Requests Heaven and Protection from Hell in Prayer (Salat)

Learning Islamic Law: Requests Heaven and Protection from Hell in Prayer (Salat) ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the law of asking for Heaven and Protection from Hell in prayer. You need to know, that there are many verses of the Qur’an that explain Heaven and Torture. On the one hand, we may read any verse when we are praying. If we meet verses that explain Heaven and Hell, can we pray for Heaven and protection from Hell when we pray?

As always, before I explain this theme further, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. Pay attention!

عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ صَلَّيْتُ مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَمَا مَرَّتْ بِهِ آيَةُ رَحْمَةٍ إِلَّا وَقَفَ عِنْدَهَا يَسْأَلُ ، وَلَا آيَةُ عَذَابٍ إِلَّا تَعَوَّذَ مِنْهَا . أَخْرَجَهُ الْخَمْسَةُ

From Hudzaifah radliyallaahu anhu, he said, “I once prayed with the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam. There was nothing he did when he met the verse which explained the mercy except, he stopped then prayed to Allah to ask for it, and when he met the verse which explained torment, he asked for protection from him.” The hadith is narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidzi, an-Nasa’i, Ibnu Majah).


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

One; The hadith recommends that someone who is praying so that he contemplates his reading.

Two; The hadith recommends someone when he reads the verse which explains about mercy so that he prays to ask for it and so that he asks for protection from torture when he reads the verse which describes torture.

Three; There are differences of opinion about what I say in the second point. The Shafi’iyyah sect said, that there is no difference about that both the person who prays becomes the imam, makmum, or prayer alone, both the prayers performed are obligatory prayers or sunnah prayers. The Hanafiyyah sect said, that it may be done in sunnah prayers, not in obligatory prayers. The Malikiyyah sect said that praying in the midst of reading the Quran in obligatory prayer is makruh (it is better not to do it), except for makmum, because he may read the prayer to the Prophet Muhammad if he hears the name of the Prophet Muhammad; he may also ask for mercy and ask for protection from torture if he meets a verse which explains mercy and torment.

All readers! That is a brief explanation of requests Heaven and protection from Hell in prayer (Salat). Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear. So, I hope you understand. But, if you want to ask, please ask!

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

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. I, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 312-313.


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