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Al-Hasan Al-Basry – Asking for Forgiveness


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O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that distracted me away from what You guided me to, or ordered me to do, or forbade me from doing or directed me to do; which would have included benefit and reaching Your acceptance and following Your love and preferring Your closeness,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I forgot but You counted, and I neglected but You documented, and I boasted about but You concealed, and if I had repented You would have forgiven,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that made me expect Your immediate punishment, but You deferred it and blessed me with concealment that I easily blew,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin You forbade but I disobeyed You, and You warned of but I did not heed, and You showed the ugliness of but my inner self beautified it to me,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that dismisses Your Mercy, or brings down Your wrath, or prevents Your Grace, or removes Your favors,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin by which I altered or annoyed any of Your people,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I repented, then went back to doing, and was ashamed of You while doing and feared You, yet continued and went back to,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that angered You at me, and for everything I should have done because of a pledge I made or a promise I made then broke for no reason other than my arrogance,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I was able to commit because of a grace You bestowed upon me, but which I used in disobeying You and violating Your orders and disregarding Your warnings,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin during which I preferred my lust to obeying You, and preferred what I love over Your order, so I satisfied my inner self by angering You and subjected it to Your punishment, for You had prohibited and and notified, and warned to hold me accountable. For this I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

Al-Hasan Al-Basry – Asking for Forgiveness


Friday

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin my body was able to commit through the strength You provided, and my ability reached through Your Graces, and my hand was extended to through the vastness of Your blessing, and while committing it I was veiled from people by Your concealment, and while doing it, my fear of You counted on Your shelter, and Your tolerance made me secure from Your Might, and I relied on Your Generosity and Clemency,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that begets Your anger, or brings near Your discontent, or takes me close to what You forbade, or distances me from what You ordered,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I lured any of Your people to commit through my tempting, or tricked them through my deceit, and taught them what was not known of it, or beautified to them the evil in it, and I meet You tomorrow with my wrongdoings in addition the wrongdoings of others,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that calls for evil and deviates from reason, and decreases prosperity and extinguishes zikr and diminishes Lordly supply,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I exhausted myself committing during my days and nights, while veiled, in shame, from people by Your concealment, for there is no concealment except Yours,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that was observed by my enemies but You diverted their harm and did not aid them disgracing me as though I was obedient, and supported me against them as though I was an ally. Till when, O Lord, do I disobey and You grace me? and I have frequently disobeyed and You did not punish me, and I kept asking of You despite my wrongdoing and You gave me. What thanks can I provide that repay a single favor You provided me?…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I repented for doing, and swore to You and held Your allies witness that I will never go back to disobeying You; but when Satan shrewdly took hold of me, and my self-betrayal inclined me, and my inner self called on me for disobedience, I hid in shyness from people, without fear of You, despite knowing that no veil or door will hide me from You, for nothing conceals Your Vision. And so I disobeyed You, but You did not expose or reveal me, and in appearance held me equal to Your allies as if I were still obedient, following Your orders and avoiding Your prohibitions; which made me mistakenly accepted by Your pious worshipers, while no one knows my truth save You. You did not brand me with anything other than they did, and You even granted me the same favors You granted them as if I were in the same status as they were. All this is only due to Your Clemency and Grace upon me. So as You concealed my sin in this world, I beg You, O Lord, not to disgrace me with it on Judgement Day, O Most Merciful of all the merciful,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin I spent a night of lust planning and committing, and in the morning I come to You wearing robes of piety while meaning other than obeying You, O Lord of the Worlds,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin through which I brought injustice to any of Your allies, or through which I supported any of Your enemies, or during which I spoke of anything other than Your love, or attempted other than obeying You, or followed anything other than Your order,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

O Lord, I beg You to forgive every sin that begets turmoil and brings calamity, and elates the enemies, and uncovers the lid, and blocks the flow of graceful drops from the sky,…so please O Lord, send prayers, greetings and blessings upon Sayyidina Mohammed and the family of Sayyidina Mohammed and forgive them, O Best Forgiver.

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Abu Al-Taiyib Al-Mutanabbi (915-965A.D.)


An outstanding Arab poet and leader of the Imaginative Method of Arabic poetry.  He is most famous for his poems on wisdom and eulogy and for his love for adventure.  The Arabs considered him the “Most Poetic Muslim”.

Al-Kindi


The Iraqi Philosopher
AL-KINDI

Al-Kindi was born and brought up in Kufah, which was a centre for Arab culture and learning in the 9th century. This was certainly the right place for al-Kindi to get the best education possible at this time. Although quite a few details (and legends) of al-Kindi’s life are given in various sources, these are not all consistent. We shall try to give below details which are fairly well substantiated.

