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Ruling 1184

If a person doubts whether or not he has performed a recommended prayer, in the event that the prayer does not have a specific time for its performance, such as the Prayer of Jaʿfar al-Ṭayyār,44 he must assume he has not performed it. The same applies if the recommended prayer does have a specific time for its performance, such as the daily nāfilah prayers, and before its time has expired one doubts whether or not he has performed it. However, if after its time has expired one doubts whether or not he has performed it, he must dismiss his doubt.

44 The Prayer of Jaʿfar al-Ṭayyār is a four rakʿah recommended prayer taught by the Holy Prophet (Ṣ) to his cousin, Jaʿfar al-Ṭayyār. See, for example, Shaykh ʿAbbās al-Qummī’s Mafātīḥ al‐Jinān, in the section on the recommended acts for Friday.