Dua for Parents



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Imam Al Jazuli, the author of the Dala'il Al Khayrat includes parents in various duas across the book. We'd like to expand on one particular dua. Verse 10 of Part 4 of the Dala'il Al Khayrat reads:

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْلِي ذُنُوبِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيْرًا
O Allah, forgive my sins, forgive my parents, and show mercy to them as they cherished me in my childhood

The form of this dua is important as it reflect a verse of the Qur'an (17:24). Imam Al Jazuli has weaved this Qur'anic reference into the Dala'il Al Khayrat.

وَٱخۡفِضۡ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ ٱلذُّلِّ مِنَ ٱلرَّحۡمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ٱرۡحَمۡهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِى صَغِيرً۬ا
And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Show mercy to them as they cherished me in my childhood." (Qur'an 17:24)

It's important to reflect on this particular verse of the Qur'an and it's mirror in the Dala'il Al Khayrat. In a very famous hadith, The Prophet ﷺ has said:"When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.” (Muslim)

Whenever we have the opportunity pray for our parents we must do so. Repaying our parents for what they did is very difficult, but we can make dua for them. We can be a source of Sadaqah Jariyah (continuing charity) to them, whereby they are rewarded and are forgiven by Allah through our duas.


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