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Ja'far al-Tayyar Prayer

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Jaʿfar al-Ṭayyār Prayer (Arabic: صَلاة جَعفَر الطَیّار) is an important and very rewarding mustahab prayer consisting of four rak'as, in which the phrase, "Subhan Allah wa l-hamd lillah wa la ilah-a illa Allah wa Allah akbar [1], is recited 300 times. This prayer is recommended for the forgiveness of one's sins and the divine response to one's needs and requests. The Prophet Muhammad (s) taught this prayer to Ja'far b. Abi Talib upon his return from Abyssinia as a reward for his 15 years of patience there.


The Prophet's (s) Gift to Ja'far al-Tayyar

The Prophet (s) received the news about the victory of the Muslims in the Battle of Khaybar simultaneously with the news about the return of Ja'far b. Abi Talib (who came to be known as Ja'far al-Tayyar after his martyrdom) from Abyssinia together with other Muslims who had immigrated there. He said: “I do not know whether I am happier with Ja'far's return or the victory in the Battle of Khaybar”.

The Prophet (s) welcomed Ja'far by taking 12 steps forwards. He hugged him and kissed his forehead and then said: “would you like me to give you a gift?” Ja'far said: “yes, O the Messenger of Allah!” Since Muslims had gained many booties in the Battle of Khaybar, everyone thought that the Prophet (s) was going to give gold and silver to Ja'far, but the Prophet (s) told Ja'far:

I give you something that if you do every day, it will be better for you than this world and whatever is in it. If you fled the battlefield and your sins were equal to the sands of the deserts and the seabed, God would forgive you.

He then taught him Ja'far al-Tayyar Prayer.

How to Say the Prayer

Ja'far al-Tayyar Prayer consists of two two-rak'a prayers each of which has its own tashahhud and salam, and so it is four rak'as on the whole.

  1. One should first intend to perform Ja'far al-Tayyar Prayer. In the first rak'a after reciting Sura al-Hamd, one should recite Sura al-Zilzal and in the second rak'a after reciting Sura al-Hamd, one should recite