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     On 30 / 3 / 1435 AH, his Eminence Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais –May Allah protect him− delivered this Friday Khutbah entitled “The Obligation of Dutifulness to Parents” in which he dealt with the obligatory act and the merits of dutifulness to parents. He supported his argument with verses from the Holy Qur’ān and with hadiths from the Noble Sunnah, cautioning against the perils of disobeying parents.   



Part One

     Exclusive praise be to Allah. Our Lord! We show gratitude to You, ask for Your assistance, entreat You to forgive our sins, and return in repentance unto You. Glory and praise be to You! You commanded us to worship no deity save You, and to treat our parents beneficently. Verily, it is our Lord’s ordainment and divine counsel.  


(The Sheikh reads one line of poetry paraphrased as follows):


            O my Lord! To Your divine being is magnificent praise.

            Sincere gratitude to none but You alone. 


     I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah with no associate. He has rendered believers’ hearts replete with profuse benefaction, mercy, and compassion. I also bear witness that our Prophet and beloved Muhammad is Allah’s Servant and Messenger; he is the most esteemed Messenger honoured with a divine message and the best of the human race as person. May Allah send His Salat (Grace, Honours, Mercy) and Peace upon him, his family, his early Companions –who enjoyed the divine bounty of brotherly bonds and engaged in mutual assistance and promotion of piety as well as benefaction− his tabi’în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allah’s salat and Peace be upon him] after his death), and all those who follow them righteously in pursuit of Allah’s blissful gardens and satisfaction.          


     Now then, servants of Allah!


     Observe taqwa vis-à-vis Allah, Your Lord (Blessed be He in His Supreme Existence); show gratitude and obedience to Him, and never disobey Him: [O you who believe! Fear Allâh and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what you do.] [Al-ashr: 18]. Thank Him for His latent and manifest blessings, in addition to His profuse and ever-increasing favours so that you can enjoy the delights of the Herein and the bliss of the Hereafter. 


(The Sheikh reads two lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


            Thankfulness opens up otherwise locked gates,

            Where Allah stores bounties for implorers of His blessing. 

            Proceed to show gratitude and fulfil its requirements;

            Seek shelter with Allah against afflictions in ambush lying.


     O Muslims!


     In this eventful period of history −where incidents and happenings overwhelm people’s very existence, people are engaged in a rush for materialistic gains, viewers break into a gallop to watch satellite channels with great wonderment; everybody is rushing towards the techniques of multimedia communication; every single individual is engulfed in one’s sphere of interest and petty concerns of life; life affairs succumb to the confounding turbulent sea waves. Amidst all this, there emerges an extremely crucial issue. It is a cause to which one would never hesitate to devote one’s life, without regretting any waste of vain effort in its pursuit. Even if one spent his/her whole life to serve such a cause, the result would only be further success, victory, wisdom, lucidity, purer innermost nature, and better reputation in the whole community. It is an issue almost generally ignored and therefore needs to be reiterated through repeated reminders. It is indubitably a big issue. May Allah protect you! It is namely the issue of dutifulness to parents and treating them kindly during their lifetime and after death. Dutifulness to parents is prompted by the desire to establish intimate kinship ties, to show devotion, to anticipate blissful destiny in the Hereafter, and to seek felicitous divine recompense.  


(The Sheikh reads two lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


            Observe dutifulness to parents, for it is

            Our Lord’s commandment Who has no peer!

            Allah compared thanking parents to thanking Him.

            To Him are graces, blessings, praise and glory!


     O fellow Muslims!


