The Unfound Ayah

As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatllahi wa Barakaatuh

In continuation of the Deen Clips series, and in conjunction with the topic of the week (stories of children) this one is about my youngest son, Ibrahim, when he was in the first grade (age 6).

Being the youngest of six children, I suppose that was why he took so enthusiastically to going to school. He just loved all his subjects and it was fun going over his new “homework” with him every day. I used to ask him what he did in school that day.

One day the answer to the usual question was: “I learned a new ayah today”. I asked him to say it and he started out, Alhamdulillahi lathee ahyaana ……… “, he finished the ayah and I asked him the name of the surah but he couldn’t remember. I thought it was strange as usually in first grade, they just concentrate on Juz ‘Amma’s short surahs. I kept asking him to repeat it several times and then finally, not to be outdone, I had to look it up. I looked in the “Fahras Qur’an”, a concordiance whereby you can look up any word in an ayah and find the various ayaat containing that word. I looked up “alhamdu”, I looked up “ahyaa’ ” which comes from haya’ , all to no avail. I was really getting frustrated not being able to find this “ayah”. In those days, my “guest room” was still set up as a study room with lots of books and papers. I also had some posters on the wall of different Islamic reminders. I looked high and low, in this book and that. No such ayah. That really should have been a clue.

Well, I finally decided to give up, or maybe write a note to the teacher asking the name of the surah from which the ayah came. I was standing by the door, leaning against the wall where, next to the light switch I had a beautiful floral poster with different duas for different occasions. I happened to glance up at it and there, the very first dua, was written in Arabic, “Alhamdulillahi lathee ahyaanaa b’adama amaatana wa ilaihi nashoor”. That is, “Praise be to Allah, the One Who brings us to life after having given us death, and to Him is the Resurrection”. This is the dua we should say when we wake up. Needless to say, at that time , with all my various studies, I was not as much into dua as I am now. Ibrahim went around and made sure everyone knew the dua and from that time on, when I went to wake up the children in the morning for school or for Fajr, I’d say, “Wake up, wake up, alhamdulillahi lathee ahyaanaa b’adama amaatanaa wa ilaihi nashoor.”

Nothing like a child to bring something directly to your attention.
Masha Allah alaih.

Omm Rafiq
Hadith: Anas reported: “I was sitting with the Prophet, peace be upon him, in the mosque while a man was praying, and the man said, ‘O Allah, I ask You because all praise belongs to You; there is no god but You, Most Generous [Al Mannaan], Originator of Heaven and earth [Badi’us Samaawaati wal ard], O Possessor of Majesty and Honor [Dhul Jalaali wal Ikraam], O Self-Sustaining [Ya Hayyul Ya Qayyum], I appeal to You.’ The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, ‘He has supplicated Allah by His greatest name, which if He is called upon by it, He responds, and if He is petitioned by it, He gives.’”
[At Tirmithi, Abu Daud, An Nasaa’i and Ibn Maajah; rated sahih]

So when you pray, say the Arabic of what is written above and then ask specifically for what you want:

اللهم إني أسألك يا الله بإن لك الحمد

لا إله إلا أنت وحدلك لا شريك لك

المنان، يا بديع السماوات و الأرض

يا ذا جلال و الإكرام، يا حي يا قيوم

إنيَ أسألك

Allahumma, inni ‘as’aluka ya Allah bi inna lakal hamd.
La ilaha illa Anta [wahdaka laa sharieka lak],
Al Mannaan, Ya Badi’us Samaawaati wal ard,
Ya Dhal Jalaali wal Ikraam, Ya Hayyul Ya Qayyum
Inni ‘as’aluka [then state your request such as “al jannah wa ‘a’uthu bika minan naar]
[Abu Daud 2/52; Ahmed 4/338; Sahih An Nasaa’i 2/279]

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