Firstly: "That prayer is not sufficient in which man does not recite the
the Book." (Darraqutni, who declared it saheeh, and ibn Habban in his
Secondly: "Allah the Blessed and Exalted has said: ' I have divided the prayer
between Myself and My servant, into two halves: half of it is for Me and
half is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he asked for'.
Then the Messegner of Allah (saws) said: 'Recite!'
The servant says 'Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds'; Allah the
Exalted says 'My servant has praised Me'. The servant says, 'The most
Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy'; Allah says, 'My servant has extolled Me'.
The servant says 'Master of the Day of Judgement'; Allah the Exalted says,
'My servant has glorified Me'. The servant says: It is You (alone) we
worship and it is you (alone) we ask for help'. [He says]:'This is between
Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what what he has asked for'.
The servant says, 'Guide us to the Straight Path, the Path of those whom
You have favoured, not of those who recieve Your anger, nor of those who go
astray. [He says]: 'All these are for My servant, and My servant shall have
what he has asked for'". (muslim)