Salat Al Maghrib: Incredible reward for praying the two Sunnah Rak’ah of Maghrib prayer

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We read in a hadith that there is an incredible reward for praying the two Sunnah Ra’kah of Maghrib prayer. Aisha (RA) reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Whoever perseveres in performing twelve cycles of prayer from the Sunnah, Allah will build a house for him in Paradise. They are four cycles before noon prayer and two after it, two cycles after sunset prayer, two cycles after evening prayer, and two cycles before dawn prayer.’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

In another hadith, we learn that Umm Habibah (RA) would consistently pray the twelve daily Sunnah Rak’ah since she heard about it from the Prophet (SAW). We read in the hadith:

Umm Habibah, the wife of the Prophet, reported: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Whoever performs twelve cycles of prayer in each day and night, then by them a house will be built for him in Paradise.’”

Umm Habibah said, “I have never abandoned them since I heard it from the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.” (Sahih Muslim)

We also learn that the Prophet (SAW) would pray the two Sunnah Rak’ah of Maghrib prayer at home. Ibn Umar reported:

“I prayed with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, two prostrations before and after noon prayer, two prostrations after sunset prayer, two prostrations after evening prayer, and two prostrations after Friday prayer. As for sunset and evening prayer, they were in his house.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

There would not be much time between the announcement of the Maghrib prayer and the time the prayer began. We read in a hadith:

Anas ibn Malik reported: “When the caller to prayer announced the prayer, people among the companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would stand and proceed to the pillars of the mosque until the Prophet came out to them. As such, they would pray two cycles before sunset prayer, for there was not much time between the announcement and performance of prayer.” (Sahih Bukhari)

The Prophet (SAW) would combine the Maghrib and Isha prayers if he was on a journey. Ibn Umar reported:

“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, combined sunset and evening prayers if he was undertaking a journey.” 

And Ibn Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, combined the noon prayers and afternoon prayers if he was on a journey, as well as combining the sunset and evening prayers.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

We learn that if we are about to start eating dinner near to the time of Maghrib prayer, we should finish eating first and then pray. We read in a hadith:

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If dinner is presented close to the time of prayer, begin eating before you perform sunset prayer and do not need to rush away from your dinner.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)