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Book 2 – Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Witr

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Chapter 487: To observe the witr is commendable


Book 2, Number 1411:

Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Allah is single (witr) and loves what is single, so observe the witr, you who follow the Qur’an.


Book 2, Number 1412:

The above-mentioned tradition has also been narrated by ‘Abd Allah (b. Masud) through a different chain of narrators to the same effect. This version adds: A beduin said: What are you saying? He replied: This is neither for you, nor for your companions.


Book 2, Number 1413:

Narrated Kharijah ibn Hudhafah al-Adawi:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) came out to us and said: Allah the Exalted has given you an extra prayer which is better for you then the red camels (i.e. high breed camels). This is the witr which Allah has appointed for you between the night prayer and the daybreak.


Chapter 488: On a person who does not observe the witr prayer


Book 2, Number 1414:

Narrated Buraydah ibn al-Hasib:

I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: The witr is a duty, so he who does not observe it does not belong to us; the witr is a duty, so he who does not observe it does not belong to us; the witr is a duty, so he who does not observe it does not belong to us.


Book 2, Number 1415:

Narrated Ubadah ibn as-Samit:

Ibn Muhayriz said: A man from Banu Kinanah, named al-Makhdaji, heard a person called AbuMuhammad in Syria, saying: The witr is a duty (wajib).

Al-Makhdaji said: So I went to Ubadah ibn as-Samit and informed him.

Ubadah said: AbuMuhammad told a lie. I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: There are five prayers which Allah has prescribed on His servants. If anyone offers them, not losing any of them, and not treating them lightly, Allah guarantees that He will admit him to Paradise. If anyone does not offer them, Allah does not take any responsibility for such a person. He may either punish him or admit him to Paradise.


Chapter 489: How many rak’ats are there in the witr?


Book 2, Number 1416:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

A man who lived in the desert asked the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) about the prayer of night. He made a sign with his two fingers – in this way in pairs. The witr consists of one tak’ah towards the end of the night.


Book 2, Number 1417:

Narrated Abu Ayyub al-Ansari:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: The witr is a duty for every Muslim so if anyone wishes to observe it with five rak’ahs, he may do so; if anyone wishes to observe it with three, he may do so, and if anyone wishes to observe it with one, he may do so.


Chapter 490: What is recited in the witr?


Book 2, Number 1418:

Narrated Ubayy ibn Ka’b:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to observe witr with (reciting) “Glorify the name of thy Lord, the most High” (Surah 87), “Say O disbelievers” (Surah 109), and “Say, He is Allah, the One, Allah, the eternally besought of all” (112).


Book 2, Number 1419:

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Abdul Aziz ibn Jurayj said: I asked Aisha, mother of the believers: With which (surah) the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to observe witr? (She reported same as in the Hadith of Ubayy ibn Ka’b, No. 1418)

This version adds: In the third rak’ah he would recite: “Say, He is Allah, the One” (Surah 112), and “Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak” (Surah 113), and “Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind” (Surah 114).


Chapter 491: Supplications during the witr?


Book 2, Number 1420:

Narrated Al-Hasan ibn Ali:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) taught me some words that I say during the witr. (The version of Ibn Jawwas has: I say them in the supplication of the witr.) They were: “O Allah, guide me among those Thou hast guided, grant me security among those Thou hast granted security, take me into Thy charge among those Thou hast taken into Thy charge, bless me in what Thou hast given, guard me from the evil of what Thou hast decreed, for Thou dost decree, and nothing is decreed for Thee. He whom Thou befriendest is not humbled. Blessed and Exalted art Thou, our Lord.”


Book 2, Number 1421:

The aforesaid tradition has been transmitted by Abu Ishaq with the same chain and to the same effect. In the last of this tradition he said: The version has the words: “He would recite in the supplication of the witr.” He did not mention the words: “I say them in the witr.”


Book 2, Number 1422:

Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say at the end of his witr: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thy good pleasure from Thy anger, and in Thy forgiveness from Thy punishment, and I seek refuge in Thy mercy from Thy wrath. I cannot reckon the praise due to Thee. Thou art as Thou hast praised Thyself.”

Abu Dawud said: Hisham is the earliest teacher of Hammad. Yahya b. Ma’in said: No one is reported to have narrated traditions from him except Hammad b. Salamah.

Abu Dawud said: Ubayy b. K’ab said: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recited supplication in the witr before bowing.

Abu Dawud said: This tradition has also been narrated by ‘Isa b. Yunus through a different chain of narrators from Ubayy b. K’ab. He also narrated it through a diferent chain of narrators on the authority of Ubayy b. K’ab that the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recited the supplication in the witr before bowing.

Abu Dawud said: The chain of narrators of the tradition of Sa’id from Qatadah goes: Yazid b. Zurai’ narrated from Sa’id, from Qatadah , from ‘Azrah, from Sa’id b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abza, on the authority of his father from the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him). This version does not mention the supplication and the name of Ubayy. This tradition has also been narrated by ‘Abd al-A’la and Muhammad b. Bishr al-‘Abdi. He heard traditions from ‘Isa b. Yunus at Kufah. They did not mention the supplication in their version.

This tradition has also been narrated by Hisham al-Dastuwa’i and Shu’bah from Qatadah. They did not mention the supplication in their version. The tradition of Zubaid has been narrated by Sulaiman, and Jarir b. Hazim; all of them narrated on the authority of Zubaid. None of them mention the supplications in his version, except in tradition translated by Hafs b. Ghiyath from Mis’ar from Zubaid; he narrated in his version that he (the Prophet) recited supplications before bowing.

