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Thankfulness Prayer

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Thankfulness Prayer or Al-Shukr Prayer (Arabic: صَلاةُ الشُّکْر) is a recommended prayer performed to thank and express gratitude to God. Thankfulness Prayer does not have a special form, time or conditions and is performed as a normal "two-rak'a prayer". Like other recommended prayers, it can be performed while sitting, standing, walking, inside a vehicle, etc. But, it is better to be performed while standing.[1]

However, a Thankfulness Prayer is narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (a) with a special instruction as below:

In some sources, it is instructed to recite the du'a of "al-ḥamd-u li-Allah shukr-an shukr-an li-Allah wa ḥamd-an" (Arabic: اَلحَمدُ لِلهِ شُکراً شُکراً لله وَ حَمداً) (All praise belongs to Allah, gratitude and praise belong to Allah) in ruku' and sajda of both rak'as and to recite the du'a of "al-ḥamdu li-Allah al-ladhi qaḍa ḥajati wa a'ṭani mas'alati"
(Arabic: اَلحمدُ للهِ الَّذی قَضا حَاجَتی وَ أعطانی مَسأَلَتی) (All praise belongs to the Allah Who fulfilled my need and met my request.) after the end of the prayer.[2]

Also, it is recommended to recite du'a of Imam al-Sajjad (a) which is mentioned in al-Sahifat al-Sajjadiyya after the Thankfulness Prayer.[3]

In addition to this prayer mentioned in Shi'a sources, Sunnis too have transmitted a prayer from the Prophet (s), reporting that after the conquest of Mecca due to thank God for the victory, the Prophet (s) performed four "two-rak'a prayers" as a Thankfulness Prayer. Thus, some of the companions followed him (a) and performed this prayer after their victories.[4]

Notes

  1. Yazdī, al-ʿUrwa al-wuthqā, vol. 2, p. 11.
  2. Kulaynī, al-Kāfī, vol. 3, p. 481; Ṭūsī, Miṣbāḥ al-mutahajjid, vol. 2, p. 532.
  3. Al-Sahifat al-Sajjadiyya, p. 162.
  4. Ibn Kathīr, al-Bidāya wa l-nihāya, vol. 1, p. 324.

References

  • Al-Sahifat al-Sajjadiyya. Qom: Daftar Nashr al-Hādī, 1376 Sh.
  • Ibn Kathīr, Ismāʿīl b. ʿUmar. Al-Bidāya wa l-nihāya. Beirut: Dār al-Fikr, 1407 AH.
  • Kulaynī, Muḥammad b. Yaʿqūb al-. Al-Kāfī. Edited by ʿAlī Akbar Ghaffārī & Muḥammad Ākhūndī. Fourth edition. Tehran: Dār al-Kutub al-Islāmīyya, 1407 AH.
  • Ṭūsī, Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-. Miṣbāḥ al-mutahajjid wa salāḥ al-mutaʿabbid. Beirut: Muʾassisat Fiqh al-Shīʿa, 1411 AH.
  • Yazdī, Sayyid Muḥammad Kāẓim al-. Al-ʿUrwa al-wuthqā. Qom: Muʾassisat al-Nashr al-Islāmī, 1419 AH.