Supplication 9: …اللهم إني أصبحت أشهدك

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَصْبَحْتُ أُشْهِدُكَ وَأُشْهِدُ حَمَلَةَ عَرْشِكَ، وَمَلَائِكَتَكَ وَجَمِيعَ خَلْقِكَ، أَنَّكَ أَنْتَ اللهُ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ وَحْدَكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ، وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُكَ وَرَسُولُكَ

O Allah, I have entered a new morning and call upon You and upon the bearers of Your Throne, upon Your angels and all creation to bear witness that surely You are Allah, there is none worthy of worship but You alone. You have no partners, and that Muhammad is Your slave and Your Messenger

To be recited four times

 

Brief Commentary

  • In the evening, we swap the word أصبحت with أمسيت e. we say “I have entered a new evening…”
  • The Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that whoever recites this supplication in the morning, their sins from that day will be forgiven, and whoever recites it in the evening, their sins from that evening will be forgiven [1]
  • In another narration, the Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that whoever recites this supplication once in the morning or evening, Allah will free a quarter of this person from Hellfire. Whoever recites it twice, Allah will free a half this person. Whoever recites it three times, Allah will free three quarters of this person, and whoever recites it four times, Allah will free the whole of this person from Hellfire [2]
  • The bearers of Allah’s throne are eight Angels, as mentioned by Allah in the Qur’an [3]
  • The bearers of the throne are a magnificent creation. The Prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that the distance between the earlobe and the shoulder of one these Angels is like the distance of travelling for 700 years [4]
  • We testify before Allah, His Angels, and all of His creation that there is none worthy of worship but Him, with no partners, and that Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is His slave and Messenger. Everyone we meet is from the creation of Allah, so we cannot verbally pronounce this testimony, yet hide our beliefs from others

 

Action Points

  • In this hadith, we do not ask Allah for anything, rather all we do is affirm the first pillar of Islam, which is the testimony of faith. This points to the importance of constantly repeating this testimony
  • In the midst of all the trial and tribulations we face, as well as all the confusion from all the differing opinions, let us remember the essence of our faith, which is found within this supplication
  • Do not be ashamed or shy of your religion. This supplication teaches us that we should always profess our beliefs and make them manifest

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  1. Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 5071
  2. Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 5069
  3. Qur’an, Surah Al-Haaqah [69:17]
  4. Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 4727

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