     If human nature is instinctively inclined to love whoever treats it kindly, then the most beneficent people who deserve good treatment and affection should be our revered parents. Dutifulness to parents is a religious precept and a commendable conduct to be necessarily observed by Muslims. It is a strict observance to be followed as a mandatory individual commitment that tolerates neither excuse nor negligence. As a matter of fact, religion and Shari’â, common sense, gallantry and nobility, gracefulness and generosity, gratitude and humaneness, high ethical standards and good manners, etiquette and morals− all such criteria support the necessity to sincerely show dutifulness vis-à-vis one’s parents. This moral recommendation has been recurrently stated in Almighty Allah’s Holy Book on various occasions and in different verses. Allah (Be He Extolled) says: [And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents...] [Al-Aqāf: 15] He equally says (Glory to Him): [And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents...] [Al-nkabūt: 8]


     In interpreting this verse, Imam Al-abarī May Allah have mercy on him said, “That is to say, Allah ‘enjoined on man’ to observe all commendable types of treatment, and His command regarding the treatment of mankind at large is only part of what He ordered children to observe when it comes to the type of treatment they should reserve for their parents. This is why Allah says, ‘[...and speak good to people [i.e. enjoin righteousness and forbid evil, and say the truth about Muhammad Peace be upon him...]] [Al-Baqarah: 83]; thus, “speak good to people” means only partial aspects of good treatment are reserved for people in general.”


     Dutifulness to parents is a divine precept totally observed by prophets and messengers, and adhered to by pious and devout people. In the Holy Verse, Allah (Glory to Him) reports the statement by ‘Īsā (Jesus Christ) −peace be upon him: ["And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest.”] [Maryam: 32], along with the description of Yayā Ibn Zakariyā peace be upon both of them: [And dutiful towards his parents, and he was neither an arrogant nor disobedient (to Allâh or to his parents).] [Maryam: 14]


     In their prayers, pious believers constantly beseech Allah in their prayers to send them His blessings both during their lifetime and as a reward in the Hereafter. Allah (Glory Be to Him) mentions the prayer of Noah −peace be upon him: ["My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and him who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women...”] [Nū: 28], and also Ibrahim peace be upon him when he supplicated Allah: ["Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established."] [Ibrahim: 41] 


(The Sheikh reads two lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


             Dutifulness to and respect of one's parents is a must,

             Next only to faith in and worship of Allah.

            They gave birth to us and raised us as little children,

            They, then, deserve ultimate respect.


     Parents are the very joy and adornment of life, its radiant hope and intrinsic value.  In their company, suffering is softened, sadness fades away, and sufferings never last thanks to their sincere abundant prayers.


     In Prophet Muhammad’s (May Allah’s salat and Peace be upon him) revered tradition, dutifulness to parents is closely associated with the performance of (congregational) prayer which represents the pillar of Islam. Even more significantly, it is given priority over jihad knowing that jihadis perceived in Islam as the camel’s hump (in reference to its vital importance for Muslims). In the two Sai Books by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari, it is reported that Ibn Mass’ūd –May Allah be pleased with him− said, “I asked Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s salat and Peace be upon him): ‘Which act is most favoured by Allah?’ He said, “Prayer on time.” I asked again, ‘Then, what comes next?’ He said, ‘Dutifulness to parents.’ So, I said, ‘What comes next?’ ‘Jihad in the cause of Allah’, he replied.


     Thus, dutifulness to parents ranks first even before jihad and military action in the battlefield to combat the enemy. Further evidence is equally derived from the two Sai Books by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari where a man is reported to have come to Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s salat and Peace be upon him) to take permission for going to jihad. The Prophet asked him, “Are your parents alive?” The man answered, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “So, your jihad is to be dutiful to them.” This is because dutifulness to parents combines the most refined values and the most beneficial forms of love.     


(The Sheikh reads two lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


            These two come exclusively after Allah in rank.

            Satisfying them is aspired to and disobeying them is much abhorred.

            Never utter a word which might offend them;

            Show humility and gratefulness to them in all modesty.


     Brothers and sisters in faith!


