Supplication 17: …اللهم إني أسألك العفو والعافية

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ وَأَهْلِي، وَمَالِي، اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي، وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي، اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ، وَمِنْ خَلْفِي، وَعَنْ يَمِينِي، وَعَنْ شِمَالِي، وَمِنْ فَوْقِي، وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي”.

O Allah, I seek Your pardon and my wellbeing in this world and the next. O Allah, I seek Your pardon and my wellbeing in my religion, in my worldly affairs, in my family and in my wealth. O Allah, conceal my faults and preserve me from anguish . O Allah, guard me from what is in front of me and behind me, from my left, and from my right, and from above me . I seek refuge in Your Greatness from being struck from beneath me.

To be recited once

 

Brief Commentary

  • Abdullah ibn Omar reported the Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) never used to leave out saying this supplication every morning and evening [1]
  • When seeking Allah’s pardon, we are asking Him to forgive our sins and also wipe them off our record of deeds
  • In this supplication, we seek Allah’s pardon and ask Him for wellbeing. This is a very important thing to ask Allah, as the Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Ask Allah for forgiveness and wellbeing, for no one is given anything after certainty that is better than wellbeing” [2]
  • When we ask for wellbeing, we are asking Allah to save us from all trials and tribulations, to strengthen our heart and our physical state so that we meet Him free from any harm or sins. Al-Tibi said, “Wellbeing is that Allah protects you from all ailments and trials” [3]
  • We ask Allah for wellbeing in this life and the next, therefore this encompasses all states we will be in
  • Wellbeing in this life includes protection from physical and spiritual ailments, including sins
  • Wellbeing in the next life includes protection from the punishment of the grave, terrors of the day of judgement, and to be saved from Hellfire
  • To try and cement our request, we repeat it again, clarifying that we want it in particular for our religion, our life, our family, and wealth
  • Wellbeing in our religion means to be saved from committing sins or having incorrect beliefs, and ensuring our tawheed of Allah is complete
  • Wellbeing in our life means to be saved from calamities and errors that cause us to be heedless of the remembrance of Allah or completing acts of worship
  • Wellbeing in our family means that we are all saved from trials and evil, including to be saved from having problems with each other
  • Wellbeing in our wealth is to protect it from being lost or stolen, and to be saved from spending it in a way that displeases Allah
  • As a supplementary to asking Allah for wellbeing, we also ask Him that He conceals our faults, which include everything we dislike for others to know about us
  • We also ask Him to save us from anguish such that all our fears and worries depart from us and we live a peaceful life
  • For the final part of the hadith, we ask Allah to protect us from all angles. This includes the four angles that the shaytan promised to attack us from, as Allah mentions in the Qur’an that the shaytan says, {And then I shall come to them from in front of them, from behind them, from their right, and from their left} [4]
  • In addition to those four angles that shaytan promised to attack us from, we also ask Allah to protect us from the remaining two angles, which are from above us and from beneath us
  • The request to be saved from beneath us is a stronger request, as those who are attacked from beneath them are usually those punished by Allah e.g. the Pharoah and Qarun, so we are asking Allah to protect us from committing something that deserves for us to be punished in this life by Him

 

Action Points       

  • Always ask Allah for pardon and wellbeing as it is from the greatest gifts you can receive
  • The whole supplication is encompassed within the first few words as it is all encompassed within asking Allah for pardon and wellbeing, however, we repeat this request and detail our requirements further so that we show insistence in our request, and this is something that Allah loves
  • We also repeat and expand on this request so that we actually ponder over what we want and therefore request it from our heart
  • The shaytan tries to attack you from all angles so ensure you are always aware of his plots and you ask Allah to save you from him

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  1. Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 5074, and Ibn Majah, hadith number 3871
  2. Hadith, reported by Tirmidhi, hadith number 3557
  3. Al-Tibi, Al-Kashif ‘an haqaa’iq al-sunan, 6/1881
  4. Al-Qur’an, Surah Al-A’raf [7:17]

 


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