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Hadith Section > A Manual of Hadith > Chapter 14: Miscellaneous Prayers (Hadith -- The Traditions)


Chapter 14:
Miscellaneous Prayers (Hadith -- The Traditions):


 


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(Note: The superscript-numbers [e.g., intention2] that appear in the text [in pink] refer to the numbers of the explanatory footnotes that appear at the end of each Hadith [Tradition].)


1 Jabir said,
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, used to teach us istikharah in all matters, as he used to teach us a chapter of the Qur'an. He said:

"When one of you intends the doing of a thing, he should say two rak`ahs1 besides the obligatory prayers, then he should pray-- `O Allah! I desire Thy blessings by Thy knowledge, and I beg of Thee to give me power (to do it) by Thy power, and I ask of Thee Thy great grace, for Thou hast the power while I have not the power, and Thou knowest while I do not know, and Thou art the Great Knower of the unseen things. O Allah! If Thou knowest that this affair is good for me in the matter of my religion and my living and the result of my affair--or he said, in the present state of my affair and in its future--then ordain it for me and make it easy for me and bless (me) therein; and if Thou knowest that this affair is evil for me in the matter of my religion and my living and the result of my affair--or he said, in the present state of my affair and in its future--then turn it away from me and turn me away from it and ordain what is good for me wheresoever it is, and make me contented with it.'

He (the Prophet) said, "And he should say what he wants."2 (B. 19 : 25.)

1 The best time for istikharah is after the 'Isha' prayer.

2 Istikharah is an individual prayer, and it may be continued for several days until the mind through Divine help is settled on an affair. It is not necessary that a man should be informed in a vision as to the course which he should adopt.


2 `Abd Allah ibn `Amr said,

When the sun was eclipsed in the time of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, a call was given that prayer-service gathering together (people) was going to be held. (B. 16 : 3.)


3 `A'ishah said,

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, recited aloud his qira`at in the eclipse prayer and when he finished his recital he pronounced the takbir and performed the ruku'; and when he raised (his head) from the ruku`, he said, "Allah listens to him who praises Him. Our Lord! And Thine is the praise." Then he returned to the recital (of the Qur'an). In the eclipse prayer there are four ruku`s and four sajdahs in two rak`ahs.3 (B. 16 : 19.)

3 The eclipse prayer is a congregational service in which both men and women take part (B. 16 : 10). The particular eclipse which is spoken of in this hadith occurred on the very day on which Ibrahim, the Holy Prophet's eighteen months old son, died. (B. 16 : 17).


4 `Abd Allah reported,

I saw the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, on the day he went out to pray for rain. He said, He (the Prophet) turned his back to the people and faced the Qiblah praying, then he turned over his outer wrapping garment, then he said with us two rak`ahs of prayer reciting therein the qira`at aloud.4 (B. 15 : 17.)

4 This was a special service for rain held in an open place. Prayer may also be offered for rain without holding a special service. (H. xi. 13, B. 11 : 35).

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