Make verbal intention for prayer.
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Is it right to say Intention (Niyat) for prayer in one`s own mother tongue (that is in the language that one understands best). What is the best way to say the intention for prayer, to say it in Arabic language or in one`s own language.
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Make verbal intention for prayer
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
As much as the making of a neeyah or intention is an obligatory act and rite of prayer, there is absolutely no evidence in the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) whereby the Prophet (saws) verbally declared his intention to offer a particular prayer.
The intention one makes in ones heart to offer a particular prayer more than suffices to fulfill the requirement of making the Neeyah or intention for prayer.if one has made intention in ones heart to offer a particular prayer, does the wudu in preparation for the prayer, approaches the masjid or stands on the prayer mat in the direction of the qibla to start their prayer, etc.there is absolutely no need for the believer to now verbally declare his intention for prayer! The intention one made in ones heart to offer a particular prayer more than suffices to fulfill the requirement of making the neeyah or intention before the prayer.all one has to do now is raise their hands above their shoulders, declare the takbeer (Allah-o-Akbar) to signal the start of their prayers, and offer the prayer they intended in their hearts to pray.
To make the wudu in preparation for the prayer, stand on the prayer mat or rows in congregation in the direction of the qibla and then verbally declare that one is about to offer so and so prayer, with so and so number of rakahs, etc. before one raises ones hands to declare the takbeer is definitely not from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
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