Dua – Rabbana Zalamna Anfusana Surah Al-Araf Ayah 23
When Adam AS and Hawwa AS fell into the evil whisperings and false promises of Shaitaan and ate from the forbidden tree, they made this dua.
Deeply remorseful, they said,
“Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”
(Surah Al-A’raf 7:23)
Iblees disobeyed Allah willfully with full understanding of the consequences and also blamed Allah SWT for his mistake. Adam AS and Hawwa AS did so through simple forgetfulness and heedlessness and were intensely sorry, humbly repenting and beseeching Allah for forgiveness. They were hopeful of the Mercy of Allah SWT.
“Then Adam received from his Lord [some] words, and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, it is He who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.
( Surah Al-Baqarah 2:37)
Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, turned to Adam AS and accepted Adam’s AS repentance.
Lessons Learned from the dua:
⚜ Be aware of the evil whisperings of Shaitaan.
⚜ Do not sin willfully.
⚜ Turn to Allah if you have sinned.
⚜ Make Sincere Tawbah.
⚜ Do not despair of the Mercy of Allah.
⚜ Do not be judgemental about others. They might have made sincere Tawbah and were forgiven by Allah.
May Allah SWT save us from the tactics of Shaitaan and bless us the taufeeq to do Sincere Tawbah.
[7:91] Don’t cheat people when you run a business. The arrogant chiefs of Prophet Shuaib’s nation used to deceive the people regarding weight and measurement and rejected the prophet’s message so Allah punished them with a major earthquake.
[7:88] Don’t let community pressure avert you from getting closer to Allah. If your environment or the people around you try to stop you from practicing your Deen, rely on Allah and don’t worry if you lose out on materialistic things; Allah will replace them with what’s better for you.
[7:94] Financial difficulty and all other trials have one purpose: to make you humble. When you lose something or things get tough, do you humble yourself before Allah, trying to worship more, increase in du’a or do you forget about Allah due to bad thoughts about Him or self pity? Reflect and turn back to Him before it’s too late.
[7:95] Allah always tests people with either one of the two conditions: First, with hardship to see if they humble themselves and turn to Him by increasing in duaa to Him but when they don’t do that, He tries them with ease, sends them His blessings so that they might turn to Him in gratefulness and submission. But when they still remain arrogant and oblivious to the signs sent by Him, He punishes them in ways they never imagined.
[7:97] Do not be of the ones who Allah when you feel safe secure! A peaceful and secure environment is also a test from Allah.
[7:100] The worst punishment is to have a sealed heart. Ask Allah to make you benefit from what you hear and see and to make you not only gain knowledge, but to actually benefit from it. Are you benefiting from your knowledge?
[7:126] The magicians of Fir’awn saw the signs that Musa (a.s) showed and accept the Truth. They prayed for sabr and desired to die as Muslims.Whenever you are tested in your Deen and have a strong will to die as a Muslim, make the du’aa that the magicians made:
رَبَّنَآ أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ “Our Lord pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims”.
[7:131] “Bad” and “good” things don’t happen because of people, they happen by the will of Allah.
[7:133] Recognize the signs sent by Allah and turn to Him. The followers of Firawn were tested by years of famine, a deficiency in fruits, flood, locusts, lice, frogs and blood. Every time they were punished they promised they would be believers but then when the punishment was removed they returned to denial and arrogance.
[7:138]The psychology of idol worshiper: A person gets attracted to the obvious glow and glitter around the idols and gets inspired by the ignorant people worshiping them so much so that he gets involved in it too. Whereas Allah is unseen, not visible to human eye, so a person who doesn’t reflect on the hidden signs finds it difficult to believe and turn to Him in worship. This is a test…a major one…the ones who pass this, will be the only successful ones.
