Ya Rabb!

My Lord! I praise you, and You are most worthy of praise. I extol Your goodness in every way.

I thank you for everything You have given me, as well as for what You have withheld from me. What You withhold from me is also a gift, for You know me better than I know myself.

I beseech You to increase my determination to come to the aid of the oppressed, to help the weak, and give shelter to the displaced. Let me never find myself among the ranks of the oppressors, sinners, tyrants, and liars.

O Allah! I beseech You that I always speak the truth whether I am pleased or displeased, that I value what I have whether I am in wealth or poverty, and that I fear You openly and in secret. Inspire me to say what will win Your favor and not Your anger, nor the anger of those You love.

O Allah! Whenever you give me the opportunity to speak, let me speak the truth, and let me do so in a good and proper manner.

O Allah! I seek refuge with You that I should ever speak falsely or ever cover up an iniquity, or ever be deceived in my faith.

O Allah! Inspire me to be sincere to You in all that I say, seeking Your pleasure. Make my purpose to use what You have given me in a way that You love.

O Allah! Make me one of the righteous people who proclaim: “My Lord! For what you have given me, I will never be a supporter the wrongdoers.” [Sūrah al-Qasas: 17]

O Allah! Let me never for even a single day be a supporter of falsehood, or an advocate for iniquity, or a protector of vested interests. Protect me from bigotry, ignorance and deviance.

O Allah! You know my weakness and how I am unable to utter everything I wish to say, and You know my utterances which can sometimes be misinterpreted, and the accountability which may or may not befall. You know my hesitation to pay the price for saying certain things. So bless me with Your pardon and mercy what will cover up for my lapses and for when I fear the people.

O Allah! Bestow upon me courage, strength, the resolve to please You, and the desire for the Hereafter which will inspire met for the rest of my life to undertake the weighty trust that the heavens, the Earth, and the mountains refused to bear, but that humanity has undertaken though they are ignorant and sinful, a trust that I intend and aspire to uphold.

O Allah! Make me of those who speak a good, true word that is firmly rooted and whose branches extend far and wide, a clear word which is not constrained by impositions nor distorted by deceptions.

Inspire me to utter that word, even if it is against my own self, my parents, my children, or my closest friends, and even if it benefits my enemy. Let the hatred of a people never cause me to sway from doing them justice.

O Allah! I have indeed oppressed myself, but protect me form ever oppressing others or being oppressed by them. Remove from me and from all your creatures the harm and abuse they suffer from. Never let anyone have power over us to compel us to what is untrue or obstruct us from what You have granted us and permitted us.

O Allah! I know I might say something true that will benefit a resident, a citizen, a neighbor, or an advice-seeker, but remain silent fearing the consequences. So I beseech You, my Lord, to bless me with the wisdom and insight to see the truth for what it is and to see falsehood for what it is, and to guide me to know what to say and when and how to say it. Pardon me for the wavering of my heart and the hesitation of my tongue. Bestow Your grace upon me by giving me the firm resolve to do what is right, engage in righteousness, and remain free from sin.

My Lord! Bless us to be among the believers who stand firm in justice as witnesses for You to all people near and far, friend and foe, and even against ourselves, our parents, and our children. It is a difficult thing except for those You choose to bless and make it easy for them.

My Lord! I seek refuge with You from being needy while blessed with Your providence, or going astray while blessed with Your guidance, or being humiliated while graced with Your might, or coming to harm in Your dominion, or being persecuted while all affairs are in Your hand.

My Lord! Bestow upon me an open heart, an enlighten soul, and a strong personality to help me in doing what You love of supporting the weak, the oppressed, the disenfranchised, the distraught, and the grief-stricken. Make this my life’s solace, my heart’s joy, my preoccupation, and the sweetness of my eyes.

My Lord! Make me participate with this spirit as long as there are needy people on Earth. Bless me in what You give me, and spare me from tribulations. Bless my heart to love the people of righteousness and bless me to have their love in return, and make us all righteous people.

