During Ramadan 2023, Sheikh Faraz Rabbani gave a series of daily video talks on supplications in the Quran. This series of articles are drawn from those talks and the related eBook. This article is about asking for blessed beginnings. The video series can be viewed here.
رَبِّ ٱجْعَلْنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَآءِ
“My Lord, make me keep well the prayer, and of my offspring, our Lord; And graciously accept my plea.” [Quran, 14:40]
This is a beautiful expression of our concern for living our faith. A sign of the faithful believer is that they pray and they establish the prayer. Establishing the prayer in our lives means that we take care of it. That we strive to perform it outwardly in accordance with Prophetic teachings and inwardly with sincerity. We’re praying truly for God. We’re striving for presence of heart with God, with the inward states of the reverent.
Establish My Prayer
“O Lord, make me of those who well establish the prayer,” – رَبِّ ٱجْعَلْنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن. The prayer is one of the key barometers of our faith. If everything else is truly good in our lives and in our spiritual lives, it spills over as serenity within our prayers. If we’re slipping up in other areas, you will be able to tell in your prayer. That’s what we ask for for our children and our offspring. It should be a guiding barometer, a navigational aid.
How am I doing with my children? Are they doing well in their prayer? Am I inculcating concern for good in them so that they seek to establish prayer? We ask for divine assistance in that and out of neediness we ask Allah, “O Lord, accept my plea.”
Sometimes we may struggle in our lives, but as long as we seek to establish prayer and strive to do so, we are of those who establish the prayer by the grace of Allah.
The Reward of Your Care
If you have genuinely prayed for your children and offspring, the divine response will be manifest in their lives in ways you can never imagine. At the very least you have the reward of your care and concern as eternal reward with Allah.
Know that, if you find distress in your family, in your children, a person is with those they love. You may not see it in this life with them, but you’ll find it as eternal reward and eternal company in the next life.
So make these supplications for yourself and your children with complete certitude in the promise of Allah. Then strive to live and fulfill these meanings in your life.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.