A Mom's Guide To Salat al-Haja - The Prayer of Need
Dua is amazing when you want to ask Allah for something or you are in need. But sometimes your need is desperate or urgent and that is where a very special prayer called salat al-haja comes in. The prayer of need is a simple yet powerful prayer to beg the Almighty for your wishes. It is part of the nawafil (supererogatory) prayers, which Allah has bestowed upon us to help gain extra benefit. Some other amazing nawafil prayers that I love are salat al-istikhara and the tahajjud salah - click on the links to read how to implement them.
I love to perform salat al-haja especially when I am in need of relief or in tribulation, and I assure you by the Mercy of Allah, it really works! It's not a miracle, coincidence, or that some people are special so their duas get answered, it is simply that you are turning to the One Who Created you and being humble by asking for His help.
Sometimes, if we are in a state of low iman or ignorance, we think that we are not worthy of asking Allah for anything. The truth of the matter is that while we are thinking that we're being humble by not asking Allah for His help, we are being arrogant. Why? Because Allah Loves it when we turn to Him in submission. We are nothing without Allah and the sooner we realize that we cannot exist without His help, the easier it becomes to ask for His help - no matter how many sins you've committed. Don't forget He swt is Ar Raheem and Ar Rahmaan - The Most Merciful and The Most Compassionate, so say this over and over if you need untll you lose the "I don't deserve my duas to be answered" attitude that is only stemming from shaytaan's waswasa (whisperings).
Salat al-haja is a prayer that raises your need to Allah Most High and exhibits your neediness and absolute slavehood to Him. When you consign your matters to Allah, you have faith that He swt is the Only One who gives you what you need. Most importantly, when you perform the prayer of need, you should feel certain that Allah WILL answer your dua, but in the way He knows is best for you.
How To Make Salat al-Haja
Step 1: Perform wudu perfectly.
Step 2: Perform two voluntary rakats of prayer.
"He who makes wudu, and does it properly, then prays two rak`ats, Allah will grant him whatever he may pray for, sooner or later.” (Ahmad)
Step 3: Praise Allah (through dhikr, dua, istikhfaar).
Step 4: Send blessings and peace upon the Messenger (pbuh)
Step 5: Say the following supplication:
لا إِلَهَ إلاَّ اللهُ الحَلِيمُ الكَرِيمُ، سُبْحَانَ اللهِ رَبِّ الْعَرْشِ العَظِيمِ ، الحَمْدُ لِلهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِيْنَ ، أَسْأَلُكَ مُوجِبَاتِ رَحْمَتِكَ ، وَعَزَائِمَ مَغْفِرَتِكَ ، وَالْغَنِيمَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ بِرّ،ٍ وَالسَّلامَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ إِثْمٍ ،لاَ تَدَعْ لِيْ ذَنْباً إِلاَّ غَفَرْتَهُ، وَلاَ هَمَّاً إِلاَّ فَرَّجْتَهُ، وَلاَ حَاجَةً هِيَ لَكَ رِضاً إِلاَّ قَضَيتَهَا يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ
“There is no deity but Allah, the Most Forbearing, the Ever-Generous. Glory be unto Allah, Lord of the Great Throne. Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. I ask you for those things that bring about Your mercy and Your complete forgiveness; [for] a full portion of every righteous act, and safety from every vice. Do not leave any sin of mine except that You forgive it; any anxiety except that You relieve it; nor any need of mine that pleases You except that You fulfill it, O Most Merciful of those who show mercy.” (Tirmidhi)
Step 6: Ask for your specific need.
Do not feel that if you are unable to pray due to hayd or circumstance that you cannot perform salat al-haja. You should still turn to Allah in supplication and you can say the above dua and raise your need to Him. Allah answers our supplications and loves being asked, so the true believer is hopeful and always asks for His swt mercy and blessings.
I used to think that praying nawafil prayers and doing the "extras" was daunting and time-consuming. However, I had to go tough times to implement these extras into my life and that is when I saw what I had been missing! Now, I cannot imagine living my life without voluntary prayers and dua because it works and it's another special gift from our Merciful Lord to utilize during those tough days.