Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 39, Hadith Number 20 (267).

Ibn ‘Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu reports: “I performed two rak’ahs before and after zuhr, and two rak’ahs after maghrib with Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam in his house, and (also) two rak’ahs after ‘eshaa in his house”.

The sunnah prayers are mentioned in this hadith. The importance of sunnah mu-akkidah according to the Hanafis are the same as that mentioned in the hadith of Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu. The sunnah of zuhr are four instead of two according to the Hanafis. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has said in many ahaadith: “The one that continually and habitually performs twelve rak’ahs every day and night, Allah Ta’aala creates for him a house in Jannah”. The. details of the twelve rak’ahs have been mentioned in many ahaadith from Sayyiditina ‘Aayeshah Radiyallah ‘Anha and Sayyiditina Umm Habibah Radiyallahu’Anha, in which the same view is mentioned as the one narrated by Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu. Certainly in these narrations it is stated that four rak’ahs were performed before the zuhr fard. It is reported in a hadith: “The one that performs four rak’ahs with one salaam before zuhr, the doors of the heavens open up for that person”, which means it is quickly accepted. Bukhaari and Muslim narrate a hadith that Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu’Alayhi Wasallam never omitted the four rak’ahs before zuhr. Musnad Ahmad, Abu Daawud and others have written a hadith of Sayyiditina ‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha that: “Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam performed four rak’ahs in the house before going for salaah”. Apparently it seems Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam performed the sunan at home, then went into the masjid, as mentioned by Sayyiditina ‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha and others. A detailed narration of Sayyiditina ‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha is mentioned in the Abu Daawud, wherein she states: “Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam performed four rak’ahs in my house, then went to the masjid and led the fard salaah. Thereafter he returned to the house and performed two rak’ahs’. He came to my house after maghrib salaah and performed two rak’ahs. He also came after the ‘eshaa salaah and performed two rak’ahs, and after the subh saadiq performed two rak’ahs, then went for (the fajr) salaah”. From this detailed hadith we find that the sunan were often performed at home. When he did come to the masjid, it is probable that the tahiyyatul masjid was performed. Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu reports, and this may be possible, that Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam some- times because of necessity may have performed only two rak’ahs sunnah. Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu saying in the hadith under discussion: “That he performed salaah with Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam”, does not mean that he performed them with jamaa’ah (in congregation). Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam performed his sunan and I (Sayyidina Ibn’Umar Radiyallahu ‘Anhu) also performed my sunan. It has not been ascertained that sunnah prayers were performed with jamaa’ah (besides the taraweeh in Ramadaan).