Du’aa for Good Morals and Manners

اَللّٰهُمَّ أَحْسَنْتَ خَلْقِيْ فَأَحْسِنْ خُلُقِيْ ـ وَأَذْهِبْ غَيْظَ قَلْبِيْ وَأَجِرْنِيْ مِنْ مُّضِلَّاتِ الْفِتَنِ مَا أَحْيَيْتَنَا ـ

Allaahummaa ahsanta khalqii fa ahsin khuluqii. Wa adh-hib ghayza qalbii wa ajirnii mim mudillaatil-fitani maa ahyaytanaa.(Composite: ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud. Musnad Ahmad #3632; Um Salamah. Musnad Ahmad #25364)

O Allah, You have given me a good physique; favor me with good morals and manners as well. Extinguish the anger in my heart and, as long as You keep me alive, save me from such trying situations that can lead me astray.

The first part of this du’aa (اَللّٰهُمَّ أَحْسَنْتَ خَلْقِيْ فَأَحْسِنْ خُلُقِيْ) is also to be recited when one sees himself or herself in the mirror. It contains two important messages. First, a good physique or good appearance is a blessing of Allah Ta’aala. It will be foolish if anyone tried to take credit for that. Second, good morals and manners are more important. They are our actions. And in the hereafter the actions we performed, not the gifts we received, will determine our fate. So instead of gloating over the first, we seek the second.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and commentary of du’aa #88 in the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

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