Swalah to Avert Torment of the Grave

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

According to a hadits transmitted on the authority of ‘Abdullah ibn al-Hasan (r.a.), ‘Ali (k.w.) stated that Rasulullah (s.a.w.) once said, “If someone performs two cycles of ritual prayer reciting in one of the two cycles the last part of Surah al-Furqan, from ‘Tabaaraka alladzii ja'ala fii as-samaa'i buruujan’ until he reaches the end of the surah, then starting into the second cycle, and reciting in it, after al-Fatihah, from the beginning of the Surah al-Mu’minin until he reaches ‘Fatabaaraka Allahu Ahsanu al-Khaaliqiin,’ he will be safe from the double-dealing of the jinn and of humanity.”

He will receive his record sheet with his right hand on the Day of Resurrection.  He will be safe from the torment of the tomb, and safe from the greatest terror, al-faza’ al-akbar.  The Book will teach him, even if he is not an eager student.  He will be relieved of poverty.  Allah (s.w.t.) will Bring him into compliance with the law, hukm.  He will Give him insight into His Book, which He has Sent down to His Prophet (s.a.w.).  He will Instill in him the evidence he will need in order to make his case on the Day of Resurrection, Yawm al-Qiyamah.  He will Install a light in his heart.  Thus he will not grieve when other people grieve, and he will not be afraid when they are afraid.  Light will be Installed in his faculty of vision, the love of this world will be Extracted from his heart, and he will be Recorded in the Presence of Allah (s.w.t.) as one of the champions of truth, asw-swiddiqin.

This is the method of swalah.  In the first raka’at, recite the following after Surah al-Fatihah:

Blessed is He Who Made Constellations in the skies, and Placed therein a lamp and a moon giving light; And it is He Who Made the night and the day to follow each other: for such as have the will to celebrate His praises or to show their gratitude.  And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace!"  Those who spend the night in adoration of their Lord prostrate and standing; those who say, "Our Lord!  Avert from us the Wrath of Hell, for its Wrath is indeed an affliction grievous.” ― "Evil indeed is it as an abode, and as a place to rest in"; those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just (balance) between those (extremes); those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has Made sacred, except for just cause, not commit fornication ― and any that does this (not only) meets punishment. (But) the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignominy ― Unless he repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will Change the evil of such persons into good and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  And whoever repents and does good has truly turned to Allah with an (acceptable) conversion ― Those who witness no falsehood and, if they pass by futility, they pass by it with honourable (avoidance); those who, when they are admonished with the Signs of their Lord, droop not down at them as if they were deaf or blind: And those who pray, “Our Lord!  Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes and Give us (the grace) to lead the righteous.”  Those are the ones who will be Rewarded with the highest place in heaven because of their patient constancy; therein shall they be met with salutations and peace.  Dwelling therein how beautiful an abode and place of rest!  Say (to the rejecters), “My Lord is not uneasy because of you if ye call not on Him but ye have indeed rejected (Him) and soon will come the inevitable (punishment)!” (Surah al-Furqan:61-77)

In the second raka’at, recite the following after Surah al-Fatihah:

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The believers must (eventually) win through.  Those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess ― for (in their case) they are free from blame, but those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors ― Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants; and who (strictly) guard their prayers.  Those will be the heirs who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (forever).  Man, We did Create from a quintessence (of clay); then We Placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest firmly fixed; then We Made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We Made a (foetus) lump; then We Made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We Developed out of it another creature: so Blessed be Allah, the Best to Create! (Surah al-Mu’minun:1-14)

The rest of the swalah is as per normal.


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