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 supplication at the start of the prayer (after takbeer)

 allahumma baaaid baynee wabayna khatayaya kama baaaadta baynal-mashriqi walmaghrib, allahumma naqqinee min khatayaya kama yunaqqath-thawbul-abyadu minad-danas, allahummagh-silnee min khatayaya biththalji walma/i walbarad.

‘o allah, distance me from my sins just as you have distanced the east from the west, o allah, purify me of my sins as a white robe is purified of filth, o allah, cleanse me of my sins with snow, water, and ice.’

 

subhanakal-lahumma wabihamdika watabarakas-muka wataaaala jadduka wala ilaha ghayruk.

‘how perfect you are o allah, and i praise you.  blessed be your name, and lofty is your position and none has the right to be worshipped except you.’

 

wajjahtu wajhiya lillathee fataras-samawati wal-arda haneefan wama ana minal-mushrikeen, inna salatee wanusukee wamahyaya wamamatee lillahi rabbil-aaalameen, la shareeka lahu wabithalika omirtu wa-ana minal-muslimeen. allahumma antal-maliku la ilaha illa ant. anta rabbee wa-ana aaabduk, thalamtu nafsee waaataraftu bithanbee faghfir lee thunoobee jameeaaan innahu la yaghfiruth-thunooba illa ant.wahdinee li-ahsanil-akhlaqi la yahdee li-ahsaniha illa ant, wasrif aaannee sayyi-aha la yasrifu aaannee sayyi-aha illa ant, labbayka wasaaadayk,walkhayru kulluhu biyadayk, washsharru laysa ilayk, ana bika wa-ilayk, tabarakta wataaaalayt, astaghfiruka wa-atoobu ilayk.

‘i have turned my face sincerely towards he who has brought forth the heavens and the earth and i am not of those who associate (others with allah).  indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are for allah, lord of the worlds, no partner has he, with this i am commanded and i am of the muslims. o allah, you are the sovereign, none has the right to be worshipped except you.  you are my lord and i am your servant, i have wronged my own soul and have acknowledged my sin, so forgive me all my sins for no one forgives sins except you.  guide me to the best of characters for none can guide to it other than you, and deliver me from the worst of characters for none can deliver me from it other than you.  here i am, in answer to your call, happy to serve you.  all good is within your hands and evil does not stem from you.  i exist by your will and will return to you.  blessed and high are you, i seek your forgiveness and repent unto you.’

allah does not create pure evil which does not have any good or contain any benefit, wisdom or mercy at all, nor does he punish anyone without having commited a sin. something can be good in terms of its creation when viewed in a particular  perspective and at the same time be evil when viewed in another way. allah created the devil and by him, he tests his servants, so there are those who hate the devil, fight him and his way and they stand at enmity towards him and his followers and there are others who are at allegiance with the devil and follow his steps. so evil exists in his creatures by his will and wisdom, not in his actions or act of creating.

 

allahumma rabba jibra-eel, wameeka-eel, wa-israfeel fatiras-samawati walard, aaalimal-ghaybi washshahadah, anta tahkumu bayna aaibadika feema kanoo feehi yakhtalifoon. ihdinee limakh-tulifa feehi minal-haqqi bi-ithnik, innaka tahdee man tasha-o ila siratin mustaqeem.

‘o allah, lord of jibra-eel, meeka-eel and israfeel (great angles), creator of the heavens and the earth, knower of the seen and the unseen.  you are the arbitrator  between your servants in that which they have disputed.  guide me to the truth by your leave, in that which they have differed, for verily you guide whom you will to a straight path.’

 

allahu akbaru kabeera, allahu akbaru kabeera, allahu akbaru kabeera, walhamdu lillahi katheera, walhamdu lillahi katheera, walhamdu lillahi katheera, wasubhanal-lahi bukratan wa-aseela. (three times)

aaaoothu billahi minash-shaytani min nafkhihi wanafthihi wahamzih. 

‘allah is most great, allah is most great, allah is most great, much praise is for allah, much praise is for allah, much praise is for allah, and i declare the perfection of allah in the early morning and in the late afternoon.’(three times)

‘i take refuge with allah from the devil, from his pride, his poetry and his madness.’

 

the prophet would say (as an opening supplication in prayer) when rising from sleep to perform prayers during the night:

allahumma lakal-hamd anta noorus-samawati wal-ardi waman feehin, walakal-hamd, anta qayyimus-samawati walardi waman feehin, [walakal-hamd, anta rabbus-samawati walardi waman feehin], [walakal-hamd, laka mulkus-samawati walardi waman feehin] [walakal-hamd, anta malikus-samawati walard] [walakal-hamd] [antal-haq, wawaaadukal-haq, waqawlukal-haq, waliqa-okal-haq, waljannatu haq wannaru haq, wannabiyyoona haq, wa muhammadun  haq, wassaaaatu haq] [allahumma laka aslamt, waaaalayka tawakkalt, wabika amant, wa-ilayka anabt, wabika khasamt, wa-ilayka hakamt, faghfir lee ma qaddamt, wama akhkhart, wama asrart, wama aaalant] [antal-muqaddim, wa-antal-mu-akhkhir, la ilaha illa ant] [anta ilahee la ilaha illa ant .

‘o allah, to you belongs all praise, you are the light of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them.  to you belongs all praise, you are the sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them.  to you belongs all praise.  you are lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them.  to you belongs all praise and the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them.  to you belongs all praise, you are the king of the heavens and the earth and to you belongs all praise. you are the truth, your promise is true, your word is true, and the day in which we will encounter you is true, the garden of paradise is true and the fire is true, and the prophets are true, muhammad  is true and the final hour is true.  o allah, unto you i have submitted, and upon you i have relied, and in you i have believed, and to you i have turned in repentance, and over you i have disputed, and to you i have turned for judgment.  so forgive me for what has come to pass of my sins and what will come to pass, and what i have hidden and what i have made public.  you are al-muqaddim and al-mu-akhkhir. none has the right to be worshipped except you, you are my deity, none has the right to be worshipped except you.’

meaning of al-muqaddim and al-mu-akhkhir: allah puts forward and favours whom he wills from amongst his creation just as he defers and holds back whom he wills in accordance to his wisdom.  e.g. favouring man over the rest of creation, favouring the prophets over the rest of mankind, favouring muhammad  over all the prophets and messengers…etc.

 

 




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