Salat al-Haja

CONCERNING THE RITUAL PRAYER FOR HELP IN TIME OF NEED [SALAT AL-HAJA].

According to a traditional report, transmitted by Abu Hashim al-Ayyili on the authority of Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be well pleased with him), the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said: 

If someone has a seriously pressing need, requiring Allah's help, he should perform the ritual ablution [wudu']  with proper care.  He should then perform two cycles of ritual prayer [rak'atain].  In the first cycle he should recite the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] and the Verse of the Throne [Ayat al-Kursi], and in the second cycle, the Opening Sura of the Book [Fatihat al-Kitab] and "Amana 'r-Rasulu... [The Messenger believes...]" to the end of that passage.  Then, having pronounced the testimony [tashahhud] and the salutation [taslima], he should make his plea by offering this prayer of supplication [du'a'], for his need will then be satisfied.  The words of the prayer of supplication [du'a'] are as follows:

 O Allah!  O Intimate Friend of every lonely individual!  O Companion of every solitary individual!  O You who are Near, not distant!  O You who are Present, not absent!  O You who are Invisible, but not vanquished!

    Allahumma : ya Mu'nisa kulli wahid : wa ya Sahiba kulli farid : wa ya Qariban ghaira ba'id: wa ya Shahidan ghaira gha'ib : wa ya Gha'iban ghaira maghlub :

 I beseech you by invoking Your Name: In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate, the Ever-Living, the Eternally Self-Sustaining the One whom neither slumber nor sleep can overtake.    

    as'alu-ka bi'smi-ka bi'smi'llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Rahim: al-Hayyi 'l-Qayyum:  alladhi la ta'khudhu-hu sinatun wa la nawm.

Again I beseech you by invoking Your Name: In the Name of Allah the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate, the Ever-Living, the Eternally Self-Sustaining, the One before whom faces are humbled, and voices are subdued and hearts quake and tremble.   

    wa as'alu-ka bi'smi-ka bi'smi'llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Rahim: al-Hayyi 'l-Qayyum: alladhi 'anat la-hu 'l-wujuh: wa khasha'at la-hu 'l-aswat: wa wajilat min-hu 'l-qulub : 

[I beseech You] to bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad and to grant me a happy solution and a way out of my problem, and to satisfy my need. 

    an yusalliya 'ala Muhammadin wa 'ala ali  Muhammad wa an taj'ala li min amri farajan wa makhrajan wa taqdiya hajati.

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