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Salatul Hajat, The Prayer Of Need: Dua And How To Perform


Salatul Hajat, also written as Salat-ul Hajat, is the prayer of need. It is usually recited to Allah to help those with some pressing needs. This prayer helps in improving the spiritual well-being, mental health and physical health of a person.

Reciting this prayer on time ensures that one is guided by Allah and refrains from sinning. It is considered to be a good deed. In this blog, we look at the meaning and purpose of this salat, the recommended time to recite it, and the exact dua in Arabic and English with meaning. It also elaborates on how to perform this salat.

What is the meaning of Salatul Hajat?

The literal meaning of the word Hajat is to wish. Salatul Hajat has 2 rakats prayers that are offered to Allah. It is a prayer basically recited for wishes or the fulfilment of any specific purpose.

What is the purpose of Salatul Hajat?

The purpose of Salatul Hajat is that emphasize your prayer and ensure that it goes to heaven, known as jannat in Islam, the best creation of Allah.

What is the best time to pray Salatul Hajat?

This Salat can be performed any time of the day, however the best prescribed time for this dua is during the final third part of the night. It is generally considered as a dua to be said after the Witr namaz.

Salatul Hajat Dua

The dua that is said in Salatul-Hajat is a salat for need. Regarding Salat-Hajat dua, Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa narrates:

The Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever has a need with Allah, or with any human being, then let them perform ritual ablutions and then pray two rakats. After that, let them praise Allah and send blessings (Durood) on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).”

The dua in Arabic with pronunciation guide:

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

Laaa i-la-ha il-lal-la-hul-Ha-leemul kareem.
Sub-hanallahi rabi-bil `arshil `azeem.
Wal-Hamdu-lil-la-hi rabbil-`Alameen.
As’aluka muji-bati rah-ma-tik, wa `a-zaaa ‘i-ma mag-fira-tik, wal gha-nee-mata min kul-li birr, was-sa-la-mata min kul-li ithm.
La ta-da` li dhan-ban il-la gha-far-tah, wala ham-man il-la far-raj-tah, wala day-nan il-la ka-day-tah, wala hajatam-min ha-wa i-jid-dunya wal-aaa-khi-rah.
He-ya laka ri-dan il-la qa-day-taha yaaa ar-ha-mar-ra-he-meen.

Translation of Salatul Hajat Dua

There is no god but Allah the Clement and Wise. There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty. Glory be to Allah, Lord of 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 fulfil it, O Most Merciful!

The meaning of this dua in the words of Abu Dawood is, “Whenever a matter became serious, the Prophet (PBUH) turned salah.” It means that one can plead to God at any time asking for help, for Allah is the most merciful and beneficent. Among all voluntary appeals to Allah, there is also one important prayer, which is called Salatul Hajat. It is observed for the purpose of completion of one’s particular Haajah (need). It is but one of the ways to pray to the Almighty for one’s rightful wish.

“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)

Salat ul Haajat for Marriage

Salat ul Hajat for marriage gives best results if recited on a Monday. After completing the Isha prayer, one must perform ablution or purification bath, and then proceed to a private space to offer the prayer.

  1. Start by offering a 4 rakah prayer with one salaam. Also, say the intention of the prayer at this time.
  2. In the first rakah, recite Surah Fatiha, followed by Surah Ikhlas, a total of ten times. In second rakah, recited the same surahs 20 times. In the third rakah, say the same surahs 30 times. And finally in the 4 rakah, both surah should be recited 40 times.
  3. Perform salaam, and silently move on to the next step.
  4. Recite Surah Ikhlas 75 times. Then recite Istaghfar 75 times. And finally, recite Darood Shareef 75 times.
  5. Finally, offer your dua for marriage.
  6. Repeat every Monday for faster results.

How to perform Salatul-Hajat?

For performing these prayers or namaz, there is a particular format that has to be followed. Here’s a quick guide on how to pray salatul-hajat.

  • The person performing Salat-ul-Hajat has to start making a Wudhu. Wudhu is a cleansing ritual that is performed as an important part of purity and cleanliness in Islam.
  • After this two rakats are performed with an intention of Nafl Salaat.
  • After the salat is completed, the reciting of prayer to Allah SWT and Durood Shareef starts. It is considered good to recite as much amount of Tasbeeh and Durood Shareef in Islam.
  • Once this all is done in the end, making a keen Dua e Hajat is compulsory. This helps in the fulfilment of one’s requirement or obscurity.

Salatul-Hajat Benefits

Salat-ul-Hajat rewards or benefits cannot be explicitly mentioned as they come from the purpose of the prayer. It is a prayer of the need and the rewards with benefits as per one’s need and wishes. It is a powerful salat and must be performed with a pure heart and complete surrender to the Almighty. When said with honest intentions, this prayer is sure to fulfil all wishes and fetch miraculous rewards from Allah, the most merciful.

FAQs about the Prayer of Need

How many times is salat practised in a day?

The Salat is an obligatory Muslim prayer, performed 5 times each day by a Muslim person. It is said to be the second pillar of Islam.

What is Salatul Hajat?

Salatul Hajat is a simple yet powerful prayer to beg the Almighty for your wishes.

What is the perfect time to offer Salatul Hajat every day?

Salatul Hajat can be offered any time except sunrise, sunset and midday.

Dr Omar Ayoub

Dr. Omar Ayoub is a tech enthusiast and a part time researcher and accounts authorship of several international publications. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from USA and has an experience of more than 10 years in Saudi Arabia working in tourism, hospitality, education, technology and retail sector. His interests include traveling, writing, and exploring trending technologies.

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