Ibn `Umar (Radhi Allahu Huma) reported: The Prophet
said, "May Allah have mercy on a man who performs four Rak`ah before the `Asr prayer.''
[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].Commentary:
These four Rak`ah can be performed in two couplets also, as was the practice of the Prophet
, according to the preceding Hadith. It can be performed with one Taslim also. Both forms are correct and permissible. Some scholars are of the opinion that the former method is better. `Ulama' have stated that these four Sunnah of `Asr prayer are Ghair Mu'akkadah (optional prayers). Its importance is however evident from the fact that the Prophet
prayed for mercy on those who performed these Sunnah.
For an explanation of this Hadith by Dr Muhammad Salah view the video included in Hadith No. 1119