Is it permissible to recite duas (prayer) other than the dua of Subhanaka in prayers? Is it permissible to recite different duas instead of Subhanaka when we start the prayer after uttering the opening takbir? Which duas did the Prophet use to recite?

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Is it permissible to recite duas (prayer) other than the dua of Subhanaka in prayers? Is it permissible to recite different duas instead of Subhanaka when we start the prayer after uttering the opening takbir? Which duas did the Prophet use to recite?
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According to the majority of scholars, it is sunnah to recite the dua of istiftah after uttering iftihah takbir (the opening takbir). According to the sects of Hanafi and Hanbali, the preferred dua is the "Subhanaka prayer." The scholars of these two sects said: "Since it is more virtuous to recite this dua which comes certainly from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is necessary to prefer reciting this dua."

According to the hadith which is narrated by Hz. Aisha (RA), "When the prophet (PBUH) started to pray, he used to say, "Subhanaka’llahumma wa bi-hamdik. Wa tabaraka’smuk. Wa ta‘ala jadduk. Wa la ilaha ghayruk." 1

Footnote:

1. This hadith is narrated by Abu Dawud. There is a similar hadith narration of Daraqutni from Anas. Five hadith Imams narrated a similar hadith from Abu Said. Muslim, in his Sahih, narrated that Hz. Umar (RA) used to recite this openly. Naylul Awtar II/195.

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