Supplications of the Prophet
praise is to Allah, we praise Him, seek His aid, and
ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from
the evils of ourselves, and from the bad consequences
of our deeds. Whoever Allah guides there is none to
take astray, and whoever Allah takes astray there
is none to guide. I testify that there is no 'iläh
except Allah alone without any associates, and I testify
that Muhammad is His bondservant and messenger.
As for what follows,
This, my dear brother, or sister in Islam, is a book
put together with the English speaking Muslim in Mind.
Its main advantages are that
includes only authentic traditions of the Prophet
includes a reference section which tells who reported
each hadeeth in this book;
effort was exerted in order to maintain the conciseness
and sentence structure of most of the supplications;
includes English Transliteration of the supplications
which is based on a defined system of transliteration;
includes the Arabic text, with nearly complete placement
of diacritic marks, for the convenience of those
brothers and sisters who do not like to read transliteration;
organization of the book is such that the English
hadeeth, the Arabic supplication, in both
English and Arabic letters, and the English meaning
of that supplication are all easily referenced on
the same, or immediately following page.
This book is was initially based on Ibn Taymiya's
The Good Sayings. From Ibn Taymiyas book, however,
it only includes those ahadeeth that Al-Albani included
in the 8th edition of his The Authentic of The
Good Sayings. It was furthermore supplemented
with authentic supplications from Shaikh 'Al-`Adawee's
book: As-Saheeh 'Al-Musnadu min 'Athkari Al-Yawmi
wal-Laylati which is perhaps one of the best books
of supplication. It includes the full chain of narration
for each hadeeth, extended referencing, and it only
includes authentic supplications.
Two of the supplications, #113, and #168, in The
Authentic of The Good Sayings have been left out
of this book. Number 113 was substituted with a more
reliable wording which is #162 in this book. Number
168 was about making the call to prayer in the right
ear of a newly born. Upon further examination 'Al-'Albani
has found that it is weak, and that it is not permitted
to act upon it. This I heard him say in an audio tape,
where he mentions that when he was finally able to
get hold of Al-Bayhaqi's Shu'ab 'Al-'lman -it was
previously in manuscript form only- he found that
there were two people accused of Iying in the chain
of narration. Previously he thought Al-Bayhaqi's report
was only weak, and not very weak because it was referenced
as such on page 16 of Tuhfat Al-Wadood by'Ibn 'Al-Qayyim.
A very weak hadeeth cannot be used as testimonial
for a weak hadeeth, and therefore, the ruling on this
hadeeth is that it is not authentic.
The section on the reporters of each hadeeth is based
on the source of the respective hadeeth. When no reference
is made as to the source of a reference, that means
that it is from the body of Ibn Taymiya's The Good
Sayings. Any reference to 'Al-'Albani, unless
otherwise mentioned, is obtained from his commentary
upon Ibn Taymiya's book. All references to 'Al-'Adawee
are from his As-Saheeh Al-Musnad min 'Athkari Al-Yawmi
We ask Allah, Glory and Exaltation be to Him, that
He accept of us our effort, and that it be sincere
on its own account (saheeh
hadeeth reported by a person that is juste, and
is known to have precise recollection. The hadeeth
must have a connected chain, and it must be free
from deviance and without slanderous faults.
due to others (saheeh li-ghayrih)
Ahadeeth with more than one channel, each comely
on its own account. These chains,taken together,
raise the hadeeth to the level of sound due to others.
on its own account (hasan
hadeeth reported by a person that is just, but known
to have a light recollection. The hadeeth must have
a connected chain, and it must be free from deviance
and slanderous faults. Therefore, the only difference
between the comely, and the sound on its own account
is that the latter requires precise recollection.
say that a hadeeth is comely-sound can mean one
of two things; a) there is more than one chain of
narration where one is comely, and the other is
sound and b) the hadeeth scholar was hesitant in
deciding if the hadeeth was comely or sound, and
therefore said that it was comely-sound.
of being just ('adaalat)
be upright and straightforward in religion, and
in manliness. People can be know to have this quality
by abundance like the famous Imam's: Al-Bukhari,
Malik, 'Ahmad , 'Abu Haneefah, and so on; and by
assertion of those that are of that category.
That he does what people consider to be praiseworthy,
by way of etiquette, and behavior; and that he does
not do those things which are considered by people
to be blameworthy.
out the obligations, and avoids acts of disobedience
he delivers what he has heard or seen as he saw,
or heard it, without any addition or subtraction.
Minor mistakes, however, do not count against him
because no one is beyond making them. The precision
of recollection is established by matching his reports
against those of the known and trustworthy hadeeth
reporters. It can also be established when a person
is recommended by another whose say is reliable
in that respect.
report is said to be deviant when it contradicts
the report of a narrator believed to be more trustworthy
than its narrator.
Faults ('il-lah qaadehat)
examination of a hadeeth certain slanderous faults
may be discovered. For example, finding out that
the narrator is corrupt, has a bad memory, or is
an innovator whose innovation is being served by
such a hadeeth. A hadeeth is not judged to be authentic
if it is not free of slanderous faults.