     Due to the magnificence of parents’ rights and the grandeur of their kind acts, Allah (the Great and Almighty) has correlated dutifulness to parents with obedience to Him (Glory to Him). Allah (Blessed be He) says: [Worship Allâh and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents...] [Al-Nissā: 36] Allah (Be He extolled) also says: [And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents.] [Al-Isrā: 23]


     Ibn Abbās –May Allah be pleased with him− said, “Three Qur’ānic verses were revealed in parallel with three others.” Then he mentioned: [ And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination. ] [Luqmān: 14]. Therefore, anyone who does not show gratitude to his parents is considered as ungrateful to Allah (Glory and Majesty Be to Him).


     In the same vein, Ibn Omar (May Allah be pleased with both of them) once met a man who was carrying his mother on his back while performing circumambulation around the Kā’bah. The man asked Ibn Omar, “O Ibn Omar, do you think I have retuned her maternal favours in all gratitude?” Ibn Omar said, “You haven’t even rewarded a single sigh of hers (i.e. during delivery).” [Narrated by Imam Bukhari in his book entitled Al-Adab Al-Mufrad


(The Sheikh reads a line of poetry paraphrased as follows):


            Do your best to be dutiful to your parents, for it is

A mandatory observance both in private and in public            


     O Muslim Ummah!


     Dutifulness to parents becomes all the more a moral imperative and a religious observance whose performance is vital, especially when parents suffer from certain diseases or from old age. This dutifulness continues even after their death, which secures their children’s higher ranks in the Hereafter. Also, Imam Ahmed reported in his Musnad on the authority of Abu Usaid Al-Sāedi –May Allah be pleased with him− that: “A man of the Ansar (the Prophet’s supporters in Medina) said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Is there anything I can do to show dutifulness to my parents after their death?’ He said, ‘Yes; their funeral prayer, asking for divine forgiveness to them, implementing their wills and obligations, being good to relatives whose kinship is mediated through them, and entertaining their friends.”


     Abdullah Ibn Dinar narrated on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Omar −May Allah be pleased with both of them− that he met a Bedouin on his way to Makkah; so, Abdullah Ibn Omar greeted the man, asked him to mount his own donkey, and gave him a turban he was wearing himself. Ibn Dinar said, “We told Omar: ‘May Allah save you! Bedouins can be easily contented with token gifts.’ Abdullah Ibn Omar replied, ‘This man’s father used to be a close friend of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab’s, and I heard Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s salat and Peace be upon him) say: “The most rewarding form of dutifulness to parents is when someone keeps in touch with his father’s close friends.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]


     O Ummah of dutifulness and righteousness!


     Dutifulness to parents is a deeply-rooted duty in religion and an authentic obligation to be performed by children vis-à-vis their parents. It is insurmountable, inalienable, and resists adjournment. It is incumbent upon sons and daughters to observe it both in times of joviality and affliction. You are actually bound to show dutifulness to your parents throughout your life cycles, regardless of whether your parents blame or warn you out of concern for mending your manners. Remember how many times they offered you sincere prayers, wishing you success secretly and publicly. Thus, showing dutifulness to them is your duty, and treating them properly is your personal responsibility. The Holy Qur’ānic verse reads as follows: [But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them in the world kindly... ] [Luqmān: 15]


     In the two Sai Books by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari, Asmā Bint Abî Bakr –May Allah be pleased with her− narrated: “My mother once visited me when she was still a pagan polytheist. It was during the Prophet’s lifetime (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him). So, I asked the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) for his opinion. I said, ‘My mother voluntarily came to visit me; shall I keep contact with my mother?’ He said, ‘Yes, indeed! Keep contact with your mother.” [An agreed-upon hadith, i.e. reported by both Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari] That was the case when the mother was a polytheist. What about when she was a Muslim?


(Again, the Sheikh reads three lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


            Even in case they strive to coerce you into polytheism,

            Treat them politely, and obey them except in disobedience to Allah.

            Ask Allah to have mercy on them    

            And endow them with profuse favours.

            Ask Him to guide their hearts to Islam,

            And to reward them generously and beneficently. 


