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Memorize Rabbana Dua 26 – {QUR’AN 14:40}

Rabbana Dua 26

Bismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

Transliteration
Rabbana wa taqabbal dua

Translation
Our Lord, and accept my supplication.

Audio – Reciter (Maher al-Muaiqly)

Explanation
Rabbana dua # 26 comes shortly after dua #25. Please refer to the earlier dua for some contextual details regarding Surah Ibraheem.

The supplications of Prophet Ibraheem are beautiful and comprehensive. As we recite these words we are filled with awe at the breadth of meaning and emotion they contain. The words are simultaneously about us, for us, and for our generations to come. Ismail alaihi salaam must have gazed at the wrinkled face of his aging father and heard it from his lips and we are blessed to still have these beautiful supplications preserved for us in the Quran.

Rabbana dua #26 is very familiar to us and we habitually repeat the words without thoroughly reflecting upon their meaning.  If we take a closer look at these words many questions come to mind:

  • Why would Prophet Ibraheem, the Khalil of Allah, request steadfastness in his prayer?
  • Why does he start with ‘rabbi’ and then switch to ‘rabbana’?
  • Are all supplications not intended to be accepted?

Salaah is very important to Ibraheem alaihi salaam. As was already mentioned in verse 37 of this Sura, he has asked for the establishment of salaah:

Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer.
{Surah ‘Ibrāhīm 14: Verse 37}

Salaah is the reason that he relocated his family to the barren valley of Mecca. Had they not worshipped in those desert sands how would millions of Muslims follow them? He is a Prophet of Allah and his children are also Prophet’s of Allah and yet subhanallah they are not confident of their Salaat! The opportunity and the ability to worship Allah is purely a gift from Him and Ibraheem alaihi salaam, the embodiment of humility and insight, is poignantly aware of this fact. We robotically repeat the ritual of our spiritually void prayer and assume that it has been accepted.

His anxiety about his salaat is truly a reminder for us to check the quality of our ibadah.

He begins with himself, “My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer,” and as he mentions his descendants he immediately takes action and adds the one member of his progeny by his side, Ismail alaihi salaam and includes him in his dua, “Our Lord…” There is a specific sequence to the actions of this remarkable Messenger: obedience (leaving family in barren valley) followed by supplication and expressions of gratitude; obedience (building the kaabah) followed by supplication and expressions of gratitude. If we hope for our duas to be accepted, we should also follow the formula of Ibraheem alaihi salaam.

OBEDIENCE -> SUPPLICATION -> GRATITUDE

Allah subhanawatala knows the innermost yearnings of our hearts. Prophet Ibraheem, a Prophet with extraordinary tawakkul chooses the most humble, the most pleading manner in his dua, “Our Lord, and accept our supplication.” It is as if he is begging that please accept this particular dua of mine; please make sure that me and my children are of those that guard and establish their salaat.

Reflection:

  • When we recite and repeat this supplication we should also try to instill in our words the apprehension that Prophet Ibraheem felt. Our sense of over-confidence and entitlement about our acts of worship should be replaced with genuine concern and reflection: How can I improve my salaat? What concrete steps can I take to pray on time and improve my khushoo?
  • The salaat should be the most important value taught in our homes. It should not be casually overlooked at times of weddings or gatherings and abandoned during times of extreme grief. It should not be taught as a dry ritual that must be performed to appease the elders in the family. Rather the love for salaat should be inculcated in the children from a young age and they should observe us racing to converse with Allah at all times.
  • It is critical that supplications are sincere, and there is no better way to express your sincerity than to make dua and make another dua asking for the first dua to be accepted! Ibraheem alaihi salaam did not doubt his dua would be accepted but he knew that Allah subhanawatala is pleased with those that ask of Him profusely, so he repeated his supplication and also reiterated the plea:

Our Lord, and accept my supplication.

Ibn `Umar narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whosoever of you the door of supplication is opened for, the doors of mercy have been opened for him…”
[Tirmidhi]

May Allah allow us to ask of Him with the sincerity of Ibraheem alaihi salaam – ameen ya rabbul alameen.

References
www.Quran.com
www.farhathashmi.com
www.bayyinah.tv

Authored by Sabeen Mansoori
Edited by Shamsiya Noorul Quloob

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