abideen), Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Habali, Shurayh al-Qadi, ‘Abdullah ibn Maghfal and others like Sufyan al-Thawri.
6. Shaykh Zayd ibn Muhammed حفظه الله تعالى commented on this topic in his book titled “Al-Afnan an-Nadeeya”, vol. 2, page 187.
These evidences and acts of the Salaf encourage and guide people to offer many supererogatory prayers between Maghrib and ‘Isha. It is thus recommended to pray between Maghrib and ‘Isha, without specifying a set number of rak’ahs.
And Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is the Source of guidance and strength.