Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Du'a - Al Baqara verse 286
“Rabbana la tu’akhidhna in nasina aw akhta’na. Rabbana wa la tahmil alayna isran kama hamaltahu alal-ladhina min qablina. Rabbana wa la tuhammilna ma la taqata lana bih, wa’fu anna wagh-fir lana war-hamna. Anta mawlana fan-surna alal qawmil kafirin”
Translation: Our Lord, do not take us to task if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord, do not place such a burden on us as You had placed on those before us. Our Lord, burden us not with that which we have not the strength to bear. Pardon us, grant us forgiveness, and have mercy on us. You’re our Protector so help us to victory over the disbelieving people.
There are several hadiths in Musnad Ahmad, Sunan Ad Darimi and Mustadrak Hakim that inform us about the extraordinary importance of the last two verses of this Surah, which contain this dua. They were given to Rasullullah (PBUH) out of His grace during Miraj out of the special treasure underneath the Arsh (Divine Throne) and they were not given to any previous Prophet.
We say this dua out of deep gratitude for this ummah was relieved of the stringent burdens placed on the Israelites, as is obvious to anyone who compares the Islamic Sharia with the Jewish Talmud.
man is responsible for what he does. If we make mistakes, by breaking laws of Allah, we must admit our mistakes and humbly and sincerely seek forgiveness of our merciful Lord, who not only forgives faults but helps us to overcome our enemies and the enemies of Allah; and in this way, keeps away from us hardships and sorrows that they (enemies) might bring if Allah does not stop them, in answer to our supplications.
Through this prayer we pray for the triumph of truth over falsehood and the suppression of satanic tendencies by godliness, and ask Allah not to inflict on us situations under which we may not be able to avoid wrongdoing. After acknowledging our limitations we undertake to work at our maximum capacity, hoping that through His mercy HE will wipe clean all traces of errors and mistakes.
Khalifah Umar and Ali, (peace be upon them) said a Muslim who had any sense would never go to bed without having recited these verses.