My Lord, Make Me…

Ābdullah Ibn Ābbas (RA) narrates that the Prophet (S) used to make the following duʻā:

رَبِّ أَعِنِّي وَلَا تُعِنْ عَلَيَّ وَانْصُرْنِي وَلَا تَنْصُرْ عَلَيَّ وَامْكُرْ لِي وَلَا تَمْكُرْ عَلَيَّ وَاهْدِنِي وَيَسِّرْ الْهُدَى لِي وَانْصُرْنِي عَلَى مَنْ بَغَى عَلَيَّ

رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي لَكَ شَكَّارًا لَكَ ذَكَّارًا لَكَ رَهَّابًا لَكَ مِطْوَاعًا لَكَ مُخْبِتًا إِلَيْكَ أَوَّاهًا مُنِيبًا

رَبِّ تَقَبَّلْ تَوْبَتِي وَاغْسِلْ حَوْبَتِي وَأَجِبْ دَعْوَتِي وَثَبِّتْ حُجَّتِي وَسَدِّدْ لِسَانِي وَاهْدِ قَلْبِي وَاسْلُلْ سَخِيمَةَ صَدْرِي

Rabbi ʼaʻinnī wa lā tuʻin ʻalayya, wanṣurnī wa lā tanṣur ʻalayya, wamkur lī wa lā tamkur ʻalayya, wahdinī wa yassiril-hudā ʼilayya, wanṣurnī ʻalā man baḡā ʻalayya, rabbijʻalnī laka šhakkārā, laka ḏakkārā, laka rahhābā, laka miṭwāʻā, laka muḵbitā, ʼilayka ʼawwāhan munībā, rabbi taqabbal tawbatī, waḡsil ḫawbatī, wa ʼajib daʻwatī, wa ṯabbit ḫujjatī, wa saddid lisānī, wahdi qalbī, waslul saḵīmata ṣadrī

O My Lord! Support me, don’t prevent me. Help me win, not lose. Plan for me, not against me. Guide me and make it easy for me to follow the guidance. Help me win against whoever wrongs me.

O My Lord! Make me someone who is always grateful to You. Make me someone who always remembers You. Make me someone who always fears You. Make me someone who is always obedient to You. Make me someone who always humble in front of You. Make me someone who always returns to You humbly.

O My Lord! Accept my repentance, wash away my sins, respond to my duʻās, strengthen me with evidence in support of the religion, fix my tongue so I speak the truth, guide my heart so I can control my emotions, and remove all hatred and resentment from my heart.

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

This duʻā covers all bases, especially if you have to stand up for the religion of Islam in any capacity – da’wah, debate or conversation. Al-Mubarakpuri makes a number of interesting comments about this duʻā:

On the word “لَكَ laka (for You)”: the sentence structure suggests that these traits are exclusively for Allah’s sake. Moreover, it shows the worshiper very sincerely wants to have these beautiful traits.”

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