The Opening Supplication
6. it is advisable that the worshipper recite this opening supplication saying:
"اللهم باعد بيني و بين خطاياي كما باعدت بين المشرق و المغرب اللهم نقني من خطاياي كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض من الدنس اللهم اغسلني من خطاياي بالماء و الثلج و البرد "
"allaumma baid bayni wa bayna khatayaya kama baadta bayena al-mashriki walmaghribi, allahumma naqqiniy min khatayaya kama yonaqa al thawbo alabydo min aldans,…..allahumma igysilniy min khatayaya bilmai wathalgi walbarad."
this supplication means:
"o allah, separate mw from my sins as you have separated the east and west. o allah , cleanse me of my sins as the white rope is cleasnse from dirt. o allah, wash off my sins with water, snow and hail."
or , he may say instead:
((سبحانك اللهم و بحمدك و تباركت اسمك و تعالى جدك و لا إله غيرك ))
"sobhanaka allahumma wa bihamdika watabaraka ismoka wata'la jaddoka walailaha ghayroka"
this supplication means: " praise and glory be to allah. blessed be your name, exalted be your majesty and glory. there is no god but you."
or he may say any other supplications which the prophet, (peace and blessings of allah be on him) used to say in his prayers. it is better to recite these supplications alternately, the first one in the morning prayer "fajr ", the second in the noon prayer "zuhr", each one by turn, in conformity with what the prophet used to do.
after reciting the opening supplication, the worshipper says:
(( أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم ))
((aouzo billahi min al-shatani-r-ragim.))
which means :
"i seek protection of allah against the accursed satan."
then he says:
((بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم))
"bism illahi-rahmani raheem"
"in the name of allah, the all merciful, the all compassionate." and recites the fatiha (the opening sura of the glorious quran.) prophet muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, said:
(( لا صلاة لمن لم يقرأ بفاتحة الكتاب))
"prayer without reciting the fatiha is invalid."
the worshipper should say "a'meen" after reciting the fatiha loudly if the prayer is said loudly and whisper it in inaudible prayers. to be in conformity with the traditions of the prophet, the worshipper is advised to recite verses from medium size suras of the quran in the zuhr (noon), asr (late afternoon), and isha (night ) prayers. as for the fajr (morning ) prayer, the worshipper is advised to recite a passage from the long suras of the quran. he has the choice in maghrib prayer ( evening prayer ) either to recite passages from the long suras or from the short suras of the quran.