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Mustahabb (Arabic: مستحبّ‎, lit. 'recommended') is an Islamic term referring to recommended, favoured or virtuous actions.

Mustahabb actions are those whose status of approval in Islamic law (ahkam) falls between mubah (neither encouraged nor discouraged) and wajib (compulsory). One definition is "duties recommended, but not essential; fulfilment of which is rewarded, though they may be neglected without punishment".[1] Synonyms of mustahabb include masnun and mandub. The opposite of mustahabb is makruh (discouraged).


There are thousands of mustahabb acts,[2] including:

  • As-Salamu Alaykum (a traditional Islamic greeting,(the islamic greeting is FARD on the believers) Arabic for "peace be upon you")
  • Sadaqah (charity outside of zakat)
  • Umrah
  • two Rakat before Fajr
  • tayyitul masjid (two Rakat when entering the mosque); some scholars hold it to be fard due to certain evidences and Allah knows best.
  • salatul witr

One must know that mustahabb are acts that increase or bring reward, but there is no sin if left off.


  1. ^ Reuben Levy, The Social Structure of Islam, p. 202
  2. ^ Turner, Colin (2013-12-19). Islam: The Basics. Routledge. p. 133. ISBN 9781134296910. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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