A Comprehensive Supplication (Dua) of Muhammad (PBUH)

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`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) reported:

The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to supplicate:

“Allahumma inni as’alukal-huda, wat-tuqa, wal-`afafa, wal-ghina
(O Allah! I beseech You for guidance, piety, chastity and contentment).”

[Muslim]

Commentary:
“Guidance” means guidance towards virtue which one needs at every step. The ability to do good and steadfastness on the Right Path is also covered by the term guidance. To comply with the Orders of Allah and to prevent oneself from what He has forbidden is “Taqwa” (fear of Allah), the importance of which needs no elaboration. `Affaf is prevention from sins. It also means evasion from seeking help from others. Ghina means riches which makes one independent of others so much so that all one’s hopes are centered on Allah Alone. The prayer quoted in this Hadith is very comprehensive indeed.

Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No. 1468

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