There is a popular saying that goes “those who say the can and those who say they can’t are usually both right.”

What this means is what you say to yourself (either in private in public) is more important in determining what happens in your life.

As you think so you become.

If you are constantly saying to yourself, “Oh, I can do that right now, I am exhausted” you are convincing yourself that whatever that needs to be done can’t. By being pessimistic you don’t stand a fighting chance. 

We must watch the words that come out of our mouths. Keep checking your attitude to see how you truly feel about a situation, it can have a deep effect on your behavior and the outcome. If left unchecked it can be self fulling. 

The short dua we will cover in today’s lesson is very powerful and inshallah can be recited to give us the courage we need to stand firmly against those who oppose us. It also asks Allah for forgiveness, and makes a request to Allah for our victory. 


Full Rabbana Faghfirlana Zunubana Dua with Arabic and English text:

ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَِ

Rabbana faghfirlana zunubana wa israfana fi amrina wa thabbit aqdamana wansurna alal qawmil kafireen
English Meaning: Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions [in keeping our duties to You], establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.

Other Translations: 

PICKTHALL Their cry was only that they said: Our Lord! forgive us for our sins and wasted efforts, make our foothold sure, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.
YUSUF ALI All that they said was: “Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and anything We may have done that transgressed our duty: Establish our feet firmly, and help us against those that resist Faith.”
MUFTI TAQI USMANI They had nothing else to say except that they said: “Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses in our conduct, make firm our feet and help us against the disbelieving people.”
DR. GHALI And in no way was their saying anything except that they said, “Our Lord, forgive us our guilty (deeds), and our extravagance in our Command, (Your Command to us) and make firm our feet, and vindicate us over the disbelieving people.”

By seeking forgiveness before Allah you are humbling yourself allowing for the Mercy of Allah subhana wa ta’ala to flow. This dua begins by specifically asking Allah to forgive us of our guilty deeds, our sins of excesses, from transgressing our duties.

It proceeds with asking Allah for the ability to ‘establish our feet firmly’ meaning to give us a good foundation. Having a strong base is important, you can not build a house on sand. At this point it won’t matter whether you use granite or quartz tiling, if the foundation is not there the first adversity faced will collapse the house. By making us strong we may not easily topple at our first test, and don’t be fooled we will all be tested at some point.

Finally the dua finishes by requesting of Allah to make us victorious, and inshallah by remembering to recite these words with complete sincerity we will.