Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
I would like to know, can I only recite hizbs, or is it essential to recite Asma al-Husna, Asma al-Nabi, and Niyya? And can I recite a hizb of the day in more than one sitting?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.
Ideally, one should recite the Dala’il according to the instructions of one’s spiritual mentor. However, if one does not have one, one should recite the Asma al-Husna, Asma al-Nabi, and intention (niyya) before the beginning of the first Hizb. One can do without it, but it only makes sense to recite the above as every dua and supplication should precede by praising Allah and sending peace and blessings upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).
Glorify and Praise Allah and Send Peace and Blessings before Asking
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) once heard a person making dua during prayer. He did not glorify Allah Most High nor invoke salawat upon the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace). The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “He was too hasty.” He called him and said: “When one of you makes dua, he should start off with praising and glorifying His Lord, and should then invoke salawat on the Prophet. He should then make dua for whatever he wishes.” [Abu Dawud]
- The Historical Significance of the Dala’il al-Khayrat.
- History and Importance of Dala’il Khayrat.
- The Prophet’s Blessed Name: Muhammad.
- Shaykh Idris Watts | Recital of the Prophetic Names. [Video]
- Dala’il al-Khayrat.
- Adab of Dua Series: Introduction and Etiquette.
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I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.