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COMMAND FOR SUPPLICATION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MISGUIDANCE AFTER ACHIEVING GUIDANCE


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COMMAND FOR SUPPLICATION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MISGUIDANCE AFTER ACHIEVING GUIDANCE

It is possible to buy almost any good thing in this world. However, nobody can purchase guidance or the faith of Islam. It is possible to use a variety of means to protect our belongings. Again, this does not apply to the bounty of faith. No one can even guess who will receive Allah’s guidance to help him and his subsequent generations. Likewise, nobody can say who may commit such a sin which may cause him to be denied divine guidance. Guidance rests solely with Allah. To illustrate this point, at times, Allah deprives even the nearest kin of His beloved servants of faith. However, Allah never drives away any genuine seeker of guidance, or deny it to someone arbitrarily. Prophets were born in four generations after Prophet Ibrahim (Alaihis salam). He was the ancestor of the present-day Jews. Yet the Jews invited His anger by falling into serious error and He cursed them. Similarly, Prophet Nooh (Alaihis salam) was a distinguished Messenger of Allah, but his own son was an unbeliever who did not receive guidance. There are similar examples in Prophet Lot’s wife and Prophet Ibrahim’s father. To conclude, being blessed with faith in one’s pious ancestry is not enough. Nor does kinship with a Messenger grant any special allowance. Since even the kin of Allah’s favourite Messengers are not guaranteed faith, we stand no chance. We should always be on our guard regarding our faith and feel ever-concerned about it. Notwithstanding Abu Talib’s numerous favours to the Prophet (ﷺ), the former was not blessed with faith.  
Since man has no control over this matter, what should he do? Allah has provided us with a solution in the Quran, in the form of a supplication for retaining faith. First, profusely thank Him for the great blessing of faith, then seek His protection against misguidance after guidance. Man should frequently pray that he does not fall into error and that Allah as mercy on him and grants him a happy end. The supplication is: 
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوْبَنَا بَعْدَ اِذْهَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَّدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً اِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الوَهَّابُ.
“O our Lord! Do not incline our hearts to error once You have guided us and grant mercy out of Your presence. You are the One to give.”

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