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Salatul Istisqa (Salah seeking rain)

Is there mention of Salatul Istisqa in the Hadith and did Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) perform it? What is the procedure of performing it and is there a difference of opinion in the method of performing it?



There are numerous Hadiths which explain the various du’as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had made when supplicating to Allah, asking him for rain.

In Ramadan of the sixth year of Hijrah, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also offered two rak’ahs of nafl Salah at the Eid ground, which is commonly referred to as Salatul Istisqa, the salah for seeking rain.

Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim have recorded these narrations.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1024 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 894. Also see Fathul Bari, Hadith: 1012)


Kindly refer to a reputable Mufti/Darul Ifta for clarification on the method of this Salah as well as for details regarding the difference of opinion among the Jurist regarding the method.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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