[7:148] Know that, Allah will keep testing His servants until the sincere believers can be clearly differentiated from the weak ones and the hypocrites. The children of Israel were weak and oppressed waiting for years for the help and mercy of Allah so when Allah drowned Fir’awan and his people to save them, the Children of Israel took the calf as God, forgot Allah and started worshiping it. It’s clear from this, that whenever Allah deprives someone of something, it is only so that he can come closer to Him by ways of du’a and worship asking Allah to fulfill that need. And Allah finally fulfills that need according to his own timing, his own way it’s so that the servant can rise in eeman and gratefulness. But then insan gets the name insan due to his forgetful nature. So when there’s no longer a need that needs to be fulfilled, he forgets Allah’s favors, disobeys Him and gets involved in Shirk. Reflect over this…and correct your affairs.
[7:143] Prophet Musa’s request to see Allah could not be fulfilled because it’s not allowed and not possible for anyone in dunya to see Him in this life.
[7:146] Stay away from arrogance which makes one reject the Truth and think lowly of people. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“He will not enter Hellfire who has the weight of a seed of faith in his heart and he will not enter Paradise who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart.” (Sahih Muslim 91)
[7:150] The anger of Prophet Musa over his people when they got involved in shirk is noteworthy. He got angry with the purpose of reprimanding but then when things were clear and understood by the people, he calmed down and made du’aa:
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِى وَلأَخِى وَأَدْخِلْنَا فِي رَحْمَتِكَ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَحِمِينَ “My Lord, forgive me and my brother and admit us into Your mercy, for You are the most merciful of the merciful.”
[7:156 ] Allah’s vast mercy is only for those who perform prayer, give zakah and believe in His ayaat.
[7:158 ] The secret to your success is by recognizing the status of the prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam), following him and the Book that was revealed on him.
[7:163] Playing with the Deen is an extremely dangerous thing. You might be able to fool others or even yourself by bending the rules of Allah, but you will never deceive Allah. The fishermen who tried to go around catching fish on the day of Sabbath were transformed into apes, this is how severe the punishment of Allah was for those who tried to be “clever”.
[7:170] Don’t wait for worldly benefit when you teach the rulings of the Qur’an, seek Allah’s pleasure and Jannah.
[7:170] Whatever the conditions are, never ever leave the Book of Allah; Hold on to it…it’s oxygen to your soul and the reason for your safety in the Hereafter.
[7:172] All souls have already testified to Allah being their Lord before they were even sent to this world so nobody can say that they were not informed about Allah.
[7:175-176] Don’t let your worldly desires get the better of you after Allah has blessed you with knowledge of Islam. Allah likens such a person to a dog.
[7:179] Some people are worse than cattle. The reference is to the cattle’s inability to think and reason, while blindly following the stuff they are accustomed to. But then, some of us are worse than cattle…because the cattle follow their instincts that Allah has given them and they “submit” to Allah! While we are absorbed in ignorance and all the material desires and worldly glitter…not being concerned with Allah’s rules and prohibitions. Are not we supposed to be the “Best of all creation“? Hell Fire will be filled with people who never used their hearts, minds, eyes and ears to recognize the signs of Allah, to reflect on them and never accepted the truth.
[7:180] Study the Names of Allah; understand them and LIVE by them. One of the etiquette of supplicating is to make du’aa to Allah by calling Him by His Names relevant to the content of the dua. For example when you ask Allah to fulfill a need of yours, you make dua by calling Him like:
Bless me Ya Wahhab [The Giver of gifts], Ya Mujeeb [The One who responds], Ya Ghaniyy [the One Free of all needs], bless me with the best in both worlds! (just an example to show how to call Him when making duaa)
[7:187] Daily think about the coming of the Last Hour – what if it is tomorrow? Prepare for it. Ask forgiveness from those you wronged and repent to Allah for all your shortcomings in your worship. Prepare and be ready just like a pregnant woman keeps everything prepared and ready (to rush to the hospital) before her due date arrives.
[7:189] Say the sunnah supplication before intercourse and ask Allah for a righteous child in times of pregnancy and act upon this by raising your children with knowledge of Islam. So many complain about their children; but did you teach them from young what Allah likes and dislikes and above all, are you a good example yourself?