Abu Dawud said: This version of tradition is not well known. There is a doubt that Hafs might have narrated this tradition from some other narrator than Mis’ar.

Abu Dawud said: It is reported that Ubayy (b. K’ab) used to recite the supplication (in the witr) in the second half of Ramadhan.


Book 2, Number 1423:

Narrated Muhammad on the authority of some of his teachers:

Ubayy b. K’ab led them in prayer in Ramadhan. He used to recite the supplication (in the witr) during the second half of Ramadhan.


Book 2, Number 1424:

Narrated Ubayy ibn Ka’b:

Al-Hasan reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab gathered the people (in tarawih prayer) behind Ubayy ibn Ka’b (who led them). He used to lead them for twenty days (during Ramadan, and would not recite the supplication except in the second half of it (i.e. Ramadan). When the last ten days remained, he kept away from them, and prayed in his house. They used to say: Ubayy ran away.

Abu Dawud said: This traditionshows that whatever has been reported about the recitation of the supplication is not tenable. Moreover, these two traditions from Ubayy b. K’ab indicate that another tradition which tells that the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) recited the supplication is weak.


Chapter 492: Supplications after the witr prayer


Book 2, Number 1425:

Narrated Ubayy ibn Ka’b:

When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) offered salutation in the witr prayer, he said: Glorify be to the king most holy.


Book 2, Number 1426:

Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone oversleeps and misses the witr, or forgets it, he should pray when he remembers.


Chapter 493: On observing the witr before sleeping


Book 2, Number 1427:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

My friend( i.e. the Prophet) instructed me to observe three practices that I do not leave while travelling nor while resident; to pray two rak’ahs in the forenoon, to fast three days every month and not to sleep but after observing the witr.


Book 2, Number 1428:

Narrated Abu al-Darda:

My friend( i.e. the Prophet) instructed me to observe three practices that I never leave: he instructed me to fast three days every month and not to sleep but after observing the witr, and to observe the supererogatory prayer in the forenoon while travelling and while resident.


Book 2, Number 1429:

Narrated Abu Qatadah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) asked Abu Bakr: When do you observe the witr?

He replied: I observe the witr prayer in the early hours of the night.

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) asked Umar: When do you observe the witr?

He replied: At the end of the night.

He then said to AbuBakr: This has followed it with care; and he said to Umar: He has followed it with strength.


Chapter 494: On the time of witr prayer


Book 2, Number 1430:

Narrated Masruq:

I asked ‘Aishah : When would the Apostle of Allah(peace_be_upon_him) observe the witr prayer? She replied: Any time he observed the witr, sometimes in the early hours of the night, sometimes at midnight and sometimes towards the end of it. But he used to observe the witr just before the dawn when he died.


Book 2, Number 1431:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Make haste to observe the witr prayer before morning.


Book 2, Number 1432:

Narrated ‘Abd Allah b. Abu Qais:

I asked ‘Aishah about the witr observed by the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him). She replied: Sometimes he observed the witr prayer in the early hours of the night, sometimes he observed it at the end of it. I asked: How did he recite the Quran? Did he recite the Quran quietly or loudly? She replied: He did it in any way. Sometimes he recited quietly and sometimes loudly; sometimes he took a bath and then slept and sometimes he performed ablution and then slept.

Abu Dawud said: The narrators other than Qutaibah said: This refers to his bath due to sexual defilement.


Book 2, Number 1433:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Make the last of your prayer at night a witr.


Chapter 495: The witr is not to be repeated


Book 2, Number 1434:

Narrated Talq ibn Ali:

Qays ibn Talq said: Talq ibn Ali visited us on a certain day during Ramadan. He remained with us till evening and broke fast with us. He then stood up and led us in the witr prayer.

He then went to his mosque and led them in prayer. When the witr remained, he put forward another man and said: Lead your companions in the witr prayer, for I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) as saying: There are no two witrs during one night.


Chapter 496: On reciting the supplication in prayer


Book 2, Number 1435:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

By Allah, I shall offer prayer like that of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him). The narrator said: Abu Hurairah used to recite the supplication in the last rak’ah of the noon, night and dawn prayers. He would supplicate Allah for the beleivers and curse the unbeleivers.


Book 2, Number 1436:

Narrated Al Bara’:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to recite the supplication in the dawn prayer. The version of Ibn Mu’adh has the words: “sunset prayer.”


Book 2, Number 1437:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recited the supplication in the night prayer for a month. He said (in his supplication): O Allah, rescue al-Walid b. al-Walid; rescue Salamah b. Hisham, rescue the weak beleivers; O Allah, trample severely on Mudar; O Allah, cause them a famine like that of Joseph. Abu Hurairah said: One morning the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) did not make supplication for them. So I told him about it. He said: You do not see that they have come (back).


Book 2, Number 1438:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recited the supplication (Qunut) daily for a month at the noon, afternoon, sunset, night and morning prayers. When he said: “Allah listens to him who praises Him” in the last rak’ah, invoking a curse on some clans of Banu Sulaym, Ri’l, Dhakwan and Usayyah, and those who were standing behind him said: Amen.


Book 2, Number 1439:

Narrated Muhammad:

Anas b. Malik was asked whether the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) had recited the supplication at the dawn prayer. He replied: Yes. He was again asked whether before bowing or after bowing. He said: After bowing.


