Tuesday, 26 November 2013

What is it about Islam that oppresses women?


Assalaamu'alaykum readers!

I know, I know it's been a while and I promised to blog more regularly! Sorry! Busy times and a busy little family peeps!

Alhamdulillah may Allah SWT give us barakah in our time and allow us to use it wisely and for goodness ameen!

So, as a reward for your patience, here's a LOVELY piece which was written by a remarkable woman whom I had the pleasure of meeting about seven months ago. She had expressed an interest in Islam and wanted to meet with a Muslim woman to discuss her thoughts and learning. Although it was the only time I got to meet her (and her cute 5 year old son) and we only spent a few hours chatting over a hot drink and her deliciously hand-made home-made pastries, I was truly touched by the beauty of her personality and her sweet sincerity in wanting to learn about Islam, become a better person and help others in the community (particularly the migrant community).
She recently emailed me a reply when I sent out a flyer for a Convert Sisters Discussion Panel event and she shared that she had since moved to another part of Australia and had converted Alhamdulillah. May Allah continue to guide both her and us. Ameen.

So anyhow, here are some of her thoughts and reflections about the way Muslims are perceived and a little insight into a situation that she faced and how she felt about it and dealt with it. Very insightful!

So, what is it about Islam that oppresses women?

By Sister Josie

“So, what is it about Islam that oppresses women?“ Casually in a car driving to a work function, a university graduate, a woman, who shares my taste in CUE and Jacqui E corporate attire, a colleague of mine asked me this question. I felt she was on the attack. I was taken aback by her overtly negative attitude towards the faith of over one billion people across the world so for over an hour I tried to explain the differences between Islam, the faith of Muslims, and the behaviour of a few Muslim people we see in the papers. Her views were limited to a somewhat childish understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the movie ‘Not Without My Daughter’, and 9/11 and the subsequent Taliban and Al Qaeda media frenzy.

I told her that pure Islam, is what all Muslims are supposed to do, not what some Muslims do. I talked about the rights that Islam gave women 1400 years ago, to have possession of her small children in the event of divorce, to maintain her maiden name should she choose, to vote, to request divorce, to receive child support and be treated equally to men in the eyes of God and the community. I talked about the freedom that a relationship with Allah can make a person feel. I spoke about Khadija, the first Muslim woman – who was also her husband’s boss and a successful business woman. I spoke about the power of choice – to choose to be a Muslim, to submit to Allah and Allah’s teachings. My colleague spoke about hijab and stated dramatically ‘No one would ever choose to wear that. They might think they are choosing but they are being brain washed.’

I tried to make a case in defence of Islam, in defence of the one billion brothers and sisters around the world who were not in the car to defend themselves and their faith. I was arguing in defence of a woman I have never met in person, but who I know and love. She lives in Syria. She is sick, living in the middle of a war zone, and still finds the time five times a day to pray for my son and I. I did not win this argument. It hurt badly. I felt powerless, that good people were tarnished with a brush dipped in nothing more than bad media and ignorant hatred.

In the community sector, where I have been building my career, my job has been to protect the vulnerable and speak for the voiceless, it frustrated me that I could not do so in this case. I had summoned all the diplomacy, knowledge and commonsense I possessed, fighting hard to contain the urge to yell: “For crying out loud, can you not just shut up and listen to me?” at the woman in my car. Keeping my temper has never been a strong point of mine – blame my Irish heritage if you will – but the moment I feel boxed in or oppressed, my blood boils and I want to yell. When I talk about Islam, I try to speak calmly lest I confirm some media misrepresentation that all Muslim’s are hot heads. After three hours (ok three months) of stewing over this discussion, and many others like it, I realised that I would be wiser to choose my battles. 

My job as a Muslim is not to bang my head against the wall, fighting fights I cannot win, rather it is to use the skills that Allah gave me to submit to the will of Allah and follow the Prophets example to do Allah’s will on Earth. There is a poem I read in 2001 ‘Bomb them with Butter’ which talked about urging our governments to provide education and opportunities for the populations oppressed under military/religious dictatorships, rather than just bombing foreign governments, which rarely results in anything positive being achieved. I see an unwinnable argument as a bomb strike on a government, which may hurt innocent people. IF however, I am kind and compassionate towards people who want to argue with me, I am ‘bombing them with butter,’ providing them with the opportunity to see the beauty of Islam and Allah. I am not saying I am always able to do this, or even that I always succeed in attempting to do this.... but I do try.

When I first started to learn about Islam, there were two things I fell in love with the first was a piece of advice a Muslimah friend of mine gave me ‘A person’s relationship with Allah is a personal thing.’ The idea that there was a personal connection that I can make with Allah – not by praying in a church, or attending particular services, or receiving specific sacraments, but just by praying myself to Allah. No middle man, no fuss, nothing. Just Allah and I. This I found to be truly empowering. Do I always feel more empowered as a Muslim than I did as a non-Muslim? I don’t think I can honestly say yes to this, nor can I say no. Since becoming a Muslim my life has encountered a number of hurdles throwing me into an absolute turmoil.
Perhaps Allah is testing me, or perhaps not, I have no idea of what Allah’s plan is for me. What I do know is that nothing that has happened in my life since my conversion has been even remotely comparable to events that occurred in my life before, so it is difficult to judge how my reactions to and perceptions of these problems has differed (if at all) from the non-Muslim version of me. When facing problems today, I ask myself what Allah wants me to do, where as before, I would have asked a friend what they thought I should do. Allah gives me strength, which I am grateful for. Allah has given me special friends and family members from whom I can also draw strength. I feel also however that Allah asks from me something, I have a duty to Allah.... I feel this, I just have no idea what it is yet. Inshallah, he will allow me to contribute to his work and make a difference – when I see my son, I pray that I can play a part in creating a world for him that is just and compassionate filled with opportunities for him, and all other kids, regardless of their backgrounds. Inshallah.