[7:196] Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did not possess knowledge of the unseen. If he had it he would have protected himself from all harm and would have lead a pleasant life.
[7:197] Do not make du’aa to anyone else but ALLAH! The one you call upon besides Him are unable to help you, they can’t even help themselves.
[7:199] Learn to pardon the people, enjoin what is right and turn away from the ignorant ones.
[7:200-201] As soon as you have a bad thought, say aoodhu billahi minash shaytaanir rajeem. Make it a habit to say bismillah before doing most of your daily routine as it can protect you from sinning easily.
[7:204] When the Quran is recited, don’t talk through it carelessly. Pay attention and try to understand as much of it as you can. Even when standing behind the imam in congregation, listen to what he recites instead of reading along with him or holding a mushaf and read…Focus on what Allah has said in this ayah:
“So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.”
[7:205] Make the morning and evening supplications a part of your daily routine. Start reading them daily so you will slowly memorize them and they will become very easy for you to say anytime, anywhere. Know their rewards are immense.
[7:3] Allah has revealed His Book to guide you and to warn you to stay away from worshipping others besides Him.
[7:8] The level of your deeds will be determined by their weight in the Balance established on the Day of Judgement in the court of Allah. The ones whose scales are heavy – it is they who will be the successful. Ask Allah to make your mawaazeen (scales) heavy with good deeds on the Day of Judgement.
[7:11] Be grateful to Allah Al Musawwir for the form He shaped you in. Stop complaining about your (or others’) looks.
[7:12] Shaytan disobeyed Allah, refused to prostrate to Adam because of his arrogance so he was far removed from the Mercy of Allah. Never be arrogant as it is the seed to all bad deeds. Don’t ever think you are “better” than anyone nor look down on other people. That one good deed of a person who in your eyes isn’t as “good or religious” as yourself, might be more sincere and worthier to Allah than all your deeds together.
[7:16-17 ] Shaytan has taken up a challenge to lead the children of Adam away from the straight path. He will stop you from doing good from every way that he can. Beware of Shaytan and his traps. Seek Allah’s protection.
[7: 20] Shaytan whispered again and again to Prophet Adam until he disobeyed Allah. If he, being the prophet of Allah was not safe from Shaytan we are in more danger of his whispers and traps. Always make dua that Allah protects you from him. Shaytan’s major and ultimate goal is to make you ungrateful for the extreme favour o you Rabb which is GUIDANCE…so beware and always thank Him for it from your heart, tongue and actions. And for all the times you have fallen into ungratefulness, disobedience to Allah, accept your mistakes and Seek forgiveness from Him humbly like prophet Adam.
رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”
[7:26] Realize the blessing of clothes Allah gave to you to cover and adorn yourself. Say the sunnah supplication when you dress yourself and teach your family too. At the same time, never let your love for fashion keep you away from any act of worship! (e.g neglecting the prayer because you want to go shopping, buying clothes with money you “don’t have” etc
[7:31] Eat and drink, Wear nice things but don’t be excessive [spendthrift]. Allah doesn’t like those who commit excess. Also make an extra effort to wear clean clothes when you pray or go to the masjid.
[7:40] Never be arrogant towards even one ayah or ruling in the Quran (O, hijab is not for me, I don’t need to follow that rule Or everybody deals in Riba/Interest…it can’t be avoided, e.t.c.) For maybe if you do so, Jannah will be made IMPOSSIBLE for you. Be humble.
[7:42] Whatever you go through know, truly know, that Allah will not burden your soul with more you can bear and know one dip in Paradise will make you forget EVERY pain of this life.
[7:43] If you are of the Muslims then be glad and grateful to Allah that He pulled out from the darkness of ignorance to the light of Islam. Feel thankful in your heat and say it out loud.
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ الَّذِي هَدَانَا لِهَـٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِنَهْتَدِيَ لَوْلَا أَنْ هَدَانَا اللَّـهُ “Praise to Allah , who has guided us to this; and we would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us”
[7:43] One of the beautiful things in the people going to Jannah is that their hearts will be pure. Allah will remove whatever is within their breasts of resentment or hate for each other. And this is mentioned in two places in the Qur’an…this ayah and in Surah Al Hijr.
