Message to the Blackman

CHAPTER 73

CONFIDENCE GAINEDTHROUGH PRAYER

1 The following prayer shows the complete confidence the Apostle and his followers have in Allah and the great praise of Allah for His protection and blessings that they enjoy from Him daily:

2 "I seek the protection of Allah, my Lord, from every fault, and turn to Him.

3 "Oh Allah, Thou art the author of peace and from Thee comes peace. Blessed art Thou, O Lord of Glory and honour.

4 "Nothing deserves to be worshiped except Allah. He is One and has no associate; His is the Kingdom and for Him is praise. And He has power over all things.

5 "O Allah, there is none who can withhold what Thou grantest and there is none who can give what Thou withholdest and greatness does not benefit any possessor of greatness as against Thee."

6 Let you and me who believe learn and recite this prayer for the glory and honor, praise and thanks to Allah who is blessing us, the lost-found of our people, for guiding us on the right path. That we, too, may be as successful as the Prophets and their followers before us. We must remember that we cannot be proud over greatness: only Allah.

7 For if Allah makes you great you are great indeed! And if Allah bring you low, none can raise you up but He.

8 Salvation has come to us from Allah, let us rejoice in Him and be thankful to Him for visiting us and accepting us as His own.

9 "O you who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends of each other. And whoever amongst you takes them for friends he is indeed one of them. Surely Allah guides not the unjust people" (Holy Qur-an 5:51).

10 "To Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And whether you manifest what is in your minds or hide it, Allah will call you to account according to it. So He forgives whom He pleases and chastises whom He pleases. And Allah is Possessor of power over all things"   (Holy Qur-an 2:284).

11 "The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. They all believe in Allah and His angels and His book and His messengers. We make no difference between any of His messengers. And they say: AWe hear and obey; our Lord, thy forgiveness do we crave, and to Thee is the eventual course"  (Holy Qur-an 2:285).

12 "Allah imposes not on any soul a duty beyond its scope. For it is that which it earns of good and against it that which it works of evil. Our Lord, punish us not if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord, do not lay on us a burden as Thou didst lay on those before us.

13 "Our Lord, impose not on us (afflictions) which we have not the strength to bear. And pardon us! And grant us protection! And have mercy upon us! Thou art our Patron, so grant us victory over the disbelieving people" (Holy Qur-an 2:286). NOTE: The latter verse (2:286) is a prayer; let us recite it very often.

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