Ramadan: Ayah of the Day #17

Today the Ayah that I am sharing is a wonderful duaa that we often repeat in our daily prayers.

And of them there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!”

(Al Baqarah 2:201)

Allah swt is His mercy teaches us the words too, that we should be asking of Him, for our own success and benefit. Subhan Allah! How loving and merciful our Rabb is!

In this ayah, He swt teaches us a beautiful duaa for our good in this world and in the next as well. This ayah is a threefold duaa.

One, it teaches us to ask for the good in this world. While we are living here, in duniya, even though it is our temporary home, Allah swt teaches us to seek of its goodness. We always ask Allah to give us this and that, never knowing whether or not what we are asking for, is actually helpful or of benefit to us. That is why we should always ask Allah for the Good in this world, because He alone knows what is good in everything, in every aspect of our life, for us, here in this world and in the next. He swt knows the unseen while we do not. So it is better that you seek the good of the unknown. I personally, always make this duaa for myself and my loved ones.

Ya Allah make easy for me whatever is good for me, in my deen, in duniya and in my aakhira and keep away from me all that is not good for my deen, my duniya and aakhira. Ameen. 

The Second part of this ayah is the duaa for the Hereafter, our final abode. However hard we might strive here, we would still not have lead a perfect sinless, error free life. On the Day when we shall be raised again before our Rabb and our Book of Deeds will be handed over to us, we will be in need of an earth-full of good more than ever. So we should seek in our prayers goodness for us and others in the Hereafter as well.

Ya Allah make us among the people who will receive their Book of Deeds in their right hands. Ya Allah let, on that Day, Your mercy prevail over us and our cases, than Your Justice. Ya Allah grant us good in the Hereafter. Grant us Jannah and let that Day be a happy day for all of us. Ameen.

The third part of the ayah is duaa for protection of Fire, Hell. We all know how a burning match stick or candle feels on our skin, when we accidentally touch it. It is unbearable, right, even for that fraction of second and our skin burns for sometime, even after that. Now imagine the fire of hell! It is beyond our imagination, the nature and the pain it could be. Also, when it is a punishment from Allah swt, how severe can it be! May Allah swt protect us from Hell. It is and it should be a reminder to us when we get lazy with our prayers, when we fall into sins, when we cheat our brothers and sisters, when we lie, when we gossip mindlessly and slander each other, when we are living a life of disobedience to Allah swt. But at the same time, it should also help us to stay focused, the fear of Hell, should be a motivation for us to keep ourselves always in check. And we should always seek refuge of Allah swt from the hellfire.

Ya Allah we seek refuge in You, from all the forms of Your punishment. We seek your protection against the fire of hell, we seek Your protection from the punishments in the grave. Ya Allah let us and our loved ones, not even get near to fire of hell. Ameen.

This ayah indeed is a wonderful duaa for our success and happiness in both this world and the next. Memorize it and keep asking Allah for the good in this world and the next.

May Allah swt, make His remembrance easy for us, may He swt soften our hardened hearts, may He swt cure our sick souls. May He swt open His doors of mercy and love for each one of us. Ya Allah, keep us among those, with whom You are always pleased with, whom You love and who will be near to You in Jannah.

Ameen.

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