As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4

 

Saying: 'Forgive me, if you wish, O Allah!' is prohibited

'It is understood from this statement ('Forgive me if you wish, O Allah!') that the speaker does not need to be forgiven. It is as if he does not want to humble himself and he is not in need. This is a trait of the people of arrogance and those, who turn away from Allah. For this reason, …it is contrary to what is obligatory upon the slave in reference to Allah's Lordship. It is obligatory that the slave manifests his poverty and his need of His Lord and that he cannot do without the forgiveness of Allah, and He cannot do without Allah, His pardoning, His generosity and His favor.' [Ghayatul-Mureed by Shaikh Salih Ibn Abdul Aziz Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem aali Shaikh]

Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'You must not supplicate, 'O Allah! Forgive me if You wish. O Allah! Bestow mercy on me if You wish.' But, (one should) beg from Allah with certitude, for, no one has the power to compel (force) Allah.''' [Agreed upon]

'Beg from Allah with certitude' in the above Hadeeth means that one should not pray with 'ifs' and 'buts,' rather, one should make a definite prayer and insist upon it and never give in despair.

Another narration of Saheeh Muslim mentions, 'A supplication should be made in full confidence and one should persistently express his desire (before Allah) in his supplication, because no bounty is too great for Allah to bestow (upon his slaves).' means that Allah has the Absolute Power to answer our prayers, whether they relate to religious or worldly matters. Thus, one should ask with determination, neediness and humility, one should not ask as one who is not in need and is arrogant, 'for no one has the power to compel Allah,' due to His perfect lack of need, might, dominance and power.


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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