By Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Turayri
When the call for the sunset prayer, Maghrib, was made the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam tarried little before heading for the mosque. He entered to find some of his companions already engaged in voluntary prayer. This was something he encouraged, saying:
“Offer two units of prayer before Maghrib. Offer two units of prayer before Maghrib.”
Though he repeated it twice, he made sure to add, “This is optional.”
These two extra units of prayer were offered very quickly, since the time between the call for Maghrib and the commencement of prayer is very short.
When the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam arrived, congregational prayer commenced. He always led Maghrib at the earliest part of its time. There was still a good amount of light in the sky when the prayer was over. It was bright enough that a marksman would still be able to engage in…
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