al-Ghunya Prayers - Wednesday

CONCERNING [VOLUNTARY] RITUAL PRAYER PERFORMED ON A WEDNESDAY
[SALAT YAWM AL-ARBA'A'].

According to a traditional report transmitted by Abu Idris al-Khawlani, on the authority of Mu'adh ibn Jabal (may Allah be well pleased with him), Allah's Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

If someone performs twelve [voluntary] cycles of ritual prayer [ithnatai 'asharata rak'a] on a Wednesday, at the high point of the day-reciting the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] in each cycle, the Verse of the Throne [Ayat al-Kursi] one time, "Qul Huwa'llahu Ahad [Say: 'He is Allah, One!']" three times, and the Two Pleas for Divine Refuge [al-Mu'awwidhatain] three times-an angel will call out to him from beside the Heavenly Throne ['Arsh] :  "O servant of Allah, you may now set to work with a clean slate, for all your previous sins have been forgiven!"  Allah will exempt him from the torment of the tomb, and from its narrowness and gloom.  He will also exempt him from the terrible hardships of the Resurrection, and He will accept his day's work with the honor conferred on the work of a Prophet [Nabi].

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