Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Miscellany Book 1, Hadith 539

Narrated ‘Zubair bin 'Awwam (ra):

Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “It is far better for you to take your rope, go to the mountain, (cut some firewood) carry it on your back, and sell it and thereby save your face than begging from people whether they give you or refuse.”[Al-Bukhari].

14 Pathways to Jannah

Please note the edits about authenticity

Here are 14 voluntary acts from the Sunnah of Allah’s Beloved (peace be upon him) that are jewels left behind for those who truly desire the fragrance of Paradise and the Pleasure of Allah, Most High.

1] Fasting the White Days: Messenger of Allah said, “Fasting three days every month is equivalent to fasting continuously.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

  • Refers to the 13th, 14th and 15th day of every month
  • Ibn ‘Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, did not fail to fast the white days either when at home or on a journey.” [Nasai]

2] Tahhiyat al Wudu: The Prophet said, “There is no Muslim who performs ablution properly, than gets up and offers two rak’at turning to them wholeheartedly, except that Paradise becomes necessary for him.” (Muslim) / “Oh Bilal, tell me about a work that you are most hopeful about (being rewarded for) from the works you have done in Islam, for I heard the thumping of your sandals in front of me in Jannah.” He said, “I did not do a work more hopeful to me, except that I never performed ablution in an hour of night or day without praying with that ablution what was written for me to pray.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

  • The Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever of you performs Wudu’ carefully and then affirms: ‘Ash-hadu an la ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la sharika Lahu, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluhu the eight gates of Jannah are opened for him. He may enter through whichever of these gates he desires to enter.” [Muslim]

3] Salat al Duha: The Prophet said 12 rakats of salatul Duha are rewarded by a castle of gold build for him in Jannah by Allah [Mishkat al Masabih] and 2 rakats of salatul duha results in all his sins being forgiven even if they are as much as the foam of the sea [ibid].

  • Duha is performed when ¼ of the day has passed from Fajr and the sun has risen quite high such that the camels hooves begin to burn [Halabi in Sharh Kabeer, pg. 390].
  • Be careful not to hit zawal time which is roughly 5 – 10 minutes before dhuhr.

4] Ishraq: The Prophet said, “Whoever performs fajr in jama’ and remains seated in worship until shurooq time and then performs 2 rakat nawafil prayer, then he will receive the reward of hajj and umrah.” [Tirmidhi]

  • Minimum amount is 2 rakat and the recommended amount is 4. [Bahisti zewar, pg. 30]
  • If you cant pray fajr in congregation due to a valid excuse, you may pray alone and be entitled to the same reward.

6] 6 Rakats after Maghrib: The Prophet said, “Whoever prays, after the Maghrib, 6 rakat without talking of anything indecent in between them, it would be equivalent to 12 years of worship for him.” [Tirmidhi]


Shaykh al-Albani رحمه الله classified it da'eef jiddan (very weak) in Da’eef al-Targheeb wal-Tarheeb (332, 333, 334, 335). 


7] 12 Rakat Nawafil During the Day: The Prophet said, “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” [Muslim]

  • Typically refer to the sunnan before the Fara’id, but include general nawafil too such as Tahajjud, tahiyatain and Ishraaq etc.
  • The Prophet said, “Has Allah not rendered for you the ‘Isha’ prayer in congregation equal to Hajj, and the Fajr prayer in congregation equal to Umrah?” [Muslim]

8] Dhikr after Fard Salat: The Prophet said, “O Messenger of Allah! The rich took the reward of akhirah, they do Hajj and we do not; they engage in jihaad, and we do not. So the Prophet, said, ” Shall I not tell you a thing upon which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would overtake you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah and Allahuakbar 33 times each after every Fard Salat.” [Bukhari]

  • This is a Bukhari narration, different narrations have different wording and instructions.
  • Pray the sunnan prayers after the fard and then do these adkhar (plural of Dhikr). [Imdad al Fattah, pg. 328]

9] Ayat al Kursi: The Prophet said, “The one who recites ayat al kursi after every obligatory prayer, then death will be the only thing preventing him from entering pradadise.” [Ibn Hibban]

10] Repeating the Adhan: The Prophet said, “Whoever repeats the words of the muadhin with conviction will enter Paradise.”  [Muslim]

  • It is preferred that whoever is listening to the adhan repeat it with the caller, except for the two “hayya ‘alas-salah, hayya ‘alal-falah” phrases, after which he should say “La haula wa la quwatah illa billah.” [Fiqh as-sunnah, vol. 1, pg. 99]

