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What Shall I Say When My Lord Asks Me?

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A nasheed…

What shall I say when my Lord asks me?

Imam Ahmad (ra)

A man once came to Imām Ahlus-Sunnah, Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him, “O Imām, what is your opinion on poetry?”

He replied, “Which poetry is this?” to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets:

إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني
If my Lord asks me, “Have you shyness in disobeying me?

وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي وبالعصيان تأتيني
You conceal your sins from my creation – and with sins you come to me.”

Imām Ahmad took these lines and repeated them over and over again, and wept profusely to such an extent that one his students said that he almost perished due to him crying so much.

“If my Lord asks me…”

إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني
If my Lord asks me, “Have you shyness in disobeying me?

وتخفي…

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The Raindrop

Shaykh Saadi (Raheemahullah) mentions a beautiful story, in his Bustaan, of a raindrop which fell from a spring cloud. Seeing the magnitude and vast expanse of the ocean, it was ashamed. Reflecting…

Source: The Raindrop

Du’aa for shukr, dhikr, nasihat and preservation of commands

اَللّٰهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِيْ أُعَظِّمُ شُكْرَكَ، وَأُكْثِرُ ذِكْرَكَ، وَأَتَّبِعُ نَصِيْحَتَكَ، وَأَحْفَظُ وَصِيَّتَكَ ـ اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنَّ قُلُوْبَنَا وَنَوَاصِيَنَا وَجَوَارِ حَنَا بِيَدِكَ، لَمْ تُمَلِّكْنَا مِنْهَا شَيْئًا، فَإِذَا فَعَلْتَ ذٰلِكَ بِهِمَا فَكُنْ أَنْتَ وَلِيَّهُمَا، وَاهْدِنَا إِلٰى سَوَاءِ السَّبِيْلِ ـ

Allaahummaj-‘alnii u’azzimu shukrak(a), wa ukthiru dhikrak(a), wa attabi’u nasiihatak(a), wa ahfazu wasiyyatak(a). Allaahumma inna quluubanaa wa nawaasiyanaa wa jawaarihanaa biyadik(a), lam tumalliknaa minhaa shay’a(n), fa idhaa fa’alta dhaalika bihimaa fa kun anta waliyyahumaa, wah-dinaa ilaa sawaa’is-sabiil. (Composite: Abu Hurayrah. Sunan at-Tirmidhi #3530; Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah. Kanz al-‘Ummal #3644)

O Allah, make me such that I thank you greatly for Your blessings, I remember You much, I follow Your counsel, and I preserve Your commands. O Allah, our hearts, our foreheads, and our limbs are in Your Hand. You did not give us total control over any of them. Since You have done that with these then be their patron, and guide us to the path of rectitude.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and transliteration of du’aa #119 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

Du’aa for the good brought by winds

اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا تَجِيْءُ بِهِ الرِّيَاحُ ـ

Allaahumma innii as’aluka min khayri maa tajii’u bihir-riyaah. (‘Ali ibn Abi Talib. Kanz al-‘Ummal #3637)

O Allah, I beg You for all the good brought by winds.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and transliteration of du’aa #118 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

All for Allah Ta’aala

اَللّٰهُمَّ لَكَ صَلَاتِيْ وَنُسُكِيْ وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِيْ، وَإِلَيْكَ مَاٰبِيْ، وَلَكَ رَبِّ تُرَاثِيْ ـ

Allaahumma laka salaatii wa nusukii wa mahyaaya wa mamaatii, wa ilayka ma’aabii, wa laka rabbi turaathii. (‘Ali ibn Abi Talib. Sunan at-Tirmidhi #3442)

O Allah, my salaat, my sacrifice, my life, and my death are all for You. To You is my return and Yours is what I leave behind.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and transliteration of du’aa #117 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

Du’aa for protection

Duaa 116

Allaahumma innii a’uudhu bika mim munkaraatil-‘akhlaaqi wal-‘a’amaali wal-‘ahwaa’i wal-‘adwaa'(i), na’uudhu bika min sharri mas-ta’aadha minhu nabiyyuka Muhammadun sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam(a), wa min jaaris-suu’i fii daaril-muqaamati fa inna jaaral-baadiyati yatahawwal(u), wa ghalabatil-‘aduww(i), wa shamaatatil-‘a’daa'(i), wa minal-juu’i fa innahuu bi’sad-dajii'(u), wa minal-khiyaanati fa innahaa bi’satil-bitaana(tu), wa an narji’a ‘alaa a’qaabinaa, aw nuftana ‘an diininaa, wa minal-fitani maa zahara minhaa wa maa batan(a), wa min yawmis-suu(i), wa min laylatis-suu (i), wa min saa’atis-suu(i), wa min saahibis-suu’.

(Composite: Qutbah ibn Malik. Kanz al-‘Ummal #3671; Abu Umamah al-Bahili. Sunan at-Tirmidhi #3443; Abu Hurayrah. Mustadrak Hakim #151/1951; ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘As. Sunan an-Nasa’i #5380; Abu Hurayrah. Sunan an-Nasa’i #5373; Ibn Abi Mulaykah. Sahih al-Bukhari #6104; Zayd ibn Thabit. Sahih Muslim #5112; ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir. Mu’jam al-Kabir (Tabarani) 17:294)

O Allah, I seek Your protection from bad morals, deeds, desires, and diseases. We seek Your protection from the evil of everything for which Your Prophet Muhammad ﷺ sought Your protection. And from a bad neighbor where we live, for  a bad neighbor in travel moves away. And from domination of the enemy and the ridicule of the enemies. And from hunger;  indeed, it is a bad bedfellow. And from betrayal of trust, for it is a bad intimate. And from that we should turn back on our feet, or that we should be persecuted into separation from our religion. And form tribulations both open and hidden, from the bad day, the bad night, the bad moment, and the bad companion.

bad intimate: Bitaanah means intimate. Here it means the bad intention (of betraying) that settles deep into one’s heart.

from that we should turn back… from our religion: Ibn Abi Mulaykah, rahimahullah, used to make this du’aa after mentioning the famous hadith according to which angels will force back some people form the Hawd of Kawthar on the Day of Judgment, explaining to the Prophet ﷺ that these people had turned back after him.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and commentary of du’aa #116 in the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)