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Prayer for the fulfillment of specific desires

By: Ayatullah Fadhil Milani
Despite Islamic guidance that every person is responsible for her/his own physical and worldly needs, Muslims are advised also to seek the Lord's help. Here are a few suggestions outlined by the Imams-
To offer two rakaat in the great mosque in Kufa and in each rakaah, to recite Surah 113, Surah 114, Surah 112, Surah 109, Surah 110, Surah 97 and Surah 87 - after Surah Al-Fatihah. Thereafter to recite the tasbih of Lady Fatimah (a.s.) - 'Allahu Akbar 34 times, 'Al Hamdu lilah' 33 times and 'Subhana Allah' 33 times - before asking for one's requests to be granted.
Imam Ali (a.s.) ibn Al-Husayn advised a frail and financially straitened person to offer two rakaat - to follow that with Allah's praise and sending the Prophet (S) and his progeny blessings - after which to recite the last three ayat of Surah 59, the first six ayat of Surah 57,and ayat 26 and 27 of Surah 3.39
Ayat 22-23- 24 of Surah 59 - Al-Hashr

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the most Merciful.
ٰ ۖ ۖ ٰ {22}

Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
ٰ ۚ {23}

Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.
ۖ ٰ ۚ ۖ {24}

He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
Ayat 1-6 of Surah 57 - Al-Hadid
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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the most Merciful.
ۖ {1}

Whatever is in the heavens and on earth,- let it declare the Praises and Glory of Allah: for He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
ۖ ۖ ٰ {2}

To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: It is He Who gives Life and Death; and He has Power over all things.
ۖ {3}

He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things.
ٰ ۚ ۖ ۚ {4}

He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of Authority). He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do.
ۚ {5}

To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: and all affairs are referred back to Allah.
ۚ {6}

He merges Night into Day, and He merges Day into Night; and He has full knowledge of the secrets of (all) hearts.
Ayat 26 -27 of Surah 3 - Ali-Imran
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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the most Merciful.
ۖ ۖ ٰ {26}

Say: "O Allah! Lord of Power (And Rule), Thou givest power to whom Thou pleasest, and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest: Thou enduest with honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest: In Thy hand is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power.
ۖ ۖ {27}

"Thou causest the night to gain on the day, and thou causest the day to gain on the night; Thou bringest the Living out of the dead, and Thou bringest the dead out of the Living; and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest, without measure."
Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn (a.s.) said that after reciting the above,Allah will grant your desires for this world and for the world to come.
It is reported from Imam Ali (a.s.) that a four-rakat it prayer should be offered to invoke Allih to grant desires
In the first rakaah after Al-Fatihah, to recite Quran 3:173 (Al-Imran) seven times - 'Allah is sufficient for us, He who protects us is Most Excellent.'
{173}

Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you": And frightened them: But it (only) increased their Faith: They said: "For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs."
In the second rakaah after Al-Fatihah, to recite the following ayah of Al-Kahf seven times,
ۚ {39}

"Why didst thou not, as thou wentest into thy garden, say: 'Allah's will (be done)! There is no power but with Allah!' If thou dost see me less than thee in wealth and sons.. (Quran 18:39).
In the third rakacah after Al-Fatihah, to recite the following ayah seven times,
ٰ {87}

'There is no Divinity other than You - limitless Glory beyond imperfection. Truly I was among the unjust ..' (Quran 21:87).
In the fourth rakaah after Al-Fatihah, to recite the following ayah seven times,
ۚ {44}

'I entrust my affairs to Allah, truly Allah watches over His servants' (Quran 40:44).
He said that after reciting the above, Allah will grant your desires for this world and for the world to come.

Prayer for istikhirah
The word istikharah - to petition Allah for guidance to all that is good - is derived from the Arabic root word khair - good. Human beings, created with intelligence and the ability to reason, are well equipped to evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of actions and make informed decisions. However, at moments of stress,or when obliged to make decisions crucial to their future success, believers are advised to seek the guidance of Allah - Knower of All that is Hidden and Manifest - to direct them to the 'best' solution via istikharah.
Scholars have dedicated chapters, even volumes, to this subject. The most famous work is the book of Al-Sayyid ibn Tawus (d. 664 AH) 'Fath al-Abwab' (Opening the Doors) in which he records 20 different approaches to the seeking of istikharah.40
Shaykh Saduq refers to Imam Sadiq (a.s.) saying, 'When one wishes to consult Allah, pray two rakaat, praise Allah, send blessings to the Prophet and his progeny and then say, "O Allah if this action is beneficial in terms of religion or worldly matters, please make it easy for me to undertake; if it is not, please erase it from my thoughts."' The narrator asked the Imam which surahs should be recited in the rakaat and was told that both Surah Al-lkhlas Quran 112 and Surah Al-Kafiriun Quran 109 should be recited in the knowledge that the Prophet (S) said that the recitation of Al-Ikhlas is equalto the recitation of one-third of the Quran.41

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