Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem

The Extremely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

The One Who cares for us, listens to us, answers our prayers, provides for us, nourishes us, strengthens us, gives us and blesses us.

The One Who removes from us our hardships, covers our flaws, comforts us, appreciates our efforts and magnifies our rewards.

The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate, Most Kind, Most Beneficent, Most Gracious.

and My Mercy encompasses all things

Quran Al-A’raaf (The Heights) 7:156

Al-‘Imraan 3:30

If Allah did not love us, He would have left us with the consequences of our actions.

If Allah did not love us, He would not have made His warnings clear and the description of His punishment so vivid and terrifying.

But His warnings never overpower the message and reminders of His Mercy. His Nearness. His Love.

If Allah did not love us, He would not have guided us. He would not have called us to His Forgiveness. To the tranquility that comes with His Remembrance. And the pleasures, delights, blessings that He has prepared for us in this life and in Paradise.

and Allah warns you to be cautious of His punishment; and Allah is full of Kindness to His slaves

Witr du’a

O Allah, grant us fear of You that will be a barrier between us and sin, and grant us obedience of you that will enter us into paradise, and grant us faith that will lighten the weight of calamities that befall us, and allow us to be of sound sight, hearing and strength as long as we live, and make our vengeance not transgress beyond those who oppress us, and give us victory over those who seek to harm us, and don’t make our problems be in our religious commitment and expression, and don’t make the dunya the majority of our expertise or our obsession, and don’t make our destiny the hellfire, and make paradise our destined destination, and do not give authority over us (due to our sins) those who won’t (fear You or) have mercy on us.

O Allah, we are by our sins burdened, and by our mistakes fatigued, blinded by our ignorance, our lust and greed, we call upon You the calling of those humbled and broken, we are in need of Your mercy and You are not in need of punishing us. So free us from the fire, and our loved ones, and our teachers, and those who have rights over us, our brothers and sisters, free us all from the fire. O Allah raise our names to You. O Allah conceal our faults above the earth and beneath it and conceal them on the day we meet you. Make our inner selves better than the outer, and make our outer selves righteous. Make the best of our deeds the last deeds. And the best days, the day we meet You.

How patient are You with us o Allah, we sin against You with the blessings You give us and You forgive. We ask You by every name that You have, raise our ranks, conceal our faults. We have no helper other than You, we are Your slaves. How many a blessing have You given us and we were little in our thanks, how many a test did You give us and we were little in our patience, how many a sin did You witness us committing and You never exposed us. O Allah we believe in You, and think the best of You, have mercy on this ummah, You don’t reject those who ask You, grant us what we ask You. O Allah we love You. O Allah we love You, and we love those who love You, have mercy on those who love You, and forgive those who love You, and overlook the faults of those who love You, and heal those who love You.

O Allah as You’ve allowed us to experience the month of Ramadan, allow us to be forgiven. Forgive us, be with us, don’t punish us. Forgive us, be with us, don’t punish us. There is nothing that allows us to have the ability to stand before You, with all of our shortcomings and faults, except what You’ve taught us of Your Forgiveness. There is nothing that allows our feet to carry us in Your Presence, with all of our sins and our mistakes, except what You’ve taught us of Your Mercy. O Allah if Your Mercy is only for the righteous, then who is for the broken weighed down by their sins, standing before You, seeking forgiveness, repentance, a new journey to begin.

Forgive us and our parents and our children, and all of the believing men and women. Who is the one who asked You and was left wanting, who is the one who depended on You and was not carried, who is the one who had hope in You and was disappointed. O Allah make us people of Paradise and protect us from the Fire. We seek refuge in Your Face from being of the people of the Fire. Protect us, our families and our umma from all evil, and heal the hearts of a believing people. Ameen.

