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Ruling 627

It is recommended that on the first night of burial, the two rakʿah prayer known as ‘ṣalāt al‐waḥshah’ should be performed for the deceased. The method of performing this prayer is as follows: In the first rakʿah after reciting Sūrat al-Ḥamd, Āyat al-Kursī72 is recited once; and in the second rakʿah after reciting Sūrat al-Ḥamd, Sūrat al-Qadr is recited ten times; and after the salām of the prayer [i.e. after completing the prayer], the following is said:

اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَّ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، وَ ابْعَثْ ثَـوَابَها إِلَىٰ قَـبْرِ ___

 allāhumma ṣalli ʿalā muḥammadiw wa āli muḥammad, wab ʿath thawābahā ilā qabri ____

O Allah! Bless Muḥammad and the progeny of Muḥammad, and send the reward [of this prayer] to the grave of ____.

In the blank space, one should say the name of the deceased person.

72 With regard to reciting Āyat al-Kursī, the obligatory precaution is to recite verses 255–257 of Chapter 2 of the Qur’an (see Minhāj al‐Ṣāliḥīn, vol. 1, p. 291, Ruling 964).