Ruling on Bid`ah in 'Al-Du`a' Al-Mustajab'

Q 4: Is the book "Al-Du`a' Al-Mustajab (Answered Supplication)" by Ahmad `Abdul-Jawwad a reliable reference? I read in it, "There are twelve Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) during the day or night and the Tashahhud (testification recited in the sitting position in the second/last unit of Prayer) should be performed between each pair. While sitting for the final Tashahhud, praise Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and invoke Allah's Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him). While in Sujud (prostration), Surah Al-Fatihah should be recited seven times, Ayat-ul-Kursy (the Qur’anic Verse of the Throne, Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) seven times, and the phrase: "La ilaha illa Allah wahdahu la sharika lahu... (There is no god but Allah Alone and He has no partner...)" should be recited ten times. This Du`a' (supplication) should then be recited: "O Allah! I ask you by the glory of Your Throne, by the utmost mercy of Your Book, and by Your Greatest Name, Your Highest Glory, and Your Perfect Words," and then ask Allah for whatever you need. After this, raise your head and say the Taslim (salutation of peace ending the Prayer)." (Related by Al-Hakim on the authority of Ibn Mas`ud [may Allah be pleased with him]). Is this a Sahih (authentic) Hadith? (Part No. 2; Page No. 499) There is a Hadith that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade `Aly from reciting the Qur'an during a Rak`ah (bowing) or Sujud.


A: Do not depend on this book, as it contains many Da`if (weak) and Mawdu` (fabricated) Hadith, one of them being the one you mentioned in your question that you read about the twelve Rak`ah in Salah (Prayer) in the manner mentioned. This is Bid`ah (innovation in religion) due to the lack of authentic report from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard. It is, however, authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Anyone who introduces something in this matter of ours (the religion) that is not from it, it will be rejected." He also prohibited the reciting of the Qur'an while in Sujud, as you mentioned in the question.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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