Monthly Archives: January 2015
There is good news for those who intend to act on their Sabr. Allah promised them three things: His prayer for them, His Mercy, and their guidance.
“Who, when afflicted with calamity say, ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’ They are those on whom the salawat (the blessing and forgiveness) of their Lord is upon them, and who shall receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.” [Al-Qur’an2:157]
“And We made from among them leaders, giving guidance under Our Command, when they were patient.” [Al-Qur’an 32:24]
As you and I travel though life we find ourselves in one of two situations. Either something good is happening in our lives and in which case – as Muslims – our role is have shukr (to thank Allah for the blessing). Or something bad is happening to us, something we dislike and our role here is to have sabr (patience). This is the formula for a happy life, a life cruising towards the pleasure of Allah. Sabr or shukr, the worry stops here.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Strange is the affair of the mu’min (the believer), verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient (sabir) and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the mu’min.”
Ibn al-Jawzi said, “If this dunya was not a station of tests it would not be filled with sicknesses and filth. If life was not about hardship, then the Prophets and the pious would have lived the most comfortable of lives. Nay, Adam suffered test after test until he left the dunya. Nuh (Noah) cried for 300 years. Ibrahim (Abraham) was thrown into a pit of fire and later told to slaughter his son. Ya’qub (Jacob) cried until he became blind. Musa (Moses) challenged Fir’aun and was tested by his people. Isa (Jesus) had no provision except the morsels his disciples provided him with. And Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam met poverty with patience, his uncle – one of the most beloved relatives to him – was slain and mutilated and his people disbelieved in him … and the list of Prophets and the pious goes on and on.”
What happens to us happens by the will of Allah. It is an article of our iman in qada’ and qadr that we are pleased with Allah’s choice, Good or seemingly bad it is all the test of this dunya. How could we imagine that we shall not be tested when those who were better than us suffered what they suffered? They however came away with the pleasure of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala (how far from imperfection is He and He is the Most High).
Below are duas for different times and instances recited through-out the day with hadeeth references. Please click here to print all the duas.
Dua after waking
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ahyaanaa ba’da maa amaatanaa wa ilayhin-nushoor.
All praise is for Allah, who gave us life after having taken it from us, and unto Him is the Resurrection. (a)
Dua before sleeping
بِسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا
Bismika Allahumma amootu wa-ahyaa.
In Your name O Allah, I live and die. (1)
Dua before eating
In the name of Allah. (2)
Dua on forgetting the Dua before eating
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فِي أَوَّلِهِ وَآخِرِهِ
Bismillaahi fee aw-walihi wa aakhirihi.
In the name of Allah, in its beginning and end. (3)
Dua on finishing eating
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي هَذَا وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِنْ غَيْر حَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَﻻﹶ قُوَّةٍ
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee at’amanee hathaa wa razaqa-neehi min ghayri hawlin minnee wa laa quwwatin.
All praise is for Allah, who fed me this, and provided it for me without any might or power from myself. (4)
Before entering the bathroom
بِسْمِ اللَّه) اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْخُبْثِ وَالْخَبَاﺋِﺚِ)
Bismillaahi. Allahumma innee a’uuthubika minal khubthi wal khabaa’ith.
(In the name of Allah).O Allah, I seek refuge in You from all evil, and evil doers. (5)
After leaving the bathroom
I ask You (Allah) for forgiveness (6)
Entering the home
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَلَجْنَا، وَبِسْمِ اللَّهِ خَرَجْنَا، وَعَلَى رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا
Bismillaahi walajnaa, wa bismillaahi kharajnaa, wa a’laa rab-binaa tawak-kalnaa.
In the name of Allah we enter, and in the name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we place our trust. (7)
Leaving the home
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ وَﻻﹶحَوْلَ وَﻻﹶقُوَّةَ إِﻻﱠ بِاللَّهِ
Bismillaahi tawakkaltu ‘a-lal-laahi walaa hawla walaa quwwata illaa billaah.
In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no might nor power except with Allah. (8)
Before performing wudhu
In the name of Allah. (9)
Upon completion of wudhu
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ ﻻﹶ إِلَٰهَ إِﻻﱠ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ ﻻﹶشَريكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illAllaahu wahdahu laa shareekalahu wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu.
