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|Fard and Wajib|
|07/29/01 at 12:42:54|
I was wondering what the difference is between Fard and Wajib. Whenever I learn about them, they are both translated as obligatory. But if they are equally important, why do people say you should pray five times a day instead of six (including Witr prayer)?
|Re: Fard and Wajib|
|07/29/01 at 14:14:06|
From Bidayat al-Mujatahid:
[Issue of the number of obligatory daily prayers]
"There are two opinions about the number of daily obligations. First is the opinion of Malik, al-Shafi, and the majority, which maintains that only five (daily) prayers are obligatory. The second opinion of Abu Hanifa and his disciples which maintains that [i]witr[/i] is also obligatory along with the five daily prayers. Their disagreement about whether the obligation established from the [i]sunna[/i] is [i]wajib[/i] or [i]fard[/i] is of no consequence. (The distinction between [i]fard[/i] and [i]wajib[/i] is maintained by the Hanafies)"
The difference between the two (fard and wajib) is only maintained by Abu Hanifa (as stated above) which to his school of thought are almost the same thing.
Even Imaam Ahmed says to the one who does not pray the witr prayer should question his Emaan.
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