Wednesday 6 Rabi‘ al-awwal 1440 - 14 November 2018
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Is there any difference between Sunnah, mustahabb and nafil?

Question

What is the difference between Sunnah and Nafel? and Sunnah and Musthab?

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.

The majority of scholars of Usool al-Fiqh say that there is no difference between Sunnah, mustahabb, tatawwu’ (voluntary actions) and nafil. But the Hanafis say something different. They regard mandoob (recommended) as being of the same status as nafil, and they differentiate between Sunnah and nafil, regarding Sunnah as being higher in status.

Source:  Sharh al-Waraqaat fi Usool al-Fiqh by Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah al-Fawzaan, 26  . 

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