Peace, one and all…
Al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hal. Praise be to God in every condition and state. We are rapidly approaching the last 10 days of Ramadan, in which the ‘Night of Power’ (Laylat al-Qadr) is said to reside. Here are two beautiful duas (prayers), a short prayer taught by Muhammad himself (alaihi al-salatu wa al-salam) and a longer prayer (which will be divided into a number of separate posts) by Abu Madyan, a famous medieval saint of the Maghreb region of North Africa (may God sanctify his noble soul).
‘O Allah! Truly You are All-Pardoning. You love to pardon us, so pardon us. O Most Generous One!’
The Supplication for Forgiveness of Abu Madyan
In the Name of God I begin, with all my respect,
And all praise belongs to God, for my strength and maturity.
I seek forgiveness of God, our Lord and Creator,
for all mankind and for the evils of my [soul’s] turmoil.
I seek forgiveness of God, motivator of the heavenly spheres in the darkness,
for our failure to thank Him enough for His bounties.
I seek the forgiveness of God, the Saviour of one who seeks His aid,
whenever he suffers misfortune or calamity.
I seek forgiveness of God, Forgiver of the sins of one
who comes to Him broken, humiliated and full of remorse.
I seek the forgiveness of God, Concealer of the faults of
the morally deficient and their Saviour from adversity.
I seek the forgiveness of God for my secret thoughts and overt acts,
for the fickleness of my heart and for the smile upon my lips.
I seek the forgiveness of God for my speech and my behaviour,
for my evil character, type and nature.
I will post further selections from this beautiful prayer in subsequent posts, insha Allah.