Salat’al Kafara Az-Dhanoob is to be done on the night of the last Friday in Ramadhan, either after the Witr of Isha or during the night, it equals a thousand months of worship, it covers all the worship one has missed in one’s lifetime, and extends to cover your ancestors and all your family – such power of this Salat
Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) said that this was a Sunnat prayer done to atone for all the past prayers that we missed since we were born. It is was equivalent to 400 years of missed past prayers, and Sayyidina Ali (ra) said that it could even be rewarded as 1000 years of missed prayers. When asked what the excess years are for, since we live for only 60+ years, the Prophet (saw) said that it will be used to atone for the missed prayers of our parents and ancestors, as well as for people in our town or village.
It is a four raka’at prayer prayed with one tashahud and one salam at the end (the is no tashahud after two raka’ats, just continue from the 2nd to the 3rd raka’at without reading ‘At-tahiyyatul…’.
Start by Reciting 100 Astugfirullah then make your intention,
It is prayed with the intention:
I am praying this sunnah/nafil prayer, as atonement all the prayers I have missed in my lifetime since the day I was born, till this moment, and on behalf of all of the Ummah of Rasool’Allah (saw)
- In the 1st raka’at, recite Surah Fatihah once, and Surah al-Qadr (Surah 97) 15 times, then, Surah al-Kauthar (Surah 108) 15 times.
- In the 2nd raka’at, recite Surah Fatihah once, and Surah al-Qadr (Surah 97) 15 times, then, Surah al-Kauthar (Surah 108) 15 times.
- In the 3rd raka’at, recite Surah Fatihah once, and Surah al-Qadr (Surah 97) 15 times, then, Surah al-Kauthar (Surah 108) 15 times.
- In the 4th raka’at, recite Surah Fatihah once, and Surah al-Qadr (Surah 97) 15 times, then, Surah al-Kauthar (Surah 108) 15 times.
Then read Sayyidul Selawat, and the Quranic verse, “Innallah hawa mala ikatahu, you sollu ‘alan nabi….”
Then recite 100 Selawat/Darood Shareef upon Rasulullah (saw).
Finally, recite the following do’a 3 times:
Alhamdulillah rabbi’l Aalamin Allahuma Sali ala Sayidna Mohamedin wa ala alihi wa sahibihi wa salam, Allahuma La yanfauka ta’ati wala tadurka ma’siyati, taqabal ya man itha wa’ada wafa, wa itha ta’waada tajawaz wa afa, igfir li abdin dhalama nafsahu, nasaluka allahuma ini audthubika min bataril ghina wa jahadal faqr, ilahi khalaqtani wa lam akun shay’an, warzuqtani walam akun shay’an, war takbatal ma’asi, fa inee muqiru laka bidhunubi fa ina afuwat ‘ani fala yanqus min mulkika shay’an, wa in athabtani fala yazidu fi sultanika shay’an, ilahi anta tajidu man tuathibuhu ghairi wa ana la ajidu man yarhamani ghairaka, ighfirli ma bayni wa baynaka, wa ighfirle ma bayni wa bayna khalqika, Ya Arhamar Rahimeen way a raja al sa’eleen wa ya amanal kha’efeen, arhamni bi rahmatikal wasiati anta arhamur rahimeen, ya rabbal alameen, Allahuma ighfirli mumineena wal muminati wal muslimeena wal muslimati wa tabaa baynana wa baynahum bil khairat, rab ighfir warham wa anta khairu rahimeen wa sallahu ta ala ala khairi khalqihi Sayyidna Mohammadin wa ala alihi wa sahib wa salam, wal hamdulillah rabb alamin