The second thing I loved was something Buhkari taught us:
“All of you are shepherds and each one is responsible for his flock. A leader of a people is a shepherd and responsible for them...So all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges."
This differs somewhat from the Catholic teaching I grew up with:
“The Lord is my shepherd, so I shall follow wherever he leads me, wherever he goes....”
Buhkari reminds us as Muslims that we are responsible for our own actions, and furthermore, we have responsibilities which go beyond our selves. “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges.”

To me this sends a message not dissimilar to the message Jean-Jacques Rousseau penned three hundred or so later in his famous Social Contract (1754). Rousseau wrote, in simplest of terms, that in order for a society to function peacefully then everyone in that society must enter into a Social Contract with the other members of their society. Entering such a contract requires individuals to voluntarily surrender certain rights or freedoms in order to gain the same amount of freedoms. Simply put, we forfeit our right to steal, and gain the right not to have anyone steal from us. We look after each other, and others will look after us. We each take responsibility for ourselves, and our charges, and then in accordance to the social contract, everyone else will do the same, and society will function well.

How does this relate to me, and other women in Australia in 2013 you ask? I read a hadith in passage of one of my favourite books which explains this and remains close to my heart. I read that when the Prophet was asked about the role of women in society – should we be ‘typical’ wives in the house or  should we go outside to work? What was the best way for us to live?

“When the first Muslims were faced with many enemies and trials he [the Prophet, peace be upon him] answered “When chaos enters the world, stick to the walls of your house like a saddle to a horses back.’ This means, take care of your family and your neighbours and raise your children to be good. If everyone takes care of his own house, all troubles will end.”[1]  (please note I am not sure as to the authenticity of this quote!) C.B.

It seems to me that what the Prophet (peace be upon him) was trying to teach us 1400 years ago, and what Rousseau repeated 1100 years later, was that women, and men, each have to contribute what they can to society, in order to ensure its smooth operations. We have an obligation to follow the laws set out by a society that we actively participate in, we are obliged to take care of our families, our neighbours we are obligated to contribute our skills to the greater good of society, and from this, peace will flourish and problems will dissipate.

Am I oppressed as a Mulsim? Well, I live in Australia so theoretically nothing oppresses me – that said however my experience as a woman in the workforce, trying to work, study, support my family and work on my deen is incredibly taxing. I have faced discrimination at a number of levels as a woman, and as a mother, but never as a Muslim. Perhaps this is because I do not wear hijab, and being fair skinned and blue eyed, people tend to look at me as a ‘typical Aussie.’ Perhaps it is because where I live people don’t judge on religion – I don’t know.

Am I a typical Muslim? Or, am I a typical media stereotype? Well, perhaps someone on the outside can judge my compatibility with any given stereotype. I am a political scientist, a community worker, a writer, a mother and a student. I cook, make jam from scratch, sew and think about chocolate and coffee more than any human being should. I don’t wear hijab¸ but nor do I wear a miniskirt. I value compassion, kindness, generosity, intelligence and hard work. I am Australian. I was once a Catholic. I think Allah and God are one and the same. I don’t believe in the trinity, however, I understand how others came to this interpretation of faith so many, many years ago. I believe that Allah, God, Yahweh, however we say his name, in whichever language, I think our duty to him has been made abundantly clear:

·         Worship Allah, and Allah alone.
·         Follow the examples he has given us through the Prophet and use our minds – look for the good in the world, the good people, the good ideas the good examples, and do what we can to replicate this good.
·         Be compassionate, be welcoming, be kind.
These ideas are (well I think they should be if they are not) universal. We serve Allah in the way he asked us to.

Back to what my colleague asked me “What is it about Islam that Oppresses women?”

Nothing. Pure Islam does not oppress us. Allah does not oppress us. Many women are oppressed, many women and children throughout the world are put upon, treated unjustly and robbed of the rights Allah has given all of us....

But as I wrote earlier: ‘Islam is what Muslims are supposed to do. Not what some Muslims do do.”

Our job as Muslims, as mothers, as women is to do what we are supposed to do – to teach our children what they are supposed to do. To fight the oppression and the stereotypes. To declare a jihad of love and opportunity for our sisters and brothers and sons and daughters who can’t fight for themselves .... but this my sisters, is another story for another day.

Today, this was about me.

[1] G. Willow Wilson, The Butterfly Mosque, Atlantic Books, London, 2010. p. 272  

Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Diamonds Ramadhan Challenge!

This Ramadhaan I gave the Diamonds of Islam Youth Group girls a Ramadhaan Challenge wherein they were given the choice to complete some or all of a list of challenges during the month. Some of the challenges were to pray Taraweeh on 7 different occasions, read 7 Juz of the Quran, help 7 people, donate $7 per week to a charity (come on now young people are on a tight budget!) and/or watch 7 Islamic lectures. And yes, you guessed it, all based on my favourite number 7!

Here was the experience of one of the girls:

Here is my ramadan challenge. I decided to choose the taraweeh prayers as i had been planning to complete taraweeh at the mosque this year instead of at home.

9th July 2013: 
My first time experiencing taraweeh at the mosque. We prayed Isha first then after we completed the salah the taraweeh prayer began. I found it easier to concentrate, i tried really hard to feel more of a connection with Allah (swt). Each rakah we read one page of surah Baqarah, after four rakahs there was a small lecture about the importance of fasting and how fasting is not only about keeping away from food and drinks, but about how we as people should behave and conduct ourselves, which was a really great reminder. We prayed another four rakahs and every time my head touched the ground i asked Allah (swt) for forgiveness and to have mercy on me and every time i did this i felt like a brick had been lifted off my chest. The eight rakahs went by so quickly and after that we prayed witr prayers, which was also a first for me. I think i was a just a bit too startled and confused when everyone had raised their hands in dua to have a full concentration but inshallah next prayer i will understand what will happen and be able to put my full concentration and dedication towards the dua and the witr prayer. it was a good first experience of taraweeh prayer alhamdullilah.

