Dhuha Prayer Readings: Procedures, and Their Priorities

Dhuha prayer prayer – Prayer is an important worship in Islam. It is so important that prayer is the first thing that will be accounted for in Padang Mahsyar. If our prayers are correct while in the world, then we can be sure that our fate will be safe in the afterlife and we can become residents of heaven.

On the other hand, those whose prayers are in disarray and never even perform them will be very sorry that day because we may have to be exposed to the torments of hell first.

In the teachings of Islam, the five daily prayers are one of the important and obligatory worships so that they cannot be left out under any circumstances or situations. This includes even if you are seriously ill and can’t stand up, you must still perform the five daily prayers while sitting or lying in bed.

In addition to performing the five daily prayers, Muslims are also advised to carry out various other forms of worship that are sunnah, including establishing sunnah prayers. It is called sunnah prayer because this prayer is not obligatory to be performed like the five daily prayers.

You can leave it, and will not get any sin. But on the other hand, sunnah prayer has enormous rewards, plus a number of very special virtues.

There are many kinds of sunnah prayers, starting from midnight prayers, hajat prayers, istikharah prayers, witir prayers, tarawih prayers in the month of Ramadan, dhuha prayers, and other sunnah prayers. Now, talking about sunnah prayers, this time we will discuss Duha prayers.

Duha prayer is a sunnah prayer that is held at Duha time or in the morning when the sun is rising, and the time just ends when it is approaching the time for the midday prayer.

For Sinaumed’s who want to perform Duha prayer, you can do it between 7 and noon. Let the worship be solemn, before starting, let’s find out first the reading of the dhuha prayer, intentions, procedures, and priorities below!

Dhuha prayer intention

Just like the obligatory prayers, the duha prayer also begins with reading the intention. Of course, the intention of the dhuha prayer with the obligatory prayer is slightly different, but the difference is not too great and the reading of the intention is not long so you can definitely memorize it easily. For Sinaumed’s who want to start praying dhuha, the following is the reading of the intention that you must recite:

أصلي سنة الضحى ركعتين لله تعالى الله أكبر

Ushallii sunnatadh dhuhaa rak’ataini lillaahi ta’aalaa. Allahu Akbar.

It means:

“I intend to do the Dhuha sunnah prayer two cycles because of Allah Ta’ala. Allah is the Greatest.”

How short and easy is it? You can definitely memorize the intention of this dhuha prayer quickly, guaranteed!

Procedure for Dhuha Prayer

Basically, Duha prayer is almost the same as the five daily prayers that we usually do every day, both from the movement and the reading. Apart from reading the intention, what makes the Duha prayer different is the number of cycles that must be done. If the five daily prayers have been determined for the number of rak’ahs and cannot be changed anymore, we can actually set the duha prayer cycles ourselves according to our abilities.

For the Duha prayer cycle itself, do at least 2 cycles, but if you are able, you can do it up to 12 cycles with the provision of greeting every 2 cycles.

The reading of short letters during the Duha prayer is also exempt. In every raka’at you must read Surah Iftitah and Surah Al-Fatihah. Only after reading Surah Al-Fatihah, Sinaumed’s can read any surah that you memorize. But it would be better if we read the letter Ad-Dhuha in the first rak’ah, and the letter Asy-Shams in the second cycle.

Dhuha prayer reading

After greeting, it doesn’t mean that the Duha prayer is over, okay! So that the Duha prayer becomes more complete, after the Duha prayer, we are required to read the Duha prayer, with the following pronunciation:

اَللّٰهُمَّ اِنَّ الضُّحَآءَ ضُحَاءُكَ وَالْبَهَاءَ بَهَاءُكَ وَالْجَمَالَ جَمَالُكَ وَالْقُوَّةَ قُوَّتُكَ وَالْقُدْرَةَ قُدْرَتُكَ وَالْعِصْمَةَ عِصْمَتُكَ اَللّٰهُمَّ اِنْ كَانَ رِزْقِى فِى السَّمَآءِ فَأَنْزِلْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ فِى اْلاَرْضِ فَأَخْرِجْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ مُعَسَّرًا فَيَسِّرْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ حَرَامًا فَطَهِّرْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ بَعِيْدًا فَقَرِّبْهُ بِحَقِّ ضُحَاءِكَ وَبَهَاءِكَ وَجَمَالِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ وَقُدْرَتِكَ آتِنِىْ مَآاَتَيْتَ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِيْنَ

Allaahumma innadh dhuhaa-a dhuhaa-uka walbahaa-a bahaa-uka wal jamaala jamaaluka wal quwwata quw watuka wal qudrata qudratuka wal ‘ishmatta ‘ishmatuk. Allaahumma in kaana rizqii fissamaa-i fa anzilhu wa in kaanafil ardhi fa-akhrijhu wa in kaana mu’assaran fayas sirhu wa in kaana haraaman fathahhirhu wa in kaana ba’iidan faqarribhu bihaqqi dhuhaa-ika wa bahaa-ika wa jamaalika wa quuwatika wa qudratika aatinii maa aataita ‘ibaadakash shalihiin.

