Nafilahs | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Q 713: Should nafilah prayers be recited loudly or quietly?
A: It is mustaHabb to perform the daytime nafilahs quietly and the nightly ones loudly.
Q 714: Is it permissible to perform night prayers as follows: two four-rakah prayers instead of four two-rakah ones, then a two-rakah one, followed by the watr prayer?
A: It is not correct to perform the night nafilah in the form of four-rakah prayer.
Q 715: Is it necessary to perform the night prayers in the dark and in such a manner that nobody knows that we do it?
A: It is not required to perform it in the dark or to hide it from others. However, it is not permissible to show it off.
Q 716: Having performed the noon and afternoon prayers during the nafilahs time, occasionally we perform their nafilahs, should the intention be to make qada or something else?
A: In such a case, it is based on caution to perform them for the sake of proximity to Allah, the Exalted, not with the intention of ada or qada.
Q 717: Please explain in detail how to perform the night prayer?
A: Night prayer comprises eleven rakahs in all. Eight of these rakahs, which are performed two by two, are called night prayer. The next two-rakah prayer performed like morning prayer is called shaf prayer, and the last rakah is known as rakah of watr. It is mustaHabb, in the qunut of the rakah of watr, to seek Allahs forgiveness, to pray for believers, and to make appeals for fulfillment of requests to the Beneficent Allah, in accordance with what is mentioned in the books of supplications.
Q 718: How are the night prayers performed in respect of the chapters, begging Allahs forgiveness and supplications?
A: The recitation of a certain chapter, repenting, or supplication is not a necessary part. After making intention and saying takbirah al-iHram, it is sufficient to recite the FatiHah in every rakah, perform ruku and prostration, say their dhikr, and terminate it by tashahhud and salam, although one may recite a chapter of the Holy Quran after the FatiHah if one wants to.