On Preserving Allah’s Gifts

Here are two ways of preserving the gifts that Allah has bestowed upon us in these blessed times:

  • Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) teaches us to say at the end of Ramadan:

اللَّهُمَّ إنَّا نسْتَوْدِعُكَ مَا عَلَّمْتَنا و ما وَفَّقْتَنا لَهُ مِن الطَّاعات

Allahumma inna nastawdi`uka ma `allamtana wa ma waffaqtana lahu min al-tta`at

‘O Allah, we place in Your trust the knowledge you have taught us and the acts of obedience You have given us the ability to perform.’

Here we are being taught to place our knowledge and actions in Allah’s trust so that they are both preserved and we receive the full reward for both. Allah will then return them to us at the time we need them most.

  • Sayyidi Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) said that it was the practice of Habib Muhammad al-Haddar and other pious people to read the following Prophetic supplication after every action they performed:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ

Subhanak’Allahumma wa bi hamdika ashhadu al la ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk 

‘Transcendent are You, O Allah and praise be to You. I bear witness that there is no god but You. I seek Your forgiveness and I repent to You.’

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ taught us to recite this supplication in order to wipe out any sins or heedlessness that we have fallen into in a gathering. If we read it after every action we perform, however, it removes any impurities from that action and guarantees that we receive its full reward.