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Make verbal intention for prayer?

Is making verbal intention necessary before salah or prayer?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Declaring verbally that one is about to offer ‘so and so’ prayer, with ‘so and so’ number of rakahs, etc. before starting the prayer is definitely not from the Sunnah of the blessed prophet (pbuh). When a believer makes an ablution, walks towards the ‘masjid’ to attend a particular prayer, stands in the congregational row , now there is absolutely no need for the believer to now verbally declare his intention for prayer!, as the intention is made in the heart , all one has to do now is says ‘takbir’ (Allah-o-Akbar) to start the prayer.

In Ighatha al-Lufan, Ibn al-Qayyim states, "The intention is the aim and purpose of something. It is a condition of the heart, and it does not come from the tongue. For that reason, the Prophet and his companions never spoke their intentions. " And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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