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Al-Munājāt (Supplication) (Arabic: المناجاة) is to talk secretly and express one's needs and gratitude before God. In the Qur'an, the concept of "supplication" is used in some forms such as "najayt-um" (ناجَیْتُم) (you conversed privately), "najwa-kum" (نَجْواکُم) (your private talk) and "nida'-an khafiyy-an" (نِداءً خَفیّا) (a secret cry); and in hadith collections, there are hadiths about the importance, manners and conditions of making supplication.

The difference between "du'a" and "supplication" is in the state of the worshiper when conversing with God. Making supplication in the dawn, calling God by the words compatible with the needs and the request of the supplicant and having a humble heart are considered among the conditions and manners of supplication.

Al-Sha'baniyya supplication and khamsa 'ashar supplication are among the famous supplications.

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Studying the Concept

"Munajat" (supplication) is referred to talking secretly to someone.[1] Supplication is mostly used for talking secretly and expressing the needs and gratitude before God; and sometimes, it contains repentance from the sins.[2] With regards to the Qur'an 9:78, al-Tabrisi interpreted "najwa" (نَجْوی), from which "munajat" is derived, as "distance" and said that in order for supplication, supplicants keep away from people.[3]

Sometimes, supplication is used for du'as and dhikrs recited in the dawns of the month of Ramadan to wake up people.[4]

The word "munajat" is not mentioned in the Qur'an, but its concept is mentioned in some forms such as "najwa-kum"[5] (your private talk), "najayt-um"[6] (you conversed privately), and "nida'-an khafiyy-an"[7] (a secret cry). In hadith collections, there are hadiths and chapters about the importance, manners and conditions of making supplication, and also famous ones have been compiled.[8]