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Juz’ 4 – A Model Prayer

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-‘Imran [3]:93 to Al-Nisa’ [4]:23.
The themes discussed in these ayat (verses) are: (1) the importance of believing and obeying God’s scripture; (2) predestination; (3) judgment; (4) creation; (5) inheritance rights (with a strong focus on orphans and women); (6) illegal sexual relations; and (7) forbidden incestual relations.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

I have chosen Al-‘Imran [3]:191b-194 as the ayat for today. These verses preserve a prayer placed on the lips of those who acknowledge the sovereignty of God.

“Our Lord! You have not created all this without purpose—You are far above that!—so protect us from the torment of the Fire. Our Lord! You will truly humiliate those You commit to the Fire. The evildoers have no one to help them. Our Lord! We have heard someone calling us to faith—‘Believe in your Lord’—and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, wipe out our bad deeds, and grant that we join the righteous when we die. Our Lord! Bestow upon us all that You have promised us through Your messengers—do not humiliate us on the Day of Resurrection—You never break your promise.”

 

 

In harmony with the theme of mercy (rahmat), this prayer expresses the faithfulness of a God who is willing to forgive those who turn from evil and to reward them with life at the final judgment. Similar sentiments are also found in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.

 

Listen:

“Our Abba in heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

 

Prayer:

In the Name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate, I thank you for forgiving my sins and pray that you will strengthen me to walk the “path of the righteous” (siraat al-Mustaqim). In Your Holy Name I pray, amen.