Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Du'a of the Blind Man

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is narrated from a hadits that a blind man approached the Prophet (s.a.w.) and asked for a cure from his blindness.  This du’a is a du’a for hajat, when there is a need.  It is also a du’a asking for spiritual sight in this world.  Those who are blind to Allah (s.w.t.) in this world may be blind to Him in the next.  How can we see His Majesty and be in the Divine Presence when we are blind to His Presence in this world.  One cannot look at the shadow and still see the light.  One cannot look at the world and expect to find Him.

A blind man came to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and said, “Invoke Allah for me that He Help me.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “If you wish I will delay this, and it would be better for you, and if you wish I will invoke Allah (s.w.t.).”

He said, “Then invoke Him.”

The Prophet said to him, “Go and make an ablution, pray two rak`at (idzhab fa tawadhdha', wa swalli rak`atayn thumma qul), then say: ‘O Allah, I am asking you (as'aluka) and turning to you (atawajjahu ilayka) with your Prophet Muhammad (bi nabiyyika Muhammad), the Prophet of mercy; O Muhammad (ya Muhammad), I am turning with you to my Lord regarding my present need / I am asking my Lord with your intercession concerning the return of my sight (innii atawajjahu bika ilaa rabbii fii haajati hadzihi).”

Another version has, “... so that He will Fulfill my need (innii astashfi`u bika `alaa rabbii fii raddii baswarii); O Allah, allow him to intercede (with you) for me (allahumma shaffi`u fiyya).”

Allahumma innii as'aluka wa atawajjahu ilayka bi nabiyyika Muhammad, nabiyyi rahmati.  Ya Muhammad inni atawajjahu bika ilaa rabbii fii haajati hadzihi li tuqdhaa lii Allahumma fashaffi’hu fiyya.

It is recorded in Sunan at-Tirmidzi, Sunan ibn Majah, Musnad ibn Hanbal, Mu'jam al-Kabir by Imam at-Tabarani (q.s.), and Mustadarak 'ala Swahihayn by Imam al-Hakim (q.s.).  The version from Sunan at-Tabari has slightly different words but has the same general meaning.

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