In prayer, sunnah or obligatory, reading the iftitah prayer is sunnah. That is, if you do it, you will get a reward, but if you don’t, that’s okay. Even so, one’s prayer can be judged imperfect without this reading. The virtues are also quite a lot, so it’s a shame if you miss it, you know, Parents.
Reading the Iftitah Prayer and its Virtues
Ifititah prayer is a prayer in prayer that is read after takbiratul ihram or before we read Surah Al-Fatihah. Citing the page Together with Da’wah, the iftitah prayers taught by the Prophet turned out to be quite a lot. There are short and long readings, but the readings have the same purpose, namely praising and glorifying Allah SWT.
Therefore, knowing that this reading is diverse, it is hoped that Muslims will not blame other iftitah readings that are different. As long as the ifititah reading has evidence, it is still valid for use in prayer.
However, in this article, we will summarize some of the most widely used or commonly used iftitah prayer readings. Also, readings that are specifically exemplified by the Prophet for certain prayers.
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Iftitah Prayer Reading Arabic, Latin, and Translation
اللهُ اَكْبَرُ ا الْحَمْدُ لِلهِ ا انَ اللهِ اَصِيْلًا . اِنِّى لِلَّذِيْ السَّمَاوَاتِ الْااَرْضَ ا لِمًا ا اَنَا الْمُشْرِكِيْنَ . اِنَّ لَاتِيْ ايَ اتِيْ لِلهِ الْعَا لَمِيْنَ . لاَ لَهُ لِكَ اُمِرْتُ اَنَ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ .
“Allaahu akbaru kabiraa Walhamdulillaahi katsiira. Wa subhaanallaahi bukratan wa’ashiilaa. Innii wajjahtu wajhiya lilladzii fatharas samaawaati wal ardha haniifan Muslim wamaa anaa minal musyrikin. Inna shalaatii wa nusukii wa mahyaaya wa mamaatii lillaahi rabbil ‘aalamiina. Laa syariikalahu wa bidzaalika umirtu wa ana minal muslim”
Meaning: “Allah is Great and perfect in His greatness. Praise be to Him and Glory to Allah throughout the morning and evening. I face the face of my heart to the One who created the heavens and the earth straight and surrendered myself and I am not of the polytheists.
Verily, my prayer, my worship, my life and my death are solely for Allah, the call of the worlds. There is no partner for Him and I am commanded not to associate with Him. And I am from the group of Muslims.”
Reading Iftitah Tahajud
It is an iftitah reading that the Prophet SAW used to read during the tahajjud prayer. Here is the complete prayer reading:
اَللّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ السَّمَاوَاتِ اْلأَرْضِ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ السَّمَاوَاتِ اْلأَرْضِ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ اوَاتِ اْ ال ال ال
اَللّهُمَّ لَكَ لَمْتُ، لَيْكَ لْتُ، لَيْكَ خَاصَمْتُ، لَيْكَ اكَمْتُ. اغْفِرْ لِيْ ا ا ا ا لَنْتُ، الْمُقَدِّمُ الْمُؤَخِّرُ، لٰهِيْ لاَ لٰهَ لاَّ
“Allahumma lakal hamdu anta nuurus samaa waa ti wal ardhi wa man fihihini. Walakalhamdu anta khaiyimus samaa waa ti wal ardhi wa man fiihini. Walakal hamdu anta rabbussamaa wa ti wal ardhi wa man fiinhi. Antal hakka, wawa’dukal hakka, wa khaulukal hakka, walikhaa’ukal halla, wal jannati hakka, wannaru hakka wassa’attu hakka
Allahumma laka aslamtu, wabika amantu, wa’alaika tawakaltu, wailaika anabtu, wabika khaatsamtu, wailaika khakamtu. Faagfirli lii maa khadamtu wamaa akhartu, wamaa asrartu wamaa aghlanthu, antalmukadmu wa antal muuharu anta ilaahii laa ilaa anta.”
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It means: “O Allah, only to You is praise, You are the light of the heavens and the earth and whoever is there. Only to You all praise. You are the one who rules the heavens and the earth and whatever is there.
Praise be to You alone, You are the creator of the heavens and the earth and whatever is there. You are the Most Great, Your promise is true, Your word is true, meeting You is true. Heaven is true, hell is true, and the apocalypse is true
O Allah, only to You I surrender, only to You I believe, only to You I put my trust, only to You I repent, only with Your guidance I argue, only to You I ask for a decision.
Therefore, forgive me for my past and future mistakes and sins, which I have done secretly and which I have done openly.
You are the first and the last. You are my Lord. There is no god worthy of worship except You.
The Importance of Iftitah Prayer
The law of iftitah prayer is indeed a sunnah, but prayer is not perfect if it is not accompanied by the reading. This is also stated in the words of the Prophet Muhammad which reads:
“A person’s prayer is not perfect until he recites the takbir in praise of Allah and praises him and then reads the Qur’an which is easy for him.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud and Hakim; Sahih)
Not only that, the virtue of reading the iftitah prayer in prayer is also able to open the door of heaven and is a good practice that a Muslim needs to do.
This is based on a story when there was a friend of the Prophet who said the prayer in prayer and was heard by the Prophet Muhammad.
After the prayer, he also asked who had just read the ifititah during the prayer. After asking, he explained that the prayer was able to bring about a miracle in the form of opening the door of heaven.
Someone who reads this iftitah reading will also get a very big reward from Allah Ta’ala. So, even though the law is sunnah, it would still be very unfortunate if a Muslim missed this reading in his prayer.
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That is the reading of the iftitah prayer in prayer and its virtues. Hopefully useful, yes, Parents!
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