Supplication 11: …اللهم ما أصبح بي من نعمة

اللَّهُمَّ مَا أَصْبَحَ بِي مِنْ نِعْمَةٍ أَوْ بِأَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ فَمِنْكَ وَحْدَكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ، فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ

O Allah, whatever blessing has been received by me or anyone of Your creation, it is from You alone, You have no partner. All praise is for You alone and all thanks is to You alone.

To be recited once

 

Brief Commentary

  • In the evening, we change the word أصبح to أمسى, so we say اللَّهُمَّ مَا أَمسَى بِي مِنْ نِعْمَةٍ……
  • This doesn’t change the meaning much, but it makes it more appropriate that we begin the supplication by mentioning our current period of the day, which is the evening
  • The Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that whoever says this supplication in the morning or evening, then he has fulfilled the gratitude that is due upon him for that morning or evening [1]
  • The blessings we receive from Allah every morning and evening are too many and large for us to count, yet saying this simple supplication will allow us to fulfil the gratitude that is due upon us for that morning and evening. When a person ponders over this, they would realise that the simple fact that this supplication is coupled with a great reward, is another blessing that requires to be thanked for
  • We do not mention a specific blessing to give thanks for in this supplication, instead we mention blessings in their broadest form. This ensures our speech encompasses all of the blessings we have received from Allah, whether the blessing is related to this life or the hereafter, and whether it is a blessing we have acknowledged, or one we are ignorant of
  • In this supplication we also show gratitude for the blessings received by others. This is for a number of reasons, including:
    • Blessings received by others allows them to help us so we must show gratitude to Allah for that
    • Other people may not show gratitude to Allah for the blessings they receive, which is something that should upset us, so we try and make up for this by showing gratitude to Allah for it ourselves, even though we may have not benefited from the blessing in any way
    • Some of us are weak and only acknowledge the good that others receive whilst thinking we have been prevented from much good, so we show gratitude to Allah for the blessings that others have received, as we are constantly thinking about the good that others have
  • In addition to showing gratitude to Allah, we also affirm in this supplication the Oneness of Allah, and that all of the blessings we receive are from Him alone, and not from anyone else, as He does not have any partners
  • The final part of the supplication is the crux of the matter, which is that we praise Allah and thank Him for the blessings we and others have received. Since we received the blessings from Him alone, we ensure we praise Him alone, and we thank Him alone

 

Action Points

  • This supplication is another example of how the morning and evening supplications are not just to provide us protection, but they are also for us to increase in reward, and to ensure we fulfil our duties
  • The reward stipulated for this supplication is great, yet it is very easy and quick to say. This means that this supplication shouldn’t really just be said, it should be contemplated upon and come from the heart before the tongue, and should be something we live by
  • Ensure you always try to ponder over the many blessings you receive from Allah whenever you make this supplication, and throughout your whole day
  • By knowing that making this supplication fulfils the gratitude that is due for the morning and evening, we should realise that we owe thanks to Allah every morning and evening, so it is something we must always try to fulfil
  • This supplication should have a profound effect on you, in that you are always in a state of pondering over the blessings from Allah, and trying to ensure you give Him the thanks that He is owed for these blessings

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  1. Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 5075, and Al-Nasaa’i, hadith number 9835

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