The Quran informs us that we attain
value at our Lord only through our worship (25:77), and supplication
is a form of worship.
Your Lord says, “Implore Me, and I will respond to you. Surely,
those who are too arrogant to worship Me will enter Gehenna, forcibly.”
When you implore God, you are doing the right thing (13:14), and
He gives you what you implore Him for (14:34). God is hearer of
prayers (3:38). He rescues the needy, relieves adversity (27:62),
and answers prayers if He so wills (6:41, 14:39). He is with you
wherever you may be (57:4, 58:7). Thus, implore your Lord to shower
you with His grace (4:32) and His Mercy (7:155), and never despair
(15:55). God is Possessor of Infinite Grace (57:21).
The Importance of Imploring
God willing, we all know that we must implore only God (25:68,
7:37), and the Quran teaches us that God test people with adversity
and hardship that they may implore (6:42, 7:94). It also points
out: “f only they implored when test came to them! (6:43).”
Throughout the Quran we see many examples. When Noah called upon
God, He responded to him by saving him and his family from the great
disaster (21:76, 26:117,118). When the devil afflicted Job with
hardship and pain, he called upon His Lord and He answered his prayer
(38:41, 21:84). When the youth took refuge in the cave, they implored
God to bless their affairs with His guidance (18:10). The wife of
Pharaoh implored God to build a home for her at Him in Paradise
When Jonah implored God, He saved him from misery (21:87-88). When
Zachariah implored his Lord, God responded to him and granted him
John (21:90). When Moses and Aaron
asked God to wipe out the wealth of
Pharaoh and his elders, their prayers were answered (10:88-89).
God answered the prayer of Joseph and protected him from the women's
schemes (12:34). Lot implored God for victory (29:30), so did Saleh,
Shuaib, Hood, Abraham and others.
You may even implore God for material things just as Solomon did
(38:35), as long as you do not neglect your share in the Hereafter.
But never implore God on behalf of those who have transgressed (11:37,
60:4), and remember that God rewards people for what they say (5:84-85).
On the Day of Resurrection, He will point out that a group of His
servants used to implore Him (52:28), and used to say “ur
Lord, we have believed, so forgive us and shower us with mercy”
23:109, 118); and they prayed at dawn for forgiveness (51:18).
Why Some Prayers Are
The Quran informs us that the human being often prays for something
that may hurt him, thinking that he is praying for something good.
The human being is impatient (17:11). He may dislike something which
is good for him, and he may like something which is bad for him
(2:216, 4:19). GOD knows while we do not know.
God answers the prayers of His servants. On the other hand, the
supplications of the disbelievers are in vain (2:186, 13:14, 40:50).
What Are the Best Prayers?
Since God did not leave anything out of the Quran (6:38), let us
use the Quran as a source to find the best prayers which will help
us grow our souls, and maintain our righteousness.
Our Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us (66:88), increase
our knowledge and include us with the
righteous (26:83). We believe in what
you have revealed and we follow the messenger, so count us among
witnesses (3:53, 5:83). Guide us in the right path (1:6), make us
submitters to You (2:128), and make us one of those who consistently
observe the Contact Prayers (14:40). Grant us in this world righteousness
and spare us the agony of Hell in the Hereafter (3:16, 3:201, 25:65,
7:156). Grant us steadfastness, strengthen our foothold, and support
us against the disbelieving people (2:250, 3:147), and let us die
as a submitter (7:126).
Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or make mistakes. Protect
us from blaspheming against You, like those before us have done.
Our Lord, protect us from sinning until it becomes too late for
us to repent (2:286). Pardon us, forgive us our transgressions,
remit our sins, and let us be among the righteous when we die (3:193).
Grant us what you promised us through Your messengers and do not
forsake us on the Day of Resurrection. You never break a promise
(3:194). Protect us from worshiping idols (14:35), and from falling
into sin (40:9).
Our Lord, direct us to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed
upon us and upon our parents, and to work righteousness that pleases
You. Let our children to be righteous as well (46:15), and admit
us an honorable admittance and let us depart an honorable departure.
Grant us from You a powerful support (17:80). Forgive us and our
parents, and the believers on the day when the reckoning takes place
(14:41), and shower our parents with Your mercy for they have raised
us from infancy (17:24).
Our Lord, let our spouses and our children be a source of joy for
us, and keep us in the forefront of the
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