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Mufti Ismail Menk

Supplications from the Quran recited by Mufti Ismail Menk.
English Translation, Transliteration & Arabic text included.

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رَبِّ فَلَا تَجْعَلْنِى فِى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ.

My Lord, then do not place me among the wrongdoing people.

Rabbi fala tajalni fi lqawmi zzalimin

Allah commanded the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, to make this supplication after he had made every possible effort to warn the pagans of Makkah against the consequences of their Kufr. The supplication is a means of being spared Allah’s punishment when it descends upon a transgressive and evil people. -Ibn Katheer and others.

رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ. وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ.

My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the incitements of the devils, And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they be present with me.

Rabbi audhu bika min hamazatishshayatin. Wa audhu bika Rabbi ayyahḍurun.

The incitements of devils take on different forms, and this supplication is to seek refuge in Allah from them all. Further, the only reason a devil might be present with a person is to lead them to evil or urge them to commit sin. For this reason, there is a form of Dhikr (religious utterance) for every situation or instance in a Muslim’s life: whether waking up or going to sleep, beginning or finishing to eat, walking into the bathroom or leaving it, intercourse with one’s spouse or just sitting with companions, or leaving one’s house or entering it. All such forms of Dhikr are prescribed to protect against the presence of devils and to seek Allah’s help and aid. -Ibn Katheer and others.

رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ.

Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us and have mercy upon us, and You are the best of the merciful.

Rabbana amanna faghfir lana warhamna wa Anta khayrurrahimin.

Before asking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy, the Believers appeal to Him by means of their faith and their belief in Him, in His prophets, and in His books. Eman is the single greatest act of worship, and so it is appropriate that a Believer would use it to appeal to Allah. They end the supplication by appealing to Allah by means of His mercy and by acknowledging that He is the best and Most Merciful of those who are merciful.

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ.

My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of the merciful.

Rabbighfir warham wa Anta khayrurrahimin.

In this supplication, Allah commands the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, to ask for forgiveness and mercy, but the supplication does not specify an exact recipient for that forgiveness or mercy. Hence, scholars have stated that it might be a supplication for Allah to forgive and have mercy upon all Believers. -Ibn ‘Ashoor.

رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا. إِنَّهَا سَاءَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا.

Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell. Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering; Indeed, it is evil as a settlement and residence.

Rabbanaṣrif anna adhaba Jahannam, inna adhabaha kana gharama. Innaha sa’at mustaqarrawwa muqama.

To ask Allah’s protection against Hellfire is, effectively, to ask Him for the means against being punished with it. Hence, it is to ask Allah for protection against sins and to ask Him to facilitate righteous deeds and all acts of worship. -Ibn ‘Ashoor.

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا.

Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.

Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wa dhuriyyatina qurrata ayuniwwajalna lilmuttaqina imama.

While the word “Azwaaj” has been translated here as wives, it also refers to companions, peers, and Muslim brothers and sisters. This is why Allah describes the Believers who make this supplication as being among the best of His righteous servants. They take comfort in seeing that their wives, brothers, sisters, children and any other Muslims are pious, righteous Believers. To them this is the greatest form of comfort and contentment. And so they ask Allah to make them leading examples for everyone else by blessing them with piety and righteousness as well. -Tafseer As-Sa’di, Ibn Katheer and others.

وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ.

And when I am ill, it is He [Allah] who cures me.

Waidha mariḍtu fahuwa yashfin

While any affliction or disease is decreed by Allah, Prophet Ibraheem only verbally attributes the “healing” to Allah, out of his manners and veneration. In other words, he does not say, “And if He causes me to become ill, He cures me.”

رَبِّ هَبْ لِي حُكْمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ. وَاجْعَلْ لِي لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِي الْآخِرِينَ. وَاجْعَلْنِي مِنْ وَرَثَةِ جَنَّةِ النَّعِيمِ.

My Lord, grant me authority and join me with the righteous. And grant me a reputation of honor among later generations. And place me among the inheritors of the Garden of Pleasure.

Rabbi hab li hukmawwa alhiqni biṣṣalihin. Wajalli lisana ṣidqin filakhirin. Wajalni miwwarathati JannatinNaim.

Wisdom is the result of a proper understanding of the knowledge that a Muslim acquires. In this context, wisdom and knowledge pertain to understanding what Allah has prohibited and made permissible, and other aspects of Allah’s bounds and commands. With this knowledge, a person can judge between others and become a means of serving justice and spreading fairness. Because a person is gathered on Judgment Day with those whom he loved in this life, Prophet Ibraheem asks Allah to join him with the righteous, just as he asks Allah to grant him an honorable reputation and rank among later generations. These are all honorable requests that only the honorable among Allah’s creation seek in this life. In the Hereafter, the ultimate reward is Paradise, and hence, Prophet Ibraheem asks Allah to be admitted into it along with its other righteous inheritors. -Kalemtayeb.com (collected tafseers).

وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ. يَوْمَ لَا يَنْفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ. إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ.

And do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected – The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children, But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.

Wa la tukhzini yawma yubathun. Yawma la yanfau maluwwa la banun. Illa man atallaha biqalbin salim.

Just as Prophet Ibraheem asked for what is good and honorable in this life and the next, he also prayed that Allah would protect him against disgrace and dishonor. Neither one’s wealth nor deeds will be of any avail on Judgment Day, and so to waste one’s time acquiring wealth and raising children to do nothing more than the same is a calamitous waste of time and life. Prophet Ibraheem makes specific mention of the heart because if it is sound, then one’s deeds are sound, but if it is corrupt, then one’s deeds can only be corrupt. -Kalemtayeb.com (collected tafseers).

رَبِّ نَجِّنِى وَأَهْلِى مِمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ.

My Lord, save me and my family from [the consequence of] what they do.

Rabbi najjini waahli mimma yamalun

This supplication, spoken by Prophet Lut, is an appeal for Allah’s protection against evil deeds and the consequences or punishment of those deeds. -Tafseer As-Sa’di.

ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِى فَضَّلَنَا عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍ مِّنْ عِبَادِهِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ.

Praise [is due] to Allah, who has favored us over many of His believing servants.

Alhamdu lillahi lladhi faḍḍalana ala kathirin min ibadihi lmuminin

Prophet Dawood and his son Sulayman were gifted with blessings that no other prophet was granted by Allah. Knowing this, they expressed their gratitude and praised Allah for having raised them, by means of their special knowledge, above many of His other believing servants. Indeed, knowledge is one of the greatest gifts that Allah can bestow upon anyone, and this Ayah is a testimony to that fact. -Al-Qurtubi and others.

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