Ruling on Al-Uns Salah

Question:

What is the authenticity of Al-Uns Salah (prayer)? It is performed after Maghrib (Sunset Prayer) on the day of burying the deceased. Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) perform such Salah, and how should it be performed?

Answer:

Al-Uns Salah is one of the innovated Salah. It is an impermissible Bid’ah (innovation in religion) because acts of worship are based on divine texts. None should worship Allah except through His legislation. It was authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said: “Whoever introduces something into this affair of ours that is not of it, it will be rejected.” [1]

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

[1] Sahih Al-Bukhari [Book on reconciliation] no. 2697; Sahih Muslim [Book on judicial decisions] no. 1718; Abu Dawud[Book on Al-Sunnah] no. 4606; Ibn Majah [Introduction] no. 14; Musnad Ahmad p. 6/240.

  • Date: Dhul-Qa'dah 22, 1441 AH
  • Source: Fatwas of the Permanent Committee of KSA no.16128-1
  • Muftis: Shaykh Ibn Baz , Shaykh Abdul-Razzaq Afify , Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Aal Ash-Shaykh , Shaykh Salih Fawzan , Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd