Four before Dhur and four after it – ‘Preserve These Eight Rak’ah and Stay Out Of Hell – By the Will of Allaah!”
Um Habibah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever prays four before Dhur and four after it, Allah makes him prohibited for the fire.”
Recorded by Abu Dawud (1269), At-Tirmithi (427), An-Nisa’ (1818), Ibn Majah (1160) . Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being Sahih in his checking in At-Tirmithi.
Benefits for this topic:
• There are three narrations for this hadeeth, “ He won’t touch the fire”, “Allah makes him prohibited for the fire” , and “Allah makes his flesh prohibited for the fire”.
• Shaykh Abdullah ibn Salih Al-Fawzan (may Allah preserve him) said, “This hadeeth shows the virtue of these four rak’at before and after Thur. These eight Rak’at are a means to be saved from Hell, along with carrying out obligations, and avoiding prohibitions. Doing this act is simple and easy for the Muslim, when he practices and trains the soul to do it.[ Minhatul ‘Alam fi Sharhi Bulughil Maram]
• Imam Ash-Shawkani (may Allah have mercy on him) wrote : “ The people differ over the meaning of this hadeeth. Some people say it means “he won’t enter the fire at all”, and others say, “If he enters the fire it won’t consume him”. Then there are some people who say it means, “The fire won’t consume him totally, but only part of his body, if he enters it.” It’s better to carry this hadeeth on its apparent meaning: Allah will make his entire body prohibited from the fire. Allah’s Mercy is vast. [Nayl]
• There is another narration, which in the beginning states, “Whoever preserves four Rak’at for Thur…” It’s understood here that this protection is awarded to the person who regularly practices these eight Rak’at.” [ Shaykh Muhammad Adam Sharh Sunnan An-Nisa’I vol 18/199]
• As-Sindee (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “It’s enough to have belief in this hadeeth as it’s been mentioned. Perhaps the person who regularly practices this act will be granted from Allah success and have all his sins forgiven.” [ Sharhul Ibn Majah]