Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Swalah an-Najat, The Prayer of Salvation

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Swalah an-Najat, the Prayer of Salvation is mentioned in the awrad book of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order.  It is based on a hadits, that whosoever recites the following verses in that order, Allah (s.w.t.) Raises the Station, Maqam, a thousand times; and He Removes a thousand calamities, bala’; and He Grants a thousand Rahmah.  It is said that a tree will be planted in Paradise which will have seventy branches and each branch will have seventy leaves and each leave will recite swalawat on behalf of the one who performs this amal, act of worship.

This hadits and the benefits of this amal was taught to us by Shaykh Zakaria Bagharib (q.s.) and also by Shaykh Ahmad ‘Arif.  In any case, we were always taught to do our amal without thought of the rewards.  For those of the Path, thoughts of the rewards of ‘ibadah becomes a veil.  If one does an amal for the sake of a Reward, Allah (s.w.t.) Grants it.  But if an amal is done for the sake of Allah (s.w.t.), Allah (s.w.t.) is not limited in His Rewarding.

This is the method of performing it.  Swalah Najat is normally done in the last third of the night, perhaps about 2 hours before fajr.

In the 1st raka’at, recite Surah al-Fatihah and then the following:


Wa ilaahukum ilaahun waa’ ahidun.  Laa ilaaha illaa Huwa ar-Rahmaan ar-Rahiim.

And your God is one God; there is no god but He Most Gracious, Most Merciful. (Surah al-Baqarah:163)

  
Allahu laa ilaaha illaa Huwa al-Hayyu al-Qayyum.  Laa taa’khuduhu sinatum wa laa nawm.  Lahu maa fii as-samaawaati wa maa fii al-ardh.  Man dzaa al-ladzii yashfa’u ‘indahu illaa bi’idznih.  Ya’lamu maa bayna aydiihim wa maa khalfahum wa laa yuhiithuuna bishay’in min ‘ilmihi illaa bimaa shaa’a.  Wa si’a kursiyuhu as-samaawaati wa al-ardh.  Wa laa ya’uuduhu hifzhuhumaa wa Huwa al-‘aliyyu al-‘adhiim.

Allah!  There is no Allah but He - the Living, the Self-Subsisting, Eternal.  No slumber can seize him nor sleep.  His are all things in the heavens and on earth.  Who is there that can intercede in His Presence except as He Permitteth?  He Knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) Before or After or Behind them.  Nor shall they compass aught of His Knowledge except as He Willeth.  His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He Feeleth no fatigue in Guarding and Preserving them.  For He is the Most High, the Supreme (in Glory). (Surah al-Baqarah:255 - Ayat al-Kursi) 


  
Shahid Allahu innahu laa ilaaha illa Huwa wa al-malaaiktu wa uuluu al-‘ilmi qaa’iman bi al-qisth.  Laa ilaaha illaa Huwa al-‘Aziiz al-Hakiim.  Inna ad-diyna inda Allahi al-Islaam.

There is no god but He: that is the witness of Allah, His angels and those endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice.  There is no god but He, the Exalted in Power, the Wise. The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His will)... (Surah Ali ‘Imran:18-19)



  
Qul illahumma maalika al-mulki tuu’ti al-mulka man tashaa’u wa tanzi’u al-mulka mimman tashaa’u wa tu’izzu man tashaa’u wa tudzillu man tashaa’u biyadika al-khayr.  Inaka ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadiir.  Tuuliju al-layla fii an-nahaari wa tuuliju nahaara fii layli.  Wa tukhriju al-hayya min al-mayyiti tukhriju al-mayyita min al-hayya.  Wa tarzuqu man tashaa’u bighayri hisaab.

Say: "O Allah!  Lord of Power (and Rule), Thou Givest Power to whom Thou Pleasest and Thou Strippest off power from whom Thou Pleasest, Thou Enduest with Honour whom thou Pleasest, and Thou Bringest low, whom Thou Pleasest; in Thy Hand is all Good. Verily, over all things Thou hast Power.  "Thou Causest the Night to gain on the Day, and Thou Causest the Day to gain on the Night; Thou Bringest the Living out of the Dead, and Thou Bringest the Dead out of the Living; and Thou Givest sustenance to whom Thou Pleasest without measure." (Surah Ali ‘Imran:26-27)

In the 2nd raka’at, recite Surah al-Fatihah followed by Surah al-Ikhlasw 11 times.

At the end of the 2 rak’ah, go into sujud, prostration, and recite the following du’a:


Yaa Rabbi, kamaa taakulu an-naaru al-hathaba hakadzaa al-hasaadu al-muta’aswila fiyya.  Ya kullu jamiyy’i a’amaalii.  Ya Rabbi khaliswnii minhu wa min al-ghadhabi an-nafsaanii wa min nafsi att-thifli al-madzmuumati wa min al-akhlaaqi adz-dzamiimati way a Rabbi baddil akhlaaqii illaa akhlaaqin hamiidatin wa af’alin hasanatin.

O Lord, the envy within me eats away my deeds the way fire eats up firewood.  My Lord, Rid me of it and of the anger of my ego and from my selfish, childish traits, and other lowly traits.  O My Lord, change my manners into that which is praiseworthy, and replace my bad actions with good actions.


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