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Rules related to a dying person » The prayer of loneliness (ṣalāt al-waḥshah)

Ruling 627. It is recommended that on the first night of burial, the two rakʿah prayer known as ‘ṣalāt al-waḥshah’ should be performed for the deceased. The method of performing this prayer is as follows: In the first rakʿah after reciting Sūrat al-Ḥamd, Āyat al-Kursī(1) is recited once; and in the second rakʿah after reciting Sūrat al-Ḥamd, Sūrat al-Qadr is recited ten times; and after the salām of the prayer [i.e. after completing the prayer], the following is said:

اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَّ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، وَ ابْعَثْ ثَـوَابَها إِلَىٰ قَـبْرِ ___

allāhumma ṣalli ʿalā muḥammadiw wa āli muḥammad, wab ʿath thawābahā ilā qabri ____

O Allah! Bless Muḥammad and the progeny of Muḥammad, and send the reward [of this prayer] to the grave of ____.

In the blank space, one should say the name of the deceased person.

Ruling 628. Ṣalāt al-waḥshah can be performed at any time on the first night of burial. However, it is better to perform it at the start of the evening after ʿishāʾ prayers.

Ruling 629. If people want to take the corpse to another town that is far away, or if the burial is delayed for some other reason, ṣalāt al-waḥshah should be delayed until the first night of burial.
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