Supplication for Mercy and Guidance from Allah: Quranic Supplications 14

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 mercy and guidance from Allah. The video series can be viewed here.

رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةًۭ وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًۭا

“Our Lord, bestow on us from Your presence mighty mercy, and ready us from this matter of ours right guidance.” [Quran, 18:10]

This is a supplication from Surat al-Kahf, which is a chapter of the Quran that we have been encouraged by our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, to recite every Friday with a promise that the one who recites this will find light between the Heavens and the Earth for themselves. 

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, also said that whoever recites the opening ten verses of Surat al-Kahf each night, there will be a protection for them, from the Anti-Christ, the Dajjal. This verse, that is the tenth verse of Surat al-Kahf encapsulates the wisdom of this.

Presence, Good, and Mercy

We ask Allah: “O Lord, grant us from Your very Presence mighty mercy.” Why? Because in the tests and tribulations, the turbulence and difficulties of life, we can find ourselves far from the circle of mercy. So we ask from Allah’s presence that which enables us to return to the presence of Allah, and the circle of presence, good, and mercy. 

We ask Allah, “O Lord, grant us from Your very Presence mercy.” It is that Presence that counts in this life. All the worries and sorrows we feel in life are due to distance and separation from Allah Most High. It is not an accident that Adam and Eve were created in Paradise in the presence of God. 

That is where our homeland is. That is where we should be, spiritually, in the presence of God. Ultimately we should be headed through right guidance back to our eternal homeland. Outwardly in Paradise, inwardly in presence with Allah.

The Right Choices

“O Lord, grant us from Your very presence mercy, and facilitate for us in all our affairs right guidance.” What is that facilitation? That facilitation is manifest in the choices that we make. That when we have difficult choices in life, we strive to respond in accordance with what leads to Divine Mercy, to presence with God, to the eternal good.

May Allah facilitate for us to make the right choices in those critical moments in our lives and realize us with the fullest implications of this supplication for ourselves, and our families, and our communities, and for all His creation.

Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.