Mustahabb actions are those whose status of approval in Islamic law (ahkam) falls between mubah (neither encouraged or discouraged) and wajib (compulsory). One definition is "duties recommended, but not essential; fulfilment of which is rewarded, though they may be neglected without punishment". Synonyms of mustahabb can be masnun or mandub. The opposite of mustahabb is makruh (discouraged).
There are thousands of mustahabb acts including:
- Khitan (male circumcision)
- As-Salamu Alaykum, (a traditional Islamic greeting, Arabic for "peace be upon you")
- Sadaqah (charity outside of zakat)
- Reuben Levy, The Social Structure of Islam, p. 202
- Turner, Colin. Islam: The Basics. Routledge. p. 133. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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