Witr du’a read and translated by Sh. Ammar AlShukry

The one who is wise, rich, near and dear to Allah

Abu Khaithama narrated to us, saying: Jareer reported to us from Qaaboos on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him): When speaking to his Lord, prophet Musaa (upon him be peace) said, ‘My Lord, which of Your slaves is the most beloved to You?’ He said, ‘The ones who remember Me the most.’ He then asked, ‘Which of Your slaves is the wisest?’ He replied, ‘The one who judges himself in the same way he judges others.’ He then said, ‘My Lord, which of Your slaves is the richest?’ He said, ‘The one who is pleased with what I have given him.'” – Kitab al-‘Ilm by al-Hāfidh Abū Khaithama (may Allah have mercy on him)

Al-Mulk 67:1-2

Blessed, exalted is He
who holds all control in His hand
who in His Hand is the dominion
power
authority
and He is over all things
able
competent.
Who created death
and life
so that He may test you
who among you
is indeed
– not most, but –
best in deed
excellent in action
beautiful in character
and He is
the All-Mighty
the Exalted
Most Honorable
the One
deserving of our
best
worship
But if we fall short
If we falter
Know –
that He is
the Oft-Forgiving
the Most Forgiving.

“Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life, that He may test you, which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving.”

Bloom

Sometimes I catch myself wishing that I was a child again. Wide-eyed, young, unburdened by my mistakes and without sin. But if I hadn’t grown, I would never have known my Lord. My Kind, Loving, Generous Lord. His Love. His Forgiveness. His Mercy – its vastness, its depth. And for this, I am so grateful.

My Merciful Lord. So many times I’ve stumbled, grumbled, and forgotten His favours. Sinning with the very blessings He has given me. Yet He is always with me, guiding me, showering me with His Blessings, embracing me in His Grace. And for all of this, I am so grateful.

I want to do better, be better.

peace and blessings be upon him

Our Lord says about Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, that surely, he is indeed on an excellent standard of character (68:4). Allah has not sent our Prophet except as a mercy to all the worlds (21:107). Some of his qualities are described in this verse: “Surely, there has come to you, from among yourselves, a Messenger. He feels it very hard on him if you face a hardship (i.e. your suffering distresses him); he is very anxious for your welfare (i.e. he is deeply concerned for you), and towards the faithful he is very kind, full of mercy” (9:128). So take the Prophet as your example, for Allah has said, “There is indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, an excellent role model for you, you who hope for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah with much remembrance.” (33:21)

Al-Hijr 15:49

The Forgiver
The Oft-Forgiving
The Most Forgiving
The Repeatedly Forgiving
The One Who loves to forgive
The One Who covers our flaws
The One Who erases our mistakes
as though they were never there
The One Who replaces our bad deeds
with good deeds when we repent
The One Who continuously accepts repentance
The One Who is Most Merciful to His servants
The One Whose Mercy exceeds everything.

“Tell My servants that I am indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Indeed those who believe and do good…

be it male or female (4:124), Allah will guide them because of their faith (10:9), answer their prayers and increase for them from His bounty (42:26). Allah will certainly absolve them of their sins (29:7) and admit them among the righteous (29:9). They are the best of creation (98:7) and will have the highest of ranks (20:75). Allah will bestow for them affection (19:96) and admit them into His Mercy. For them is forgiveness, a generous provision and a great, never-ending reward (5:9; 22:50; 34:4; 3:57; 18:2; 35:7; 41:8, 95:6). Their efforts will not be denied nor discounted (21:94), and they will not fear injustice nor deprivation (20:112). That is the absolute triumph (45:30).

Joy awaits them and an excellent place of return (13:29). Paradise (7:42). Lofty dwellings with cool shade, flowing rivers, as entertainment and accommodation (4:57; 10:9; 18:107; 22:14; 22:56; 29:58; 31:8; 47:12). For them is whatever they wish for (42:22). They will have pure spouses, and be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearl, and their garments will be of silk (4:57; 22:23). They will abide therein, forever (2:25; 7:42; 2:82; 4:122). Indeed, all these, for those who have believed and done good.

Removed from their hearts is any bitterness or ill feeling, and they will say, “All praise and thanks be to Allah, who has guided us to this. Had Allah not guided us, we would never have found the way.” (7:43)