It means:

“O my Lord, verily the time of Dhuha is the time of Your Dhuha, majesty is Your majesty, beauty is Your beauty, strength is Your strength, and power is Your power and guard is Your guard. O Allah, if my sustenance is still in the sky, send it down and if it is in the earth, take it out. If it’s difficult, make it easy, if it’s illegal, purify it, if it’s still far, bring it closer, thanks to the time of Dhuha, Your majesty, beauty, strength and power, bestow upon us all that You have bestowed upon Your pious servants.”

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Dhikr after Duha prayer

Just like during the five daily prayers, after reading the Duha prayer, you don’t immediately get up and leave. It’s good if you take the time to meditate for a few minutes. The habit of dhikr after prayer can make your heart much calmer than before, and you will be given strength when worshiping Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. As for the dhikr that you read after the dhuha prayer is as follows:

  1. First, you can start by reading the verse of the chair once. Seat verse is the most sublime letter. This Surah is the head of the Qur’an, and has the virtue of being able to open doors of wisdom, as well as being a helper for Muslims when they are experiencing any difficulties. Another advantage is that people who are diligent in reading verses of the chair will also be facilitated when experiencing death someday.
  2. Read Surah Al-Ikhlas three times. Surah Al-Ikhlas itself has several virtues in the form of getting the same reward as reading the Qur’an 30 chapters, getting the love of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, and building a palace if we read it 10 times.
  3. Read the sentence tasbih Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah) a hundred times. Every time we read this tasbih sentence, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will abort our 20 sins, and replace them with 20 rewards. Imagine if we read it 100 times, how many sins will be erased, and how many rewards will Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala add to us?
  4. Read Surah Al-Falaq three times. Surah Al-Falaq is a special letter because its readers will get the protection of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and be free from magic. Reading Surah Al-Falaq before going to bed will even protect you from various dangers that might befall you.
  5. Reading Surah An-Naas three times, where the reader will get protection from evil magic and bad temptations. Whether it’s temptation from humans, temptation from jinn, or satan.
  6. Beristighfar or read the sentence Astagh-firullah wa atuubu ilaih a hundred times. Istighfar is known as a sentence to erase sins, it also widens the sustenance.
  7. The last dhikr that you should never forget is Subhanallah wa bi-hamdih a hundred times. You need to know, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala loves this sentence very much, and anyone who reads it once will be written ten goodness. If you read it a hundred times, you will get a hundred good things. How about reading this dhikr sentence a hundred times? Then there will be a thousand goodness that Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala bestows on you on that day.

The virtue of performing Duha prayer

Duha prayer is indeed not a mandatory worship, even so, Rasulullah Shalallahu Alaihi Wassalam recommends us to carry it out. Actually there are several important reasons why Rasulullah Shalallahu Alaihi Wassalam advised his people to perform dhuha prayers. First, dhuha prayer will be rewarded with a great reward. Second, dhuha prayer also has several virtues. What are the priorities?

1. Replacing alms for the whole body

Humans have 360 ​​joints, and every day all the joints must give alms. Actually this alms can be issued by saying a few sentences tasbih. But if you want the easiest and most practical way, then performing Duha prayer is the answer.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to pray up to tens of cycles, just pray 2 cycles of duha, you have replaced alms for all your joints. Another bonus, you will definitely get a big reward for practicing sunnah prayers!

From Abu Dzar radhiallahu anhu, from the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, he said,

 يُصْبِحُ عَلَى كُلِّ سُلامَى مِنْ أَحَدِكُمْ صَدَقَةٌ ، فَكُلُّ تَسْبِيحَةٍ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَكُلُّ تَحْمِيدَةٍ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَكُلُّ تَهْلِيلَةٍ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَكُلُّ تَكْبِيرَةٍ صَدَقَةٌ وَأَمْرٌ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَنَهْيٌ عَنْ الْمُنْكَرِ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَيُجْزِئُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ رَكْعَتَانِ يَرْكَعُهُمَا مِنْ الضُّحَى (رواه مسلم، رقم 1181) .

“In each of your joints must be given alms every morning; Every tasbih (reading subhanallah) is a charity, every tahmid (reading Alhamdulillah) is a charity, every tahlil (reading Lailaha illallah) is a charity, every takbir (reading Allahu Akbar) is a charity, amar bil ma’ruf is a charity, nahi ‘anil munkar is alms. All of that can be fulfilled by (praying) two rak’ahs which are done at Dhuha time.” (HR. Muslim)

2. Forgive his sins by Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala is indeed Forgiving, but our sins will not be forgiven if we ourselves never repent and ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for forgiveness. The good news is, by performing Duha prayer, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will forgive our sins.

Not only one or two of our sins will be forgiven, but all the sins we have committed in the past. Even if our sins are as many as foam in the ocean, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will not care about them and will still forgive the sins of the time.

Eits, but of course to get this forgiveness, you can’t do Duha prayers carelessly. You have to do it solemnly, read the truth, earnestly intend to repent and promise not to repeat the same mistakes as before.

