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A Description of the Supererogatory (Sunnah) Prayers
O Muslim, be consistent with the regular supererogatory Prayers, imitating the excellent example of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). As Allaah said,
“Indeed, in the Messenger of Allaah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the meeting with) Allaah and the Last Day, and remembers Allaah much.” [Suratul-Ahzaab 33:21]
Being consistent with the supererogatory Prayers is also a way to compensate for any fault or deficiency that transpired in the obligatory Prayers.
Man is prone to fall short and fail to achieve perfection, and therefore he is in need of something to compensate for his negligence.
For this reason – O Muslim – you cannot afford to neglect the regular supererogatory Prayers, as this will earn you extra rewards, which you will find with your Lord.
Along with every obligatory act, whether it is the compulsory prayer, compulsory fasting, compulsory zakaat or compulsory Hajj, a corresponding supererogatory act has been legislated. All of these obligations are accompanied by similar supererogatory acts that have been legislated to compensate for any flaw and to rectify any discrepancy.
The fact that Allaah has prescribed different acts of worship, so as to elevate His servants in degrees and cleanse them of their sins, is a blessing which He bestows upon them.
Furthermore, my dear brothers, you should know that performance of the regular supererogatory prayers is heavily emphasised and it is disliked to abandon them. Whoever continuously leaves off these Prayers is considered to be sinful , and according to some Imaams such a person is untrustworthy because constantly leaving off these Prayers suggests a weakness in his Religion and negligence on his part.