10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th July 2013:
Alhamdullilah taraweeh prayer has made me feel as light as a feather, praying and standing, concentrating on the precious words of Allah (swt) is the best feeling a person could feel. During all these nights i felt like i had become a more peaceful and calm. i felt my iman reaching new levels i had never thought were possible. The main things i always asked Allah (swt) for was: guidance (to be on the straight path), for forgiveness and mercy on the day of judgement, for a place in Jannah, for my non-muslim relatives to see the light of islam and inshallah one day become good muslims, i also made good dua for others who have had a major impact on me and my life and inshallah Allah (swt) will reward them generously.

Ramadan this year for me has been hands down the best ramadan I've experienced i gained more of a connection with Allah (swt) my iman has strengthened and i absolutely loved praying taraweeh at kewdale mosque. Inshallah next years Ramadan will be even more beneficial than this year :)

So beautiful mashallah! May Allah accept everyone's worship, duaa and tawbah - ameen! 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Duaa in Ramadhan #5

7 dua's from the Quran and Sunnah 

I pray Allah accepts from us all, and makes us from those who are forgiven and pardoned this Ramadan and entered into al firdaws in the hereafter. 

للّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِوالجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال

Allahumma inni ‘audhubika min al-hammi wal huzani,wal 'ajzi wal kasali, wal bukhli wal jubni, wa dala'ad-dayni wa ghalabatal-rijâl.

O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِيالدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Rabbana aatina fid-dunya hassanatawn,wa fil aakhirati hassanatawn, wa'qina ‘adhaab an-naar

Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the hell Fire. 2:201

رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَالصَّلَاةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِيوَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ

Rabbi j’alnee muqeem as-salati wa min dhuriyyati. Rabbana, wa taqabbal dua’. Rabbanaghfir li wa li walidayya wa lil mu’mineena yawma yaqoom ul-hisaab

My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. OurLord, and accept my supplication. OurLord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established. 14:40-41

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أسْـأَلُـكَ العَـفْوَوَالعـافِـيةَ في الدُّنْـيا وَالآخِـرَة ، اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أسْـأَلُـكَالعَـفْوَ وَالعـافِـيةَ في ديني وَدُنْـيايَ وَأهْـلي وَمالـي ، اللّهُـمَّاسْتُـرْ عـوْراتي وَآمِـنْ رَوْعاتـي ، اللّهُـمَّ احْفَظْـني مِن بَـينِ يَدَيَّوَمِن خَلْفـي وَعَن يَمـيني وَعَن شِمـالي ، وَمِن فَوْقـي ، وَأَعـوذُ بِعَظَمَـتِكَأَن أُغْـتالَ مِن تَحْتـي

Allahumma inni as'aluka al-‘afwa wal ‘aafiyata fid dunya wal aakhira. Allahumma inni as-'aluka al ‘afwa wal Aafiyata fee deeni wa dunyaya wa ahli wa maali. Allahumma ustur ‘awrati wa Aamin raw’ati. Allahumma ahfadhnee min bayni yadayya min khalfi wa ‘an yameeni wa ‘an shimaali wa min fawqi wa a’oodhu bi ‘adhmatika an aghtaala min tahti.

"OAllah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in this life and the next. O Allah,I ask You for pardon and well-being in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth. O Allah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay. O Allah, preserve me from the front and from behind and on my right and on my left and from above, and I take refuge with You lest I be swallowed up by the earth."

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أَسْأَلُـكَ عِلْمـاً نافِعـاً وَرِزْقـاً طَيِّـباً ،وَعَمَـلاً مُتَقَـبَّلاً
Allahuma inni as-aluka‘ilman nafi’an wa rizqan tayyiban wa ‘amalan mutaqaballa
"O Allah, I ask You for knowledge which is beneficial and sustenance which is good, and deeds which are acceptable. [to be said after giving salaam for the fajr prayer]"

اللّهُـمَّ أَعِـنِّي عَلـى ذِكْـرِكَ وَشُكْـرِك ، وَحُسْـنِ عِبـادَتِـك

Allahuma a’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni‘ibadatik
"O Allah, help me to remember You, to thank You, and to worship You in the best of manners."

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أَسْأَلُـكَ الجَـنَّةَ وأََعوذُ بِـكَ مِـنَ الـنّار
Allahuma inni as-aluka al-jannata wa a’udhubika min an-naar.

"O Allah, I ask You to grant me Paradise and I take refuge in You from the Fire."

Duaa in Ramadhan #4

"O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! On this Great and Holy Night of Laylatul Qadr, we beg of Thee in complete humility and humbleness. 

O Most Merciful Allah! The Compassionate, the Merciful, the Giver of protection to those who seek it, Grantor of Taubah, the Solace of the fear-stricken, the Helper of the helpless, the Support of one who is without any support, the Resource of the resourceless, Protector of the weak, Treasure of the poor and the Greatest Source of hope; Saviour of the doomed, the Benefactor, the Beneficent, the Gracious, the Almighty, the Effulgent, - One before whom the darkness of the night, the brightness of the day, the rays of the sun and moon, the pattering of trees and the humming of streams bow in reverence."

"O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! On this Most Holy and Auspicious Night of Mercy, we humbly beseech You and You Alone for every facility and convenience with Your eternal pleasure and approval. O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! You Alone are Gafoorroor Raheem and You Alone are our well wisher and helper. You Alone are the Protector of our children and families."

