Sunday, 15 August 2010

Du'a Recited throughout Ramadhan in Tarim

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As recorded by Imam ibn Khuzaymah (r.a.), Salman al-Faris (r.a.) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) spoke to the swahabah on the last day of Sha’ban.  He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights.  He mentioned some of the merits of the month of Ramadhan.  Then he said, “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without.  As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testification that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His Forgiveness.  As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking Refuge in Him from the Fire.”

As recorded by Imam Ahmad (r.a.), Imam ibn Majah (r.a.) and Imam at-Tirmidzi (r.a.) with a swahih chain of transmission, the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) taught ‘Aishah (r.a.) to say on Laylat al-Qadr, “O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You Love to Pardon so pardon us.”

On the basis of these two ahadits, the scholars and people of Tarim repeat the following du'a throughout the month of Ramadhan:


Ashadu al laa ilaha illaa Allah, nastaghfiru Allah, nas'aluka al-jannata wa na'uudzu bika min an-naar

I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the Forgiveness of Allah.  We ask You for Paradise and take Refuge in You from the Fire. (3 times)

  
Allahumma innaka 'afuwun tuhibbu al-’afwa f'aa’fu 'annaa

O Allah, truly You are All-Pardoning, You Love to Pardon so Pardon us (3 times).

On the third time say, “Ya Kariim,” “O Most Generous”.


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