Do You Desire To Die Upon The Fitrah?

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Narrated Al-Baraa bin `Aazib: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said to me, “Whenever you go to your place of sleep, then perform ablution like that for the prayer, then lie on your right side, then say:

اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ، رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ، لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ، اللَّهُمَّ آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ، وَبِنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ‏.‏

Then if you die on that very night then you are upon the fitrah (i.e. pure natural Monotheism, the religion of Islaam). Let the aforesaid words be your last utterance (before sleep).

I repeated it before the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and when I reached “O Allaah, I believe in Your Book which You have revealed.” I said, “Wa Rasoolika (and Your Messenger).” The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “No, (but say): Your Nabee/Prophet whom You have sent.”

[ Source: Saheeh of Imaam al-Bukhaaree. Kitaab: al-Wudhoo’ (4). Baab (75): The excellence of the one who slept in a state of ablution. Narration #247.]

Transliteration of the supplication: Allaahumma aslamtu wajhi ilaika, wa faw-wadhtu amri ilaika, wa alja’tu dhahri ilaika raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. Laa malja’a wa la manjaa minka illa ilaika. Allaahumma aamantu bi-kitaabikal-ladhi anzalta wa bi-nabiyyikal-ladhi arsalta.

Interpretation of the supplication: O Allaah, 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 Allaah, I believe in Your Book which You have revealed and in Your Prophet whom You have sent).

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