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Prayers for forgiveness

A collection of seventy prayers of forgiveness compiled by Allama Qutb al-Din al-Hanafi from Hasan al-Basri

Allama Qutb al-Din al-Hanafi (may Allah most high have mercy on him) states in his book Prayers of Hajj and Umrah: “When the night of Tarwiya, the seventh night of Dhul Hijjah arrives, one should recite ‘Prayers of forgiveness that save from the hellfire’ attributed to Hasan al-Basri (may Allah be pleased with him) – during this night.  Those whom Allah has guided towards good fortune (sa’ada) from amongst His special friends and righteous servants recite this punctually.  My father Shaykh Ala al-Din (may Allah have mercy on him) used to recite them regularly. 


Allama Qutb al-Din al-Hanafi (may Allah most high have mercy on him) relates these prayers through a chain of transmission going back to Hasan al-Basri (may Allah be pleased with him) who says:


“I had always wished to see a friend or dear servant of Allah, either while awake or in a dream, so that I could ask him of a need of mine until one year, while I was standing in Arafat at noon I suddenly noticed eight people by the Arak (trees) in the environs of the Valley of Nu’man facing the Mount of the Valley Sakaharat. I resolved that they were the ones I was seeking, so I approached them and greeted, to which they responded most cordially.


Among them was an elderly man whose face Allah had illuminated and its brilliance was ascending to the horizon.  I sat with them and felt little in myself when I observed the calmness and tranquillity they possessed in them.  Then one of then stood up, made the call for prayer, and then made the call to commence. At this the elderly man proceeded forth and led them in prayer. I prayed with them and I knew that there was no prayer – nor would there be any – recorded in my book of deed with a value like this one.  After the prayer he faced in the direction of the Ka’ba and then said: “For Allah is abundant praise.” I did not hear him say anything other than that. I feared that my opportunity to be with them (and benefit from them) would pass, or that they would soon take leave of me, so I said to the one next to me, “By Allah, the one who has chosen you, how have you achieved this (great) status and (moral) excellence?” His face changed, and he opened his eyes (in surprise), upon which the elderly man said to him, “Whom ever Allah guides, he is truly guided. Show him the way may Allah have mercy on you.” 


So the one besides me said to me, “I used to recite the ‘Prayers of Forgiveness that Save from the Hellfire’ during three nights.” I asked as to exactly what these prayers are and in which of these nights they were recited? He said, “(I recite them on) the nights of the seventh, ninth and tenth of Dhul Hijjah, and if the one reciting them really knows what he’s reciting and what he’s uttering, it is incumbent upon Allah to provide him with security on the day of great grief (Judgment day), and to distinguish him with (His) mercy and friendship.” I said, “Teach me these prayers: May Allah most High have mercy on you.”  So he said to me,


They are …. (and recited the Seventy Prayers of Forgiveness which are presented to our viewers on the Dua section of this website) …................

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