Istisqa Prayer; Prayer to Ask for Rain

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Istisqa Prayer; Prayer to Ask for Rain ~ Hi all readers! Do you know what Istisqa prayer is? That is one type of sunnah prayer to ask for rain. The aim is to ask for rain. Usually, Muslims pray these when the weather is very hot and rain does not come. There are some important things that we should know about. I will explain that in this article.

As usual, before I explain some important things about Istisqa prayer, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Istisqa Prayer

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : خَرَجَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مُتَوَاضِعًا , مُتَبَذِّلًا , مُتَخَشِّعًا , مُتَرَسِّلًا , مُتَضَرِّعًا , فَصَلَّى رَكْعَتَيْنِ كَمَا يُصَلِّيْ فِيْ الْعِيْدِ , لَمْ يَخْطُبْ خُطْبَتَكُمْ هَذِهِ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةُ

From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu ‘anhuma, he said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam never came out wearing the clothes of people who humble themselves, fearing Allah, walking slowly, humblingly. He then prayed two rak’ahs just as he prayed Eid, but he did not preach.” The hadith was narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, Ibn Majah).

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There are some important things related to the above hadith that we need to know;

  1. The hadith explains about the suggestion to doing Istisqa prayer (prayer to ask for rain). It was done like Eid prayers; two rak’ahs.
  2. Ash-Shafi’I said, in the first rak’ah a person must be takbir up to seven times (other than takbir ihram) and in the second rak’ah someone must be takbir until the time (other than takbir to stand).
  3. Malik and Ahmad said that there was no additional takbir for Istisqa prayer. They both understand the analogy of the Istisqa prayer on Eid prayer is in the case of rakaat and reading of the Quran; done loudly.
  4. Abu Hanifah said that there was no suggestion to doing Istisqa prayer, that there was a suggestion to pray for rain.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the Istisqa prayer; pray to ask for rain. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful!

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 120-121.

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