"O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Accept all our trials and tribulations that we have encountered during Your Most Holy Month of Ramadhan and bless us abundantly with Imaan, beneficial knowledge, happiness, Muhabbat and good health so that we can remain steadfast in Your Din."

"O Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal! On this most Holy Night of Laylatul Qadr, we solemnly and truthfully affirm that there is no one worthy of worship except You and that Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam is Your Beloved Messenger and Gataman Nabee'een whom You sent to this Doonya as a great blessing to all the creatures. We bear witness that our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam delivered Your Message successfully and led humanity out of darkness and into the light and Noor of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an and onto the Path of Seerathul Mustaqeem."

"O Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! O You Infinite! O You who hears and sees all things! Bestow Thy special mercy on our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and on the descendants of our Noble Chief Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam just as Thou did bless Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salatu Wasallam and his descendants; verily Thou art the Praiseworthy and the Glorious."

"O Almighty Rabbal Ala'meen! the Leveller of stretched layers of earth, Creator of high skies and the Moulder of hearts on the pattern of their fundamentally good or bad nature, grant Thy choicest mercy, fruitful blessings and most lavish kindness to our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, Thy servant and messenger, personifying the end of prophethood, opener of avenues of spiritual perfection which had been closed, bold and truthful exponent of Islam, one who safeguarded Thy revelations and fully observed the covenants made to Thee."

"O Creator of the sun and luminous moon! O You the Refuge of a fear-stricken destitute who is longing for protection, I crave Thee like the craving of a poor beggar or helpless blind man and I beg Thee for forgiveness on this Glorious Night of Laylatul Qadr.”

" O Glorious Creator of this world and the Aghirah! O Most Merciful and Generous One! You have bestowed so many lessings upon us and yet we are unable to thank You adequately for any of them." 

"O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Protect us from poverty and destitution, save us from ignominy of being indebted and bless us with a life of beneficial knowledge, Imaan, Taqwa, Yaqeen, health, happiness and prosperity.”

“O Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal! We are assembled on this Most Holy Night of Laylatul Qadr and we stand as beggars under the shadow of Your Mercy. We are Your obedient slaves and we are begging at Your Door of Taubah and repentance. Accept our Fasting, accept our Ibadah and forgive our sins and all our shortcomings."

"O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! The Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam are presenting their prayers on this Great Night of Glory and begging at Your door of Taubah for Your forgiveness in the hope that You will Insha'Allah accept them. You have no partner and You Alone are Gafooroor Raheem.”

" O Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth! The Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam have assembled on this Holy Night begging for Your Mercy and Muhabbat with the hope that our fasting and our prayers will be accepted and that our sins will be forgiven.”

“O Most Merciful One! Have pity on our condition, guard us and protect us from the evils within ourselves and forever keep us on the Path of Seerathal Mustaqeem."

"O Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal! Make Ramadhan the best of all our days, make this Holy Night of Laylatul Qadr the nearest to Your approval and the farthest from Your Wrath.”

O ya Rabbal Ala'meen! We have turned to You, we rely solely on Your Mercy and Rahma'h. We cherish Your Being. Forgive our sins, accept our Fasting and our good deeds, have mercy on us, deprive us not and grace all our needs. You and You Alone Ya Rabbal Ala'meen have the Power over everything.”

"O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! You have commanded us to pray and have promised to accept our Ibadah and have said: "Ask from Me and I shall fulfil."

"O Almighty Giver and Creator of life and death! We beg for Your mercy. Forgive our shortcomings, conceal our misdeeds and By Your Blessings and Kindness, make all our tasks easy. Help us to stay on the Path of Seerathal Mustaqeem, reform our interior as well as our exterior so that we may for always enjoin that which is right and forbid that which is evil, and include us among those of Your favoured bondsmen who have accepted Your Din sincerely."

"O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! You Alone are Pure and Flawless. We cannot count the favours, the blessings and the Baraka'h that You have bestowed upon us, and we cannot thank You adequately enough for Your Mercy, Your Muhabbat and Your Kindness. You are Most Merciful, Most Kind and You respond to the call of those who seek Your Grace."

"O Most Merciful Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! Grant us and bless us with tranquility and security, and bless us with the courage and capacity to obey You totally and completely. Grant us ilm so that we can for always live in accordance with the Sunnah and the Seerah of Your Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Make the regular recitation and the understanding of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an the delight of our hearts, the light of our eyes and the means of relieving our grief and sorrows."

"O Most Merciful Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Forgive us if we unconsciously commit an error and through Your Rah'mah, do not penalize us for that. Protect us from every kind of idolatry and hypocricy, mutual recriminations, immorality, ego, evil thoughts and intentions. “

O Allah! We seek refuge only in You from evil thoughts which may arise in our hearts, from deterioration in works we are engaged in and from every calamity and hardship."

"O Most Merciful Allah! Grant Your Rah'mah and forgiveness on the Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam in the same way as You granted Your Rah'mah to our beloved parents Nabee Adam Alahis Salatu Wasallam and Bibi Hawa Radi'allahu Ta'ala Anhuma. We are Your obedient slaves and we beg You in complete humility and humbleness at the Door of Your Bounty and Mercy on this Great Night of Forgiveness and Mercy."

"O Most Merciful and Supreme Conveyor of hearts! We humbly seek Your refuge from such wealth and knowledge which is of no avail in the Aghirah, from actions which are not acceptable to You, from a heart which is remiss in remembering You, from worldliness in which greed and ego is insurmountable and from a supplication which is not approved by You."

"O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Bless us with the capacity to maintain our faculty to listen, to comprehend and to see, and fill our hearts with Your Noor so that we can forever carry the banner of: "La Illah Illalahoo Muhammadur Rasoolullahi Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam"

"O Most Merciful Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! Glorious Creator and Sustainer of the heavens of the earth. Protect us from the darkness of the heart and from the great trials and tribulations of the Qabir. Bless us with the ability to follow in the Path shown by You in Your Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an and in the Sunnah of Your Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. We seek refuge from Your Wrath in this life as well as in the Aghirah."