I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. (10)
Visiting the sick
ﻻﹶبَأْسَ طَهُورٌ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ
Laa ba’sa tahoorun inshaa’Allah.
Never mind, may it (the sickness) be a purification, if Allah wills. (11)
Upon breaking fast
ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ ، وابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ ، وَثَبَتَ اْﻷﹶجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ
Thaha badh-dhama’u wabtallatil-‘urooqu, wa thabatal-ajru inshaa-Allaahu.
The thirst has gone, the veins are moistened, and the reward is confirmed, if Allah wills. (12)
When one of you sneezes he should say :
All praise is for Allah. (13)
|..and his brother or companion answers with…
Yar hamu kal-laahu.
May Allah have mercy upon you. (13)
اللَّهُمَّ بِكَ أَصْبَحْنَا، وَبِكَ أَمْسَيْنَا ، وَبِكَ نَحْيَا وَبِكَ نَمُوتُ، وَإِلَيْكَ النُّشُورُ
Allaahum-ma bika asbahnaa wa bika amsaynaa, wa bika nahyaa wa bika namootu, wa ilaykan-nushoor.
O Allah, by Your leave we have reached the morning and by Your leave we have reached the evening, by Your leave we live and die and unto You is our resurrection. (14)
اللَّهُمَّ بِكَ أَمْسَيْنَا ، وَبِكَ أَصْبَحْنَا ، وَبِكَ نَحْيَا وَبِكَ نَمُوتُ ، وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ
Allaahum-ma bika amsaynaa, wa bika asbahnaa, wa bika nahyaa wa bika namootu, wa ilaykal maser.
O Allah, by Your leave we have reached the evening and by Your leave we have reached the morning, by Your leave we live and die and unto You is our return. (15)
Dua after prayer
I ask Allah for forgiveness (three times). (16)
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ اﻟﺴﳲﻼﹶمُ وَمِنْكَ اﻟﺴﳲﻼﹶمُ تَبَارَكْتَ يَاذَا الْجَلَﺍلِ وَاﻹﹺكْرَامِ
Allaahum-ma anta as-salaamu wa minka as-salaamu tabaarakta yaa thal jalaali wal-ikraam.
O Allah, You are As-Salaam (The One free from all defects and deficiencies) and from You is all peace, blessed are You, O Possessor of majesty and honour. (16)
(a) Al-Bukhari with Al-Fath 11/113 and Muslim 4/2083.
(1) Al-Bukhari with Al-Fath 11/113 and Muslim 4/2083.
(2) Abu Dawud 3/347 and At-Tirmidhi 4/288 and see: Sahih At-Tirmidhi 2/167.
(3) Abu Dawud 3/347 and At-Tirmidhi 4/288 and see: Sahih At-Tirmidhi 2/167.
(4) Abu Dawud, At Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah, see ‘Irwaa Al-Ghaleel 7/47.
(5) Al-Bukhari 1/45 and Muslim 1/283. The wording in brackets is related by Sa’eed Ibn Mansur, see: Al-Fath 1/244.
(6) Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah.
(7) Abu Dawud with a Sahih isnaad 4/325.
(8) Abu Dawud 4/325 and At-Tirmidhi 5/490, see: Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/151.
(9) Abu Dawud, Ibn Maajah, and Ahmad, see: ‘Irwaa Al-Ghaleel 1/22.
(10) Muslim. 1/209.
(11) Al-Bukhari with Al-Fath 10/118.
(12) Abu Dawud 2/306 and others. See: Sahih Al-Jaami’ 4/206.
(13) Al-Bukhari 7/125.
(14) At-Tirmidhi 5/466 and see: Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/142.
(15) At-Tirmidhi 5/466 and see: Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/142.
(16) Muslim 1/414.
There is no doubt that a woman’s pregnancy and giving birth is fulfilling an aim of sharee‘ah that is dear to Allah, which is increasing the progeny of the Muslims who proclaim the Oneness of Allah, the followers of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). This is the most important thing on which the woman should focus her intention during her pregnancy.
It was narrated that Ma‘qil ibn Yasaar said: A man came to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and said: I have found a woman who is of good lineage and beautiful, but she cannot have children; should I marry her?
He said: No.