     We do find exemplary behaviour and eloquent expression in the tradition of our Salaf (earlier model generation of Muslims and contemporaries of Prophet Muhammad [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] and his companions). Narrated Alzuhri –May Allah have mercy on his soul: “Al-Hassan Ibn Ali did not use to eat with his mother, although he showed exemplary dutifulness to her. When he was asked about the reason, he said, ‘I don’t want to eat with her for fear that some of the food might appeal to her eyes, and that I unknowingly eat what attracted her eyes; in that case I would have disobeyed her.”


     When in the presence of two men, Abu Hurairah –May Allah be pleased with him− asked one of them: “Is this man a relative of yours?” The man answered, “He is called so and so (his father).” Then, Abu Hurairah replied, “Don’t refer to your father or call him by his name! So, don’t say, ‘You, so and so’; but rather call him by his kinship relation. You say, ‘Father or Dad.’”


     Thus, Abu Hurairah –May Allah be pleased with him− considered such behaviour a form of disobedience to parents. This is an indication of how respectful and well-bred children should be with their parents. For instance, whenever Abu Hurairah – May Allah be pleased with him− intended to leave home, he would stop by his mother’s door and say, “Hello (Allah’s peace, grace, and blessing be upon you) Mom!” She would reply, “Allah’s peace, grace, and blessing be upon youson! He would add, “May Allah send His mercy onto you as you reared me when I was a child.” Then, she would reply, “May Allah send His mercy onto you as you are dutiful to me as a grow-up. Abu Hurairah would do the same upon returning home.


     Allah is Great! Allah is Great! How splendid such dutifulness is and how great such manners are! By Allah, this dutifulness to parents is more precious than gold itself as it is rendered in such a shining and radiant form that is so typical of our Islamic civilization and the high moral standards of our immaculate religion; a religion that has reached the highest peak of morals by fostering the values of mercy, dutifulness, kindness, and moderation. It is a religion that can by no means be compared with present-day materialistic civilization in terms of its position vis-à-vis the family in general and the parents in particular and how the latter are often abandoned to nursing homes while their sponsors lead a lavish life.


     Then, look at the sharp contrast between this kind of dutifulness and those heart-breaking instances of disobedience to parents today, which have gone as far as patricide in such desperate acts of faithlessness marked with disgrace, lack of magnanimity and sense of honour.


     Those whose emotions go scarce, conscience withers away, and hearts turn hard (with respect to their parents) are the ones who are bankrupt indeed: You may imagine one of their parents wanting to say (the Sheikh quotes four lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


I have raised you as an infant and then a young man,

Enjoying great care and affection.

However, when you have grown to be a man,

As I hoped and wished for,

You rewarded me with toughness and harshness

As though you were the one who raised me and cared for me.

So forget about me being your father, for I only wish

You would treat me as a next-door neighbour would.


     A Muslim may wish for nothing more than the satisfaction of his Lord (May He be extolled), and this in itself is tied up with the satisfaction of one’s parents. Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al Aas – May Allah be pleased with both him and his father‒ reported that the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: The pleasure of the Lord lies in the pleasure of the parents. The anger of the Lord lies in the anger of the parents."[Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi and authenticated by Ibn abbān and Al-ākim]


(The Sheikh quotes two lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


Be dutiful to your parents and never say words of disrespect to them

Nor shout at them, but address them in terms of honour. Be thankful to them

And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility as mercy for both of them.

Only then will you pave your way (to Paradise) and store a treasure for yourself.


     We seek protection with Allah from the accursed Satan: [And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour (23) and lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.] [Al Isrā: 23-24]


     May Allah bless you and me by the Great Qur'ān and benefit us with the guidance of the Master of all the messengers! Having said this, I ask Allah to forgive me, you, our parents and all Muslims for all our sins! So ask Him for forgiveness and repent to Him, for He is All-Forgiving, All-Merciful.




Part Two 


     Praise be to Allah Who has ordered us to be pious and dutiful and warned us against alienation and disobedience to our parents. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, with no associate, a witness whereby I seek His satisfaction and paradise. I also bear witness that our Prophet, Muhammad, is the Servant and Messenger of Allah. May Allah’s Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing be upon him, his family, his Companions and those who followed him as the day and night alternate!