O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! You are the Light of the heavens and earth. Please accept our fasting, our sacrifices, our Ibadah, our Taubah, our Zakat, our Duahs, our repentance and our supplications. Through Your Infinite Mercy and Bounty, bless the Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Fill our hearts with Imaan and Muhabbat and accept our Taubah on this Great Night of Laylatul Qadr."

"O Almighty and Most Merciful Allah! Send Thy Peace, Blessings and Prosperity upon Thy Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, upon his family, upon the illustrious Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een, upon all the Ambiya Alayhim Salatu Wasallam and upon all the Mala'eeka and Angels."

"O Most Merciful Allah Azza Wajjal! Forgive us and forgive all those who preceeded us in faith and place not in our hearts any rancour towards those who believe.”

“O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! We cannot comprehend the Praises due exclusively to Thee. Thou art as Thou has praised Thyself in Thy Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an."

"O Almighty Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! Grant the greatest excellence and highest rank and honour in Thy Majestic Court to Your Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Make his intercession the most acceptable to Thee. O Almighty Allah! Grant him the best recompense on our behalf which may have been granted to a prophet on behalf of his Ummah and grant a good recompense to all the prophets Alayhim Salatu Wasallam. All Praise is due only to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala."

"O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Bestow Thy special Mercy, Thy Rahma'h, Thy Blessings and Thy Muhabbat upon our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam in quantities equivalent to this Doonya and the Aghirah."
O Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal! Thou art indeed Allah and there is no partner with Thee; I beg of Thee that Thou be pleased to Bestow Thy Special Mercy, Muhabbat, and Blessings on Your obedient servant Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, his family, his illustrious companions and upon his Ummah."

"O Thou Holy and Unblemished Creator of Noor! I beg of Thee an apprehension of the Aghirah which may effectively prevent the Muslim Ummah from committing sins so that we may render obedience to Thee in a way that would entitle us to receive Thy Pleasure, so that we may offer penitence before Thee earnestly, so that we may be impelled to do acts of humanity by profound regard for Thee, so that we may rely purely on Thee for all things and anticipate the best from Thee. O Almighty Allah! You Alone are Gafooroor Raheem."
"O Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! Bless our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam who turned darkness into light by his splendour.”

“O Merciful Allah! You are the Greatest Comforter and Companion of all true believers; we seek Thy protection from Jahannum, the trials of the Qabar, from the evils of Dajjal, from the ordeals of life and death and from iniquity and being subjected to penalties."

"O Most Merciful and Kind Allah! Help us during the pangs and convulsions of death and bless us so that we do not depart from this Doonya without the declaration of: "La Illaha Illallahoo Muhammadar Rasoolullah."

"Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Open the Doors of Thy Mercy for all Thy slaves and servants and accept of Ibadah, our Taubah, our sacrifices, our fasting and our repentance. We all believe that there there is no one worthy of worship except Thee. Please forgive O Most Merciful Allah and save us from the torments of Jahannum."

"O Almighty Allah Kareem! Purify my heart of hypocrisy, my actions of show, my tongue of falsehood, my eyes of immorality and Thou knowest well the faults committed by eyes and what is hidden in the heart.
O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Grant me peace by Thy Power, admit me to Thy Mercy, make me devote my life to worshipping Thee, and my life to righteous deeds and actions and grant me Janna'h as recompense of it all."

"O Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen" I seek Thy Protection from anxiety and sorrow, from inaction and laziness, from cowardice and niggardliness and from debt and oppression of others. O Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal" There is no god besides Thee; Thou has created me and I am Thy servant and I abide by my solemn promise and covenant which I made to Thee. I seek Thy protection from the consequences of my wrong doings; I fully acknowledge the grace Thou has bestowed on me and I confess my faults so please forgive me on this Great Night of Laylatul Qadr. None beside Thee can forgive sins."

"O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the Unseen; Majectic and Benevolent, I do make a covenant with Thee in this worldly life and call upon Thee Alone on this Glorious Night of Laylatul Qadr to bear witness - and Thou O Allah art a sufficient Witness - that I attest that there is no god besides Thee nor has Thou any partner; that all sovereignty and praise belong Only to Thee and that Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam is Thy True Messenger and servant."

"O Most Merciful Allah! Set right my religious life which is a safeguard in all my affairs, set right my worldly life which is a source of my maintenance, set right my life of the Aghirah unto which I am bound to return; and keep me alive for so long as it is in my best interest and lift me from this Doonya when death is in my best interest.

O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Make my life a source of earning Thy Pleasure, and make my death a refuge against all troubles." "O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Enable us to love Your Din and decorate our hearts with it and lead us to shun disbelief, immorality and sin and include us among the virtuous ones.

" O Ya Rabbal Ala'meen! Cause us to die as true Muslims and join us with the righteous people so that we may be among those who were neither tested nor put to shame.
O Allah! The Soother of the afflicted, Grantor of the prayer of the helpless, the Glorious Giver of Mercy and Grace in this life and the Hereafter, forgive us and accept our Fasting, our Ibadah, our Zakat, our sacrifices and our Taubah on this Great and Holy Night of Laylatul Qadr."

"O Most Merciful Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! I humbly beg of Thee by Thy Beneficent Personality and Supreme Command that Thou would accept our Ibadah, our Taubah, our fasting, our sacrifices and that Thou would protect the Ummah of Thy Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam from disbelief, poverty and the torments of Jahannum.

" O Most Compassionate Lord and Creator of the heavens and the earth! Moulder and Conveyor of hearts! Grant Thy choicest mercy, fruitful blessings and most lavish Muhabbat and kindness to our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam on the Day of Judgement.

