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Mustahabb (Arabic: مستحبّ /mustaḥabb/, literally "recommended") is an Islamic term referring to recommended, favored or virtuous actions.

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".[1] Synonyms of mustahabb can be masnun or mandub. The opposite of mustahabb is makruh (discouraged).


  • Examples 1
  • References 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4


There are thousands of mustahabb acts[2] including:

  • Khafd (female circumcision/genital mutilation), however most schools of Islamic jurisprudence regard it as either obligatory (wajib) or sunnah [3]
  • As-Salamu Alaykum, (a traditional Islamic greeting, Arabic for "peace be upon you")
  • Sadaqah (charity outside of zakat)
  • Umrah


  1. ^ Reuben Levy, The Social Structure of Islam, p. 202
  2. ^ Turner, Colin. Islam: The Basics. Routledge. p. 133. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "60314: Circumcision of girls and some doctors’ criticism thereof". IslamQ&A. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

See also

External links

  • Difference between the Terms Sunnah and Mustahabb in the Terminology of Islamic Jurisprudence

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