The Answered Supplication

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  • The Answered Supplication



    In the Name of Allah, the
    Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    Chapter Two

    Out of Allah’s Mercy shown to His servants, He taught them
    how to supplicate Him, worship Him and what to beg for. The best are the
    supplications with the Divine Words, because The Almighty Creator knows best
    what is good for us. Therefore, the Qur’anic supplications are the best to be
    said when calling upon Allah, because it is from Allah and dedicated to Him.

    But what is the philosophy of supplication in the Noble
    Qur’an? Does Allah teach us how, in the pursuit of worldly life, to invoke Him?
    Does He teach us to beg for money, or authority, or to own a land and become
    vested with power? Or does He teaches us to beg of His Grace in the Hereafter, to
    protect us from all evils in this world and help us draw nigh to Him to be from
    the people of Paradise?

    If we reviewed the invocatory verses in the Noble Qur’an
    we would find that the majority of them concentrate, as to worldly life, on
    repentance, pardoning sins, avoidance of any act of disobedience, stepping
    closer towards Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, and winning the sublime
    status in the Hereafter, why? Because to Allah, true life is not worldly life,
    but that of the Hereafter.

    The Truth, all praise and glory be to Him, says (what

    “And this life of the world is only amusement and
    play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the
    eternal life that will never end), if they but knew.” (Al-‘Ankabût, 29: 64)

    The Hereafter is indeed the true life, why? Because, it is
    an eternal life without death, a life of delights neither will it forsake you
    nor will you miss it. You shall live in everlasting delights, not by human
    power but the delights there are by the Power and Mightiness of Allah, all
    praise and glory be to Him. Surely, there is an infinite difference between the
    Power of Allah and that of humans. You will never be tired, because you are not
    asked to work and suffer, but once a thing crosses your mind you will instantly
    find it before you.

    Such life deserves to be begged and strived for by each
    believer. The wise believer should seek that which is eternal, infinite and
    everlasting. He should not seek a transient pleasure that only lasts for a few
    years then ends.

    But did The Truth, Blessed and Exalted be He, disregard
    praying for worldly life? No, but restricted it to the short lifetime we live.
    Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, did not ask the believer to retire away
    from the world and forsake it, but there are worldly duties Allah has assigned
    to man which he must accomplish for the universe to thrive. There is the
    offspring that man dies and leaves behind in worldly life. The Noble Qur’an
    teaches us how to pray for the two worlds, provided that asking for the good of
    this world does not make us forget asking for the Hereafter. The Noble Qur’an
    says (what means):

    “And of them there are some who say: ‘Our Lord! Give
    us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good,
    and save us from the torment of the Fire!’” (Al-Baqarah, 2: 201)

    Praying for the good of this world

    We notice in the aforesaid supplication that Allah, all
    praise and glory be to Him, stated this world before the Hereafter, but it does
    not mean that man should ask for the material, rather than the spiritual,
    saying, ‘O Lord! Give me money, give
    me power,’
    while forgetting about the Hereafter. The life of this world
    here is a prelude, because it is the abode of deeds and trials. It is the path
    that will lead you to either Paradise or Hellfire, for deeds precede then comes
    Judgment in the Hereafter.

    Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, draws our attention to
    the gravity of begging for worldly life and forgetting the Hereafter. The
    inherent gravity therein is that when the believer only begs for worldly life
    he becomes like the nonbeliever, who disbelieve in the Hereafter and totally
    ignores it.

    About these people, the
    Noble Qur’an tells us (what means):

    “But of mankind there are some who say: ‘Our Lord!
    Give us (Your Bounties) in this world!’ and for such there will be no portion
    in the Hereafter.”
    2: 200)

    A believer’s supplications should not end at begging for
    this world but should beg for the Hereafter. Of this world he should beg for
    what makes him attain the Hereafter. The Truth, Blessed and Exalted be He, says
    (what means):

    “But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed
    on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of legal
    enjoyment in this world, and do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek
    not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not the Mufsidûn (those who
    commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts).”
    (Al-Qasas, 28: 77)

