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      • The Night Prayer and Supplicating for Forty Believers
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        The Night Prayer and Supplicating for Forty Believers

        Q: Is the number of believers to be supplicated for during one’s qunūt within the witr prayer limited to forty or may one supplicate for more believers if one desires? Does the number 40 per se bear specific effects as is the case in many instances? By way of example, when reciting the tasbiḥāt attributed to Her Holiness Fātimah al-Zahrā, after the prayer, it is stipulated that one ought to recite Allāhu akbar 34 times… and were one to intentionally recite it 35 times, he/she would lose acquiring the (spiritual/worldly) effects attributed to this holy formula (even though reciting the doxology Allāhu akbar is itself mustaḥabb).
        A: Claimimg that the number 40 beholds significance is not inconsiderable; one may recite forty names thus intending the desired act and then with the absolute intention of gaining proximity to Allah, one may recite more names.
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