The Seconde Safeguard

                

 


All the praises and thanks be to Allâh who has written Mercy for Himself - I honor Him from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to Him, and all the praises are for Him - the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful, the Forgiver of the sins, and the Acceptor of the repentance. And may Allâh exalt the mention of the person, whom Allâh sent as a witness over this nation, Muhammad bin Abd Allâh, his household and companions. And peace be upon them.


Surely, one of the graces of Allâh, Exalted and Majestic is He, on His slaves is His mercy and pardon for them, as He's the All Knower, I honor Him from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to Him, of the weakness of their states and deeds whatever they reached, in comparison with the graces He bestowed on them, which no one can count but He, I honor Allâh from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to Him and Exalted is He.


And the Creator, Exalted and Majestic is He, when He created His slaves - as He's the Knower of their nature, their frequent sins, the limits of their abilities to worship Him and the shortage of their knowledge - He has ordained for them the grace of seeking His Forgiveness which the Creator bestowed on His slaves due to His mercy towards them.


Those are the slaves who have sincere intention of worshipping Him, but they may fall into the traps of sins, knowingly or unknowingly, then they remember the attribute of their Lord, the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful, so, they seek His Forgiveness, regret and Ask for the pardon from the Owner of Pardon, who has opened the gates of mercy for them, and He's the most Merciful of all.


From this aspect, the idea of this booklet came to me, by the grace of Allâh. Allâh bestowed on me the grace of preparing this booklet and choosing its name, which is a fact Allâh mentioned in His Perfect Book, while addressing His prophet - May Allâh exalt his mention and peace be upon him – saying:


 وَمَا كَانَ اللّهُ لِيُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَأَنتَ فِيهِمْ وَمَا كَانَ اللّهُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَهُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ }الأنفال33}

"And Allâh would not punish them while you (Muhammad - peace be upon him -) are amongst them, nor will He punish them while they seek (Allâh's) Forgiveness." (Al-Anfal: 33)


Ali ibn Abi Talib (May Allâh be pleased with him) explained this verse saying: "The first safeguard (the Messenger of Allâh ,peace be upon him) was lifted up, and the second is still present." 


O Allâh! We seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance from all our sins, so that You may provide us with safety and save us from the torment, which You have made seeking Your Forgiveness a safeguard against it, by Your grace and Great Hospitality, I honor You from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to You.


While seeking Forgiveness of Allâh, the Most Great, there is no true god except Allâh, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting, turning to Him in repentance as many times as the number of enjoying His graces by His slaves, ascribing all the praises to Him, and thanking Him folds of that, I shouldn’t forget to thank my brother and friend: Ahmad bin Abdelazeez

At-Twegry, who helped me in preparing this book.

And I return here to say that I did this work seeking its reward from Allah, and intending to remind my dear Muslim brothers, who may be engaged in this worldly impermanent life through its occupations and distresses, of one of their Generous Creatoror's promises to forgive them, bestow His Mercy on them, and not to torture them if they hold fast to seeking His Forgiveness, as it is found in the traditions of the Prophet (May Allâh exalt his mention, and peace be upon him) who  used to ask Allâh for forgiveness more than seventy or hundred times per day.


This was the tradition of the Prophet, Muhammad bin Abd Allâh (May Allâh exalt his mention, and peace be upon him) who is the best of humans and has been forgiven of his former and latter sins, what about us, the weak and sinful individuals of his nation at this late period characterized by weakness of the Muslims, much engagement in worldy affairs, and unawareness of the remembrance of Allâh, obedience to Him, approaching to Him, and seeking His Forgiveness for the sins we commit, knowingly or unknowingly.


I remember here what happened to the best scholar of his period of the generation of first followers of the Prophet's companions, Bakr bin Abd Allâh Al-Muzani. While he was walking behind a woodman, who was saying:” All the praises and thanks be to Allâh, I seek the Forgiveness of Allâh”

Bakr said to him:”Can't you say another thing?”

He said:”Yes! I save the Qur'ân by heart and I know many things, but every person is still fluctuating between a sin and a grace. So, I seek the Forgiveness of Allâh for the sin, and I ascribe all the praises to Him for the grace."


The scholar said:" Bakr didn't know (this fact) and the woodman knew it."

Also, I remember, at the end of this introduction, what was mentioned by my grandfather, the King Abdulazeez bin Abdurrahman al Faisal al Sa’ud (May Allâh have mercy on him), in his book which he chose to be his "Werd" (a collection of supplications and forms of remembrance) which is called "Al-Werd Al-Musaffa Al-Mukhtar".


I read in it some words of seeking the Forgiveness of Allâh, which shakes the body parts and the mind and sight stops for a long time to reflect on its meanings and accuracy. He (May Allâh have mercy on him), said:"O Allâh! I seek Your Forgiveness for what I repented to You from, then I returned to it. And I seek Your Forgiveness for what I promised You to do, then I didn't fulfill it. And I seek Your Forgiveness for what I pretended that I seeked Your Face while doing it, but my heart was affected by what You know." O Allâh! Respond to us


O Allâh! Forgive and have mercy on all of our dead and the dead of all Muslims, and reward the righteous ancestors the best reward for what they left for us of a beneficial knowledge, a comprehensive remembrance and a clear white faith.

O Allâh! O Ever-Living! O Self-Subsisting!  Make our righteous deeds devoted to Your Honourable Face, and make them a witness for us on the Day when we meet You denuded of every thing but our righteous deeds.

O Allâh! Make seeking Your Forgiveness, Your remembrance and the gratitude towards Your graces inherent in our tongues.

 O Allâh! Make our last speech the testification that there is no true god except Allâh, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allâh.


And at the end of this introduction, I mention what our Prophet Muhammad bin Abd Allâh (May Allâh exalt his mention, and peace be upon him) told us about the most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allâh.

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ     

"O Allâh! You are my Lord. There is no true god but You. You created me and I am Your servant, and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best as I could. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge Your Grace You have bestowed on me, and I acknowledge my sin, forgive me for none forgives sins except You."


I seek the Forgiveness of Allâh, the Most Great, there is no true god except Allâh, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting, and I turn to Him in repentance.

I seek the Forgiveness of Allâh, the Most Great, there is no true god except Allâh, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting, and I turn to Him in repentance.

I seek the Forgiveness of Allâh, the Most Great, there is no true god except Allâh, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting, and I turn to Him in repentance.

 

 

 

 

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