Du`aa’ between the Two Prostrations
What is the ruling of making du`aa’ (supplication or invocation) while sitting between the two sajdahs (prostration) in prayer?
Narrated `Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to say between the two prostrations: “O Allah, forgive me, have mercy on me, guide me, heal me, and provide for me.” (Abu Dawud)
The majority of the scholars are of the view that saying “Rabi Aghfir li” between the two prostrations is mustahab (desirable) and not wajib (obligatory) because the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not order the person who did not know how to pray to say it. However, the Hanbali school of Fiqh (jurisprudence) is of the view that it is a wajib (obligatory).
Watch this short talk about the ruling on du`aa’ between the two prostrations, with Dr. Muhammad Salah.