Thursday 29 December 2022

Prophetic Supplication for Protection from trials of Fire and evils of richness and poverty

The trial of the Fire, on the Day of the Resurrection, will be the most painful trial of the man. No matter how pious one may be, yet he does not know that he may have committed a sin, though not knowingly, which may become a hurdle for him when the balance will be set in place and even good and bad deeds will be weighed even to the size of an atom of the desert sand.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was always found supplicating for protection against all evils, especially the evils of richness and poverty, not only for himself but as a caution for his companions so that they too should seek refuge from all trials, so that we may be forgiven, 

Today's selected supplication as it appears in Sunan Abi Dawud (Book # 8 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Witr كتاب الوتر / Chapter # 32 Regarding Seeking Refuge باب فِي الاِسْتِعَاذَةِ ) as Hadith number # 1543, is yet another Prophetic Supplication which we must emulate and seeks Allah's pardon and forgiveness while we are still alive:

'Aishah narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) would supplicate with the following words:

حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ مُوسَى الرَّازِيُّ، أَخْبَرَنَا عِيسَى، حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، رضى الله عنها أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم كَانَ يَدْعُو بِهَؤُلاَءِ الْكَلِمَاتِ ‏ "‏ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ النَّارِ وَعَذَابِ النَّارِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ الْغِنَى وَالْفَقْرِ ‏"‏‏.‏
"O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the trials of the Fire, and the punishment of the Fire, and from the evils of richness and poverty."

It may be seen that the supplication is against evils of richness and poverty. While it is understood that riches take us away from remembrance of Allah and invite in the evil, the life of poverty too is a life of tests and trials. One tends to commit crimes and sins when he is hit against the wall, which may hold him accountable and may take him near the punishment of the Fire. So, time is now to supplicate and invoke many mercies of Allah so that we may be forgiven before our worldly life ends. 
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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