In today's lesson, Mūsá reminded us about how little we praise Allaah for all His blessings. May Allaah bless our brother for the reminder.
Here is a beneficial duaa in that respect that I learnt from Abū Talhah Dawood Burbank:
Anas ibn Maalik -radiyallaahu anhu who said: Allaah’s Messenger (صلّى الله عليه وسلّم) said: <<Whoever says when he goes to bed-
-then he has praised Allaah with all the words of praise of the whole creation.
Declared ‘hasan’ by Shaikh al-Albānī [Ṣaḥīhut-Targheeb no. 609]
The duaa means:
All praise is for Allaah Who has sufficed me and given me shelter;
All praise is for Allaah Who has fed me and given me drink;
All praise is for Allaah Who has bestowed bounties and favour upon me;
O Allaah! I ask You by Your Might to save me from the Fire.
Jazaakillaahu khayraa. When displayed correctly, the du'aa written above in Arabic should appear thus:
Note: the word in red should be read: "wa aawaanee" not "waawaanee."
I thought I should add this for those who may not know: Usually, other than in the script in the Mus-haf's of the Qur'aan, the alif with the "tilda" on top is pronounced as a hamza (with a fathah) followed by an alif madd (which is the way it is written in the Mus-hafs of the Qur'aan). For example Suratud-Duhaa 93 verses 4 & 6:
93:6 in the Mus-haf:
93:6 outside of the Mus-haf:
93:4 in the Mus-haf: (Note that (in the first word) the hamza is not sitting on the alif that comes after the 2nd lam which has the sukoon; rather, the hamza comes a little bit before the alif. Compare this to the last word where the hamza (with the dammah) is actually sitting upon the alif so the alif here is not a madd.)
its actually correct both ways akhee Sadiq - may Allaah bless you.
sort of the like the difference between ta'reekh and taareekh - its just an issue in pronunciation called "tasheel al-hamzah ow tahqeequhu". so you can say "waawaanee" or "wa awaanee" just like you can say "faawaa" or "fa'aawaa" in the aayah, both are authentic recitations. some of the arabs used to pronounce the hamzah sharply (as you are accustomed to), and others used to soften it and pronounce it just like an alif. the qur'aan was revealed with its different qiraa'aat supporting both pronunciations.
actually if you are still in nigeria right now, you can have a qualified quran instructor explain the issue of tas-heel al-hamzah, since the warsh recitors do that.
Another du`aa' before bed: Narrated Al-Bara bin 'Azib: The Prophet [ṣallallāhu `alaihi wa sallam] said to me, "Whenever you go to bed perform ablution like that for the prayer, lie or your right side and say, "Allahumma aslamtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu amri ilaika, wa alja'tu Zahri ilaika raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja' wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta wa bina-biyika-l ladhi arsalta" (O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings both with hope and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur'an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad / ṣallallāhu `alaihi wa sallam) whom You have sent). Then if you die on that very night, you will die with faith (i.e. or the religion of Islam)). Let the aforesaid words be your last utterance (before sleep)." I repeated it before the Prophet [ṣallallāhu `alaihi wa sallam] and when I reached "Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta (O Allah I believe in Your Book which You have revealed)." I said, "Wa-rasulika (and your Apostle)." The Prophet [ṣallallāhu `alaihi wa sallam] said, "No, (but say): 'Wanabiyika-l-ladhi arsalta (Your Prophet whom You have sent), instead." - Sahih Bukhari: vol 1, Book 4, No.247
Ibn Hajr al Asqalaani, in Fathul Baari (explanation of Ṣaḥīhul Bukhari) makes some interesting points about this ḥadīth (not verbatim):
- The fact that the Prophet sall Allaahu alaihi wa sallam corrected al Baraa shows that the words of adhkaar are TAWQEEFIYYAH (only established through revelation) - we must safeguard the wordings of dhikr.
- The only way to flee from Allaah is towards Him, unlike the case with the creation.
- For every almost action, there is a dhikr for it - sleeping, eating, even relations with one's wife - so a person does not become heedless of Allaah - dhikr whould always be on his heart and tongue - this is from Allaah's favours.
This is a small taster of my notes on this duaa that I made in March 2005 from a Riyaadus Ṣāliḥaan dars. There was so very much more mentioned.
These lessons by Abū Talhah Dawood Burbank are ongoing on Thursdays at around 7.15om GMT (varies with prayer times throughout the year). I have been following these lessons for over ten years now, and I thoroughly recommend them. They are a gold mine.
Each lesson consists of translations, one saying after another, of the scholars over the centuries, in detail, fully referenced and accurately translated. I have known the translator, on occasion, to spend two days looking up the sayings regarding a single word before he is happy to translate it! And for those of you who prefer the Arabic, then Abū Talhah prepares the entire lesson in Arabic although the lesson is given in English.
There is no substitute for sitting with the scholars. If you do not have the time or the ability to access the statements of the scholars over the centuries about these important issues, then take advantage of the fact that Abū Talhah has done the work for us. All we have to do is listen (and take notes).
Asalam alaikum wartahmatulah wa barakatuhu
Allah has led me to Islam late in my life, al hamdu lillah it is a wonderful state to be in and I am now one with a huge appetite for learning. The lectures that you mention here would seem to be an excellent source to add to the reading [my eyes get tired every day] can you please tell me where I may access them. Jazak allah khair.
Wa'alaykumussalām wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh sister Paula.
These lessons can be listened to on paltalk which you need to download from
. When you are logged in with your username and password under where it says 'chat rooms' section select 'view all', then select 'Religion and Spirituality' and then select 'Islam'. The room in which the lesson is conducted is called Salafi Publications Live and begins after the 'ishaa prayer in the UK so begins at around 7.45pm GMT.
I would also highly recommend the lesson that takes place on Mondays at the same time in the same room. I have been following these 'aqīdah lessons for years and have benefitted greatly, walillaahil hamd. The brother Abū Talhah Dāwūd Burbank goes through an explanation of a book on 'aqīdah of one of the scholars with an almost word for word translation (except for ayaat which are translated usually using Tafsīr at-Tabaree)so people who want to improve their Arabic just need to get hold of the book in Arabic and follow the translation in the lesson - very beneficial. There are also very useful sidepoints which are mentioned, again these are straight translations from the scholars and fully referenced. We are currently going through the book Sharḥus-Sunnah of Imām al-Barbahaaree using the explanation of Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān hafizahullaah - an excellent book teaching us about the basic beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah and important points on manhaj. May Allaah enable us to attain great benefit through them aameen.