My husband, may Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala forgive his sins and enter him into the highest station of Paradise, who is not from a desi background like me, frequently talks about those ‘chachas’ in the masjid who look at him weirdly for one or more reasons. 1) He doesn’t wear a kufi in the masjid while praying, 2) He leaves right after the jamaa’ah and leaves his sunnah for home.
My dad’s friend, who attends the same masjid as my husband, always questions him: Why is your head not covered? Why haven’t you prayed your sunnah. It went to an extent that he would give him weird looks whenever he’d enter or leave the masjid. Amazing!
Now, subhanAllaah, I went to my cousin’s house and found her readind Prof. Zulfiqar’s Prayer According to the Sunnah.
Under the “Voluntary Prayers” section, I found these hadeeth:
In Riyaadus Saliheen‘s, The Book of Virtues, following ahaadeth have been narrated:
Zaid bin Thabit (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet, salAllaahu alayhi wasallam said, “O people! perform your (voluntary) Salat (prayers) in your homes because the best Salat of a man is the one he performs at home, except the obligatory Salat.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Commentary: This Hadith tells us that the Nawafil and Sunnah prayers should be performed at home. It goes without saying that all the Fard constituents of every Salat are to be performed in the Masjid in congregation. The order to perform the Nawafil prayers at home shows its merits. Firstly, it saves a person from showing off, and secondly, houses are blessed due to them.
Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet salAllaahu alayhi wasallam said, “Observe part of the [Nawafil (voluntary)] Salat (prayers) in your homes. Do not turn your homes into graves.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Commentary: “Observe part of the Salat (prayers) in your homes” here means Nawafil and Sunnah. The houses in which Nawafil are not performed are like graveyards. Such houses are like graves which have no scope for action and worship and are thus deprived of their reward, which is a great deprivation indeed.
1130. Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah salAllaahu alayhi wasallam said, “When you have finished your (Fard) Salat (prayer) in the mosque, you should observe some of your (Sunnah and Nawafil) Salat at home; Allah will bless your homes because of your Salat (in your homes).” [Muslim]
I hope my husband goes and clarifies this with the uncle at the masjid and take care of the grudge he has been holding, InshaAllaah! Meanwhile, this goes to all those ‘chachas’ in the masjid: Pray your sunnah, but at home, according to the Sunnah of RasulAllaah, alayhim salaatu wa Salaam! :)