"O Allah, the Almighty! Bestow Your Holy Blessings on our chief and leader Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and his progeny. Blessings of such a magnificence that may cause our deliverance from fears and calamities. May these blessings be the means of fulfillment of our needs. By the virtue of these blessings - purify the Muslim Ummah from all evils, bestow upon us dignified positions near You. Let these blessings be the source of attainment of the ultimate objective of our pious actions in this life and in the life hereafter,"

"O, our Divine Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! We only worship You. You Alone have power over everything. You Alone are Gafooroor Raheem. You Alone are the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all things are in Your Hands. O Most Merciful Rabbal Ala'meen! Forgive us and accept our Taubah on this Glorious and Most Holy Night of Laylatul Qadr."

"O Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal! Enable us to strengthen our Imaam and our Muhabbat for Your Glorious Din. Decorate our hearts with Imaan and Taqwa.

O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Forgive the Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

O Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! grant, Sabar, success, and victory to our mothers, our fathers, our brothers, our sisters and our children who are suffering oppression and repression in Palestine, Chechenya, Kashmir, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo, and Algeria.

O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Unite the Ummah of Your Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Bless them abundantly with Muhabbat and true brotherhood so that they may become a single united Ummah so that we may Insha'Allah - through Your Infinite Mercy and Bounty once again liberate and gain the rightful control of our Beloved Masjid-ul-Aqsa.

" O Rabbal Ala'meen! We seek Thy protection from severe trials, unfortunate disasters, undue feelings of frustration over Thy decrees and the ridicule and hatred of the avowed enemies of Islam."

"O Almighty Rabbal Ala'meen! Make our worldly life helpful in the observation of Imaan, Muhabbat and Sabir, promote our lives in the Aghirah with grants of piety in this world.

O You Who are Gafooroor Raheem! Glorious Creator of life and death! Grant Shifah to all those who are afflicted with illness for Only You are the Grantor of Shifah.

O Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen! Grant Jannathul Ferdoaz to the Ummah who have passed from this Doonya and through Your Infinite Mercy and Bounty, pour on us Thy Special Grace, fulfill Thy Mercy and Bounty on us and favour us with the Baraka'h to die as true Muslims and join us with the righteous people who have been blessed with forgiveness and repentance."

"Our Allah! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou did lay on those before us, Our Allah! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot our our sins. And grant us forgiveness. Have Mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Grant us victory over the unbelievers."

"Allahu Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allahu Akbar!

 "Subahana Rabieka Rabiel Iezzatie Amma Yaseefoon Wasalamoon Alal Moersaleem Wal Hamdoelillahi RabbielAla'meen Bierahmatika Ya Arahammar Raheemeen."

"O Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala! Accept this humble contribution from one of Your humble servants." Ameen.

Duaa in Ramadhan #3

Bismillah Alhamdulillahi Wassalaatu Wassalaamu 'alaa Rasulillah (SAW)

Oh Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful have mercy on me and forgive me of my sins. Forgive my family, friends, community, and the Ummah.

Oh Allah please accept my Hajj and allow me to return to your House again in the very near future.

Oh Allah allow me, and my family to make Umrah for your sake as soon as is best for our family, allow them to see the Haram, Madinah and Masjid Al Aqsa. Allow this dream and goal to become a reality oh Most Kind Allah.

Oh Allah accept my Ramadhaan, my fasting, my worship, my Quran recitation. Allow me to live to worship you the next Ramadhaan ya Allah.

Oh Allah the Compassionate the Sustainer, give me and my family good health, strong faith, beneficial knowledge, accepted deeds, barakah in  time, barakah in wealth and the ability to sacrifice sincerely for your Deen Oh Allah.

Oh Most Generous Allah, You  Alone are the Provider, bless me with sufficient wealth to be used in your path, for the path of da'wah and for the path of charity.

Oh Allah, You are the Controller of Affairs, you are the Elevator, the Powerful, give success to my goals for the deen, for myself and community.

You are All Knowing, All Aware, bless me with the knowledge of your deen, the ability to speak with wisdom and to influence others in a positive way.

Oh Allah Allow me to become of those who memorise the Quran for your sake Alone, allow me to do it with ease. Bless, reward and elevate all the students and teachers of the Quran and guide More Muslims to the knowledge and application of your wondrous book Oh Most Giving Allah.

Oh Mighty and Gracious Allah ease the suffering of the oppressed around the world, and grant victory to those who are fighting for the truth! Envelop those who are in suffering with your Comfort and Mercy.

Oh Allah Giver of Faith, Bless and strengthen the convert sisters in our communities. Help them to be steadfast in the deen and to grow from strength to strength! Guide more of the disbelievers to the Truth of knowing You in Your Oneness, my One Originator of all that exists.

Oh Most Wise and Knowledgeable Allah, bless the Muslim families of Perth and give them success in knowledge of the dunya and akhirah.

Oh Allah grant me and my family the Highest of Jannah, protection from the hellfire, from the punishment of the grave, from the dajjal and from the trials of life and death.

Oh Allah the Protector and Guardian, protect me and my family from the path of the shaytan, from weakness of faith, from falling into obedience to their desires and from committing sins both big and small.

Oh Allah soften my heart, purify my intentions, make me humble, perfect my character, give me the best of speech and actions Oh Most High Allah.

Oh Allah, the Loving, give increase to the love and respect in all of my relationships. Allow me to love for Your sake Alone.

Oh Allah the Creator and Protector, Protect and guide my children to the straight path always, give them understanding of the deen and make them leaders in the community and callers to Islam and obedience to you.

Again, Oh Allah, I beg you by your beautiful names and by the Power which only You possess to forgive me, guide me and grant meand my family the hightest in Jannah.

Alahumma Ameen Allahumma Ameen Allahumma Ameen.

