The Excellence of the Duha prayer, clarification of its minimum, maximum and middle size

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

206. Chapter: The Excellence of the Duha prayer, clarification of its minimum, maximum and middle size, and the encouragement to persevere in doing it

1139. Abu Hurayra said, "My friend, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ordered me to do three things: to fast three days every month, to do the two rak'ats of Duha and to do the witr before sleeping." [Agreed upon]

1140. Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Sadaqa is owed by every joint you have. Every glorification is sadaqa. Every praise is sadaqa. Commanding the right is sadaqa. Forbidding the wrong is sadaqa. Praying two rak'ats in the forenoon (Duha) covers all these." [Muslim]

1141. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to pray four rak'ats for Duha and would do any number more that Allah wished." [Muslim]

1142. Umm Hani' Fakhita bint Abi Talib said, "I went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in the year of the Conquest of Makka and found him washing. When he finished washing, he prayed eight rak'ats. That was in the time of Duha." [Agreed upon]