بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْن،وَالصَّلاۃ وَالسَّلامُ عَلَی النَّبِیِّ الْکَرِيم وَعَلیٰ آله وَاَصْحَابه اَجْمَعِيْن۔

Salaatul Hajah (The prayer of need)

Salah is the biggest source for establishing relations with Allah, and asking for one’s needs. Allah says in His Holy Book: “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer” ((Surat Al-Baqarah,verse 153).And seek help through patience and prayer” (Surat Al-Baqarah,verse45) “And Allah said, "I am with you. If you establish prayer” (Surat Al-Ma'idah, verse12).

When we face any difficulty and trouble we should keep patience, and establish relation with Allah by offering Salah with intense care. Whenever the Prophet (PBUH) faced any difficulty, he would at once turn to Salah. As it is mentioned in a Hadeeth: Huzaifah (RA) said: “Whenever the Prophet (PBUH) faced any difficult situation, he would hasten for Salah with intense care.” (Abu Dawud, Musnad Ahmad)

Besides five times Salah, the Prophet (PBUH) used to perform Salatut Tahajjud (Salah offered at midnight or any time at night before the Dawn), Slatul Ishraq (its time begins twenty minutes after the sunrise), Salatudh Dhuha {(its time begins after the sunrise and ends at the meridian (Zawale Aaftab)}, Tahiyyatul Wudhu (thanksgiving Salah after the completion of wudhu), and Tahiyyatul Masjid (thanksgiving prayer after entering into the mosque). Whenever there was earthquake or wind storm, the prophet (PBUH) would go to the mosque, and start offering Salah. When he faced starvation or any other problem, he would go to the mosque. When he came back from journey, he would, first of all, go to the mosque. So, we should take special care of Salah, and if we face any trouble, we should seek help from through Salah.

The best way, is to pray to Allah in order to get our needs of this world and the Hereafter fulfilled. Offer two Rak’ahs of Salah with all solemnity and full submissiveness. It is narrated by Abullah bin Abi Auwfa (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘Whoever needs something from Allah or any one of His creation, let him do wudhu and offer two Rak’ahs, then he should glorify Allah and send salaat (Durood) to His messenger (PBUH), then he should say this supplication, “There is no god but Allah, the Forbearing, the Most Generous. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Mighty Throne. Praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. O Allah, I ask You for Your mercy and forgiveness and I ask You for all good things and for safety from all sins. I ask You not to leave any sin without forgiving it, or any distress without relieving it, or any need which it pleases You to fulfil without fulfilling it for me.” Then he should ask Allah for whatever matter of this world or the Hereafter that he wishes, for it will be fulfilled.

It is reported from Abud Darda (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “He who makes ablution (wudhu) and does it properly, then offers two Rak'ahs, Allah will grant him whatever he may pray for, sooner or later.” (as He wishes) (Musnad Ahmad).

Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi (www.najeebqasmi.com)