     Observe taqwa (fear of Allah) –O servants of Allah– and obey His orders as He commanded. Beware of showing resentment and disobedience to your parents, for Allah  has forbidden that and warned you against it. Abu Bakarah –May Allah be pleased with him– reported that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: Should I not inform you about the gravest of the major sins? We said, please do –O Messenger of Allah!  So he said: ‘Ascribing partners to Allah and disobeying one’s parents’.” [A Hadith that is agreed upon]


     Abu Hurairah –May Allah be pleased with him– reported that the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: Let him be humbled into dust; let him be humbled into dust he who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise.” [Narrated by Muslim]


     Thus, those who estrange their parents in pursuit of their own interests and whims may take warning. They must then lower the ‘wing’ of submission to them and be extensively dutiful to them.


     O Servants of the Merciful!


     Remember how awful it feels to lose one’s relatives or beloved ones. The feeling is yet much worse when the deceased is one or both parents. Losing one’s parents is a serious calamity. It is a disaster that strikes harder than a thorny stick. Such a disaster is enough to make a solid structure collapse, to ravage gardens, contuse hearts and cause anguish, sorrow and sleeplessness. The only solace in such calamity is patience and true reliance on the recompense and reward of Allah, The All-Generous, The All-Giving.


     We belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return in submission to what He has ordained for us and in pursuit of His forgiveness and satisfaction. Whatever He takes or gives away is His and everything with Him has a fixed term. We must surrender to His Will and predestination and willingly accept whatever He decrees, good or bad.


     We praise Allah for His Mercy in mending all breakage caused by such calamity and opening the doors of patience to this effect. Our hearts certainly become saddened and our eyes tearful when we lose our parents. However, what may diffuse all the grief and sadness, mitigate the disaster and bring comfort are true condolences from a generous and humble guardian, a loving and caring person (who volunteers to beseech Allah to have mercy on the deceased) and comforting words from a grieved relative. May Allah Almighty reward all for whatever they undertake in this respect! This is to be carried out in a unique spirit of solidarity and fraternity that is so typical of Muslims.


(The Sheikh quotes three lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):


I was comforted over the grief of losing my loved ones

When I learned that their departure is more useful.

O you, absented moon, who shows up in

The horizons of darkness and in dreams!

I used to dread the bitterness of your loss,

But patience is the best resort in this regard.


     May Allah have mercy on their souls, grant them a generous return (to Allah Almighty), make the heavens of delight and bliss their last dwelling, benefit them with their own faith and belief (in Allah), and receive them with the spirit and scents of Firdaws (the highest rank in Heaven)! May Allah make them among the righteously guided, raise their status the highest and be their successor in this life!


     O Allah! Grant us dutifulness to our parents while they are still living and after they die! O Allah! Bless their souls as they were mercy on us when we were small. O Allah! Prolong the lives of those of them who are still alive so that they can worship you more and do more good! O Allah! Engulf with Your mercy, satisfaction and forgiveness the graves of those who passed away! O Allah! Make their graves a garden similar to those in Your heavens; You, the Most Generous, Most Beneficent!


     Therefore, observe taqwa –O servants of Allah– when it comes to dutifulness to one’s parents. How great it is to be dutiful to one’s parents, before it is too late! You, who have been so neglectful of your obligations towards your parents; you, who have been treating your parents with some sort of disobedience; you must hurry and seek repentance before it is too late; when your soul says: “Alas! I have been neglectful of Allah’s commands and my obligations with respect to my parents!”


     Make use of modern means, technology and social communication media in order to enhance dutifulness and solidarity and never get too preoccupied with these media to carry out your obligations vis-à-vis your parents whether they are still alive or deceased. Thus, you shall achieve happiness in the Herein and be rewarded with the bliss and delight of the Hereafter.