Book 2, Number 1440:

Narrated Anas b. Malik:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) recited the supplication for a month (in prayer) and then gave it up.


Book 2, Number 1441:

Narrated Someone who prayed with the Prophet:

Muhammad ibn Sirin said: Someone who prayed the morning prayer along with the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) narrated to me: When he raised his head after the second rak’ah, he remained standing for a short while.


Chapter 497: Excellence of offering surrogatory prayers in one’s house


Book 2, Number 1442:

Narrated Zaid b. Thabit:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) built a chamber in the mosque. He used to come out at night and pray there. They (the people) also prayed along with him. They would come (to prayer) every night. If on any night the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) did not come out, they would cough, raise their voices and threw sand and pebbles on his door. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him)came out to them in anger and said: O people, you keep on doing this till I thought that it will be prescribed for you. Offer your prayers in your houses, for a man’s prayer is better in the house except obligatory prayer.


Book 2, Number 1443:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Offer some prayers in your houses; do not make them graves.


Chapter 498: On standing for a long time in prayer at night


Book 2, Number 1444:

Narrated ‘Abd Allah b. Habshi al-Khat’ami:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) was asked: Ehich of the actions is better? He replied: Standing for long time (in prayer). He was again asked: Which alms is better? He replied: The alms given by a man possesing small property acquired by his labour.


Chapter 499: Encouragement to get up during the night


Book 2, Number 1445:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: May Allah show mercy to a man who gets up during the night and prays, who wakens his wife and she prays; if she refuses, he sprinkles water on her face. May Allah show mercy to a woman who gets up during the night and prays, who wakens her husband and he prays; if he refuses she sprinkles water on his face.


Book 2, Number 1446:

Narrated Abu Sa’id ; Abu Hurairah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: When a man himself wakes at night and wakens his wife and they pray two rak’ahs together, they are recorded among the men and women who make much mention of Allah.


Chapter 500: On the reward of reciting the Quran


Book 2, Number 1447:

Narrated ‘Uthman:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: The best amongst you is he who learns and teaches Qur’an.


Book 2, Number 1448:

Narrated Mu’adh al-Juhani:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone recites the Qur’an and acts according to its contents, on the Day of Judgment his parents will be given to wear a crown whose light is better than the light of the sun in the dwellings of this world if it were among you. So what do you think of him who acts according to this?


Book 2, Number 1449:

Narrated ‘A’ishah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: One who is skilled in the Qur’an is associated with the noble, upright angels, and he who falters when he recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult for him will have a double reward.


Book 2, Number 1450:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: No people get together in a house of the houses of Allah (i.e. the mosque), reciting the Book of Allah, and learning it together among themselves, but calmness (sakinah) comes down on them, (Divine) mercy covers them (from above), and the angels surround them, and Allah makes a mention of them among those who are with him.


Book 2, Number 1451:

Narrated ‘Uqbah b. ‘Amir al-Juhani:

When we were in the Suffah, the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) asked: Which of you would like to go out every morning to the Buthan or al-‘Aqiq and bring two humped and fat she-camels without being guilty of sin and severing ties of relationship? They (the people) said: Apostle of Allah, we would all like that. He said: If one of you goes out in the morning to the mosque and learns two verses of the Book of Allah, the Exalted, it is better for him then the she-camels, and three verses are better for him than three she-camels, and so on than their numbers in camels.


Chapter 501: On reciting Surah al-Fatihah


Book 2, Number 1452:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe” (Quran, i) is the epitome or basis of the Qur’an, the epitome or the basis of the Book, and of seven oft-repeated verses.


Book 2, Number 1453:

Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Mu’alla:

When I was praying, the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) passed me and called me. He said: I prayed and then came to him. He said: What prevented you from answering me? He replied: I was praying. He said: Has not Allah said: “O you who beleive, respond to Allah and the Apostle when he calls you to which gives you life? Let me teach you the greatest surah from the Qur’an or in the Qur’an (the narrator Khalid doubted) before I leave the mosque. I said: (I shall memorise) your saying. He said: It is: “Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe,” which is seven oft repeated verses, and the mighty Qur’an.


Chapter 502: A view that Surah al-Fatihah is one of the long suras


Book 2, Number 1454:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) was given seven repeated long surahs, while Moses was given six, When he threw the tablets, two of them were withdrawn and four remained.


Chapter 503: On the greatness of Ayat Al-Kursi – The verses of the Throne


Book 2, Number 1455:

Narrated Ubayy b. K’ab:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Abu al-Mundhir, which verse of the Allah’s Book that you have is greatest? I replied: Allah and His Apostle know best. He said: Abu al-Mundhir, which verse of the Allah’s Book that you have is greatest? I said: Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal. Thereupon he struck me on the breast and said: May knowledge be pleasant for you, Abu al-Mundhir.


Chapter 504: On the Surah al-Ikhlas -Unity of Allah


Book 2, Number 1456:

Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri:

A man heard another man reciting: “Say, He is Allah, One.” He was repeating it. When the next morning came, he came back to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and mentioned that to him. The man took it (the surah) as a small one. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, it is equivalent to a third of Qur’an.


Chapter 505: O Surah al-Fatihah and Surah an-Nas


Book 2, Number 1457:

Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir:

I was driving the she-camel of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) during a journey. He said to me: Uqbah, should I not teach you two best surahs ever recited? He then taught me: “Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn,” and “Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of men.” He did not see me much pleased (by these two surahs).

