Why did the Prophet say to Aisha , the mother of the believers and the beloved wife of the Prophet when she asked him:
” يا رسولَ اللَّهِ أرأيتَ إن وافقتُ ليلةَ القدرِ ما أدعو ؟” (Sahih At-tirmithi)He replied:
O Rasoola Allah, if I witnessed and was able to tell that it is the night of decree, Laylatul-qadr, then what kind of du'a should I make?
“تقولينَ اللَّهمَّ إنَّكَ عفوٌّ تحبُّ العفوَ فاعفُ عنِّي” Say: (Allahumma ennaka 'afuwun two-hebbul 'afwa fa'foo annee) “O Allah you are afw and love to implement afw so please have afw upon me”Why did the Prophet , with all the knowledge and wisdom which he had and with all the revelation which he received from Allah, give this particular answer to Aisha in regards to the greatest night out of the whole year?
This is the night, the hours between Maghrib to Fajr, which is more valuable than a 1000 months, more valuable than 83 years and 4 months. In which a donation worth $1 is more valuable than donating $1 for every day for 30,000 days!
The night in which the book of guidance and food for our soul was revealed.
The night in which mercy, blessings and peace descend along with the angels to the first heaven.
The night in which Allah descends after the 1st third of the night (Sahih Muslim) and says
أَنَا الْمَلِكُ أَنَا الْمَلِكُ (I am The King, I am The King).
And then He asks:
من ذا الَّذي يسألُني فأُعطيَه ؟ (Who is there to supplicate to Me so that I answer him) من ذا الَّذي يدعوني فأستجيبَ له ؟ (Who is there to ask Me so I can give him)
من ذا الَّذي يستغفرُني فأغفرَ له ؟ (Who is there asking Me to forgive so that I can forgive him)
…All of that greatness continues until dawn, until Fajr
“O Allah, you are afw and love to implement afw so please have afw upon me”
After all that which is mentioned about that majestic night, the Prophet teaches Aisha to say these 7 words! That is it?
We are surprised because many just don't know what 'afw means or don't know that one of Allah's beautiful names is Al-Afw. And had you known, your mind would be in a state of shock and your heart would be touched.
The Prophet could've said: “Allahumma ennaka ghafooron tohebbo al-maghferah faghfer-lee”. For you to appreciate the greatest customized du'a'a for this specific greatest night you need to briefly understand the difference between 'afw & maghferah which are both mostly translated as Forgive or Pardon.
I will use the term in Arabic so you can keep track of what I am saying. When Allah yaghfer, then this means that Allah will conceal your sins in the dunya, and won't expose you in the akhirah and won't punish you for it but He will just remind you of it.
“إن اللهَ يُدْنِي المؤمنَ ، فيَضَعُ عليه كنفَه ويَسْتُرُه ، فيقولُ: أتَعْرِفُ ذنبَ كذا: أَتَعْرِفُ ذنبَ كذا ؟ فيقول : نعم. أَيْ ربِّ ، حتى إذا قرَرَّه بذنوبِه ، ورأى في نفسِه أنه هلَكَ ، قال : ستَرْتُها عليك في الدنيا ، وأنا أغفِرُها لك اليوم ، فيُعْطَى كتابُ حسناتِه”– (Sahih Bukhari)
The Prophet said: “Allah will bring a believer near Him and shelter him with His Screen and ask him: Did you commit such-and-such sins? He will say: Yes, my Lord.
Allah will keep on asking him till he confesses all his sins and will think that he is ruined. Allah will say: 'I did screen your sins in the world and I forgive them for you today”
Just thinking about it now, wouldn't it be embarrassing that Allah reminds you of your past and how He was aware of the video you watched, the body you touched or that word you used to cuss… even though He still forgave you. May Allah protect us.
“What does the word Afw mean?
Linguistically it means:
المحو والطمس To wipe out and remove. The Arabs say: “عفت الريح الآثار”. The wind applied afw upon the traces. Meaning it removed and wiped out the traces. You cann't even tell if someone actually walked on this path or not.
Does the word have another meaning? Yes… it means Al-Kathra waz-zeyaadah. Excess & abundance.
Where can we get this meaning from? From Chapter 2: 219 : “وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا يُنْفِقُونَ قُلِ الْعَفْوَ”
“And they ask you what they should spend. Say: “that which is in excess and beyond what you need.”
With the linguistic definition in mind, what happens when you go to Allah Al-Afw and ask Him to have afw upon you on this great night, when you go to Him with a conscious mind and heart and feeling regretful for the mistakes you have done And you say: “اللَّهمَّ إنَّك عفُوٌّ تُحبُّ العفوَ فاعْفُ عنِّي” Allahumma ennaka 'afuwun two-hebbul 'afwa fa'foo annee
Allah Al-Afw will:
(1) erase and wipe out your sins in a way that. He leaves no traces of it in your book of records. And He makes you forget it so you don't feel nervous nor embarrassed when you are about to meet Him. And He doesn't even remind you of it. And He doesn't punish you for it.
(2) And He gives you whatever you asked for and more than what you asked for of that which He knows is good for you. Allahu Akbar! Shouldn't we truly appreciate this du'a'a! Shouldn't we say this du'a'a from the bottom of our hearts.
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