     This being said, I advise you –May Allah have mercy on you– to send your salat and peace on the Chosen Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him), the Messenger of Allah as Allah (Glorified be He) commanded you to do so when He (May He be extolled) so generously said: [Allâh sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and also His angels (ask Allâh to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât on (ask Allâh to bless) him (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islâmic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As-Salâmu ‘Alaikum).] [Al- Azāb: 56]


     O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on the Master of all mankind ever and the Mercy sent unto the Worlds, our Prophet, leader and master, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah as well as on his virtuous and immaculate family, his virtuous wives ‒mothers of the believers‒ on his blessed Companions, the tabi'în and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgment!


     O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! Degrade polytheism and polytheists (who associate partners with You)! Destroy the enemies of Your Religion and grant safety and security to this homeland and to those of all Muslims!


     O Allah! Grant us security in our homelands! O Allah! Grant us security in our homelands! Set right our leaders and those responsible for our affairs!  O Allah! Support with the Truth our leader and ruler, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques! O Allah! Grant him success in what you want and please, and guide him to righteousness and taqwa! O Allah! Provide him with a righteous retinue that shows him what is good and helps him do it! O Allah! Grant him, his deputies, his brothers and assistants success to do what brings glory to Islam and righteousness to Muslims!


     O Allah! Guide all Muslim leaders to rule according to Your Sharia and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him), for You are All Hearing!


     O Allah! Shove away from us, from our country and from the rest of the Muslim world expensiveness, epidemics, usury, adultery, earthquakes, trials, and the worst ordeals whether implicit or explicit, O Lord of the Worlds!


     O Allah! Protect our country and help preserve for it its faith, its belief, its security, its stability and its prosperity! O Allah! Protect the rest of the Muslim countries as well!


     O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm our Faith, leadership, security, stability and unity! Turn their plots and their cunning against them and make their planning to their own detriment! O Lord of the worlds!


     O Allah! You, the Living, the Subsisting! We seek refuge with Your Mercy! We implore You not to entrust us to our own selves even for a blink of an eye! O Allah! Set right all of our affairs!


     O Allah! Grant success to our security forces! O Allah! Grant them success to carry out what is in the best interest of our country and people and reward them generously for their efforts in helping maintain our security! O Lord of the Worlds, Lord of Majesty and Bounty!


     O Allah! Grant victory to our Mujahideen brothers (in the cause of Allah) wherever they may be! O Allah! Grant them victory in Palestine! O Allah! Save Al-Aqsa Mosque from the ‘claws’ of those aggressors and occupiers among the Jews, O You, Lord of the worlds!


     O Allah! Bring an end to the oppression of our brothers and sisters in Syria! O Allah! Bring an end to the oppression of our brothers and sisters in Syria! O Allah! They are oppressed indeed, so grant them victory! O Allah! They are oppressed indeed, so grant them victory! O Allah! They are oppressed indeed, so grant them victory! You are the One Who grants victory to the believers! You are the Guardian of Muslims and the One Who grants victory to the oppressed, with Your Mercy, You, The Most Merciful!

    [… 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: 201]


     We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness, Allah Who is the only deity, the Living, the Subsisting, and we repent to Him!


      O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! You are Allah, and there is no deity worthy of worship but You! You are the Self-Sufficient while we (humans) are destitute! Do send down rain on us and save us from despair! Do send down rain on us and save us from despair! Do send down rain on us and save us from despair!

     O Allah! We are but creatures of Yours. We implore You not to make our sins stand in the way between us and Your grace!

     [In Allah we put our trust. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the folk who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doing) (i.e. do not make them overpower us)] [Yūnis: 85]

     O our Lord! Accept from us, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Accept our repentance; You are the Ever-Relenting, the Merciful! Do forgive us, our parents, and all the Muslims, those who are dead and those still alive, as you are All-Hearing, with Your mercy as You are the Most Merciful!


     Glorified be our Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they wrongly attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And “praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!”







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