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Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi (R.A.) explains; 

In this chapter is mentioned that it is better to perform the nawaafil in the home. It has been mentioned in many narrations that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam exhorted one to perform these at home and did so himself. Many benefits are derived from this devotion. Among these are that through the barakah (blessing) of salaah the home becomes filled with barakah and nur - light. The members of the household will learn the salaah, and will gain the courage to perform these. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam had commanded in a few ahaadith to "Perform part of the prayers in the home. Do not make it a cemetery".This means do not make the house like a cemetery where salaah is not performed, or like the dead who do not perform the prayer. Do not make the house in this manner a resemblance of a graveyard.  

The author has mentioned only one hadith in this chapter.  

(280) Hadith Number 1.

Hasrat 'Abdullah bin sa'd Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "I enquired from Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam, is it more meritorious to perform nafl salaah in the home or in the masjid? Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam replied: 'Do you observe that my house is so near the masjid (which does not make it difficult, or cause a hindrance in coming to the masjid, in spite of all this) I prefer to perform the salaah, besides the faraa-id, in my house, rather than in the masjid".   


As the nawaafil  - voluntary prayer are based on concealment, therefore it is better to perform it in the home, to ensure complete concealment. It keeps away from show and pretence. However it is undesirable that the faraa-id, etc.be concealed. More ajr ( thawaab-reward) is gained by performing it in the masjid. Included are also the rak'ahs performed after tawaaf of the Kaaba, salaat’ul taraweeh etc. Although the taraweeh is not from the faraa-id, it is a peculiar feature of Ramadhaan, and is masnun to perform in jamaa'ah (congregation). Likewise is every salaah performed with jamaa'ah like salaah of kusuf (solar eclipse prayer), which are meant to be publicly declared. Therefore it is desirable to perform these in the masjid.

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The performing of the Nawaafil of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)  

Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) recommended some of the nawaafil – voluntary prayer to be performed in the home. As Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) stated ‘Make not your homes into graveyards’. However the fara-id – obligatory prayers should be performed at the Masjid.  

Praying at Home 

It is the Sunnah of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) to have Masalla in the home. This is a place of Prayer. This should be in a special room, which will then be blessed and angels will descend there. Saqina – tranquillity comes down and good Jinn will stay in that place.