In Surah Saffat, Prophet Ibrahim (may peace be upon him) was growing old and was still without any children.
It’s clear from the verses of the Quran that this was the source of anguish for him, naturally he wanted his lineage to continue.
So Prophet Ibrahim (AS) made a dua beginning with rabbi habli minas saliheen asking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for righteous offspring.
We know his dua was fulfilled as he had two sons ishmael and isaac. And in Surah Ibrahim ayat 39 he thanks Allah by saying, “Alhamdu lillaahil lazee wahaba lee ‘alal kibari Ismaa’eela wa Ishaaq; inna Rabbee lasamee’ud du’aaa” which means “Praise to Allah, who has granted to me in old age Ishmael and Isaac. Indeed, my Lord is the Hearer of supplication”.
A lot of people don’t know the love and struggle Prophet Ibrahim endured for his son. His son was everything for him, it’s all he wanted. Yet his devotion to Allah SWT was so deep that when he was tested to sacrifice he was willing to do so.
“And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”
rabbi habli minas saliheen in Arabic Text
The rabbi habli minas saliheen dua is from Surah As Saffat ayat 100 and is written in Arabic as follows,
رَبِّ هَبْ لِى مِنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ
DR. GHALI Lord! Bestow upon me one of the righteous.”
YUSUF ALI “O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!”
MUHSIN KHAN “My Lord! Grant me (offspring) from the righteous.”
DR. MUSTAFA KHATTAB My Lord! Bless me with righteous offspring.”
MUFTI TAQI USMANI O my Lord, bless me with a righteous son.”
ABDUL HALEEM Lord, grant me a righteous son,’
From these ayat of the Quran we can learn that we should make this dua, just as Prophet Ibrahim did, if we wish to one day have righteous children. Children are the supreme gift of marriage, they provide comfort, responsibility, and purpose. Inshallah Allah will bestow upon us the privilege to one day have healthy children we can call our own.
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