The importance of the two rak'ats which are the sunna of Subh

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

196. Chapter: The importance of the two rak'ats which are the sunna of Subh

1100. 'A'isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, did not fail to pray four rak'ats before Dhuhr and two rak'ats before Subh." [al-Bukhari]

1101. 'A'isha said, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was not more constant in respect of any supererogatory action than the two rak'ats of Fajr." [Agreed upon]

1102. 'A'isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The two rak'ats of Fajr are better than this world and everything it contains." [Muslim]

In one variant, "I love them more than the entire world."

1103. Abu 'Abdullah Bilal ibn Rabah, the mu'adhdhin of the Messenger of Allah, said that he went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to tell him it was time for the Morning prayer and 'A'isha distracted Bilal by something which she asked him to do until it was well into the time. Bilal stood and announced the prayer to him and then repeated his announcement. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, still did not come out. When he did come out, he led the people in the prayer, and Bilal informed him that 'A'isha had distracted with something she had asked him to do until it was well into the time and yet he still delayed coming out. He - i.e. the Prophet said - 'I was doing the two rak'ats of Fajr.' He said, 'Messenger of Allah, you were well into the time.' He said, 'If I had been even further into the time than I was, I would still have done the two rak'ats. I would have done them well and done them properly.'" [Abu Dawud]