Sunday, August 2, 2009
Al Baqarah verse 201
Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil-akhirati hasanatan wa qina adhaban-nar.
Translation: Our Lord, give unto us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and protect us from the punishment of the Fire).
Its a unique feature of Islam that it strikes a perfect balance everywhere, including between this world and the Hereafter. This world is important as is the Hereafter; we will reap there what we sow here! We pray for both, and mention them in their natural chronological order. But what we are seeking – and here is a crucial difference – are not the goods of this world, but the good. Here and the Hereafter. ‘Hasanah’ denotes every conceivable form of good: health, livelihood, fulfillment of genuine needs (not wants), good morals, virtuous deeds, beneficial knowledge, honour and prestige, strength of faith, and sincerity in worship. Actually, everything in this world is good that will lead, directly or indirectly, to the good of the Hereafter. A Muslim informed by this dua will neither focus entirely on this world, seeking exclusively the comforts here, nor will he declare that he has nothing to do with it.
Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) once visited a man who had been debilitated by sickness and asked him whether he had been making supplication. He had. It was, “Oh Allah, whatever punishment you are going to give me in the Hereafter, give it to me here.” Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) asked him to make this du’a instead. He did and was cured.
Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) used to make this dua very often. (Imam Al Bukhari).
Imam Nawawi recommends this dua at the time of great difficulties or when facing major issues. It is also recommended after praying Salat Ul Hajah (prayer at the time of need).