“Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eye…”

At the end of Surah Al-Furqan, Allah gives the characteristics of the slave of Ar-Rahman, and one of the beautiful characteristics is a du’a that the slave makes for his wives and his children:

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“And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqun” (25:74)

From Tafseer ibn Kathir; “means those who ask Allah to bring forth from their loins offsprings who will obey Him and worship Him and not associate anything in worship with Him. Ibn ‘Abbas said: “This means (offsprings) who will strive to obey Allah and bring them joy in this world and the Hereafter.” (At-Tababri 19:318)

Ibn ‘Abbas and others added “Leaders who would be taken as examples in good.” (At-Tabari (19:319)

Others added: “Guides who would call others to goodness.” They wanted their worship to be connected to the worship of their children and offspring, and their guidance to go beyond themselves and benefit others. This would be more rewarding and a better end, as it was recorded in Sahih Muslim from Abu Hurayah, May Allah be pleased with hi, that the Messenger of Allah (100) said: “When a son of Adam dies, his deeds cease apart from three: a righteous child who will pray for him, knowledge from which others benefit after him, or an ongoing charity.”

Our forefather, Ibraheem ( Alayhi Salaahtu Was Salaam), spent quality time and taught his two sons, Ismail and Ishaq, to be obedient to Allah.  They observed how steadfast in worship and obedience to Allaah their father was during the many hardships that he faced and took lessons form that.  He too made Du’a for righteous offspring:

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“O my Lord! Make me one who performs As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and (also) from my offspring, our Lord! And accept my invocation.” (Qur’an 14:40)

Allah is the Hearer of Du’a…

 

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