By: Adeela Sehgal
We find numerous ahadith where the Prophet (S.A.W) has taught us several duas to benefit us in this world as well as in the hereafter. The following dua is termed as “Sayyid al-Istighfar” which should be recited at least twice a day. It is narrated by Shaddad bin Aus (R.A):
“The Prophet (S.A.W) said that this is the most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah and he recited a dua.” The Prophet (S.A.W) added.”If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.”
The Prophet (S.A.W) taught His beloved wife Hazrat Aisha (R.A.) the following supplication to recite on the blessed night of ‘Layla tul Qadr’ in Ramadan. Aishah (R.A.) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W): ‘O Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), if I know what night is the Night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He (S.A.W) said: ‘Say:
“Allah humma Innaka Afuwan, Tohibbul Afwa, Fahfo anna.” (O Allah, You are The Pardoner, and You love to pardon, so pardon me.) -Tirmidhi.
Dhikr Or Tasbeehaths
It is unquestionable that the best of all dhikr is the recitation of the Glorious Quran whatever time of the year it may be but especially in the holy month of Ramadan, which is the month when it was sent down to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
Outside of Ramadan there are 10 rewards for reciting each letter of the Qur’an:
Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]
But in Ramadan ALL good deeds are multiplied by 70 or more so for each letter of the Qur’an we recite we will gain a minimum of 700 good deeds or more. Isn’t that amazing!
The Best Supplication:
It is without doubt that all the supplications made by the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) are an invaluable treasure for us but if one were to choose the ‘best’ of all the gems, it would be the following;
Hazrat Anas ibn Malik (R.A.) reported that the Prophet (S.A.W) frequently prayed,
“Rabbana aatena fid dunya hasana, wa fil aakherate hasana, wa kena adhaab an-Naar”
(O Allah, give the good of this world, and the good of the life hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the fire.)
Rebalance your scale with 2500 hasanahs every day:
Hazrat Aishah (R.A) said that the Prophet (S.A.W) loved the short but comprehensive, meaningful supplications, more than the others. Abdullah Bin ‘Amr (R.A) reported that the Prophet (S.A.W) said:
“There are two acts that no Muslim worshipper does consistently but that he will enter Jannah. And though they are easy, only few people perform them”
After each of the (five) prayers, say:
- Tasbih (i.e “Subhan’Allah”) 10 times
- Tahmid (i.e “Al-humdul-lillah”) 10 times
- Takbir (i.e “Allahu Akbar”) 10 times.
This makes one hundred fifty (daily extolments) by tongue, and one thousand five hundred (good deeds in the scale).
Upon going to bed, say:
- Takbir (i.e:Allahu Akbar) 34 times
- Tahmid (i.e:Alhumdullillah) 33 times
- Tasbih (i.e:SubhanAllah) 33 times.
This makes one hundred (extolments) by tongue, and one thousand good deeds in the scale so WHO AMONG YOU would commit two thousand and five hundred sins in a day to counter that?
In another beautiful hadith the Prophet (S.A.W) said: The best ‘dhikr’ is the one on the day of Arafah, and the best thing which I and the Prophets before me have said is,
‘Laa ilaha illalaaho, Wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, Lahul Mulk, wa lahul Hamd, wa ala kulle shayyin Qadeer.’
(There is no god but Allah, Alone, Who has no partner; to Him Alone belongs the Dominion, to Him Alone belongs all Praise; and He Alone has Power over all things.)”
Four Athkaar that outweigh the others
This is among my favorite tasbeehats. It is because the meaning of these short four sentences is so powerful and so beautiful and I always feel a sense of satisfaction of having praised our Lord in words befitting to Him and only Him.
Hazarat Juwawiyah (R.A) reported that the Prophet (S.A.W) once left her house after the morning prayer, while she was sitting in her prayer place extolling Allah. He returned in the mid-morning and found her still doing the same. He asked her, “Are you still in the same sitting since I left you? She replied, “Yes.” He said: Indeed, I said after I left you four statements, three times. If you weigh them against what you have said since the morning, they would outweigh it:
سُبْحـانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْـدِهِ عَدَدَ خَلْـقِه ، وَرِضـا نَفْسِـه ، وَزِنَـةَ عَـرْشِـه ، وَمِـدادَ كَلِمـاتِـه
“SUBHANA-ALLAHI ‘ADADA KHALQIH,
SUBHANA-ALLAHI RIDA NAFSIH,
SUBHAN-ALLAHI ZINATA ‘ARSHI,
SUBHANA-ALLAHI MIDADA KALIMATIH
Glory is to Allaah and praise is to Him, by the multitude of his creation, by His Pleasure, by the weight of His Throne, and by the extent of His Words.”
May Allah (S.W.T) make us all reach Ramadan and bless us with the tawfiq to earn all of its blessings In sha’ Allah.