Changing places to pray the Sunnah

Reference: I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 81

Question: Is there any evidence for changing places in order to offer the Sunnah prayer after the obligatory prayer?

Response: Yes, there is the hadeeth of Mu’aawiyah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:

«The Prophet ﷺ commanded us not to offer one prayer after another, until we moved [from our place] or spoke [to someone]», [transmitted by Muslim No.883 and Abu Daawood No.1129]

So the people of knowledge have taken from this [hadeeth] that it is befitting to differentiate between the obligatory [part of the prayer] and the Sunnah [part], either by speech or changing places.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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