Rawbbana zawlamnaa anfusanaa.Wa il-lam tag’firlanaa wa tarh’umnaa la-na-koo-nan-na minal khaawsireen(7:23)
Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls. If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we will surely be among the losers.
A man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allaah be pleased with him, and said, “Abu Ishaq, I am unable to control myself. Please give me something to help me with it”
“If you accept five conditions,” said Ibrahim, “and are able to put them into practice, your disobedience will not cause you any problem.”
“Just tell me what they are, Abu Ishaq!” the man said. “The first is that when you want to disobey Allaah you do not eat anything He provides. “Then how will I get anything to eat? Everything on the earth is from Him!” “So is it right to eat His provision and disobey Him at the same time?” replied Ibrahim.
“No, it is not. What is the second condition?” “When you want to disobey him, move off His land.”
“That is even more difficult! Exclaimed the man. “In that case where will I live?”
“Is it right to eat his provision and live on His land and then to disobey Him?” asked Ibrahim. “No, it is not.”
Allaah’s Messenger (Saws) said: “O Abdullah bin Qais,should I not point you to one of the treasures of Paradise? I said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah.” So he told me to say:
Laa h’aula walaa quwwata illa billah. (Bukhaari)
There is no power and no might except by Allaah.
It was narrated from Mu’adh bin ‘Abdullah bin Khubaib that his father said:
“I was with the Messenger of Allah [SAW] on the road to Makkah when I found myself alone with the Messenger of Allah [SAW]. I drew close to him and he said: ‘Say.’ I said: ‘What should I say?’ He said: ‘Say.’ I said: ‘What should I say?’ He said: ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of the daybreak…’ until he finished (the Surah), then he said: ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind…’ until he finished it. Then he said: ‘The people cannot seek refuge with Allah by means of anything better than these two.’”
Reference:Sunan an- Nasa’i 5428, In- book reference :Book 50, Hadith 1
English translation:Vol. 6, Book 50, Hadith 5430
These two Surahs ,also known as the Al-Mu’awwidhatan, mentioned in the above Hadith are the last two Surahs of the Holy Quran, namely, Surah Al-Falaq,the second last Surah(No.113),and Surah an-Naas,the last Surah(No.114).
Bismilla hir rawh’’maa nir rawh’éem
In the name of Allaah, The All-Compassionate, The All-Merciful
Importance of beginning any activity in the name of Allaah
One of the many practices taught by Islam is that its followers should begin their activities in the name of Allaah. This principle, if consciously and earnestly followed, will necessarily yield three beneficial results.
First- one will be able to restrain oneself from many misdeed, since the habit of pronouncing the name of Allaah is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of Allaah’s holy name.
Second- if a man pronounces the name of Allaah before starting good and legitimate tasks, this act will ensue that both his starting point and his mental orientation are sound.
Third – and this is the most important benefit – when a man begins something by pronouncing Allaah’s name, he will enjoy Allaah’’s support and succor; Allaah will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Shaiytaan. For whenever man turns to Allaah, Allaah turns to him as well.
Reference: Towards Understanding the Qur’an, vol.1-by Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi. Tr. by Zafar Ishaque Ansari
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The learned are heirs of the prophets, and the prophets do not leave any inheritance in the form of (monetary wealth), but they do leave knowledge as their legacy. A person, who acquires knowledge, acquires his full share (of this legacy).” Reference: Riyadh-us-Salaheen: 1388