al-Ghunya Prayers - Wednesday Night

CONCERNING THE SPECIAL QUALITY OF [VOLUNTARY] RITUAL PRAYERPERFORMED DURING THE NIGHT OF WEDNESDAY [SALAT LAILAT AL-ARBA'A'].

(It should be noted that the night of Wednesday is Tuesday night as we know it in the West).

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is reported as having said:

If someone performs two [voluntary] cycles of ritual prayer [rak'atain] on a Wednesday night--reciting in the first cycle the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] one time, and "Qul a'udhu bi-Rabbi 'l-Falaq [Say: I take refuge with the Lord of the Daybreak']" ten times, and in the second cycle the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] one time, and "Qul a'udhu bi-Rabbi 'n-Nas [Say: I take refuge with the Lord of Mankind']" ten times--seventy thousand angels will come down from every heaven, recording the reward in his credit column until the Day of Resurrection [Yawm al-Qiyama]. 

 

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