When he alighted for prayer, he led the people in the morning prayer and recited them in prayer. When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) finished his prayer, he turned to me and said: O Uqbah, how did you see.


Book 2, Number 1458:

Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir:

White I was travelling with the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) between al-Juhfah and al-Abwa’, a wind and intense darkness enveloped us, whereupon the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) began to seek refuge in Allah, reciting: “I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn,” and “I seek refuge in the Lord of men.”

He then said: Uqbah, use them when seeking refuge in Allah, for no one can use anything to compare with them for the purpose.

Uqbah added: I heard him reciting them when he led the people in prayer.


Chapter 506: On the desirability of reciting the Quran carefully


Book 2, Number 1459:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: One who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told to recite, ascend and recite carefully as he recited carefully when he was in the world, for he will reach his abode when he comes to the last verse he recites.


Book 2, Number 1460:

Narrated Qatadah:

I asked Anas about the recitation of the Qur’an by the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him). He said: He used to recite all the long accents clearly.


Book 2, Number 1461:

Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin:

Ya’la ibn Mumallak said that he asked Umm Salamah about the recitation and prayer of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him).

She said: What have you to do with his prayer? He would pray, then sleep as long as he had prayed, till morning. She then described his recitation and did so with an exposition word by word.


Book 2, Number 1462:

Narrated Abd Allah b. Mughaffal:

On the day of the Conquest of Makkah, I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) riding his she-camel reciting Surah al-Fath repeating each verse several times.


Book 2, Number 1463:

Narrated Al-Bara’ ibn Azib:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Beautify the Qur’an with your voices.


Book 2, Number 1464:

Narrated Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: He who does not chant the Qur’an is not one of us.

(Sub-narrator Qutaybah said: This Hadith according to my collection is on the authority of Sa’id ibn Abu Sa’id.)


Book 2, Number 1465:

This tradition has also been transmitted by Sa’d (b. Abi Waqqas) from the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) in a similar manner through a different chain of narrators.


Book 2, Number 1466:

Narrated Abu Lubabah:

Ubaydullah ibn Yazid said: AbuLubabah passed by us and we followed him till he entered his house, and we also entered it.

There was a man in a rusty house and in shabby condition. I heard him say: I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: He is not one of us who does not chant the Qur’an.

I (the narrator Abdul Jabbar) said to Ibn Abu Mulaykah: Abu Muhammad, what do you think if a person does not have pleasant voice? He said: He should recite with pleasant voice as much as possible.


Book 2, Number 1467:

Waki’ and Ibn ‘Uyainah said(explaining the meaning of taghanni): This means that the Qur’an makes a man neglect all other things, and be content with it.


Book 2, Number 1468:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Allah has not listened to anything as He does to a prophet chanting Qur’an with a loud voice.


Chapter 507: Strictness about the person who memorizes the Quran and then forgets it


Book 2, Number 1469:

Narrated Sa’d ibn Ubadah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: No man recites the Qur’an, then forgets it, but will meet Allah on the Day of Judgment in a maimed condition (or empty-handed, or with no excuse).


Chapter 508: The Qur’an was sent down in seven modes of reading


Book 2, Number 1470:

Narrated ‘Umar b. al-Khattab :

I heard Hisham b. Hakim (b. hazim) reciting Sura al-Furqan in a different manner from my reciting, and the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) had taught me to recite it. I nearly spoke sharply to him, but I delayed till he finished. Then I caught his cloak at the neck, and I brought him to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him). I said: Apostle of Allah, I heard this man reciting Surah al-Furqan in a manner different from that in which you taught me to recite it. The Apostle of Allah (peace-be_upon_him) then told him to recite. He then recited it in the manner I heard him recite. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Thus was it sent down. He then said to me: Recite. I recited (it). He then said: Thus was it sent down. He said: The Qur’an was sent down in seven modes of reading, so recite according to what comes most easily.


Book 2, Number 1471:

Narrated Al-Zuhri:

These modes of reading aimed at the same point, not different in respect of lawful and unlawful.


Book 2, Number 1472:

Narrated Ubayy b. K’ab:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Ubayy, I was asked to recite the Qur’an. I was asked: In one mode or two modes? The angel that accompanied me said: Say in two modes, I said: In two modes, I was asked: In two modes or three? So I said: In three modes. The matter reached up to seven modes. He then said: Each mode is sufficiently health-giving, whether you utter “all hearing and all-knowing” or instead “all-powerful and all-wise.” This is valid until you finish the verse indicating punishment on mercy and finish the verse indicating mercy or punishment.


Book 2, Number 1473:

Narrated Ubayy b. K’ab:

The Prophet (peace-be_upon_him) was present at the pool of Banu Ghifar, Gabriel came to see him and said: Allah has commanded you to make your community read (the Qur’an) in one mode. He (the Prophet) said: I beg Allah His pardon and forgiveness; my community has no strength to do so. He then came for the second time and told him the same thing till he reached seven modes. Finally, he said: Allah has commanded you to make your community read (the Qur’an) in seven modes; in whatever mode they read, that will be correct.


Chapter 509: Supplications


Book 2, Number 1474:

Narrated An-Nu’man ibn Bashir:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Supplication (du’a’) is itself the worship.

(He then recited:) “And your Lord said: Call on Me, I will answer you” (xI.60).


