Salat al-Duha

20 September 2006 at 5:40 am 44 comments

Salat al-Duha

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The morning prayer (offered between Fajr and Dhuhr) is called Salat al-Duha.


It is also known by the names 1) Sibhat al-Duha (Sibha meaning supererogatory; Duha meaning morning), 2) Salat al-Awwabin (meaning Prayer of the oft-returning – this term is also related to the word “tawba” which means ‘to repent’); this prayer is usually referred to as Salat al-Awwabin when it is prayed in mid-morning about one or two hours prior to Dhuhr, 3) Salat al-Ishraq (meaning Sunrise prayer – think of shurooq as sunrise), and 4) Salat al-Fath (meaning the Victory Prayer because the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) prayed this upon entering Makkah and so this has become the sunnah of military leaders when entering a newly conquered region.)


Salat al-Duha is a Sunnah Mu’akkada which means that it is an emphasized or recommended sunnah. Abu Hurayra (by Ahmed in his musnad) narrated “My beloved instructed me never to leave three things until I die: fasting three days a month, praying Salat al-Witr before sleep, and praying 2 rak’ats of Salat al-Duha, which is Salat al-Awwabin.” The preferred time for it begins after one-quarter of the day has passed. On the day of `Eid, it is preferable to pray al-Duha before Salat al-`Eid.


When I was at an Islamic camp a few years ago, our leaders always recommended us to pray Fajr, then do some sort of Dhikr (either reading Qur’an, doing tasbeeh, or making du’aa) until about 15 or 20 minutes after the sun rose, and then pray Salat al-Duha. According to a hadith narrated by `Utba ibn `Abd by al-Tabarani, one who does this gets the rewards of a pilgrim who makes both the major and minor pilgrimage! As related by al-Hasan ibn `Ali by al-Bayhaqi, Allah (SWT) will also protect this person from hell fire.


According to most hadith, Salat al-Duha is 2 rak’ats however there are some narrations that indicate it could be prayed in up to 12 rak’ats.


This salat is a form of Sadaqa. The prophet (SAWS) stated that in the morning, every one of our limbs must pay a sadaqa . He (SAWS) said that every tasbih, every tahmid, every tahlil, every takbir, every command of good, and every forbiddance of evil is a form of Sadaqa and all of this is accomplished through two rak’ats one can pray in Duha. Salat al-Duha was a tradition of all of the prophets (upon whom be peace) including the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). As a matter of fact, Prophets Dawud, Sulaiman, and Ayyub (AS) are all called “Awwab” in the Qur’an.


Lastly, Salat al-Duha is especially recommended for those who miss tahajjud (prayers in the last one-third of the night) and acts as its replacement.


***If you would like further details on anything in this summary, please refer back to the source (***


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  • 1. Irving  |  25 September 2006 at 12:54 am

    Ramadan Mubarak! Thank you for the wise words of the hadith. When our every movement, every thought and every breath becomes a prayer, then the path of love is completed.

    Ya Haqq!

  • 2. yusuf ahmad  |  2 October 2006 at 4:55 am

    explain please how to pray salatul Duha please

    • 3. u  |  30 April 2016 at 1:24 am

      Salat-ud-Duha is prayed normally and has 2 to 12 Raka’at. They are prayed 2 Raka’ah at a time.

  • 4. Faheem  |  11 October 2006 at 1:24 am

    I have never heard of it before the only salat after Fajr mean after 20min of sunrise is ISHRAQ 2 o 4 rakas. On Eid day there is even no Prove from Sunnah to pray ISHRAQ and how come DHUAA

  • 5. Faheem  |  11 October 2006 at 1:25 am

    Salat Awabeen is prayed after Maghrib prayers only

  • 6. seekerofwisdom  |  12 October 2006 at 9:13 am

    I think, this will help, with the question of how to pray, this special salat.

    Great post.

    JazakAllah for sharing.

  • 7. Ahmed  |  7 November 2006 at 11:29 pm

    Jazakallah for this hadith and the gentle reminder of the virtues an enouragment to perform salat of Duhaa.

  • 8. Ashley  |  24 February 2007 at 6:19 am

    Hi all

  • 9. Harisoune Appadolo  |  17 January 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Assala mualaikum

    what do you read during these 2 rakats. Please advise.


    • 10. Muddasir  |  9 April 2010 at 3:38 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum as-salaam,

      To my knowledge, it’s recommended to read Surah As-Shams in the first rakah and Surah Ad-Duha in the second. Hope that helps.


      • 11. zenath  |  6 October 2012 at 12:32 am

        Please let me have the sura for luha prayers

  • 12. badrul  |  25 February 2008 at 9:02 pm

    u said the “salat-al-duha” is a replacement of tahjoot sala, how is that?
    coz tahjoot is unique. its done in the 3rd quarter of the night when Allah comes down to the lowest level of heaven and grants wish’s for his servent’s?, there is nothing like tahjoot salah, but the nears one is salat-al-hajet/hajha, which can be done any time but the preferred time is in between the azan and the iquama?

    thanks badrul….

  • […] once a year, or at least once in a lifetime 9) Salat Ul-Taubah, voluntary Prayer of Penitence. 10) Salat Ul-Duha, The (voluntary) Prized Prayer. 11) Salat Ul-Istisqa’, Prayer for Rain in times of drought. […]

  • 14. Mustafa Maalim  |  11 January 2010 at 8:31 am

    Thanks For you Post. May ALLAH forGive All your Sins This is Really Helpful.

