A Hardly Spoken about Sunnah – Prayer between Maghrib and Isha

    حذيفة بن اليمان (رضي الله عنه ) قال

فَصَلَّيْتُ مَعَهُ الْمَغْرِبَ فَلَمَّا قَضَى الصَّلاَةَ قَامَ يُصَلِّى فَلَمْ يَزَلْ يُصَلِّى حَتَّى صَلَّى الْعِشَاءَ ثُمَّ خَرَجَ

Huthayfah ibn Yaaman (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“ I prayed Maghrib with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and when he finished he stood up and prayed. He continued to pray until Isha. Then he left. “

 Collected by Ahmed in his Musnad 5/392 and Tirmithi in his Sunnan 3781.Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being Saheeh.

Benefits for this subject:

Shaykh Zayd ibn Muhammed Al-Madkhalee (may Allah have mercy on him) commented on this subject in his book titled “Al-Afnanu Nadeeya “. Al-Afnanu Nadeeya is an explanation for a fiqh poem that Hafith Al-Hakeemee (may Allah have mercy on him) wrote. Hafith Al-Hakeemee acknowledged this prayer as being a sunnah.

Shaykh Zayd wrote that among the prayers which are recommended to perform, but aren’t stressed is the prayer between Maghrib and Isha. It’s recommended as it has a great reward in performing it.


There has been verses and athar which support and explain the virtue in praying at this time. One narration is reported from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) He commented on the verse “They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope].”[ Adh-Dhariyat 17]  Anas said : The companions used to pray between Maghrib and Isha.” [Abu Dawud 1322 Al-Iraqee graded the isnad as being authentic.]

 In another narration Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said the same thing about the verse Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (charity in Allah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them [ As-Sajdah 16]

This prayer has been established in the Sunnah. Many of the companions used to practice it. Companions like Ibn Abbaas , Ibn Mas’ud, Ibn Umar, Anas ibn Malik, and Salman (may Allah be pleased with them  all).

The Tabee’oon used to practice this Sunnah as well. Tabee’oon like Al-Aswad ibn Yazeed, Abu Uthman An-Nahdee, and Sa’eed ibn Jubair.. And from the Imams who prayed during this hour was Sufyan Ath-Thawri.

These verses, their meanings, Hadeeth and acts of the Salaf encourage and guide people to offer many supererogatory prayers between Maghrib and Isha. [Al-Afnanu Nadeeya vol 2 page 187]

Translated and compiled by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle Sr.

Doha, Qatar – 1431 ©

republished 11/20/2015

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