Duas and SupplicationsAl-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya • Khamsa 'Ashar Supplication • Al-Iftitah Supplication • Supplication of Abu Hamza • Supplication of 'Arafa • Al-Nudba Supplication • Supplication of Kumayl • Al-Simat Supplication • Al-Tawassul Supplication • Al-Faraj Supplication • Al-'Ahd Supplication • Supplication of 'Alqama • Yastashir Supplication
ZhikrsTasbih of Lady Fatima (a) • Salawat • Al-Yunusiyya Dhikr • Istighfar
Related ConceptsSupplication • Ziyara • Worship
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.
However, a Thankfulness Prayer is narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (a) with a special instruction as below:
|When you are bestowed a divine blessing, perform two rak'as of prayer. In the first rak'a, recite Qur'an 1 (Sura al-Fatiha) and then Qur'an 112 (Sura al-Ikhlas) and in the second rak'a, recite Qur'an 1 first and then recite Qur'an 109 (Sura al-Kafirun). In ruku' and sajda of the first rak'a say:|
|All praise, thankfulness and gratitude belong to Allah||اَلْحَمْدُ لِلهِ شُکْراً شُکْراً وَ حَمْداً|
|and, in ruku' and sajda of the second rak'a, say:|
|All praise belongs to God who fulfilled my du'a and met my request.||اَلْحَمْدُ لِلهِ الَّذِی اسْتَجَابَ دُعَائِی وَ أَعْطَانِی مَسْأَلَتِی|
|In some sources, it is instructed to recite the following du'a in ruku' and sajda of both rak'as|
|All praise belongs to Allah, gratitude and praise belong to Allah||اَلحَمدُ لِلهِ شُکراً شُکراً لله وَ حَمداً|
|and to recite this du'a after the end of the prayer:|
|All praise belongs to the Allah Who fulfilled my need and met my request.||اَلحمدُ للهِ الَّذی قَضا حَاجَتی وَ أعطانی مَسأَلَتی|
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.
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 in order 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.
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- 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.
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