The Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace be upon
him) taught his Companions a number of beautiful invocations, invocations that
were brief in length but far-reaching in their implications.
Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) asked the
Prophet (bpuh) to teach him a supplication and he answered:
"Say: 'O' my Lord, verily, I have greatly wronged
myself and no one forgives sins except you. So forgive me with your forgiveness
and have Mercy on me, since verily, you are the Oft-Forgiving, the Most
The Prophet (bpuh) said to 'Abbaas (may Allah be
pleased with him):
"Ask Allah for pardon and good health." .
And he said to 'Ali (may Allah be pleased with him):
"Say: 'O' Allah, guide me and direct me (to the
He (bpuh) said to 'Ubayd ibn Husayn (may Allah be
pleased with him):
"Say: 'O' Allah, Inspire me to the right guidance
and protect me from the evil of my own self"
He (bpuh) taught Shaddad ibn Aws (may Allah be pleased
with him) to say:
"O' Allah, I ask you to make me steadfast in the
matter (of Religion), resolute upon right guidance, thankful for Your blessing,
and diligent in Your worship. And I ask you, O' Allah, to make my heart sound,
my tongue truthful; and I ask You from the good that You know I seek refuge in
You from the evil that You have full knowledge about and I ask Your forgiveness
for that which You (completely) know of Truly You are the Knower of all things
And he taught Mu'aadh (may Allah be pleased with him)
"O' Allah, help me to remember You, to thank You,
and to worship You excellently?
That we should ask for Allah's Pleasure and for His
Mercy in the Hereafter, that we invoke Allah to save us from His anger and punishment,
and that we ask Him for help in worshipping Him and thanking Him W- these are
some of the more salient themes that are stressed in the previous
Regarding these themes, there is one uniting or common
factor: that we should seek what is with Allah and turn away from what is in
this world, or in other words, that we must not be covetous of material things
that are, by their very nature, evanescent.