    The believer is asked to invoke for both, the good of this
    world and the Hereafter, but each according to its significance and weight.
    When man invokes Allah, he must merit what he is begging for, and when he begs
    something from Allah, he should know that he is addressing the Infinite Power
    of Allah. His supplication must not stop at worldly concerns, but must
    comprehend this world and the Hereafter. The Almighty says (what means), “And of them there are some who say:
    ‘Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that
    which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!’” (Al-Baqarah, 2: 201)
    The religious scholars have expressed different opinions concerning the
    good of this world. Some judged it to be the righteous wife, whereas the good
    of the Hereafter is Paradise. Some said that it is knowledge, because through
    it man progresses. Others said that it is forgiveness. However, the religious
    scholars agreed that the good of the Hereafter is forgiveness, mercy and
    Paradise, but as for the good of this world, why should we narrow its stream?

    The good of this world is
    all that helps the servant show more piety to his Lord and draw him closer to
    the Almighty. But the good of the Hereafter is to be removed away from the
    Fire; just to be away from it is a blessing, a herald of being admitted into

    Supplication and human frailty

    Amongst the Qur’anic supplications by which one prays for
    freedom from all unbearable burdens and the Forgiveness of Allah, all praise
    and glory be to Him, is the last invocatory verse of Surat Al-Baqarah saying
    (what means):

    “Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets
    reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil)
    which he has earned. ‘Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error,
    our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us
    (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have
    strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are
    our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the
    disbelieving people.” (Al-Baqarah, 2: 286)

    We can recite this supplication every day and night
    because it handles all human frailties that may lead astray from the Divine
    law. Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, tasks not a soul beyond its scope.
    Therefore, whoever tells you that the Divine Law is beyond the capacity or
    power of man is wrong. The Divine Law suits man’s power and ability, it is even
    below his capacity. Allah, be ever gloried His Majesty and Might, enjoined five
    Obligatory Prayers daily, but is this man’s whole capacity for worship? It is
    far less, for some add to them the Supererogatory Prayers [Sunnah Prayers: A two or four rak‘ah
    Prayer to be performed before and after the Obligatory Prayers. By their virtue
    man steps closer to Allah and win a great reward. They are among the Prophetic
    Practices that Muslims follow]
    performed before and after the
    enjoined prayers. Others rise to spend the night offering Prayers to Allah, all
    praise and glory be to Him, before dawn time by an hour or more. Some rise the
    whole night or part of it and spend it offering prayers. All are performed
    beyond the five enjoined Obligatory Prayers.

    Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, loves that His servant
    steps closer towards Him by observing Sunnah [Prophetic Practices] and
    voluntary acts of worship similar to the obligatory ones. Many people offer
    more than the enjoined acts of worship, which indicates that the assigned
    duties are below man’s ability.

    When you recite the Qur’anic verse saying (what means), ‘Allah burdens not a person beyond his
    scope,’ (Al-Baqarah, 2: 286)
    remember that the enjoined duties are less
    than your ability. Beware that the devil will whisper to you that Allah has
    enjoined on you what is beyond your power to make you abandon the assigned
    duties. When you invoke Allah saying, ‘Our
    Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error,’ (Al-Baqarah, 2: 286)
    beg for forgiveness and exemption from punishment if you forgot or erred.
    Forgetfulness and erring are human since the time of the Prophet Âdam (peace be
    upon him). Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, says (what means):

    “And indeed We made a covenant with Adam before, but
    he forgot, and We found on his part no firm will-power.” (Tâ-­Hâ, 20: 115)

    Forgetfulness is among human frailties, which only happens
    when some worldly concerns divert man from remembering Allah. Therefore, he
    turns to Allah and say, ‘O Allah! I
    beg Your Pardon for what I forgot.’
    Even the Prophets (peace be upon
    them all) had their moments of forgetfulness. When the Prophet Mûsâ (Moses,
    peace be upon him) was in the company of Al-Khadir [A servant upon whom Allah has bestowed
    divine secrets and supernal understandings, for Almighty says (of Al-Khadir
    what means:), “A servant among Our servants, unto whom We had bestowed mercy
    from Us, and whom We had taught knowledge from Us.” (Al-Kahf, 18: 65)]
    teach him the real meaning behind the befalling incidents, he (Al-Khidr) told
    him to ask him not about anything till he himself mentions it to him. But Mûsâ
    forgot his promise and asked importunately. When Al-Khadir reminded him of his
    promise he said as the Noble Qur’an narrates (what means):

    “[Mûsa (Moses)] said: ‘Call me not to account for what
    I forgot, and be not hard upon me for my affair (with you).’” (Al-Kahf, 18: 73)

    When you stretch out your hands towards heaven and say, ‘O Allah! I beg Your Pardon for what I
    you are admitting your weakness as a human, who forgets in
    spite of himself. You beg Allah not to punish you because of oblivion. Erring
    is also human. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace)
    said, “All Children of Âdam are
    sinners and the best of sinners are the repenting.”

