“O’ ALLAH’ We beseech Thee for help and seek Thy protection and believe in Thee and extol Thee and are thankful to thee and are not ungrateful to Thee and we declare ourselves clear of, and forsake him who disobeys Thee. O’ ALLAH! Thee do we serve and for Thee do we perform and prostrate ourselves and to Thee do we betake ourselves and to Thee we are quick, and thy mercy do we hope for, and Thy punishment do we fear, for Thy punishment overakes the unbelievers.”
Hadrat Kharija bin Huzafa told of Allah’s Messenger coming out to them and saying, ALLAH has given you an extra Salaah which is better for you than the high bred camels, the Witar which ALLAH has appointed for you between the evening Salaah and the daybreak. [Tirmiz Abu, Dawud]
Hadrat Jabir (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) reported ALLAH’s Messenger as saying, if anyone is afraid that he may not get up in the latter part of the night, he should observe a Witr in the first part of it, if anyone is eager to get up in the last part of it he should observe Witar at the end of the night, for Salaah at the end of night is attended by angels and that time is most excellent”. [Muslim]
Hadrat Umm Habba (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said: A house will be built in paradise for him who performs Salaah in a day and a night twelve rak’ahs, (over and above the obligatory Salaah) four before and two after the noon Salaah (Zuhr Salaah) two rakahs after Maghrib Salaah and two after lsha Salaah and two rakahs before Fajr Salaah. [Tirmizi, Ma’rif -uI- Hadis]
Sunan – Fajr Salaah
Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said: The two rakahs, at dawn Salaah (Fair Salaah) are better than this world and what it contains. [Muslim]
It has been narrated by (Hadrat) Jabir bin Samura that the Prophet used to recite at the noon Salaah (Zuhr Salaah) Surah al-Lail (XCII) (another version says, surah al-Ala (LXXXVII), at the afternoon, Salaah (Asr Salaah) a similar Surah, and at the morning Salaah (Fajr Salaah) a longer passage than that.
It has been narrated by Hadrat Abu Qatada (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) that in the first two rak’ahs of the noon Salaah (Zuhr Salaah) the Prophet used to recite surah al-Fatihah (I) and thereafter any other surah and in the last two rak’ahs only surah al-Fatihah, and he would sometimes recite loud enough for them to hear the ayah. He would prolong the first rak’ah more than the second, and he acted similarly in the afternoon prayer (Asr Salaah) and the morning Salaah.(Fajr Salaah) [Bukhari & Muslim]
Hadrat Abu Bakar (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that when anything came to ALLAH’s Messenger which caused pleasure (or by which he was made glad), he prostrated himself in gratitude to ALLAH the most high. [Mishkat -ul- Masabh]
Hadrat Abdul Rahman – bin Auf (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that when the messenger of ALLAH got the tidings that whoever invokes ALLAH’s blessings on the Prophet, ALLAH will be merciful on him, and whoever greets the Prophet, ALLAH will greet him, he offered a sajdah in gratitude. [Zad -ul- Ma’ad]
It was usual with the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) to observe tartila (clear and distinct) in the recitation of the Holy QURAAN. He would not recite it rapidly and would utter each and every word clearly and would make a slight interval after reciting an ayah and would stretch out the word bearing the sign of maddah e.g., he would recite RAHMAN AND RAHEEM in a stretched out form and while beginning the recitation of the Holy QURAAN, he would seek refuge from ALLAH from cursed Shaitan (satan) in the following words: “I seek refuge in ALLAH from cursed shaitan”
Since the tasbihat are required to be said in given numbers, there are two ways of counting. One method is counting by a rosary and the other is to count on fingers. Counting on fingers is borne out by the Prophet himself i.e. he has directed to do so as well as he himself has done like that. As such counting on fingers is more meritorious. [Aurad -e- Rehman]
COUNTING ON FINGERS
In the Musnad of Ahmed, there is a tradition from Umm Salama (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) that ALLAH’s Messsenger (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) taught the following phrases to his daughter Hadrat Fatimah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) when she came to ask him for a servant. He said, When you go to bed, say the following phrases. Subhan ALLAH (Glory be to ALLAH) – 33 times Alhamdu Lillah (Praise be to ALLAH ) – 33 times Allahu Akbar (ALLAH is most great) – 34 times And say once:
Hadrat Muslim bin Hans (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that ALLAH’s messenger has exhorted him specially to recite the following seven times soon after the Maghrib Salaah (sunset Salaah) before talking to any one.
[O ALLAH save me from Jahannum]
In case you recite this supplication after Maghrib Salaah and it so happens that you die that night, you will be saved from the Fire. Similarly, if you make this supplication seven times after Fajr Salaah (morning Salaah) before speaking to any body.
[O ALLAH ! save me from Jahannum]
Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that the Prophet said: Jibrail came to me just now and told me that it was the fifteenth night of Sha’bân. In this night ALLAH (exalted be He) frees people, from Hell. People equal in number to the hairs of the goats of Bani KAIB (a tribe). However those who associate a partner with ALLAH, those who harbour ill will in their hearts, those discontinue kindness towards their kinsmen,those who trail their garments below their ankles, and those who are habitual drinkers will not be spared. Then he said, ‘Will you allow me to perform Salaah tonight? (Asking for permission was necessitated by the fact that it was unusual for him to pray the whole night. He rather used to devote a part of night with his wives for comforting them and this could not be done that night). I replied, “Yes certainly. My father and mother be a ransom for you.”