This du’a was read by Prophet Abraham and his son Ismail (AS) when they finished the construction of the Ka’bah.
Rabbana Taqabbal Minna Dua
This dua is from Surah Baqarah verse 127.
رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّآ ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلْعَلِيمُ
Rabbana taqabbal minna inaka Antas Samee’ul Aleem
Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.
Here are some other translations for this ayat:
Benefits and Why One Should Recite This Dua:
From this ayah we can learn that the believer should not be satisfied with his or her actions alone.
Islam is a religion where the intent is more important than the action itself. This is why in the Quran, Surah Ma’un ayat 4-7 it say’s, “woe to those who pray. [But] are heedless of their prayer – Those who make show [of their deeds]. And withhold [simple] assistance.”
It’s actually counter productive to pray if your mind is wandering elsewhere, we have do our duties with high level of intense concentration and focus.
Similarly, as Prophet Ibrahim, may peace be upon him, after finishing his duty humbly asked Allah (SWT) to accept what was done. What this shows us is that his true intention was pure, he was doing the work to make Allah happy.
It wasn’t done for some ulterior motive to being seen by others, it wasn’t a show for others to say, “look how nice and great I am”. No, it was done solely for the purpose of pleasing Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Imam As Sadiq said, “Anyone who performs a small act for the sake of God, God will make it bigger than he wishes in the sight of others. And anyone who performs a great act for the sake of people, God will make it trivial in the sight of others.”
So remember to recite this dua, Rabbana taqabbal minna inaka Antas Samee’ul Aleem. It’s a short an easy dua to learn and say it whenever you feel you have done something for Allah SWT. Inshallah he will accept it and give a multiple reward.