    You beg Allah to forgive and overlook your misdeeds.
    Whenever you beg for forgiveness Allah will answer your prayer and He, all
    praise be to Him, will overlook your evil deeds. If you recite it every day and
    supplicate with it, your sins will be forgiven because you are declaring before
    Allah that you did not sin on purpose and did not persist in sin. You regret
    what happened, you are filled with remorse for it, because the errors we make
    come unintentionally as long as they are not committed on purpose. You
    supplicate Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, saying, ‘Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on
    those before us (Jews and Christians),’
    (Al-Baqarah, 2: 286), like the heavy burden that was laid
    upon the previous nations as the Jews when they worshipped a golden calf and
    made a god of it. Then, they wanted to repent, therefore Allah, all praise and
    glory be to Him, decreed on them to kill themselves (those who did not worship
    the calf kill those who worshipped it) to have their repentance accepted as the
    Noble Qur’an tells us in the verse saying (what means):

    “And (remember) when Mûsâ (Moses) said to his people:
    ‘O my people! Verily, you have wronged yourselves by worshipping the calf. So
    turn in repentance to your Creator and kill yourselves (the innocent kill the
    wrongdoers among you), that will be better for you with your Lord.’ Then He
    accepted your repentance. Truly, He is the One Who accepts repentance, the Most
    Merciful.” (Al-Baqarah, 2: 54)


    Through this supplication we earnestly beseech Allah,
    Blessed and Exalted be He, not to burden us because of our sins with what we
    cannot bear, and we beseech The Almighty to try us in worldly life with what is
    within our tolerance, not beyond it. That supplication guards the servant in
    the life of this world against burdens beyond endurance, so by its grace Fate
    comes alleviated or Ordinance comes together with the gates of mercy wide open
    to offer relief. Or that Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, casts in our
    hearts patience that makes us withstand the hardships of life however severe.

    You invoke Allah, The Most Exalted, by the Qur’anic verse
    saying, Pardon us and grant
    us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us, (Al-Baqarah, 2: 286)
    where pardon [Al-‘Afu
    in Arabic language] is the erase of all trace, just as the footprint left by
    the passage of a walker in the desert, a blowing wind removes all trace of it.
    By that prayer we beg Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, to erase all our
    sins and the traces they made along the passage of our life journey, and to
    grant us forgiveness for Allah may wipe the sins and do not punish the servant,
    but remains angry with him, and who amongst us can tolerate the Anger of Allah!
    Therefore, we not only beg for pardon and effacement of sins but for
    forgiveness, as though the sin was not committed, verily Allah forgives all sins.
    ‘Have mercy on us,’ means:
    always shelter us under Your Mercy O Lord. Enfold us in Your Mercy during all
    the events of this world and the world to come.

    Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, informs that torture and
    mercy are only in His hands. He tortures and rewards good as He wills, as
    stated in the Qur’anic verse in which The Almighty says (what means):

    “He said: (As to) My Punishment I
    afflict therewith whom I will and My Mercy embraces all things. That
    (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who are the Muttaqûn (pious), and give Zakât;
    and those who believe in Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons,
    signs and revelations, etc.).” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 156)

    As for your supplication by saying (what means), “You are our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter
    and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
    (Al-Baqarah, 2: 286)
    it is a confession you make that there is no god
    but Allah, Alone, and there is no one you can turn to for forgiveness and mercy
    but Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, for He is the one and only God.
    However endless are your sins, you are never ashamed to beg His Forgiveness.
    Because if you did not seek His Forgiveness, to Whom will You turn and ask for
    it? Only Allah has the pardon and only He has the forgiveness.

