Reciting “ya Hayyu, ya Qayyum” before dawn


assalamu alaikum,

Is there a hadith that recommends one to recite “ya Hayyu, ya Qayyum” (The Living, Sustainer) 41 times before dawn? If there is, could you relate that hadith for me.


wa `alaykum salam,

I do not know of any hadith to that effect; rather it is a saying of Ahmad b. Taymiyya which his student Muhammad b. al-Qayyim (Allah have mercy on both of them) relates in two of his books: Madarij al-Salikin and Tariq al-Hijratayn, in which he says that reciting “Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum, la ilaha illa ant” every day 40 times after praying the Sunnah of
Fajr and before the Fard “revives the heart” and “has an astonishing effect” respectively.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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