What is the authenticity of this narration?

“The superiority of the prayer of a man in his house over his prayer [in a place] that people can see him, is like the superiority of the obligatory prayer over the voluntary.”


This Hadith is recorded in Shu’abul Iman of Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah), Hadith: 2989 & Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7322.

Also see Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 6516.


This Hadith is sound (hasan).

See Targhib, vol.1 pg.280 & As-Sirajul Munir, vol.3 pg.22.


Note: After recording this Hadith, Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has stated that this refers to Nafl (voluntary) salah.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar