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 mindfulness. The video series can be viewed here.
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلْوَهَّابُ
“Our Lord, turn not our hearts aside after having so completely guided us, but bestow us from Your very presence a mighty mercy, Verily You alone are the Ever-bountiful Giver.” [Quran, 3:8]
The greatest blessing we have in life, after life itself, is faith. So we ask Allah, turning to Him in need: “O Lord, O You who care for us, don’t allow our hearts to turn away.” When we ask Allah not to cause our hearts to turn away, it is asking Allah to facilitate the means for us to make the right choices in life. So we don’t make the choices that cause us to become distracted – to waver, to slip, and to drift away from the path “after You have granted us tremendous guidance.”
The Gift of Guidance
This is an expression of gratitude for the gift of guidance and a recognition of the greatness of this gift. We ask Allah to grant us from his Presence, great Mercy. The greatest mercy, of course, is to find ourselves in this life present with God and in the next life in the eternal presence of closeness and love and beholding of Allah.
“Indeed, You are the Generous Giver of all gifts.” But keep in mind that we make these supplications not only for ourselves. When we say “our Lord,” we intend not only our family, not only our friends, our community, but all people, all creation, past, present, and future. Because we are the followers of the one described as being a mercy to all creation.
Value the gift of guidance. Ask for the strength to remain on it and to cultivate it, and have the certitude that Allah is the Most Generous of giver of gifts. Do not doubt that. When we call upon Allah, we have certitude in His answer. But in the time that He wills and the way that He wills.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.