The Prayer Of Need
لآَ إِلٰهَ اِلَّا ﷲُ الْحَلِيمُ الْكَرِيمُ
سُبْحَانَ ﷲِ رَبِّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ
أَلْحَمْدُ ِللهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
أَسْأَلُكَ مُوجِبَاتِ رَحْمَتِكَ وَعَزَٓاإِمَ مَغْفِرَتِكَ وَالْغَنِيمَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ بِرٍّ وَالسَّلاَمَةَ مِنْ
كُلِّ إِثْمٍ لاَتَدَعْ لِى ذَنْبًا إِلَّا غَفَرْتَهُ وَلَا هَمًّا إِلَّا فَرَّجْتَهُ وَلاَحَاجَةً هِىَ لَكَ رِضًا إِلَّا قَضَيْتَهَا يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ*
La ilaha illa Allahu l-haleemu l-ikareemu Subhaana Allahi rabbi l-`arshi `adheem.
Al-hamdulillah rabbi l-`alameen. As’aluka mujibati rahmatika, wa `aza’ima maghfiratika, wal ghaneemata min kuli birr, was-salamata min kulli ithm. La tada` li dhanban illa ghafartahu, wala hamman illa farajtahu, wala hajatan hiya laka ridan illa qadaytaha ya arhama ar-rahimeen.
There is no god. Only Allah, the Halim, the Kareem. I declare the incomparability (tanzih) of Allah, the Azim Rabb of the Throne. Hamd belongs to Allah, the Rabb of the worlds. O Rabb, subject me to what Your grace and mercy necessitate and every good and bring me out to a state of salam (emancipation from the conditions of bodily life and the experience of ‘certainty’ of Allah) from every sin and mistake. Let there be no sin or mistake left to be forgiven and no affliction left from which to be delievered. Amen, O the most merciful Rahim.
This prayer of need, which is read to present one’s need or difficulty to Allah and to ask for deliverance, is recommended to us by the Rasul of Allah (saw), in his words:
“He who is need of something from Allah or from someone should take ablution, perform two rakahs of salat, make repentance, bring salawat to Allah’s Rasul and then read this prayer.”
If anyone who is suffering from hardship and difficulty reads this prayer and then recites a thousand times the following verse from chapter Talaq, which was mentioned earlier, he would have sought the greatest refuge in Allah:
Wa man yattaqi llaaha yaj`al l-lahu makhrajan wa-yarzuqhu min haythu laa yaḥtasibu wa man yatawakkal `alaa Allahi fahuwa ḥasbuhu
Whoever protects himself from Allah, He will open a way out for him. And He will provide sustenance for him from where he does not expect. He who places his trust in Allah, Allah will be sufficient for him (he who believes in the forces pertaining to the qualities of the Names comprising his essence and complies with their requirements, those forces will be ever sufficient for him). Indeed, Allah will fulfill His word!
In any case, reciting this verse one thousand times daily until reaching one’s desired state or object is proven to be very effective.
The biggest advice given by saints and the enlightened ones to those who are in need is repentance. For it is said that if a person is unable to reach the degree to which he has been assigned in the sight of Allah via his own means then Allah subjects him to various afflictions until he reaches that degree.
Repentance is the most effective tool to raise one’s degree and erase his mistakes. Thus, those who are in difficulty should first resort to the prayers provided in the section on repentance. It is especially recommended to read the prayer named ‘Sayyid al istighfar’ every morning and evening or after every salat with the condition that it is not merely read, but felt and contemplated.