Supplication to Seek Forgiveness for Anyone Who Enters Your Home: Quranic Supplications 26

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 seeking forgiveness for guests. The video series can be viewed here.

رَّبِّ ٱغْفِرْ لِى وَلِوَٰلِدَىَّ وَلِمَن دَخَلَ بَيْتِىَ مُؤْمِنًۭا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنَـٰتِ وَلَا تَزِدِ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ إِلَّا تَبَارًۢا 

“‘My Lord, forgive me and my parents, and everyone who has entered my home a believer, and men and women who truly believe; Nor increase idolatrous wrongdoers, But in shattered destruction.’” [Quran, 71:28]

This is a beautiful dua of one of the constant themes of the Quran. That one of the best things we can ask from Allah is forgiveness. Our own Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, encouraged us to seek Allah’s forgiveness, telling us that “Truly I seek My Lord’s forgiveness 70 times a day.” And in another narration “100 times a day.”

Forgiveness is comprehensive wellness. It is the comprehensive insurance plan. It is to ask Allah to remove all harm, remove all sin and wrong from one’s record, and to change one’s state to a good, wholesome and beloved state.

“O Allah forgive me and forgive my parents and forgive those who enter my house in faith,” – رَّبِّ ٱغۡفِرۡ لِى وَلِوَٰلِدَىَّ وَلِمَن دَخَلَ بَيۡتِىَ مُؤۡمِنًا. Because integral to our faith is concern for the guest. Our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said “Whoever believes in Allah and the next life, let them honor their guest.”

Honor Your Guest

We honor our guests not only in worldly terms in that we serve them food. With our own hands we give them water and drink. We rush to their comfort. We strive to make them happy. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, even encouraged us to share extra pillows and cushions with them so they are seated in the utmost of comfort.

Being a good host is also to care for their ultimate good. We pray for them and for whoever enters our house, in faith, and for the believers, male and female. This encompasses the past, present and future. For all of them, we want the encompassing good of forgiveness.

These are amazing supplications. We begin with ourselves in our immediate circle, our parents, and then those who enter our house, then everyone. We should have the courage to mean and live these realities, then act accordingly. Be concerned children, concerned hosts, and concerned members of our communities and society and creation.

Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.