Duaa in Ramadhan #2

Duaa in Ramadhan #1


Click on this link and read the meaning as the dua is recited. There is just something so beautiful and a special about duaa made in Arabic. May Allah help us to learn the language of His book Ameen.

O Allah, to You is due all praise (hamd); and to You is all dominion (mulk); and in Your Hands is all good. To You returns all affairs, the open of them and the secret. Most worthy are You of being praised; most worthy are You of being worshipped; and most worthy are You of being obeyed.

O Allah, praise is due to You for You have created us, have provided for us, and have taught us. You have guided us, and relieved us and dispelled us of our worries.

Praise is due to You for [the blessing of] faith (iman); praise is due to You for Islam; praise is due to You for the Qur’an; praise is due to You for [the blessings of] family and wealth and good health.

You have seized our enemies, and made manifest our safety; and from all that we have asked You, Our Lord, You have [responded to us] and given to us.

Praise is due to You for this, praise that is generous and abundant.

Praise is due to You for every blessing You have bestowed upon us, whether old or new, specific or general, living or dead, apparent or hidden.

Praise is due to You until You are pleased, and praise is due to You after You are pleased. Praise is due to You in the beginning and the end. La ilaha illa Allah… we worship none but [You], sincere in faith and devotion, though the disbelievers dislike it.

O Allah, we seek Your help and we seek Your forgiveness. We attribute all goodness to You. We are grateful to You and refuse to be ungrateful to You; we abandon and forsake all those who reject You. O Allah, You alone we worship, to You alone we pray; to You alone we prostrate, and for You alone we strive; and to You alone we flee for refuge. We hope in Your mercy and we fear Your retribution. Verily, Your punishment is bound to catch up with those who reject the truth.

Glory be to [Allah,] the One Who is donned with glory and proclaims with it.

Glory be to He Who dressed Himself in honor (majd) and bestows it graciously.

Glory be to He besides Whom there is no other worthy of glorifying.

Glory be to the Possessor of Grace (fadl) and Munificence (jood.)

Glory be to the Possessor of Generosity (karam) and Munificence (jood.)

Glory be to He Whose knowledge encompasses all things.

O Allah, guide us along with those whom You have guided aright; and grant us well-being along with those whom You have granted well-being; and protect us with those whom You have protected. Bless for us all that You have given us; and save us and keep away from us, by Your mercy, any evil that You have decreed. Verily You decree and none can decree over You. And none is abased whom You befriend, and none is honored whom You oppose. 

Blessed are You, our Lord, Exalted. To You, O Allah, all praise is due for what You have decreed, and to You, O Allah, is due all thanks for Your blessings and bounty. We seek forgiveness from (You) Allah for all of our sins and mistakes, and we repent to You.

O Allah, apportion to us such fear (khashya) of You as should serve as a barrier between us and acts of disobedience; and such obedience as will take us to Your Paradise; and apportion for us a share of certainty (yaqeen) that will make it easy for us to bear the hardships and tribulations of this world. Allow us, O Allah, to enjoy our hearing, our sight and our strength as long as You keep us alive, until we pass away; grant us retribution, but only from those who have wronged us, and do not put over us, due to our sins, an authority that does not fear You in regards to us nor shows us compassion.

O Allah, do not let worldly affairs (dunya) be our principal concern nor the ultimate limit of our knowledge; do not make the Fire our abode, and make, O Allah, Paradise our home and final dwelling place, by Your Mercy, O Most Merciful of those who show mercy.

O Allah, we ask You for guidance (huda) and piety (tuqaa), virtue (`afafah) and richness (ghinaa.)

O Allah, we ask You [to grant us] the performance of good deeds, and restraint from the forbidden, and love for the poor. [We ask] that You forgive us and have mercy on us, and that if you will for a people to be tried by tribulation (fitna), that You grasp us to You, and prevent us from being from among them.

O Allah, we ask you for Your love, and the love of those who love You, and the love of those deeds that draw us close to Your love, O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram.)

O Allah, grant our souls (nufus) piety (taqwa), and purify them, for You are the best to purify them, and You alone are their Guardian and Master, O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram.)

O Allah, accept our repentance, wash away our sins, respond to our supplications, make firm our proof, guide our hearts, straighten our tongues, and remove rancor and ill-feeling from our hearts.

O Allah, enrich us with forbearance (hilm); ornament us with knowledge (`ilm); honor us with piety (taqwa); and beautify us with well-being (`aafiya), O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram.)

O Allah bless us in our hearing, our sight, and our hearts; [bless for us] our spouses and our children, and accept our repentance, for You are the Oft-Relenting, Most Compassionate (at-Tawwab ar-Raheem.)

Make us thankful for Your blessings, declaring our praises and gratitude for them (thana), and expressing that in our speech; and complete and perfect [such blessings] upon us, for You are the Benevolent, the Generous (al-Jawaad al-Kareem.)

La ilaha illaAllah…[Praise] proportionate to the amount of creatures who walk on earth and on its steps. All praise is due to Him in Whose Hands are the keys of relief and refuge (faraj.)

Our Refuge when all doors are closed… and all means (of escape) are cut… and a barrier lies between us and our families and companions…

O You besides Whom there is no other lord (rabb) to call upon, nor angel to whom one’s request is deferred, nor intercessor that is beseeched. O You Who only increases in generosity and munificence with every request … Who only increases in graciousness and benevolence when presented with large amounts of [people’s] needs
Allow us to taste the coolness of Your Pardon.

And the sweetness of intimate discourse with You.

O Allah, we have been tending to the responsibility of fasting and standing in prayer during this month, with so many shortcomings from us, and we have, by this, fulfilled from Your rights only a tiny portion from a lot.

