Praise be to
There are ahaadeeth concerning Salaat
al-Tasaabeeh which are attributed to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and which were classed
as hasan by some of the scholars, but may scholars said that they are
da’eef (weak) and that this prayer is not prescribed in Islam.
The Standing Committee was asked about
Salaat al-Tasaabeeh, and they answered:
Salaat al-Tasaabeeh is a bid’ah (innovation)
and the hadeeth concerning it is not proven, rather it is munkar. Some
of the scholars mentioned it among the mawdoo’ (fabricated) ahaadeeth.
See Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
vol. 8, p. 163
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: Salaat al-Tasaabeeh
is not prescribed, because the hadeeth is da’eef (weak). Imaam Ahmad
said there is no sound evidence for it. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah
said it is a fabrication, and he said that none of the imaams recommended
it. He (may Allaah have mercy on him) spoke the truth, because whoever
examines this prayer will find that it is odd in the way it is performed
… Moreover, if it were prescribed, it would have been something that
was reported in many reports because of its great virtue and reward.
Since there are no such reports and none of the imaams described it
as being recommended, we know that it is not proven. The oddness in
the way in which it is performed is as described in the hadeeth narrated
concerning it, which says that it is to be performed once every day,
or once every week, or once every month, or once every year, or once
in a lifetime. This indicates that these reports are not sound; if it
were prescribed, it would be something to be done on a regular basis,
and one would not be given such a variety of options.
On this basis, people should not do this
prayer. And Allaah knows best.
Manaar al-Islam, 1/203