Book 2, Number 1475:

Narrated Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas:

Ibn Sa’d said: My father (Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas) heard me say: O Allah, I ask Thee for Paradise, its blessings, its pleasure and such-and-such, and such-and-such; I seek refuge in Thee from Hell, from its chains, from its collars, and from such-and-such, and from such-and-such. He said: I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: There will be people who will exaggerate in supplication. You should not be one of them. If you are granted Paradise, you will be granted all what is good therein; if you are protected from Hell, you will be protected from what is evil therein.


Book 2, Number 1476:

Narrated Fudalah ibn Ubayd,:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) heard a person supplicating during prayer. He did not mention the greatness of Allah, nor did he invoke blessings on the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him).

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: He made haste.

He then called him and said either to him or to any other person: If any of you prays, he should mention the exaltation of his Lord in the beginning and praise Him; he should then invoke blessings on the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him); thereafter he should supplicate Allah for anything he wishes.


Book 2, Number 1477:

Narrated ‘Aishah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) liked comprehensive supplications and abandoned other kinds.


Book 2, Number 1478:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: O Allah, forgive me if Thou wilt, show meercy to me if Thou wit, but there is no one to impose compulsion on him.


Book 2, Number 1479:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: One of you is granted an answer (to his supplication) provided he does not say: I prayed but I was not granted an answer.


Book 2, Number 1480:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Do not cover the walls. He who sees the letter of his brother without his permission, sees Hell-fire.

Supplicate Allah with the palms of your hands; do not supplicate Him with their backs upwards. When you finish supplication, wipe your faces with them.


Book 2, Number 1481:

Narrated Malik ibn Yasar as-Sakuni, al-Awfi:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: When you make requests to Allah, do so with the palms of your hands, and not backs, upwards.


Book 2, Number 1482:

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) supplicating Allah in this manner with the palms of his hands and also with their backs upwards.


Book 2, Number 1483:

Narrated Salman al-Farsi:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Your Lord is munificent and generous, and is ashamed to turn away empty the hands of His servant when he raises them to Him.


Book 2, Number 1484:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

Ikrimah quoted Ibn Abbas as saying: When asking for something you should raise your hands opposite to your shoulders; when asking for forgiveness you should point with one finger; and when making an earnest supplication you should spread out both your hands.


Book 2, Number 1485:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas in another version:

Earnest supplication should be made thus: raising hands and putting their backs next to one’s face.


Book 2, Number 1486:

The above mentioned tradition has been transmitted in a similar manner by Ibn ‘Abbas from the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him).


Book 2, Number 1487:

Narrated Yazid ibn Sa’id al-Kindi:

When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) made supplication (to Allah) he would raise his hands and wipe his face with his hands.


Book 2, Number 1488:

Narrated Buraydah ibn al-Hasib:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) heard a man saying: O Allah, I ask Thee, I bear witness that there is no god but Thou, the One, He to Whom men repair, Who has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and to Whom no one is equal, and he said: You have supplicated Allah using His Greatest Name, when asked with this name He gives, and when supplicated by this name he answers.


Book 2, Number 1489:

The aforesaid tradition has also been transmitted through a different chain of narrators by Malik b. Mighwal. This version adds: “He has asked Allah using His Greatest Name.”


Book 2, Number 1490:

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

I was sitting with the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and a man was offering prayer. He then made supplication: O Allah, I ask Thee by virtue of the fact that praise is due to Thee, there is no deity but Thou, Who showest favour and beneficence, the Originator of the Heavens and the earth, O Lord of Majesty and Splendour, O Living One, O Eternal One.

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) then said: He has supplicated Allah using His Greatest Name, when supplicated by this name, He answers, and when asked by this name He gives.


Book 2, Number 1491:

Narrated Asma’ daughter of Yazid:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Allah’s Greatest Name is in these two verses: “And your diety is one diety; there is no diety but He, the Compasionate the Merciful,” and the beginning of Surah Al ‘Imran, A.L.M. Allah, there is no diety but He, the Living, the Eternal.


Book 2, Number 1492:

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Ata’ said: The quilt of Aisha was stolen. She began to curse the person who had stolen it. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) began to tell her: Do not lighten him.


Book 2, Number 1493:

Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:

I sought permission of the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) to perform umrah. He gave me permission and said: My younger brother, do not forget me in your supplication.

He (Umar) said: He told me a word that pleased me so much so that I would not have been pleased if I were given the whole world.

The narrator Shu’bah said: I then met Asim at Medina. He narrated to me this tradition and reported the wordings: “My younger brother, share me in your supplication.”


Book 2, Number 1494:

Narrated Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) passed by me while I was supplicating by pointing with two fingers of mine. He said: Point with one finger; point with one finger. He then himself pointed with the forefinger.


Chapter 510: The counting of praise and glorification of Allah on pebbles


Book 2, Number 1495:

Narrated Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas:

Once Sa’d, with the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), visited a woman in front of whom were some date-stones or pebbles which she was using as a rosary to glorify Allah. He (the Prophet) said: I tell you something which would be easier (or more excellent) for you than that. He said (it consisted of saying): “Glory be to Allah” as many times as the number of that which He has created in Heaven; “Glory be to Allah” as many times as the number of that which He has created on Earth; “Glory be to Allah” as many times as the number of that which He has created between them; “Glory be to Allah” as many times as the number of that which He is creating; “Allah is most great” a similar number of times; “Praise (be to Allah)” a similar number of times; and “There is no god but Allah” a similar number of times; “There is no might and no power except in Allah” a similar number of times.


