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performed two Rak`ah prayer behind them. A stranger coming into the mosque would think that the obligatory
prayer had already been performed because of the number of people performing them
This Hadith shows that it was usual with the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) to perform two
Rak`ah before Maghrib in the Prophet's mosque. But in spite of this fact these are Sunnah Ghair Mu'akkadah while
the two performed after the Salat are Sunnah Mu'akkadah.