  • 15. SOLO  |  29 December 2010 at 3:32 pm

    thank you so much. may allah have peace and bessings on you.
    surely he will.

  • 16. adan  |  27 November 2011 at 10:08 am

    may you please tell the time it is

  • 17. khuteja  |  8 January 2012 at 5:09 am

    salatul duha z offered late in the forenoon before zohor…it can be read as 2 rakhat,4 ,6 or 8…as ones convenience…

  • 18. rizwana sayyed  |  24 February 2012 at 12:51 am

    Aslaam alekum
    explain please how can pray the awabeen salah
    salat awabeen only pray in magrib or isha

    • 19. nisana  |  6 October 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Was alaikumussalam.
      To my knowledge..
      Salat awabeen:-
      Time : between magrib and isha.
      Rak’ath: min: 2
      Max: 20
      It is better to recite following surah after fathiha during each rak’ath:-
      1- Al’Kafiroon

      Assalum alaikum

  • 20. yasmin  |  1 May 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Mansha Allah my Allah bless those brothers who made this site and have clearly answered my question Ameen yaa RABB! Baraka Allahu feekum!

  • 21. yusuf  |  2 June 2012 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for your enlightment may Allah cleans all your sins.

  • 22. mareldia  |  19 July 2012 at 8:45 am

    aslm., iwould like to know how to perform sunnah salah do u recite dua ul iftitaag like the farld salaah and do u recite whole daood or shorten it. cant find any kitaab relating how to perform sunnah salah if u could plse email me.
    shukran and ramadaan kareem.
    plse email as soon as paaaaaaossible

  • 23. Ummulkhayr  |  24 August 2012 at 8:19 am

    Jazaakumullahu khayran

  • 24. afllal ibnu shahul hameed  |  30 November 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Assalamu alaikkum…
    Accorsing to some scholars there is no salat al ishraq.. this content is in accordance to that understanding. According to it, luha time starts 10 to 15mins afta sunrise. What prayed then is not ishraq but luha itself

    Allahu aalam

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  • 27. Javdat  |  25 May 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Salam. What is the dalil for “some narrations saynthat you can pray 12 rakah.

  • 28.  |  13 June 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Very energetic blog, I loved that bit. Will there
    be a part 2?

  • 29. Allyah Nduku Challo  |  19 June 2013 at 6:57 am


  • 30. fkamel4955  |  20 June 2013 at 5:37 am

    Jazakallah khair, I wanted to know the time frame was for Salat al-Duha was. I got the answer plus more.

  • 31. Zareenah  |  17 July 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Alhamdullilah, helpful blog

  • 32. salman  |  8 November 2013 at 11:01 am


  • 33. Idris  |  17 November 2013 at 2:17 am

    Ma sha Allah. Is their any Authentic Hadith proving that one can observe Salat duha before Eid?

    • 34. salman  |  22 November 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Asalamalekum warahmatulahi w
      All Muslim
      Can I pry more than 2rakaa

  • 35. Muhammad ali  |  4 July 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Alhadulillah thanx alot for the reminder..

  • 36. fatma  |  6 July 2014 at 6:31 am

    A.A. Please can you tell me what surah to read in dhuha salat

  • 37. Hussain bala ahmad  |  25 July 2014 at 6:08 am

    Assalamu Alaikum i knew from today that salat ad-duha is a superfine thing in islam so its very good for muslims to work hard in order the almighty Allah have mercy upon us.

  • 38. ZULFAH  |  3 September 2014 at 4:26 pm

    will Allah forgive all sin including adul3?

  • 39. Soliu Balogun  |  18 September 2014 at 9:09 am

    JazakAllahu khairan.i found this writeup very helpfull.Please which chapters of Quran are advisable to recite whilst performing this prayer?

  • 40. Hussain bala ahmad  |  15 October 2014 at 4:39 am

    Thanks, may Almighty Allah bless me & you with jannah al-firdaus.

  • 41. Mehaad Abdoolkader  |  17 April 2015 at 8:36 am

    aslm, i also read about salat ud duha. can we read at the moment as namaz ishraak: ? ………………before or after?

  • 42. Mhm Jamiu  |  21 June 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Asalam alaykum pls i wnt too knw if there s any six Rakah salat between Mogrib and Ishai

  • 43. Parveen farid  |  7 April 2017 at 4:31 am

    JazakAllah khair . Every thing was beautifully explained . I have gained this knowledge from you today nd will pass on to all my friends .

  • 44. Aishah Zubair  |  2 May 2017 at 5:04 am

    salaam alaikum,
    I would like to know of I can pray salatud-dhuhaa after the adhaan for Zuhr has been called. I had a situation where I was busy all night and could not neglect Qiyamullayl so by the time I was done with Fajr I was extremely sleepy and I couldn’t wait for sunrise to pray the salatud-dhuhaa. I also overslept and woke up just 20 minutes be for Zuhr. I was able to pray two raka’ats but the adhaan for Zuhr was called while I was in the prayer. My intention was to pray two sets of two raka’ats (making it four raka’ats) but since it is said that the time for that salah ends before Zuhr I’m doubting if I can still pray the remaining two raka’ats. It would really help me if someone shares a bit on what they know about this. Thank you and may Allah (SWT) bless you.


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