Supplication of Courtesy to Parents

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is the “Supplication of Courtesy to Parents” by the intimate knower of Allah (s.w.t.), the eminent teacher and sterling guide, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abu al-Hibb al-Hadhrami at-Tarimi (q.s.).

In the name of Allah, the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate

Praise be to Allah, Who Commanded us to thank parents and to treat them well, and Enjoined us to seek every opportunity to be courteous with them and to do good in their presence.  He Obliged us to lower the wing of mercy upon them out of exaltation and esteem, and He Counseled us to show compassion towards them just as they did in our infancy.

O Allah, be Merciful with our parents (3 times), Forgive them, and be Content with them in a manner that permits Your Divine Pleasure for them, by virtue of which You Grant them the abode of Your Generosity and Security, and the regions of Your Pardon and Forgiveness.  Drench them in the subtleties of Your Goodness and of Your Perfect Extension of Beauty.

O Allah, Forgive them in an All-Comprehensive Manner that Effaces their past sins and evil.  Bestow upon them a kind of Mercy through which their final resting abodes are illuminated and by virtue of which they are Shielded on the day of terror when they are resurrected.

O Allah, Show Compassion when they exhibit weaknesses, just as they showed much compassion to us in our times of weaknesses.  Be Merciful to when they break ties with You, just as they showed immense mercy when we broke ties with them.  Care for them just as they ardently cared for us when we were young.

O Allah, Preserve the love that You Poured into their hearts, the compassion that You Filled their chests with, and the kindness that You Occupied their limbs with.  Reward them for the efforts they exerted for our sake.  Recompense them for the struggles they underwent for our sake, and for the care they displayed towards us.  Let it be a Recompense that exceeds what is Given to those who strive to rectify and to those who are sincere in their care and concern.

O Allah, be Good to them over and above the good that they showered us, and Gaze upon them with the Eye of Mercy just as they used to lovingly look at us.

O Allah, Grant them what they omitted from the rights of Your Mercy due to their pre-occupation with the rights of our upbringing.  Overlook their deficiencies in true service to You due to their desire for being in our service.  Pardon them for the doubtful matters they indulged in for the mere purpose of earning enough for us.  Do not Take them to Account for their prejudice due to the passionate rage that overcame their hearts because of their love for us.  Bear the wrongs that they committed due to the sins perpetrated on our behalf and that they sought after for our sake.  Be Gentle with them, in a place where one withers, in a manner that far exceeds their gentleness with us whilst they were alive.

O Allah, any acts of obedience that You have Guided us unto, and any good deeds that You have Facilitated for us, and any acts of endearment that You have Decreed for us, we beseech You, O Allah, that You Grant them a potion and a fair share of it.  And whatever evil we have committed, or wrongs that we have earned, or consequential misdeeds that we have burdened ourselves with, we implore that You do not attribute our sins to them nor take them to account for any of our misdeeds.

O Allah, just as You Made them happy with us in life, then Make them happy with us after death.

O Allah, do not allow news about us that brings them sorrow to reach them, and do not burden them with our sins that weigh heavily upon them, and do not allow us to disgrace them in front of the army of the dead through the shameful acts that we have innovated, and the reprehensible deeds we have done.  Make their spirits happy with our deeds in the assembly of souls, just as the righteous are prone to be happy with the children of righteousness.  Do not Gather them on the plains of exposure because of the evil sins that we commit.

O Allah, whatever recitations that we recited that You Purified, or prayer that we prayed that You Accepted, or charity that we expended that You Made Flourish, or good deeds that we performed that You were Content with, we entreat You, O Allah, that You Make their fair share of it greater than our share, their portion of it larger than our portion, and their lot more abundant than our lot, as You have indeed Commanded us to treat them well and be thankful to them, although You are more deserving of goodness than those that do good and more right to maintain ties than those commanded.

O Allah, Make us the coolness of their eyes on the day witnesses take the stand, and allow them to hear from us the most beautiful call on the day of the call.  Make them, due to us, parents who are the object of envy because of their progeny, until You Gather us, them, and Muslims, altogether, in the abode of Your Generosity, and the dwelling of Your Mercy, and the place of those You have Befriended, alongside those whom You have Blessed amongst the prophets, the veracious, the martyrs, and the righteous.  And what magnificent company they are!

Glory to thy Lord the Lord, of Honour and Power!  (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him)!  And Peace on the Messengers!  And praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds. (Surah asw-Swaffat:180-182)


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