Al-Kindi defined Philosophy as ‘the establishment of what is true and right’ and believed that the pursuit of philosophy was compatible with orthodox Islam. By Sonal Panse, 11/3/2004

The Iraq crisis and the general and hypocritical Western perception of Islam as the harbringer of terrorism made me think of Al-Kindi recently. Renowned as the first great philosopher of Arabic and Islamic origin in the world, his full name was Abu Yusuf Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Sabbah Al-Kindi, quite a mouthful, and he was the scion of a very illustrious family descended from the Royal Kindah Tribe of Southern Arabia. He was born in 801 in Kufah, Iraq.

Kufah, in the ninth century was an important and cospomolitan city, famous as the second capital of the Caliphate after Medina, and Al-Kindi’s father just happened to be its governor – his grandfather too had once been the governor. His lineage as well as Kufah’s cultural importance made it possible for Al-Kindi to receive the best possible education available in that period. Afterwards he moved to Baghdad for further studies and here, as he had in Kufah, he soon proved his intellectual prowess.

Baghdad was then under the rule of Caliph al-Ma’mun, the son of the famous Haroun al-Rashid. Haroun al-Rashid had founded a research and educational institute called the ‘bayt al-hikma’ or the House of Wisdom. His son al-Ma’mun, who succeeded him in 813 after defeating his brother in an armed power struggle, proved to be an equally enlightened and capable ruler. Shifting his capital from Merv to Baghdad in 818, he became a patron of the House of Wisdom and had observatories set up which Arabic astronomers used to study and further explore the works of earlier researchers. Al-Ma’mun also collected rare and valuable Byzantine manuscripts and created a vast library that was second only to the famed ancient one in Alexandria. The House of Wisdom, under the Abbasid Dynasty, gained great renown as an intellectual centre where erudite scholars gathered to exchange and teach their ideas.

Hearing of Al-Kindi’s brilliance, al-Ma’mun summoned him to his court and, aside from appointing him as a tutor to his young son, also had him inducted into the House of Wisdom. Here, Al-Kindi had for colleagues intellectuals like al-Khwarizm, Hunayn ibn Ishaq, and the three Banu Musa brothers, Jafar Muhammad Ibn Musa ibn Shakir, Ahmed ibn Musa ibn Shakir, and al-Hasan ibn Musa ibn Shakir. The main task of these people was to research and translate Greek scientific and philosophical manuscripts into Arabic. Al-Kindi, however, did not do the actual translation himself, but reworked and corrected the translations made by others and then, based on these, wrote his commentaries on the Greek works.

Al-Kindi was greatly influenced by the writings of Aristotle, Plato, Porphyry, and Proclus, and incorporated their ideas into his own philosophical work. He soon began to outshine his colleagues in his work. Unlike the Banu Musa brothers, who were mainly mathematicians, and Abu Ma’shan, whose sphere was astrology, Al-Kindi was a versatile genius with a wide knowledge of Philosophy, Logic, Geometry, Mathematics, Music, Art, Optics, Geography, Astronomy, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Logogriphs, Armaments, and Cooking. He wrote over 270 works on various subjects, out of which 22 were on Medical topics and 11 on Arithmethic.

Al-Kindi defined Philosophy as ‘the establishment of what is true and right’ and believed that the pursuit of philosophy was compatible with orthodox Islam. He said – “We ought not to be embarrassed of appreciating the truth and of obtaining it wherever it comes from, even if it comes from races distant and nations different from us. Nothing should be dearer to the seeker of truth than the truth itself, and there is no deterioration of the truth, nor belittling either of one who speaks it or conveys it.”

Al-Kindi’s philosophical works include a treatise on Epistemology and the logic treatise ‘Risalah fi Huded al-Ashya’wa Rusumiha’ (On the Definition of Things and Their Descriptions). Also ‘Rasa’il al-Kindi al-falsafiya’ (Philosophical Treatises of Al-Kindi), ‘Fi al-falsafa al-ula’ (On First Philosophy), ‘Fi wahdaniyat Allah wa tunahiy jism al-alam’

(On the oneness of God and the Limitation of the Body of the World), ‘Fi Kammiya Kutub Aristutalis wa ma yohtaju ilaihi fi tahsil al-falsafa’ (The Quantity of Aristotle’s Books and what is required for the acquisition of Philosophy), and ‘Fi al-hila li-daf’al-ahzan’ (On the Art of Averting Sorrow).

Al-Kindi’s success unfortunately didn’t make him too popular with his colleagues and they began conniving against him. Under al-Ma’mun and his successor, al-Mu’tasim, Al-Kindi remained in favor. But his star began to descend under the next two orthodox Caliphs. He died in 873 in Baghdad.