Swalah al-Khuswama'

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The ritual prayer for one’s adversaries in litigation, swalah al-khuswama', consists of four raka'at, with only one taslimah.  It is taken from al-Ghunya ath-Thalibi fii Thariq al-Haqq by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.).  It is performed as follows:

1st rak'ah: Surah al-Fatihah x1, Surah al-Ikhlasw x 11
2nd rak'ah: Surah al-Fatihah x 1, Surah al-Ikhlasw x 10, Surah al-Kafirun x 3
3rd rak'ah: Surah al-Fatihah x 1, Surah al-Ikhlasw x 10, Surah al-Takatsur x 1
4th rak'ah: Surah al-Fatihah x 1, Surah al-Ikhlasw x 15, Ayat ul-Kursi x 1.

The seeker must then donate the spiritual reward, earned by his performance of this swalah, to his adversaries in litigation, al-khuswama', so that Allah (s.w.t.) may Satisfy their claim on the Day of Resurrection, Yawm al-Qiyamah, if Allah (s.w.t.) so Wills.

This swalah may be performed on seven specific occasions only, namely: on the first night of Rajab; on the night of the middle of Sha’ban, Niswf ash-Sha’ban; on the last Friday of Ramadhan; on each of the two Days of Festival, al-‘Iydayn; on the Day of 'Arafah; and on the Day of ‘Ashura’.


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