Supplication 6: …رضيت بالله ربا

رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً

I am content with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as my Prophet.

To be recited three times

 

Brief Commentary

  • The Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that any Muslim who recites this supplication three times in the morning and once more three times in the evening then Allah takes it upon himself that He shall please him or her on the Day of Judgement [1]
  • In other narrations, the Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that the reward for saying this supplication is that he himself will take the person by the hand until he enters him into paradise [2], as well as that Paradise is guaranteed for this person [3]
  • This supplication emphasises the state of contentedness, which is far greater than mere tolerance. Being content with a matter means that if that matter were in your own hands, you would act no different
  • Imam Al-Nawawi said, “Being content here is as though one is saying: “I’m convinced, I’m sufficed, and desire nothing else” [4]
  • The first matter that we affirm our content with, is that of Allah being our Lord. The Lord is the one who decrees and decides, therefore we affirm our content with everything that Allah decrees for us
  • Being content with Allah as your Lord means you are content with the provisions He has decreed for you, for the life He has chosen for you, for the trials He has placed upon you, and for everything He has placed before you
  • The second matter is to be content with Islam as our religion. Islam means to submit wholly to the commandments of Allah
  • Being content with Islam as your religion means you are content with every single commandment, prohibition, law, and punishment contained within this blessed religion
  • The third and final matter is to be content with the Prophet Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as our Prophet. This Prophet is the one who delivered the message of Allah in the best and most complete form
  • Being content with the Prophet Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as your Prophet means you are content with all the commandments and prohibitions he taught us, with the way he lived his life, with the decisions he took, with the friends he had, and the women he married. It also means you believe him in everything that he says

 

Action Points

  • This hadith, though concise and light on the tongue as it is, conceals a major reward for the one who truly adheres, contemplates and lives by it
  • A person who says this supplication every morning and evening is preparing himself for the day as he is reminding himself that he is content with these matters, so he is prepared to abide by all of them, including anything that Allah decides for him that day
  • A person who says this supplication and then shows displeasure when faced with a calamity, or rejects a teaching of Islam, or something that was part of the Prophet’s (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) life is someone who is a liar, and has a trait of hypocrisy. He says something on his tongue, yet his actions reflect otherwise
  • Living by this supplication also helps a person in the first stages of the afterlife, which is when he is placed in his grave and two angels ask him 3 questions, “Who is your Lord? What is your religion? Who is this person that was sent to you?” [5]. The answers to these three questions are the three matters we have affirmed our content with every morning and evening!

 

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  1. Hadith, reported by Ahmad, hadith number 18967, and Al-Nasaa’i, hadith number 9832
  2. Hadith, reported by Tabarani, hadith number 1838
  3. Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 1529
  4. Imam Al-Nawawi, Explanation of Sahih Muslim, 2/2
  5. Hadith, reported by Ahmad, hadith number 18063, and Abu Dawud, hadith number 4753

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