Salat Al Hajah
We humans are all in need of Allah as we are dependent on Him for our needs and seek His guidance in tribulations. Humans are in constant need of help and Allah’s assistance as we are born weak and susceptible to tribulations. Allah says in the Quran:
“And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” [Quran 40:60]
In return, all Allah wants is to be thankful to Him for His favors and blessings. An entire chapter of Surah Ar Rahman is based on this theme, which asks Humans to seek His mercy by recalling the bone chilling scenarios of the Final Day. Allah says in the Quran:
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].” [Quran 2:45]
Salah Source of Absolution:
Salah is though the significant pillar of Islam, which is a way to strengthen the bond with the Lord. The practice of Salah wards off evil and asks a person to be thankful for His bestowed feasts.
It is evident from the practice of Muhammad (PBUH) that he used to prostrate in front of Allah when he was surrounded by any kind of problem, hence ask Allah’s help through Salah. Hadith narrates:
“Whenever a matter became serious the Prophet turned to Salah.” [Abu Dawood]
It is the best remedy to ask from Allah and plead for help with absolute faith. He listens to all and asks His worshippers to remember Him in need.
The Purpose of Salat Al Hajah:
Hajah means desire and the Salah that is offered for the fulfillment of desires and seeking Allah’s help, is Salat al Hajah. This Namaz is offered for different purposes and is different from the prayers of Istekhara.
About the plight of humans, Allah says in the Quran:
“And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.” [2:28]
This Verse clearly explains the weak and fragile nature of Humans that they are born weak, hence should make Allah their companion to stand against odd hence not to succumb to Satan.
Salat Al Hajah and Supplications:
In Quranic narrations, Slat Al Hajah has described as offerings to seek Allah’s help in all situations. Hadith narrates:
“Whoever has a need with Allah, or with any human being, and then let them perform ritual ablutions well and then pray two Ra’kah. After that, let them praise Allah and send blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).” [Tirmidhi]
This Hadith clearly describes the ritual of making Salat for Hajah and then should make following supplication once offered prayers:
“There there no god but Allah the Clement and Wise.
There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty.
Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Tremendous Throne.
All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
I ask you (O Allah) everything that leads to your mercy, and your tremendous forgiveness, enrichment in all good and freedom from all sin.
Do not leave a sin of mine (O Allah), except that you forgive it, nor any concern except that you create for it an opening, nor any need in which there is your good pleasure except that you fulfill it, O Most Merciful!” [Tirmidhi]
Conditions of Salat Al Hajah:
A Muslim must have sheer faith that He will accept the supplications made and will reward in return.
One must take care of cleanliness of clothes, place, and intentions.
Ablution as it wards off Satan and his devilish whispers.
Undoubtedly, Humans are in need of help, mercy, adversity, and peace. In all such situations, Allah asks His followers to bend in front of Him and ask from Him. Salah Al Hajjah is one such method of asking from Allah because Allah Himself says that returning a worshipper empty handed is not the nature and attribute of Allah.
“Verily your Lord is the One modest and Generous, and when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is diffident (in some wordings, shy or hesitant) from returning them empty.” [Sunan Abu Dawud]