Book 2, Number 1496:

Narrated Yusayrah, mother of Yasir:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) commanded them (the women emigrants) to be regular (in remembering Allah by saying): “Allah is most great”; “Glory be to the King, the Holy”; “there is no god but Allah”; and that they should count them on fingers, for they (the fingers) will be questioned and asked to speak.


Book 2, Number 1497:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As:

I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) counting the glorification of Allah on fingers.

Ibn Qudamah said (in his version: “With his right hands”.


Book 2, Number 1498:

Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) went out from Juwayriyyah (wife of the Prophet). Earlier her name was Barrah, and he changed it. When he went out she was in her place of worship, and when he returned she was in her place of worship.

He asked: Have you been in your place of worship continuously? She said: Yes. He then said: Since leaving you I have said three times four phrases which, if weighed against all that you have said (during this period), would prove to be heavier: “glory be to Allah”, and I begin with praise of Him to the number of His creatures, in accordance with His good pleasure, to the weight of His throne and to the ink (extent) of His words.


Book 2, Number 1499:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

Abu Dharr said: Prophet of Allah. The wealthy people have all the rewards; they pray as we pray; they fast as we fast; and they have surplus wealth which they give in charity; but we have no wealth which we may give in charity.

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Abu Dharr, should I not teach you phrases by which you acquire the rank of those who excel you? No one can acquire your rank except one who acts like you.

He said: Why not, Apostle of Allah? He said: Exalt Allah (say: Allah is Most Great) after each prayer thirty-three times; and praise Him (say: Praise be to Allah) thirty-three times; and glorify Him (say: Glory be to Allah) thirty-three times, and end it by saying, “There is no god but Allah alone, there is no partner, to Him belongs the Kingdom, to Him praise is due and He has power over everything”. His sins will be forgiven, even if they are like the foam of the sea.


Chapter 511: What a man should recite after giving the salutations in prayer


Book 2, Number 1500:

Narrated Al Mughairah b. Shu’bah:

Mu’awiyah wrote to al-Mughairah b. Shu’bah: What would the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recite when he gave the salutations in prayer? Al-Mughaira dictated and wrote to Mu’awiyah: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say (at the end of prayer after salutations) : “There is no god but Allah, Alone, Who has no partner; to Him belongs the dominion, to Him praise is due, and He is Omnipotent. O Allah no one can withhold what Thou givest, or give what Thou withholdest, and riches cannot avail a wealthy person with Thee.


Book 2, Number 1501:

Narrated Abu al-Zubair:

I heard ‘Abd Allah b. al-Zubair saying on the pulpit: When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) finished the prayer, he used to say (at the end of the prayer): “There is no god but Allah, Alone, Who has no partner; to Him belong the Kingdom, to Him praise is due, and He is Omnipotent. There is no god but Allah to Whom we are sincere in devotion, even though the infidels should disapprove. To Him belongs all wealth, to Him belongs grace and to Him is worthy praise accorded. There is no god but Allah to whom we are sincere in devotion, even though the infidels should disaprove.


Book 2, Number 1502:

Narrated Abu al-Zubair:

‘Abd Allah b. al-Zubair used to recite this supplication after each (prescribed) prayer. He then narrated a simmilar supplication and added to it: “There is no might and no power except in Allah; there is no god but Allah Whom we alone worship. To Him belongs wealth.” The narrator then transmitted the rest of the tradition.


Book 2, Number 1503:

Narrated Zayd ibn Arqam:

I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) saying (the version of Sulayman has: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say) after his prayer:-

“O Allah, our Lord and Lord of everything, I bear witness that Thou art the Lord alone Who hast no partner; O Allah, Our Lord and Lord of everything, I bear witness that Muhammad is Thy servant and Thy apostle ; O Allah, our Lord and Lord of everything, I bear witness that all the servants are brethren; O Allah, our Lord and Lord of everything make me sincere to Thee, and my family too at every moment, in this world and in the world hereafter, O Possessor of glory and honour, listen to me and answer. Allah is incomparably great. O Allah, Light of the heavens and of the earth”.


Book 2, Number 1504:

Narrated ‘Ali b. Abi Talib:

When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) uttered the salutation at the end of the prayer, he used to say: “O Allah, forgive me my former and later sins, which I have kept secret and what I have done openly, and what I have done extravagance; and what Thou knowest is better than I do. Thou art the Advancer, the Delayer, there is no god but Thou.”


Book 2, Number 1505:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to supplicate Allah: “My Lord, help me and do not give help against me; grant me victory, and do not grant victory over me; plan on my behalf and do not plan against me; guide me, and made my right guidance easy for me; grant me victory over those who act wrongfully towards me; O Allah, make me grateful to Thee, mindful of Thee, full of fear towards Thee, devoted to Thy obedience, humble before Thee, or penitent. My Lord, accept my repentance, wash away my sin, answer my supplication, clearly establish my evidence, guide my heart, make true my tongue and draw out malice in my breast.”


Book 2, Number 1506:

The aforesaid tradition has also been transmitted by ‘Amr b. Murrah through a different chain of narrators to the same effect. This version adds: “And make right guidance easy for me.” The narrator did not say: “My right Guidance.”


Book 2, Number 1507:

Narrated ‘A’ishah:

When the Prophet (peace_be _upon_him) uttered the salutation, he used to say: “O Allah, Thou art peace, and peace comes from Thee, Blessed art Thou, O Possesor of glory and honour.”

Abu Dawud said: Sufyan heard eighteen traditions from ‘Amr b. Murrah.