Then he came to him a second time and he told him not to marry her.
Then he came to him a third time and he said: “Marry the one who is loving and prolific (could bear many children), for I will be proud of your large numbers before the nations.”
Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2050; al-Nasaa’i, 3227; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
Because of this aim to which we have referred, if pregnancy is difficult for the woman and she bears it with patience, there are many benefits which will come to the mother through it, including the following:
1. Psychological preparation for the task of raising the child which is the most important and most complicated of all tasks, in which they (the parents) raise the child to have a good attitude and become religiously committed for the sake of Allah, and they hope that Allah will decree reward for them because of the actions of their righteous son, so that he will become an ongoing charity for them after they die and thus they may attain a great deal of reward which no one knows except Allah.
2. The difficulties encountered by the pregnant woman, including pain and sickness, and health, psychological and physical problems in many cases, will all bring great reward that will be recorded for the pregnant woman, in sha Allah. Allah will reward the Muslim for everything that befalls him in this world. Even if a thorn pricks him, Allah will expiate thereby some of his sins, and the pains of labour and pregnancy are far greater than that.
3. Even if we assume that this woman dies in childbirth, she will die as a martyr. This is indicative of the virtue of her condition. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The woman who dies in pregnancy or childbirth is a martyr.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3111; classed as saheeh by al-Nawawi in Sharh Muslim, 13/62. And he said: the one who dies in childbirth, i.e., she dies with something (the child) inside, not separated from her.
As for the acts of worship that the pregnant woman can do, they are all the acts of worship that the Muslim does by day and by night, such as praying, fasting (so long as there is no fear of harm), giving charity, reading Qur’aan, regularly reciting the adhkaar that are prescribed in sharee‘ah, treating people kindly, visiting relatives, taking stock of oneself, and striving to attain the best attitudes, actions and words.
Perhaps one of the things that the woman should focus on during this period is learning about sound methods of raising children, reading books on this topic or listening to useful lectures by scholars on it, whether that has to do with moral upbringing, health, psychology, pedagogy, and so on, in preparation for the great mission with which Allah has entrusted the parents, which is the trust of raising and caring for the child, so that the parents may embark upon it with knowledge and insight and achieve the best results, and attain the pleasure of Allah in this world and in the Hereafter.
With regard to specific rituals or adhkaar specifically for the woman during pregnancy, we did not know of any such thing in Islam.
Finally we should point out that there are some hadeeths which indicate that the wife’s pregnancy will bring a reward like that of one who fasts and prays at night for the sake of Allah, and that there are many other rewards for giving birth, breastfeeding and weaning the child, but they are all false and fabricated hadeeths, so it is not permissible to narrate them or speak of them except by way of warning people about them. We have already mentioned some of them on our website in the answer to question no.121557
And Allah knows best.
Sometime people also get despair of the mercy of Allah that we pray but didn’t get what we asked for always remember Allah plan is better than our wishes so it may happen that you may not get him/her.
So don’t ever despair of the mercy of Allah. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not. ( Surah Al-Baqarah 2:216)
Following are some dua for the marriage:
1. “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.” (Quran 25:74)
2. Rabbi inni lemaa anzalta elayya min khairin faqeer (Chapter 28, verse 24)
My Lord! I am needy of whatever good You Send down for me
So, what you have to do is after you read this verse a number of times; make sure to ask Allah (God) in a way similar to what follows:
”Oh Allah! You have made every living thing in pairs. The sincere, beautiful and pious pair that you have created for me, please give it to me”
ask Allah Almighty for a spouse that is kind, beautiful, soft hearted, pious, loving and a gentle soul mate.
What you want in your spouse is what you should ask but if you don’t ask for piety or kind heartedness then don’t blame anyone but yourself.
3. ”Rabbana aatina fi’d dunya hasana wa fi’l aakhirati hasana wa qina `adhab an-nar.” [O Lord! Grant us good in this life, and good in the next, and save us from the torment of the Fire] (Qur’an, 2: 200).
Recite this dua’ with the intention of marriage as it is included in the phrase “fi’d dunya hasana” (good in this life).
4. My Lord, do not leave me alone and You are the best of inheritors. (Surah al-Anbiya` 21:89)
May Allah guide us all to the straight path. Ameen..
and Allah know best.