    Qur’anic supplications and righteous deeds

    If afterwards we view examples of supplications stated in
    the Noble Qur’an we will find them all connected with righteous deeds in the
    life of this world and with mercy and forgiveness in the Hereafter. Recite the
    Qur’anic verse in which Allah, The Most Exalted, says (what means):

    “They invoked: ‘Our Lord! Pour forth on
    us patience and make us victorious over the disbelieving people.’” (Al-Baqarah,
    2: 250)

    Invoking for success in striving for the Cause of Allah,
    and to be given power and endurance in every battle fought against the
    disbelievers. Also begging with the supplication that says (what means):

    “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate
    (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly,
    You are the Bestower.” (Âl-‘Imrân, 3:8)

    An invocation for steadfastness of faith in the hearts,
    and in His Hands Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, has all the hearts of

    The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him
    peace) repeatedly begged Allah saying, “O
    He Who turns the hearts! Firmly settle my heart on Your Religion.”
    Lady ‘Âishah (may Allah be pleased wit her) wondered saying to him, “How often you invoke by that
    supplication, O Messenger of Allah.”
      The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him
    peace) replied, “There is no heart
    but lies between two Fingers of the Most Merciful, if He wills to set it aright
    He will (set it aright).”

    we recite the Noble Qur’an we will arrive at the verse saying (what means):

    “And know that Allah comes in between a
    person and his own heart. And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered.”
    (Al-Anfâl, 8: 24)

    Begging that hearts stand firm in faith is a Qur’anic
    supplication, because when hearts are firmly established on faith all will be

    Then follows the supplications for forgiveness, mercy,
    deliverance from torture in the Hereafter and attainment of Paradise with its
    delights and the honor of being close to Allah. The majority of the invocatory
    Qur’anic verses focus on that meaning. As aforesaid, Allah, all praise and
    glory be to Him, wants the believer to win Paradise in the Hereafter, therefore
    The Almighty teaches man the prayers that pardon and forgive the sins, deliver
    from hellfire and admits the believer into Paradise. All recited in humility
    and submission, for the believer begs his Lord to grant him every good deed
    that pleases Him and never destine for him any misdeed that may incur His
    Anger. He calls Allah to bear witness to his faith. Recite the Qur’anic verse
    saying (what means):

    “Our Lord! We have indeed believed, so
    forgive us our sins and save us from the punishment of the Fire.”
    (Âl-‘Imrân, 3: 16)

    And the Qur’anic verse saying (what means):

    “Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our
    transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and
    give us victory over the disbelieving folk.” (Âl-‘Imrân, 3: 147)

    The sins and transgressions committed did not prevent
    those believers from turning to Allah, beseeching and begging Him. Also, the
    Qur’anic verse saying (what means):

    “Our Lord! We believe in what You have
    sent down, and we follow the Messenger ['Iesa (Jesus)]; so write us down among
    those who bear witness (to the truth i.e. Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh - none has
    the right to be worshipped but Allah).” (Âl-‘Imrân, 3: 53)

    The believer is asked in his supplications to make Allah
    bear witness to his faith, and
    Allah is surely The Witness over all things. But why does the believer call
    Allah to bear witness when He is The All-Knower of what is within hearts? The
    answer is to have it as a plea in his favor on the Day of Judgment, if he was

    Confession of Faith is the invocatory Qur’anic verses saying (what means):

    “Our Lord! Verily, whom You admit to the
    Fire, indeed, You have disgraced him, and never will the Zâlimûn (polytheists
    and wrong-doers) find any helpers. Our Lord! Verily, we have heard the call of
    one (Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace) calling to Faith:
    ‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and
    remit from us our evil deeds, and make us die in the state of righteousness
    along with Al-Abrâr (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly
    His Orders). Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers
    and disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection, for You never break (Your)
    Promise.” (Âl-‘Imrân, 3: 192-194)

    If you sinned then you awakened to the light of the path
    of belief, hasten to seek forgiveness so that Allah may pardon that sin and make the
    honorable guardian angels (scribes) not record it against you. When you commit
    a sin you must beware not to keep silent (and not hasten to beg forgiveness) or
    persist in sin. How can you when Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, has
    taught you the prayer for forgiving the sins. The Most Exalted says (what

