In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Prophet Ibraheem’s Supplication for Us
Prophet Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam prayed to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make him and his son obedient to His commandments and to His Will. He has, all his life, been performing exemplary deeds of obedience, and yet he prays to ‘be made’ obedient.
Point to Reflect:
The more one grows in one’s knowledge of Divine Majesty, the more one comes to realize that one is not being faithful and obedient as is due.
It should be noted that Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam despite between the Prophet of Allah was not devoid of emotions. Filled with fatherly love, he never failed to supplicate for his descendants. The Friends of Allah know how to give the rights of Allah and the rights of people. They also know the etiquette of making du’a.
In Prophet Ibraheem’s supplications there is a lesson for the average men. One should not only be concerned about their children’s physical well-being, but also their spiritual well-being. Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam prayed to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make a group from among his descendants fully obedient to Him. Four thousand years ago he made du’a for us!
Point to Reflect:
What du’as do we make for our children? And how much do we remember others in our du’as? Are all our du’as about ourselves?
A beautiful du’a that appears in the Qur’an and should be made for a family’s spiritual well-being is:
رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّـتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَاماً
“Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaqeen.” (25:74).
This type of supplication is allowed, because loving to have offspring who worships Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala alone without partners is a sign of complete love of Allah.
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
إِذَا مَاتَ ابْنُ آدَمَ انْقَطَعَ عَمَلُهُ إِلَّا مِنْ ثَلَاثٍ: صَدَقَةٍ جَارِيَةٍ أَوْ عِلْمٍ يُنْتَفَعُ بِهِ أَوْ وَلَدٍ صَالِحٍ يَدْعُو لَه
“When the son of Adam dies, his deeds end except for three deeds: an ongoing charity, a knowledge that is being benefited from and a righteous son who supplicates (to Allah) for him.”
The Meaning of Manasik
The word manasik (the plural of Mansik) signifies the different actions involved in the performance of the Hajj, and also the different places where the rites are performed – like ‘Arafah, Muzdalifah or Mina. Both the meanings of the word are intended here.
The word arina [أَرِنَا] means ‘show us’. It has been recorded that Angel Jibreel [Gabriel] descended and took Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam to the House (Ka’abah) and said, “Raise its foundations.” Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam raised the House’s foundations and completed the building. Jibreel ‘alayhi salaam held Prophet Ibraheem’s hand, led him to As-Safa and said, “This is among the rituals of Allah.” He then took him to Al-Marwah and said, “And this is among the rituals of Allah.”
He then took him to Mina until when they reached the ‘Aqabah, they found Iblees standing next to a tree. Jibril said, “Say Takbeer [Allah is the Great] and throw (pebbles) at him.” Ibraheem said the Takbeer and threw (pebbles at) Iblees. Iblees moved to the middle Jamrah, and when Jibreel and Ibraheem passed by him, Jibreel said to Ibraheem, “Say Takbeer and throw at him.”
Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam threw at him and said Takbeer. The devious Iblees sought to add some evil acts to the rituals of Hajj, but he was unable to succeed. Jibreel took Ibraheem’s hand and led him to Al-Mash’ar Al-Haram and ‘Arafat and said to him, “Have you ‘Arafta (known, learned) what I showed you?” This was asked thrice. Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam said, “Yes I did.”
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