3. Given enough sustenance

Everyone in this world, including you, would want to be given abundant fortune, right? With a lot of fortune, we are not only able to meet all our daily needs.

More than that, we can help others who are more in need with the sustenance we have. In order to get abundant sustenance, many people are even willing to work desperately from morning to night.

But actually working alone is not enough, because all efforts must also be accompanied by prayer. In Islamic teachings themselves, there are several practices that we can do to invite abundant sustenance, and Duha prayer is one of them.

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From Nu’aim bin Hammad Al Ghothofaniy, he heard the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihu wa salam say,

قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ لاَ تَعْجِزْ عَنْ أَرْبَعِ رَكَعٍَ مِنْ أَوَّلْ أَوَّلْ أَّهَِ فَارِ رَكَعٍَ مِنْ أَوَّلْ النَّهَْ

“Allah Ta’ala says: O son of Adam, do not leave the four cycles of prayer in the early afternoon (dhuha time). Then it will suffice you at the end of the day.” (Narrated by Ahmad)

You can perform Duha prayers as many as 4 raka’at to get this one priority. Are you sure you want to leave the dhuha prayer if the priority is like this?

From the hadith above, it is clear that Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala asks us not to leave the Duha prayer, even though this one prayer is not obligatory to do. Because by carrying out this dhuha prayer service, our needs, God willing, will be fulfilled.

4. Palaces are made in heaven

If someone asks, the best place to live, then heaven is the best place to return to. In heaven, you will never experience any difficulties like when you live on earth. You will get happiness, ease, and comfort forever.

So, by performing the Duha prayer, you are not only making your chance to enter heaven wide open. Greater than that, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will also build a magnificent palace in heaven for you to live in.

However, this priority will only be obtained if you carry out the Duha prayer service as many as 12 rak’ahs regularly. Come on, who wants to go to heaven, plus having a private palace there? In a hadith, Rasulullah shallallahu alaihi wassalam said,

“Whoever prays Duha prayer 12 raka’at, Allah will make for him a palace in heaven.” (Narrated by Tirmidhi)

5. Enter the awwabin group

It is undeniable, our faith as human beings is not as perfect as the friends, especially when compared to the faith of the prophets and apostles. It’s not uncommon for our faith to go down and even plunge to its lowest point. When faith is rising, our worship is smooth, everything is done.

Whether it’s sunnah, let alone obligatory. But when faith is declining, we are often negligent in carrying out the commands of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and even deliberately ignoring them. To fix it, you can perform Duha prayer. From the friend of Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu, the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wassalam said:

“It is not keeping the Dhuha prayer but awwab, this is the awwabin prayer.” (Narrated by Ibn Khuzaimah)

Awwabin itself has the meaning of being obedient or returning to obedience. From the hadith above, it can be concluded that the Duha prayer is the prayer of those who return to obedience in carrying out the commands of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. If you are diligent in doing Duha prayers, then you will be included in this Awwabin group or the group of people who return to obedience.

6. Get the reward of Hajj and Umrah

Not all Muslims are lucky to get a call to visit Mecca and Medina, and perform the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage. If you are one of those people who haven’t had the opportunity to visit the two holy cities, you don’t need to be sad.

The reason is, whoever performs the Fajr prayer and then sits and waits in the mosque until the sun begins to rise and performs the Duha prayer two cycles, then he will have the perfect reward for Hajj and Umrah. 

Even though we haven’t received a summons to visit the Baitullah Kaaba, or visit the Nabawi Mosque, at least we can still get the same reward as the reward of people who perform Hajj and Umrah perfectly.

7. Become a lucky person

The virtue of the dhuha prayer which is no less powerful is that, with the permission of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, they get luck faster than other people. The virtue of this dhuha prayer happened during the time of the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wassalam . At that time the companions were going to war, then Rasulullah SAW asked the Mujahideen to get a lot of spoils of war or ghanimah and quickly return to Medina.

The Mujahideen then returned quickly from the war and received many benefits in the form of ghanimah. Seeing this, Rasulullah Shalallahu Alaihi Wassalam said:

“Would you like me to show you which destination is closest and has the most ghanimah, and come back quickly?”

They replied, “Yes!”

So Rasulullah Shalallahu Alaihi Wassalam said, “Whoever takes ablution, then enters the mosque, and performs the Duha prayer, then he is the closest to his goal, gets the most ghanimah, and returns the fastest.” (Narrated by Tirmidhi)

Duha prayer is indeed a sunnah prayer, but seeing its special virtues, it’s a loss if we just skip the Duha prayer. Plus, this one prayer service also has a number of cycles that are not too many so it doesn’t take long to do it.

Considering that Duha time starts at 7 in the morning, you still have time to perform Duha prayers at least two cycles before starting your daily activities. For Sinaumed’s who want to learn the dhuha prayer readings, and other prayer services, you can visit www.sinaumedia.com . Here, you can get various books about obligatory prayers, sunnah prayers, and various other acts of worship in Islam. As #FriendsWithoutLimits, we always try to provide the best and latest information for you.

Author: Siti Marliah

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