Book 2, Number 1508:

Narrated Thawban:

When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) finished the prayer, he asked forgiveness three times and said: “O Allah ….” The narrator then narrated the tradition like that of ‘A’ishah.


Chapter 512: On seeking pardon and repentance


Book 2, Number 1509:

Narrated Abu Bakr as-Siddiq:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: He who asks pardon is not a confirmed sinner, even if he returns to his sin seventy times a day.


Book 2, Number 1510:

Narrated Al-Agharr al-Muzani:

(Musaddad in his version said he was a companion of the Prophet)The Apostle od Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: My heart is invaded by unmindfullness, and I ask Allah’s pardon a hundred times in the day.


Book 2, Number 1511:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:

We counted that the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) would say a hundred times during a meeting: “My Lord, forgive me and pardon me; Thou art the Pardoning and forgiving One”.


Book 2, Number 1512:

Narrated Zayd, the client of the Prophet:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone says: “I ask pardon of Allah than Whom there is no deity, the Living, the eternal, and I turn to Him in repentance,” he will be pardoned, even if he has fled in time of battle.


Book 2, Number 1513:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone continually asks pardon, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.


Book 2, Number 1514:

Narrated Qatadah:

I asked Anas: Which supplication would the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) often make? He replied: The supplication he would usually recite was: “O Allah, give us in this world what is good and in the next what is good, and protect us from the punishment of Hell-fire.”

The version of Ziyad adds: When Anas wished to supplicate, he uttered this supplication. When he uttered some other supplication, he combined it with this supplication.


Book 2, Number 1515:

Narrated Suhail b. Hunaif on the authority of his father:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone asks Allah for martyrdom sincerely, Allah will make him reach the rank of martyrs, though he may die on his bed.


Book 2, Number 1516:

Narrated Abu Bakr as-Siddiq:

Asma’ bint al-Hakam said: I heard Ali say: I was a man; when I heard a tradition from the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), Allah benefited me with it as much as He willed. But when some one of his companions narrated a tradition to me I adjured him. When he took an oath, I testified him.

Abu Bakr narrated to me a tradition, and AbuBakr narrated truthfully. He said: I heard the apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) saying: When a servant (of Allah) commits a sin, and he performs ablution well, and then stands and prays two rak’ahs, and asks pardon of Allah, Allah pardons him. He then recited this verse: “And those who, when they commit indecency or wrong their souls, remember Allah” (iii.134).


Book 2, Number 1517:

Narrated Mu’adh b. Jabal:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) caught his hand and said: By Allah, I love you, Mu’adh. I give some instruction to you. Never leave to recite this supplication after every (prescribed) prayer: “O Allah, help me in remembering Thee, in giving Thee thanks, and worshiping Thee well.”


Book 2, Number 1518:

Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) commanded me to recite Mu’awwidhatan (the last two surahs of the Qur’an) after every prayer.


Book 2, Number 1519:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ud:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) liked to supplicate three times and to ask pardon (of Allah) three times.


Book 2, Number 1520:

Narrated Asma’ daughter of Umays:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said to me: May I not teach you phrases which you utter in distress? (These are:) “Allah , Allah is my Lord, I do not associate anything as partner with Him.”


Book 2, Number 1521:

Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash’ari:

Once we accompanied the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) on a journey. When we reached near Medina, the people began to say aloud: “Allah is most great,” and they raised their voice.

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: O people, you are not supplicating one who is deaf and absent, but you are supplicating One Who is nearer to you than the neck of your riding beast.

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) then said: AbuMusa, should I not point out to you one of the treasures of Paradise?

I asked: What is that?

He replied: “There is no might and there is no power except in Allah”


Book 2, Number 1522:

Narrated Abu Musa al-Asha’ri:

They (the Companions) accompanied the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) while they were climbing the turning of a hil. A man uttered loudly: “There is no god but Allah, and Allah is most great,” when he ascended the hill. The Prophet of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: You are not supplicating one who is deaf or absent. He then said: ‘Abd Allah b. Qais. The narrator then transmitted a tradition to the same effect.


Book 2, Number 1523:

The aforesaid tradition has also been transmitted by Abu Musa al-Ash’ari through a diferent chain of narrators. This version adds: Be linient to yourself, O people.


Book 2, Number 1524:

Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone says “I am pleased with Allah as Lord, with Islam as religion and with Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) as Apostle,” Paradise will be his due.


Book 2, Number 1525:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If anyone invokes blessings on me once, Allah will bless him ten times.


Book 2, Number 1526:

Narrated Aws b. Aws:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; so invoke many blessings on me that day, for your blessing will be submitted to me. They (the Companions) asked: Apostle of Allah, how can our blessing be submitted to you, when your body is decayed? He said: Allah has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of the Prophets.


Chapter 513: Prohibition of cursing one’s family and property


Book 2, Number 1527:

Narrated Jabir b. Abd Allah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Do not invoke curse on yourself, and do not invoke curse on your children, and do not invoke curse on your servants, and do not invoke curse on your property, lest you happen to do it at a time when Allah is asked for something and grants your request.


Chapter 514: On the invoking of blessing on a person other than the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him)


Book 2, Number 1528:

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah:

A woman said to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him): Invoke blessing on me as well as on my husband. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: May Allah send blessing on you and your husband.


Chapter 515: Supplication of a Muslim for his absent brother


Book 2, Number 1529:

Narrated Abu al-Darda’:

I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: When a Muslim supplicates for his absent brother the angels say: Amin, and may you receive the like.