    “Our Lord! We have wronged
    ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we
    shall certainly be of the losers.” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 23)

    To avoid the bleak end of injustice and the unjust, the
    Noble Qur’an has taught us how to seek refuge from them, because injustice is
    but glooms on the Day of Resurrection, and the severest torment from Allah
    awaits the unjust. Therefore, among the invocatory Qur’anic verses are (what means):

    “Our Lord! Place us not with the people
    who are Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong­doers).” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 47)

    Hastening to repentance…. erases sins  

    Seeking refuge with Allah from Shaitân (Satan), the
    outcast (the accursed one) recurred in the Noble Qur’an and is indispensable.
    For the devil’s sole occupation is to whisper evil to the believers and all his
    power is aimed at seducing them. He whispers to them while they are offering
    Prayers. He makes sins seem fair to them and he besets them incessantly,
    goading them into sin. He makes false promises to them, and arouses in them
    false desires that ruin their faith. He strives hard to make them neglect the
    observance of Prayers. That is his mission on earth, exerting little effort
    with the sinners, because they accepted his way and followed it and thus became
    themselves devils from mankind.

    The main target and chief concern of the devil is the
    believing servant, for the devil does not sit at the doors of bars or the dens
    of vices and adultery, because their haunters have already become his allies.
    But he sits at the gates of Masjids and tries hard to spoil the worship of the
    prayers and their thoughts engaged in remembering Allah. Therefore, the Truth [Al-Haqq:
    one of the Beautiful Names of Allah], all praise and glory be to Him, asks us
    to seek refuge with Him from the devils. Allah, The Exalted and Ever-Majestic,
    says (what means):

    “And say: ‘My Lord! I seek refuge with
    You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayâtin (devils). And I
    seek refuge with You, My Lord! lest they may attend (or come near) me.’”
    (Al-Mu‘minûn, 97-98)

    Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, calls our attention that
    the righteous wife is the adornment of the life of this world. In Surat
    Al-Furqân, The Most Exalted, says (what means):

    “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives
    and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for
    the Muttaqûn.” (Al-Furqân, 25: 74)

    The supplication must include thanks and gratitude shown
    to Allah for His endless countless blessings. Giving thanks to Allah for His
    Blessings is a must, because Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, prepared
    for us these blessings even before creating us. We came to a world prepared to
    receive us with all the blessings that none of them we created, whose existence
    preceded ours. If you wish to thank Allah for His Blessings, invoke by the
    supplicatory verse saying (what means):

    “My Lord! Grant me the power and ability
    that I may be grateful for Your Favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon
    my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You, and
    make my off-spring good. Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly,
    I am one of the Muslims (submitting to Your Will).” (Al-Ahqâf, 46: 15)

    Supplication in the Noble Qur’an reminds us to beg
    forgiveness and mercy for those who have preceded us in Faith and conveyed to
    us that straight religion, because from them we have learned our religion and
    treaded in their steps. They were honest in their conveyance (of the message and
    the trust); honest in their work, and presented ideal guiding figures in their
    sincere endeavors after the call to Islam. Therefore, the Truth, Blessed and
    Exalted be He, teaches us to pray for them with the invocatory verse saying,
    (what means):  

    “Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in
    Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed.
    Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.” (Al-Hashr,
    59: 15)

    supplication we beg for light from Allah, Whose Light guides the hearts, purges
    the souls and keeps us away from crooked paths. In His Light we walk and by the
    guidance of His Light we act, and if we forget or fall into error the Light of
    Allah remains our guide to return to the right path. If that Light enters the
    hearts they will never deviate from the paths of virtue, they will never be
    lead astray and they will never be wretched. Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He,
    teaches us to always beg Him for the guiding light. The Exalted and Ever-Majestic,
    says (what means):

    “Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us
    [and do not put it off till we cross over the Sirât (a slippery bridge over the
    Hell) safely] and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things.”
    (At-Tahrîm, 66: 8)


    The invocatory Qur’anic verses are guidance and
    protection. They guide us to the path most just and righteous, save us from the
    worst destination and lighten our course in all affairs. Whoever adheres to
    these invocatory Qur’anic verses will never be lead astray, and indeed nothing
    is dearer to Allah than invoking Him with His Words, all glory be to Him.




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