One of the goals I have for this blog is to start a small series of posts aimed at reviving Sunnah's that are inshā'Allāh easy to implement – but easily overlooked. It is my hope that these serve first and foremost as a reminder to myself to practice them, but also a quick reminder to everyone else to try to practice them. They are things that are easy to do, and inshā'Allāh will bring us closer to Allāh(swt) and make our lives start becoming more in accordance to the Sunnah of His Messenger (sal-Allahu 'alayhi was-Sallam).
Shaddad bin Aus (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said,
“The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allāh is:
'O Allāh, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.'
The Prophet (saw) added. “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” [Bukhāri]
I pray that Allāh (swt) makes it easy for us to memorize this du‘ā’, and to be of those who recite it in the morning and evening, and earn the reward mentioned in the hadith.
We all want to be of those who follow the Sunnah, so let's start using some of the easier ones to build up :)