A Muslima’s Guide To Salatul Haja
Dua is amazing when you want to ask Allah SWT for daily blessings or when you are in need, but sometimes your need is desperate or more urgent.
That’s where a very special prayer called salatul haja (the prayer of need) comes in. Salatul Haja is a simple yet powerful prayer to beg the Almighty for your wishes. It is part of the nawafil (supererogatory) prayers which Allah SWT has blessed us with in order to ask for extra help.
I love to perform salatul haja especially when I am in need of relief or in tribulation, and can assure you from my experience, it really works! It's no miracle, coincidence, or being special that some people’s duas get answered more. It’s 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 SWT for anything. Though the truth of the matter is, while we are thinking that we're being humble by not asking our Lord for His help, we are in fact being arrogant.
How come? Because Allah SWT Loves it when we turn to Him in submission. We are nothing without Him 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 we bear.
Don't forget that Allah SWT is Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem - The Most Merciful and The Most Compassionate, so say this over and over if you need to lose the "I don't deserve my duas to be answered" attitude that only stems from shaytaan's waswasa (whisperings).
Salatul 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 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 Salatul Haja
Perform wudu perfectly.
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)
Praise Allah (through dhikr, dua, istikhfaar).
Send blessings and peace upon the Messenger (pbuh)
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)
Ask for your specific need.
Don’t feel that if you are unable to pray due to hayd (periods) or circumstances that you cannot perform salatal haja. You can still turn to Allah SWT in supplication and say the above dua to raise your need to Him.
Allah answers our supplications and loves being asked, so the true believer is hopeful and always asks for His Mercy and Blessings.
I used to think that praying nawafil prayers and doing the "extras" was daunting and time-consuming. However, after falling on some tough times I learned to implement these extra prayers into my life.
That’s when I saw what I had been missing! Now I cannot imagine living my life without these helpful voluntary prayers and duas. It’s not only effective, but is a special gift from our Merciful Lord to utilize during those tough days - so I urge you to try salatul haja and feel and difference inshallah.
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