The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) had a special gift known as “jawami’ al-kalam” which means concise speech. He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was able to say something with so much meaning in only a few words. As we continue learning supplications from the Prophetic tradition, we see more and more how the he ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) combined so many benefits in one short supplication.

In today’s supplication, we will see yet another example of his concise speech. In a narration recorded in Muslim, Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to supplicate:

اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ لِي دِينِي الَّذِي هُوَ عِصْمَةُ أَمْرِي ، وَأَصْلِحْ لِي دُنْيَايَ الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَاشِي ، وَأَصْلِحْ لِي آخِرَتِي الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَادِي

وَاجْعَلِ الْحَيَاةَ زِيَادَةً لِي فِي كُلِّ خَيْرٍ وَاجْعَلِ الْمَوْتَ رَاحَةً لِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَرٍّ

Allahumma aṣliḥ lī dīn al-lathi huwa ‘iṣmatu amrī, wa aṣliḥ lī dunya-ya al-lati fīhā ma’āshī, wa aṣlih lī ākhirati al-lati fīhā ma’ādī, wa-ja’al al-ḥayāta ziyādatan lī fī kuli khayr, wa-ja’al al-mawta rāḥatan lī min kuli sharr

O Allah, set right for me my religion which is the safeguard of my affairs. And set right for me the affairs of my world wherein is my living. And set right for me my Hereafter to which is my return. And make the life for me (a source) of abundance for every good and make my death a source of comfort for me protecting me against every evil.

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Selected Word Analysis

aṣliḥ: The root of this word has many meanings but in this duaa it means ‘reformation, restoration, mending, improvement and rectification’. This word is the opposite of fasad which means when there is imbalance in things.

‘Iṣmah: This word is from the root which means to protect, safeguard and defend. ‘Ismah means something that is a preservation, safeguard and a protection. In this supplication, it means that our religion is the most important matter to us.

Ma’āsh: This word is from the root which means to be alive. Ma’ash means livelihood.

Ma’ād: From the root which means to return and go back, Ma’ad is the place of return or home.

Ziyādah: From the root which means to increase, enlarge and make abundant.

Rāḥah: This word means rest, comfort and to do something with ease.

Points of Benefit

“Set right for me my religion which is the safeguard of my affairs”

Set right for me the affairs of my world wherein is my living.”

“Set right for me my Hereafter to which is my return.”

“Make the life for me (a source) of abundance for every good.”

“Make my death a source of comfort for me protecting me against every evil.”