Du’aa for parents: guidance and/or forgiveness

رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ

Rabbanagh-fir lii wa liwaalidayya wa lil-mu’miniina yawma yaquumul-hisaab. (14:41)

Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and all believers on the day when the Reckoning will be set up.

Ameen

Sayyidna Ibrahim (a.s.) initially made this du’aa for his father, but later stopped it. The Qur’an says: “And the du’aa of Ibrahim for the forgiveness of his father was but due to a promise he had made to him. Later when it became clear to him that he was an enemy of Allah, he withdrew himself from him” (At-Tawbah, 9:114).

A Muslim should pray for his non-Muslim parents in their life for their guidance. But it is not permissible to pray for he maghfirah (forgiveness) of anyone who dies in a state of unbelief.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s commentary to du’aa #16 in the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

Ya Allah, forgive the sins of the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem), grant us compassion, mercy, kindness and humility, and increase us in beneficial knowledge and grant us understanding and the ability to do amal on the beneficial knowledge You bestow on us. Ameen.

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