Sitting post Fajr with the Quran thinking how can we ever catch up with the ones who have surpassed us in good deeds, good speech, charity, kindness and the pleasure of Allah? We don’t even know what news or issue we’d wake up to once we go to sleep.
And then something clicked. At least, we still have the chance to do better, as long as we get start from wherever we are and make a strong intention to never give up on seeking the pleasure of Allah for as long as we live.
What about Allah’s mercy? How do we get our share of mercy in this world? What about the next life?
Whoever finds himself in need of Allah’s mercy, should use this comprehensive dua to draw closer to Allah:
قُلْ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَارْحَمْنِي وَاهْدِنِي وَارْزُقْنِي
Say: O Allah, forgive me, have mercy upon me, guide me, and provide for me.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to make this supplication between the two sajdahs during Salah, and would also teach it to anyone who’d accept Islam. (Reference: Riyadh as-Saliheen, Hisnul Muslim, Mishkat al Masabih).
It looks like a small dua, but it combines the peace and blessings of this life and the afterlife for you.