وَاجْعَلْ جَيْرَ عُمُرِيْ اٰخِرَةٗ، وَ خَيْرَ عَمَلِيْ خَوَاتِيْمَهٗ، وَخَيْرَ أَيَّامِيْ يَوْمَ أَلْقَاكَ فِيْهِ. يَا وَلِيَّ الْأِسْلَامِ وَ أَهْلِهٖ ثَبِّتْنِيْ بِهٖ حَتّٰى أَلْقَاكَ ـ أَسْأَلُكَ غِنَايَ وَ غِنٰى مَوْ لَايَ ـ
Waj-‘al khayra ‘umurii aakhirah(uu), wa khayra ‘amalii khawaatimimah(uu), wa khayra ayyaamii yawma alqaaka fiih(i). Yaa Waliyyal-‘Islaami wa ahlihii thabbitnii bihii hattaa alqaak(a). As’aluka ghinaaya wa ghinaa mawlaay. [Compositge: Anas ibn Malik. Majma’a az-Zawa’id #17268; Abu Sirmah. Musnad Ahmad #15194]
O Allah, make the last part of my life its best, my last deed my best one, and the day I meet You my best day. O Protector of Islam and its followers, keep me firm on it until I meet you.
I seek from You my contentment and that of my family.
This is part of a beautiful du’aa made by a Bedouin. Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) heard him and loved these words so much that he gave him a gift of gold. The complete du’aa, that won the Prophetic “gold medal,” was:
O the One Whom eyes cannot see, conjectures cannot grasp, and describers cannot describe; Whom events cannot affect and Who does not fear calamities; Who knows the weights of the mountains and the volumes of the oceans and the counts of the raindrops and of the tree leaves, and the counts of everything on which night brings darkness and day brings the light; (O the One from Whom) a heaven cannot hide another heaven, nor the earth can hide another earth, nor an ocean can hide what is in its depths, nor a mountain can hide what is behind its ruggedness — make the last part of my life its best, my last deed my best one, and the day I meet You my best day.
One marvels at the level of consciousness of Allah Ta’aala (ma’rifah) of a Bedouin inspired in him by his contact with the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem). May Allah Ta’aala grant us some of that. [Ameen].
The concern for a good ending is the paramount concern of a believer. Sayyidna Abu Bakr (ra) was asked why he made this du’aa despite being a Companion of the highest status. He replied, “(Sometimes) a servant keeps on doing pious deeds for a lifetime but they are ended with the deeds of the people of the Fire. And (sometimes) a servant keeps on doing sinful deeds for a lifetime but they are ended with the deeds of the people of the Garden” (Kanz al-‘Ummal).
We can never be complacent with our piety today. We must strive to maintain iman and taqwa to the finish.
(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and commentary of du’aa #84 in the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)