In Surah Ibrahim there are heartfelt ayats where Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) may peace be upon him, is openly pouring out his emotions praising Allah SWT for all the blessings he has has given him. In ayat 38-39 he says,
“Our Lord, indeed You know what we conceal and what we declare, and nothing is hidden from Allah on the earth or in the heaven. Praise to Allah, who has granted to me in old age Ishmael and Isaac. Indeed, my Lord is the Hearer of supplication.”
Ibrahim continues asking Allah “My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication.”
He then recites, the popular rabbighfirli waliwalidayya dua which asks for forgiveness not only for himself but for his parents and the entire Muslim Ummah. It is a very beautiful and comprehensive dua asking Allah for forgiveness which we would benefit from learning.
Rabbighfirli waliwalidayya in Arabic text
Here’s is the Arabic text of this dua, this is taken from Surah Ibrahim ayat 41.
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ
Transliteration: Rabbana ighfir li wa li walidayya walil mumineena yawma yaqoomu alhisabu
Here’s another transliteration which may help with pronunciation. Rabbanag firli waliwalidayya walil mumineena yauma ya kaumul hisab
rabbighfirli waliwalidayya dua meaning
The translation of the rabbighfirli waliwalidayya walil mumineena dua in english is “Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established.”
We can see from understanding the translation of the dua that this really is a beautiful dua you can make for your entire family.
When I was a kid and one of the fondest memories I have is my father reciting this every day before eating dinner, granted at the time I never understood the meaning but now I too will make it a practice to recite this dua daily.