Was the du’a (Allahumaj’al fiqalbi nura..) read in Salah or out of Salah as one narration of Sahih Muslim mentions that it was recited in Salah, and another states it was recited while going for Salah?
This du’a has been reported by Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) in several Hadith sources, with varied times for its recitation; from before commencing the Salah, to during the Salah, to after Salah, to when leaving the home for Salah.
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has explained that it should be understood as being recited on all of the above occasions.
(Al-Futuhatur Rabbaniyyah, vol.2 pg.35. Also see Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6316)
The full words of the du’a are as follows:
اَللّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُوْرًا وفِي بَصَرِي نُوْرًا وَفِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَعَنْ يَمِيْنِي نُوْرًا وَعَنْ يَسَارِي نُوْرًا وَفَوْقِي نُوْرًا وَتَحْتِي نُوْرًا وَأَمَامِي نُوْرًا وَخَلْفِي نُوْرًا وَاجْعَلْ لِي نُورًا
Allahumaj’al fi qalbi nuraw wa fi basari nuraw wa fi sa’i nuraw wa ‘an yamini nuraw wa ‘an yasari nuraw wa fawqi nuraw wa tahti nuraw wa amami nuraw wa khalfi nuraw waj’al li nura
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar