How To Pray Salat
Starting the Prayer by saying Takbir Tahrimah
Transliteration: Alla-hu Akbar
Translation: Allah is the greatest
Transliteration: Subhana Kal-lah hum-ma wabi hamdika wata-bara kasmuka wata'ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghyruka.
Translation: Glory be to you, O Allah, and all praises are due unto you, and blessed is your name and high is your majesty and none is worthy of worship but you.
Transliteration: A'uzu bil-lahi minash Shayta-nir-rajeem
Translation: I seek Allah's protection from Satan who is accursed.
Transliteration: Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem
Translation: In the name of Allah, the most Kind and the most Merciful.
Alhamdul lil-lahi rab-bil 'alameen
Praise is only for Allah, Lord
of the Universe.
After Surah Fatiha - recite any Surah from the Quran. Please note that the surah recited in the first rakath should be longer than the one recited in the second rakath.
Qul huwal lahu ahad.
Say: He is Allah, the only one.
Recite Alla-hu Akbar before going to Ruku. While in Ruku, recite the following supplication 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or more times. Make it an odd number.
Transliteration: Sub-hana Rabbi-al 'azeem.
Translation: Glory to my Lord the Exalted.
Transliteration: Sami 'allah hu liman hamida. Rab-bana lakal hamd.
Translation: Verily Allah listens to one who praises Him. Oh our Lord, all praises be to you.
Before going to the Sajdah, recite Alla-hu Akbar. While in Sajdah, recite the following supplication 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or more times. Make it an odd number.
Transliteration: Sub-hana Rabbi yal a'la
Translation: Oh Allah, glory be to you, the most High.
To rise and sit from the first Sajdah, recite Alla-hu Akbar. Sit for a short while and recite the following:
Transliteration: Allah hum maghfirlee war-ham nee
Translation: Oh Allah, forgive me, and have mercy on me
Recite Alla-hu Akbar before going to the secind Sajdah from Jalsah.
Recite the same supplication as the first Sajdah
Before starting second rakath, say Alla-hu Akbar while standing up. Now, you have completed one Rakath. Then recite Tasmiah and Surah Fatiha. After Fatiha, recite tasmiah and another surah and proceed to Ruku by saying Alla-hu Akbar. Carry on the acts till the second Sajdah. After second Sajdah, say Alla-hu Akbar, but sit down for reciting Tashahud, Darud and some supplications before finishing the prayer with salam.
At-tahiy-yatu lil-lahi was
sala-watu wat-tay yibatu
All compliments, all physical
If you are offering 3 Rakath of salah (as in Maghrib), then after Tashahud in second Rakath, you say Alla-hu Akbar and stand up. Then you recite Tasmiah, Fatiha and other supplications. Note that a surah after Fatiha is only recited in the first two rakaths. Carry on till second Sajdah in the normal manner and sit for second Tashahud in the third Rakath. After that, you are to recite the following three supplications and finish the prayer. If you are offering 4 Rakath of salah, then don't sit for Tashahud in the third Rakath. Simply stand up after second Sajdah in the third rakath by saying Alla-hu Akbar. Carry on till second sajdah and sit for Tashahud in the fourth Rakath. Recite the following three supplications to finish the prayer.
Allah humma sal-li 'ala
Allah humma barik 'ala
Oh Allah, send grace and honour
on Muhammad and
Oh Allah, send your blessing on
Rab bij'alnee muqeemas salati
Oh Lord, make me and my
children keep up prayers,
As-salamu 'alaykum wa rah-matul lah
Peace be on you and the mercy of Allah.
Allah hum mahdinee feeman
Oh Allah, make me among those
whom You have guided,
Sorry, no audio for the above supplication. The one below has an audio file.
or, you may recite this one,
Allah humma inna nast'eenuka wa nastaghfiruka wa nu'minu bika wa natawak-kalu 'alayka wa nuthne 'alayk-al khayr. Wa nashkuruka wa laaa nakfuruka wa nakhla'u wa natruku man-y yafjuruka. Allah humma iyyaka na'budu wa laka nusal-lee wa nasjudu wa ilayka nas'a wa nahfidu wa narju rahmataka wa nakhsha 'azabaka inna 'azabaka bil kuf-fari mulhiq.
Oh Allah, we ask you for help and seek your forgiveness, and we believe in You and have trust in You, and we praise you in the best way and we thank You and we are not ungrateful to you, and we forsake and turn away from the one who disobeys you. O Allah, we worship You only and pray to You and prostrate ourselves before You, and we run towards You and serve You, and we hope to receive your mercy, and we fear your punishment. Surely, the disbelievers will receive your punishement.
It may look difficult to memorize all these supplications in the beginning, but keep on learning everyday. Soon, you will be able to memorize them all.
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