11] 4 Sunnan of Dhuhr: Prophet said, “Whoever performs the four rakaats before and after the Zuhr salat with constancy, Allah Ta’ala makes the fire of Hell haram (forbidden) for him.” [Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood, Nasai & Ibn Majah]

  • The order is as follows: 4 sunnah, Dhuhr, 2 sunnah, 2 nawafil

12] Tahajjud Prayer: The Prophet said, “Oh people, spread the salutations, feed the people, keep the ties of kinship, and pray during the night while the others sleep and you will enter Paradise in peace.” [Al Hakim, Ibn Majah & Tirmidhi]

  • If you miss Tahajjud, you can pray it at Duha time (Shama’il Baab fi Ibada)
  • If you cant wake up for Tahajjud, recite last 2 verses of surah kahf (Tafsir Tha’labi and Maariful Quran)
  • Recite the longest suwar you know and recite surah ikhlaas
  • Pray your Witr after Tahajjud

13] Salatul Tasbih: The Prophet said, “He who performs this prayer will have his past and future sins forgiven & he also said, “O ‘Abbas, O Uncle, shall I not give you, shall I not present to you, shall I not donate to you, shall I not tell you ten things which, if you do, Allah will forgive your first and last sins, past and present sins, intentional and unintentional sins, private and public sins? [Abu Dawood & Tirmidhi]


Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله said in Majmu‘ al-Fatawa (11/579):  
“…none of the four imams spoke of it; in fact, Ahmad regarded the hadith as da‘eef, and these prayers are not mustahabb (desirable)”

14] Freedom from Hypocrisy and Hell Fire: The Prophet said, “Whoever pray in congregation for 40 days wherein he makes the first takbeer (takbeer tahriman), freedom from 2 things are written for him: From the hell-fire and from hypocrisy.” [Tirmidhi, declared Hasan by Al Baani]

15] One Years Worship per Step: The Prophet said, “The person who has a bath on Friday and goes early to the mosque on foot, and not by a vehicle, listens to the khutbah and does not do any foolish act while it is being delivered, will get the reward of one year’s worship, one year’s fasting, and one year’s prayer; for every step that he takes. [Tirmidhi]

16] Raised Amongst the Prophets: The Prophet said, “Whoever recites Surah Qadr once after wudu’ will be recorded among the truthful. Whoever recites it twice will be recorded among martyrs. Whoever recites it three times will be resurrected among prophets.” [Daylami]


Shaykh Al-Albani رحمه الله mentioned in al-Silsilah al-Da‘eefah (1449) a hadith about this and he said, “It is mawdu’ (fabricated).”


17] Freedom from the Hell Fire: The Prophet said, “When you finish the Maghrib prayer, say ‘O Allah, save me from the Fire’ (Allahumma ajirni min al-nar) seven times. If you do so and then die that night, you will be granted protection from the Fire. And do the same after the Fajr prayer, and if you die during the day, you will be granted protection from the Fire.” [Abu Dawood]


The hadith is not sahih (authentic) in its narration from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. See al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah, (1624) by Shaykh al-Albani رحمه الله  

18] Safety from the Punishment of the Grave: The Prophet said, “Whoever recites surah mulk at night, it will protect him from the punishment of the grave.” [Nasai]

  • Other hadith mention that it will intercede for its reciter until he is forgiven (Ibn Hibban) and “It defended whoever recited it until it put him into paradise.” (Fath al Qadir, 5/257 / Sahih al Jami’a, 1/680, / Tabarani in Al Aswat)
  • It should be recited after ‘isha

By: Muslim Village

Have you ever felt that special strength after you have finished offering Salātul-Fâjr? That feeling that you have fulfilled an obligation to Allāh, that you have pleased Him through it? Subhan'Allāh. 

Indeed, in its silence you find that inevitable strength within you.

and we pray that Allāh puts in our hearts that eagerness to always wake up in the midst of the solemnity of the morning dawn and defeat Shaitān by making wudhū to stand firm on our salāt and have that beautiful talk with Allāh, in sha Allāh and of course witness that beautiful transition of darkness to light. subhan'Allāh!

May Allāh bless you all. Amīn.



Lately there have been a lot of anons asking about memorizing surahs for salah (prayer). A sister (may Allah reward her) sent me these links as a recommendation of how to learn to memorize prayer and surahs.



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