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

Far but not forgotten

O Allah, help our brothers and sisters all over the globe. O Allah, have mercy on those who have passed. Heal the sick. Help the needy. Feed the hungry. Clothe the destitute. Lift up the oppressed. Make firm their feet. Strengthen their resolve. Increase them in faith.

Help them. O Allah help them. O Allah, they have no helper other than You. And You are the Best Protector and the Best Supporter. O Allah, You are more Merciful to them than us. So have mercy on them. And forgive us. Accept from us. And join us with them, and those who You love, in Your Gardens of Peace.

how to: pray

Successful are the believers. Those who in their prayer have khushoo’ (focus, humility, concentration, awe, reverence). (Al-Mu’minoon 23:1-2)

Abu Dardaa’ reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The first thing to be removed from this nation will be reverence, until you will not see anyone with reverence.” (Musnad al-Shamiyyin 1561)

Ammar ibn Yasir reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Verily, a man may return from his prayer and nothing good is written for him but a tenth of his prayer, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a fourth, or a third, or a half.” (Abu Dawud 796)

“We served ourselves in the company of Messenger of Allah (pbuh). We tended our camels by turn. One day, I had my turn to tend the camels, and I drove them in the afternoon. I found the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) addressing the people. I heard him say: Anyone among you who performs ablution, and does it well, then he stands and offers two rak’ahs of prayer, concentrating on it with his heart and body, Paradise will be his lot by all means.” (Abu Dawud 169)

Rabah ibn al-Harawi reported: ‘Isam ibn Yusuf passed by Hatim al-Asam, may Allah have mercy on him, while he was speaking in his assembly. ‘Isam said, “O Hatim, do you pray well?” Hatim said yes. ‘Isam said, “How do you pray?” Hatim said, “I establish the command, I walk with fear, I begin prayer with intention, I exalt Allah with grandeur, I recite with a measured recitation and reflection, I bow with reverence, I prostrate with humility, I sit to complete the testimony, and I invoke peace properly and according to the Sunnah. Then, I sincerely surrender the prayer to Allah Almighty and I return to myself with fear that it will not be accepted from me. I guard it with effort in this way until death.” ‘Isam said, “You may speak, for you do pray well.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliya’ 11623)

Come to Prayer

Before you start your prayer, ask yourself:

Where is my faith?
Where is my heart?
Where is my consciousness of Allah?
Where is my humility before Allah, to Whom belong the heavens and the earth, and all that is in between?
Where is my shyness with Allah, Who Sees all and Hears all?
Where is my fear, and my hope, and my need and my love?
For Allah, the King of all kings, the Owner of power and sovereignty, the Most High, the Most Kind, the Most Generous, the Most Gentle, the Most Loving to His slaves.

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Knowledge is the Goodness of this World

Al-Hasan said regarding the verse [al-Baqarah 2:201], “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good!”: It is knowledge and worship; “and in the Hereafter that which is good”: It is Paradise. Ibn al-Qayyim said, This is from the best explanations of this verse. Indeed, the greatest of the goodness of this world is beneficial knowledge and good actions. [Miftah dar as-Sa’ada Vol 1/102/397] Because of the importance of knowledge, Allah commanded His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to seek more of it. Allah says, “and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’” [Ta-Ha 20:114] Ibn Hajar commented that this is a clear proof of the excellence of knowledge. This is because Allah did not order the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to request for an increase in anything except for knowledge. [Fath al-Bari 1/141]

Regarding Khushu’

The basic meaning of khushu’ is the softness of the heart, its being gentle, still, submissive, broken and yearning. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, “Of a surety there is a morsel of flesh in the body, if it is sound, the whole body will be sound, but if it is corrupt, the whole body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” (Bukhari and Muslim). When the heart is humble, so too is the hearing, seeing, head and face; indeed all the limbs and their actions are humbled, even speech. This is why the Prophet (s.a.w.) would say in his bowing (ruku’), “My hearing, sight, bones, and marrow are humbled to You.” (Muslim) One of the Salaf saw a man fidgeting in his prayer and remarked, “If the heart of this person was humble, so too would his limbs be.”

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And the Good End is for those of Taqwa…

(130) So be patient over what they say and glorify the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; and during periods of the night [exalt Him] and at the ends of the day, that you may become pleased with the reward which Allah shall give you. (131) And do not extend your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to [some] groups of them, [it is but] the splendour of the life of this world by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring. (132) And enjoin prayer on your family and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness.

Sarah Taha 20:130-132