The “prayer of need” and “prayer for memorising the Qur’aan”

Question: I have heard about the “prayer of need” (Salaat al-Haajah) and the “prayer for memorising the Qur.aan”. Are these actual prayers or not?

Answer:  Both of them are not correct. There is no such thing as “prayer of need” or “prayer for memorising the Qur.aan.” This is because these kinds of acts of worship can only be confirmed through legal evidences. Neither of these have any evidences for them that can be considered proofs and acceptable in Islaamic Law. Therefore, they are not sanctioned by Islaamic law.

[Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Fataawa al-Mar.ah]

Published: 18 October 1999