Salaat al-tawbah; (Prayer of Repentance, also Namaz-e-Tawbah[1]) is a Muslim prayer consisting of four rakah, or units, although at least one Sunni Islam source indicates it consists of two rakah.[1] The prayer is called for if a Muslim falls into sin—whether the sin is major or minor.[1]

Shia methodEdit

In the Shia Islam tradition, the prayer is performed as follows:

  1. Perform Ghusl by way of Irtimasi (submerging the whole body in water, either in stages or at once) or by way of Tartibi (wiping the body with water).
  2. Perform wudu
  3. Perform a four rakah prayer. It is the same as a regular 4 prayer except the following, which the one offering the prayer says in every rakah:
    1. Surah al-Fatiha once
    2. Surah al-Ikhlas three times
    3. Surah al-Falaq once
    4. Surah an-Nas once
  4. After the prayer, say Astaghfirullah rabbi wa atubu 'ilayh
  5. After saying the above, say: Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaahil a'liyyil a'zeem. Then say: Yaa A'zeezo yaa ghaffooro ighfirli zunoobi wa zunooba Jamee'il mo-mineena wal mo-minaate. Fa innahu laa yaghfiro illa ant.


  1. ^ a b c 98030: Salaat al-tawbah (the prayer of repentance)| Islam Question and Answer. General Supervisor: Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid.

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