O Allah, have mercy on us, one and all – and grace the evildoers among us for the sake of those who do good.
O Allah, forbid the Fire from [touching] our skin, for it cannot bear [its torment], O Lord of the Worlds (Rabb al-`Alameen.)

O Allah, we seek refuge in You from the punishment of Hell-Fire (Jahannam); ‘Its punishment is indeed an affliction grievous; evil indeed is it as an abode and a place to dwell.’ (From the Quran25:65-66)

O You Whose Forgiveness is Vast and Encompassing… O Our Lord…
Is there, in existence, a lord (rabb) other than You to call upon?
Or in the universe, a god (ilah) other than You in whom one can put their hopes?
Or a judge other than You to whom a complaint can be raised?

Who else can we cry out to in distress, when You are the Most Knowing (al-Aleem), the Powerful (al-Qaadir)? To whom else can we turn, when You are the Most Generous (al-Kareem) and the One Who Conceals (as-Saatir)? Who else can we seek victory from, when You are Our Protector (al-Mawla) and the One Who Grants Victory (an-Naasir)? Who else can we ask for rescue, when You are Our Protector (al-Mawla), The Irrisistable (al-Qaahir)? Who else can mend our affairs, when You alone are the One who mends hearts? Who else can forgive our sins when You are the Merciful, the Forgiving (ar-Raheem, al-Ghafir)?

O You who knows every secret and every innermost thought…

O You Who is The First (al-Awwal) and the Last (al-Aakhir), The Apparent (adh-Dhahir) and the Hidden (al-Batin)…

O Refuge of the Seekers… Beloved of the Lovers… Comfort of those who are cut off… O Companion of those who remember you…O You Who is with the hearts of the broken-hearted…O You Who fulfills the needs of those who petition You…O You Who accepts the repentance of the penitent… O You Who relieves the distressed of their hardship…

We ask You, O Allah, to accept our supplication, and raise our ranks [in Your Sight and in Paradise], to forgive our sins, to respond to our yearnings, to conceal our faults and overlook our misdeeds.

O Allah, O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram)… O Unique One (al-Waahid al-Ahad), O You Who is Singular and Free of Want (al Fard as-Samad), O Supreme and Irresistible Subduer (al-Qahhar), O Oft-Relenting One (at-Tawwab)…

We ask You, O Allah, by every name that belongs to You, by which You have named Yourself, or that You have revealed in Your book, or You have taught to any of Your creation, or that You have preserved with You in Your knowledge of the unseen,
that you make the majestic and noble Quran the blossoming spring of our hearts and the light of our chests, and the means of removing our sorrows, and dispelling our sadness and grief, and our driver and guide to You and Your Gardens – Gardens of Eternal Bliss.

O Allah, make us among those who care for its ordinances (hudood) and the pronunciation of its words (huroof); do not make us among those who care for the pronounce of its words, but ignore its ordinances.

O Allah, Ramadan has announced its departure; so please make it also a departure of our sins and our deficiences and shortcomings, O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram.)

O Allah, bring solace to our hearts upon separating from this month. O Allah, return this month to us again over many years and numerous times, while we are in good health and well being and expansive provision, O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram.)

O Allah, forgive all the Muslim men and women who have passed away, and all the believing men and believing women; those who bore witness to Your Oneness and to Your messenger with his message; and who died upon that.

Oh Allah, forgive them and grant them Your mercy; pardon them and be generous with them; bless their arrival, and make wide their entrance; comfort their loneliness; and exchange their [earthly] home for a better home, and their [earthly] spouse (ahl) for a better spouse. O Allah, cleanse them of their sins and mistakes just as a white cloth is washed of dirt, and wash them with water and snow and hail.

O Allah, send down upon their graves light, spaciousness and happiness, until they become in the depths of their graves tranquil and content, and on the Day of Judgement among those who are safe [from Your punishment]
O Allah, move them from the narrowness of the grave and dwelling of worms to the eternal gardens; around thornless lote-trees, clustered plantains, and long extended shades.

O Allah, grant us mercy when we reach where they have reached, under casket and soil, alone. O Allah have mercy [and relieve] our feelings of estrangement in this life, and our loneliness in our graves, and our fear on the Day of Judgment. O Allah have mercy upon us when we stand in abject humility before You.

O Allah, please accept our supplication and respond to it; O You whose mercy is vast and expansive, please grant us our request.

O Allah, give us a plentiful share from the good of this world and the hereafter which our knowledge and actions are too deficient to attain, and our supplications have missed.

O Allah, send peace and blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You have sent peace and blessings on the family of Abraham.

O Allah, make us arrive at his Hawd, and bestow on us his intercession, and resurrect us as part of his group (zumrah.) O Allah, purify us by our sending prayers upon him. O Allah, please grant him as an intercessor for us. O Allah, please make him one who gives us to drink from the Hawd. O Allah do not prohibit us from his company in the Gardens.

O Allah, we ask you for fear (khashya) of You in secret and in open; and we ask You to help us speak the word of truth whether happy or in anger; we ask you for moderation (qasd) whether in poverty or wealth. We ask you for coolness and comfort to our eyes that does not abate; and we ask You for blessings that are never exhausted; and we ask You for the coolness of life after we have died; and we ask You for the sweetness of looking at Your Noble Countenance, and for longing to meet You without difficulty or trial, O Lord of Majesty and Honor (Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram.)

O Allah we ask You for steadfastness in our affairs, and strong resolve in [seeking] right-guidance; we ask You to grant us gratitude for our blessings, and the best and most beautiful of worship.

And we ask You, O Allah, for a sound heart, and a truthful tongue; and we ask You for goodness (khayr) You know, and to protect us from evil (sharr) You know, and we seek Your forgiveness for what You know (of our deeds), for You are the Absolute Knower (al-`Allam) of all that is unseen.

Peace and blessings on Sayyidina Muhammad and his family and companions.