[7:46] The people of A’raf will be those whose scales of good and bad deeds will be equal and they will be made to wait till a decision is made for their final destination. May Allah protect us from that agony! Aameen. Better to race in good deeds to fill up our scales of good deeds than to be one of the people of Al A’raf…insha Allah! C’mon the race is ON in this special season of good deeds where rewards are multiplied.
[7:51] If you forget Allah in this life, be sure He will forget about you when you stand alone and scared on the Day of Judgement.
[7:55] Take some time out each day in which you open your heart and talk to Allah, all alone with humility, fear and hope
[7:57] Reflect on the blessing of rain and make dua when it rains. And thank Allah for it.
[7:65] As Muslims we love all the prophets sent by All! Our dear Prophets Nuh, Hud, Salih, Lut and Shuaib (alayhimussalam) all worshipped one God and called their people to do good and leave off evil deeds.
May Allah guide us to reflect and act on these points. Aameen
Sura Al-An’amIt revolves around the most important aspect of Aqeedah which is Tawheed, it continues with a reminder that believers should avoid people who are stubborn and rebellious. They may seem successful in some areas of this life, but they will receive their due punishment from Allah on the Day of Judgment. Even if they were to see the most incredible of miracles, they would not be convinced of the Truth.
Surah Al An’am Ayahs 111 to 165
(6:111) The one who doesn’t wish to be guided and who doesn’t want to accept facts of Deen will never accept them even if he witnesses angels descending from the sky or dead bodies speaking.
(6:112)Successand Victory is achieved when you follow the Truth instead of following the majority of people. The people will lead you astray.
(6:119) Do not lead people on the wrong path because of your lack of knowledge of Deen following just your whims and desires. Don’t say: ‘I think this…’, or ‘I wish that….’e.t.c. Gain authentic knowledge from Quran and Hadeeth.
(6:120)Protect yourselffrom all kinds of sins. A sin is something which causes the soul and heart, both to be restless. Being arrogant and persisting in sin, in other words, living the way you want and forgetting about Allah leads to a depressed life. How many act like they have it all, but are in reality depressed and restless?
(6:122) The example of the one who is guided to the Light of the Truth and the one who is far from the Truth lost in the darkness is like the living and the dead.
(6:125) Doing righteous deeds becomes easy for the one who gets the tawfiq of guidance by Allah. Pray for it.
(6:127) Jannahis the home of Peace – reward for the one who accept the Truth and does righteous deeds.
(6:132) The status and level of the people in Akhirah will depend on their deeds. We will know on the Day of Qiyamah who has gone foremost in good deeds and won the race.
(6:151-152) Shirk, being disobedient to parents, killing your children out of fear of poverty, apparent and hidden immoralities, murder, consuming orphan’s wealth, not giving full measure and weight in justice, unjust testification and not fulfilling promises and covenant of Allah are all actions which have been declared HARAM.
(6:135)Eeman and Righteous actions go hand in hand. If you have eeman then you have to prove it through your righteous actions.
(6:159) On the Day of Qiyamah, Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) will have no relation with the ones who move away from the sunnah, create Ikhtilaf and divide into sects and groups.
(6:142) Reflect on how Allah created al an’aam (the livestock) for us to benefit from. And be grateful for the meat you eat and the milk you drink.
(6:160) Feel blessed you have a Lord who multiplies (reward of) good deeds with minimum ten, while only counting bad deeds once.
(6:161) Sirat Al Mustaqeem is the straight path which was the path of Prophet Ibrahim (alaihissalam), pure from shirk, leading straight to Allah’s Pleasure.
(6:162) Acts of worship and all actions of your life are only for Allah, with complete submission and you should race to obey and follow his rules. Stay away from shirk and dedicate your life to Allah and ask Him to help you to do so.
(6:165) Know that wealth is a trial and that Allah tests you with every single thing He gives you.