Book 2, Number 1530:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: The supplication which gets the quickest answer is that made by one distant Muslim for another.


Book 2, Number 1531:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three supplications are answered, there being no doubt about them; that of a father, that of a traveller and that of one who has been wronged.


Chapter 516: What is said when one fears the people


Book 2, Number 1532:

Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash’ari:

When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) feared a (group of) people, he would say: “O Allah, we make Thee our shield against them, and take refuge in Thee from their evils.”


Chapter 517: Seeking what is good from Allah – Istikharah


Book 2, Number 1533:

Narrated Jabir b. Abd Allah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be-upon_him) used to teach us the supplication for istikhara (seeking what is benificial from Allah) as he would teach us a Surah (chapter) from the Qur’an. He would tell us: When one of you intends to do a work, he should offer two supererogatory rak’ahs of prayer, and then say (at the end of prayer): “O Allah, I seek what is good from Thee by Thy knowledge, and I seek power from Thee by Thy power, and I ask Thee for Thy vast grace, for Thou hast power, and I have no power, and Thou Knowest and I do not know, and Thou best knowest the unsee. O Allah, if thou knowest that this work (ome should name the work one is intending to do) is good for me, for my religion and for my livelihood, for my next world, and for the consequence of this work of mine, then appoint it for me, make easy for me, and give blessing to me in it. O Allah, if Thou knowest that it is evil for me and for all those things mentioned formerly, then turn me away from it, and turn it away from me, and appoint for me what is good, whatever it is, and make me pleased with it.” A version goes: “If work is good immediately or subsequently.”

Ibn Maslamah and Ibn ‘Isa reported from Muhammad b. al-Munkadir on the authority of Jabir.


Chapter 518: Seeking refuge in Allah


Book 2, Number 1534:

Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to seek refuge in Allah from five things; cowardliness, niggardliness, the evils of old age, evil thoughts, and punishment in the grave.


Book 2, Number 1535:

Narrated Anas b. Malik:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from incapacity, slackness, cowardliness, niggardliness, decreptitude; and I seek refuge in Thee from the punishment in the grave; and I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of life and death.


Book 2, Number 1536:

Narrated Anas b. Malik:

I used to serve the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and often heard him say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from care, grief, burden of debt and being overpowered by men.” The narrator the narrated some more things which the narrator al-Taimi (in the previous tradition) reported.


Book 2, Number 1537:

Narrated Abd Alah b. Abbas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to teach us this supplication as he taught us the surah from the Qur’an. He would say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in thee from the punishment in Hell, I seek refuge in Thee from the punishment in the Grave, I seek refuge from Thee from the testing of the Antichrist (Dajjal), and I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of life and’ death.”


Book 2, Number 1538:

Narrated ‘A’ishah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to supplicate with these words: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of Hell-fire, from the punishment in the Hell-fire, and from the evils of riches and poverty.”


Book 2, Number 1539:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from poverty”, lack and abasement, and I seek refuge in Thee lest I cause or suffer wrong.”


Book 2, Number 1540:

Narrated ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Umar:

One of the supplications of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) was: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the dicline in Thy favour, change in Thy granting well-being, sudden vengeance from Thee, and all Thy displeasure.


Book 2, Number 1541:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to supplicate by saying: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from divisiveness, hypocrisy, and evil character.”


Book 2, Number 1542:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from hunger, for it is an evil bed-fellow; and I seek refuge in Thee from treachery, for it is an evil hidden trait.”


Book 2, Number 1543:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard.”


Book 2, Number 1544:

Narrated Anas b. Malik:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from a prayer which does not proft.” He also mentioned another supplication.


Book 2, Number 1545:

Narrated Farwah b. Nawfal al-Ashja’i:

I asked ‘Aishah, mother of beleivers,: What did the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) supplicate? She replied: He used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of what I have done, and from the evil of what I have not done.”


Book 2, Number 1546:

Narrated Shutair b. Shakl ibn Humayd:

I said: Apostle of Allah, teach me a supplication.

He said: Say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of what I hear, from the evil of what I see, from the evil of what I speak, from the evil of what I think, and from the evil of my semen” (i.e. sexual passion).


Book 2, Number 1547:

Narrated Abu al-Yusr:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to supplicate: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from my house falling on me, I seek refuge in Thee from falling into an abyss, I seek refuge in Thee from drowning burning and decrepitude. I seek refuge in Thee from the devil harming me at the time of my death, I seek refuge in Thee from dying in Thy path while retreating, and I seek refuge in Thee from dying of the sting of a poisonous creature.”


Book 2, Number 1548:

The aforesaid tradition has also been transmitted by Abu al-Yusr through a different chain of narrators. The version adds: “and from sorrow.”


Book 2, Number 1549:

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases.”


Book 2, Number 1550:

Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri:

One day the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) entered the mosque. He saw there a man from the Ansar called Abu Umamah.

He said: What is the matter that I am seeing you sitting in the mosque when there is no time of prayer?

He said: I am entangled in cares and debts, Apostle of Allah.

He replied: Shall I not teach you words by which, when you say them, Allah will remove your care, and settle your debt?

He said: Why not, Apostle of Allah?

He said: Say in the morning and evening: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from care and grief, I seek refuge in Thee from incapacity and slackness, I seek refuge in Thee from cowardice and niggardliness, and I seek in Thee from being overcome by debt and being put in subjection by men.”

He said: When I did that Allah removed my care and settled my debt.


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