Source:IslamToday

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Doing more good deeds than usual on these Blessed Days!!

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah).” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Therefore we should increase the amount of good deeds we do in order to take advantage of this blessed time where good deeds are increased significantly.

Tip: Complete as many worldly tasks as possible beforehand and do not waste this precious time: Make arrangements to clear as many of your pending tasks as possible or make a plan for tackling them later. This way, one is free to worship during the 10 days and nights without being distracted by worldly tasks. We must make a firm intention that during these blessed 10 days that we will not take part in idle talk, watch TV, play computer games or spend time on the social media. There are many more days in the year for all that – if you really cannot resist. This is just 10 days! Consider the utter loss and regret for those who waste these blessed 10 days.

The following 7 deeds are amongst the best actions we can do during these blessed 10 days:

  • Reciting the Qur’an abundantly: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi]So if one letter of the Qur’an is equivalent to ten good deeds then imagine how much reward there is for reading each letter during these blessed 10 days which are said to be the best days of the year! Subhanallah!Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying: Is any one of you incapable of reciting a third of the Qur’an in a night? They (the Companions) asked: How could one recite a third of the Qur’an (in a night)? Upon this he (the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said:” He is Allah, One” is equivalent to a third of the Qur’an. [Sahih Muslim]

    Therefore let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can during these 10 days and nights and aim to recite it from cover to cover if we can. After that we should continue reciting the Qur’an throughout the rest of the year, for it is one of the excellent forms of worship!

    Tip: Increase your recitation by adding a few minutes or pages to your usual recitation routine. If you don’t have a routine yet, maybe this is the time for you start forming the habit. Begin by committing to recite at least one or two pages (or for 10 minutes, if you are a slow reciter) and then work to increase on this. Carry a small pocket mus’haf with you or install a reliable Qur’an app on a mobile device so that Shaytan cannot discourage you when you are out and about!

    Note: It is also very relevant to read the story of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) which will give one a deeper understanding of the rituals of Hajj and the qurbani.

  • Showing exemplary character: The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” [At- Tirmidhi].So we must aim to be the best in character during these blessed days and nights and continue to do so for the rest of the year. We must not argue, swear, backbite, slander or gossip.Tip: Make an extra effort to be good to your friends, family, and neighbours, and especially those of other faiths.
  • Giving much in charity: As the rewards of doing good deeds during these days are increased significantly then we should also give as much as we can in charity.Allah promised forgiveness of our sins if we give in charity and give to the poor and needy. He honoured our charity and described it as a “ beautiful loan to Allah “ to emphasise that we are doing something good that He loves, and that He himself will pay our loan back to us doubled:“If ye loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is Most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing.” [Surah At-Taghabun:17]

    Tip: Have some change with you at all times to hand out when the opportunity arises. If you don’t have the opportunity to give out money in public, go online and resolve to donate a fixed amount every morning! If you don’t have money, remember that even a smile is considered charity – so go on and spread some good cheer!

  • Respecting and honouring our parents: Islam teaches us that of the most beloved deeds to Allah, having respect for one’s parents is second only to that of prayer and is greater than that of fighting in His cause.It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allāh be pleased with him), who observed: “I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) which deed was the best.” He (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) replied: ‘The Prayer at its appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.’ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. [Sahih Muslim]Tip: Make an extra effort to spend time with them during these blessed days. Recite Qur’an with them, read a book together, discuss a lecture you heard, share your plans for the future and seek their input. Drive your father to the masjid if he is unable to walk there and earn reward for doing so, or call them a few more times in the day if they live far away.
  • Doing many nawafil (superogatory) prayers: Rabi’ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:”Ask (anything).” Rabi’ah said: “I ask of you to be your companion in paradise.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Or anything else?” Rabi’ah said: “That is it.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said to him: “Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers).” [Abu Dawud]The following are sunnah and nawafil prayers to pray during the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:
    – Pray 12 raka’ahs of sunnah daily along with the fardh prayers. Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated she heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” [Muslim

    Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” [Sunan An-Nasai]

    – Salaatul Duhaa: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. [Sunan An-Nasai]

    – Two raka’ahs sunnah after entering the masjid: Abu Qatadah (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” [Abi Dawud]

    – Tahiyyatul wudhu: – 2 raka’ahs sunnah after performing wudhu (ablution). Abu Hurayrah (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported the Prophet (may Allāh be pleased with him) saying to Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him)replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

    – Tahajjud prayer: The most virtuous nawafil (voluntary) prayer is the Tahajjud prayer as it enables one to get closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). The best recitation of the Qur’an is done during Tahajjud prayer. You should recite as much of the Qur’an as you have memorised. In the long prostrations, beg Allah (glorified and exalted be He) for forgiveness and mercy and surely He will never turn away his slaves who beg of him during this prayer.

    Note: During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can. When fasting during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah one should awaken a little earlier for Suhur, make wudhu and pray Tahajjud. The last third portion of the night is the most blessed part of the night in which duas are more readily accepted during this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah and to make sincere dua, repenting for our sins past and present and to beg, cry and ask of Allah for whatever we want.

    Tip: Before you go to bed each night, use the Productive Muslim Taskinator to block out time for these additional acts of worship. You are more likely to get something done if you allocate time for it. As the saying goes – what gets scheduled, gets done!

  • Increase in glorification & remembrance of Allah: As His creations we should all remember and glorify our creator as much as we possibly can, but even more so during these blessed days. The following are some easy and very beneficial dhikr and glorification we can do throughout these blessed days and nights.- Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd
    – Subhanallah
    – Alhamdulillah
    – Allahu Akbar
    – Laa ilaha ilallah
    – La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah
    – Asthaghfirullah
    – SubhanAllahil azeem wa bihamdihi
    – Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
    – Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr or the shortened version Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer 

    One can also recite the durood that one recites towards the end of one’s salaah or the shortest durood: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim.

    Tip: Have something in your environment or on your person as a reminder for dhikr. It could be a special ring that you wear or a sticker placed on your desk or car wind shield.

  • Making much dua: Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an, ”When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [Suratul Baqarah:186]We should busy ourselves in Dua during these 10 blessed days and nights particularly on the night and day of Arafat which is the 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Duas are also readily accepted during fasting, especially just before Suhur ends and just before breaking the fast.
  • Making life changes: We should make the necessary changes to improve ourselves as Muslims and what better time to make such changes than during these blessed 10 days where we can change our lives forever? We must internalise these changes and make a firm commitment to Allah (glorified and exalted be He), and maybe that he will wipe off our sins until we become newborn babies, In sha Allah.Therefore let us make the best of these blessed days and make the necessary changes so that we may live a life devoted to Allah. We should aim to rectify our condition and live for the Hereafter rather than living for this world which can end at any second for any one of us. Allah tells us In the Qur’an to enter fully into our deen (way of life) and not partly:

O believers enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan, surely he is your clear-cut enemy….” [Surah Al-Baqarah:208-210]

So then will we not make Islam a FULL part of our lives? This is our best opportunity and if we don’t grab it now and death comes to us then surely we will regret it for ETERNITY! Surely there is no logic in putting all of our efforts into a short, temporary life which can end at any second and neglect that which will last forever. Knowing this then why do we put everything into this life and neglect the Hereafter? Time is passing us by and we are blinded by the deception of this life. Time is not on our side. This life is very short indeed. It is like a quick passing phase. It is a short stopover in our journey to the eternal Afterlife. 

This short life is our only one opportunity to build our Hereafter. In the Hereafter we will want to be taken back to this life in order to live it again so that we can worship Allah. But we will not be able to. So let us prepare for the Hereafter and our inevitable death before preparations are made for our funerals.

May Allah enable us to make the best of these blessed days and nights and make it a means of our success in this world and in the Hereafter. Ameen.

Source:ProductiveMuslim