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

Mustahabb actions are those whose ruling (ahkam) in Islamic law falls between mubah (neutral; 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:


  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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