There are many supplications [ad’iyya] that are known as the “Supplication of Illumination” [du’â’a-n nur]. The version presented here ranks as the resplendent jewel of them all for it is from the Paragon of creation, our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace. It is a mainstay of the khas al-Khawas or crème de la crème of the Awliya-Allah.
As the du’a is generally read between the Sunna and Fard of the Fajr prayer, we have included a wird of 2 recitals, attributed to Imam al-Tirmidhi, which is also recommended to be read during this blessed time. Shaikhuna Dr. Thaika Shuaib, in his Al-Munjiyat compendium (3rd ed. p285), advises all muridin to read it for the protection of one’s faith [iman].
The Du’a al-Nur is found in many Ahadith books and Ad’iyya collections. It is related, with slight variations, by:
- Imam Al-Tabarani in his works Al-Mu’jam Al-Awsat and Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir
- Imam Ibn Khuzayma in his Sahih
- Imam Al-Asfahani in his Hilyatu-l Awliya wa Tabaqatu-l Asfiya
Imam Al-Ghazali, in Chapter 3 – Book IX of his ihya, narrates:
Ibn ‘Abbas (may God be pleased with him) said, ‘Al-‘Abbas sent me to the Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace). I came to him in the evening and he was in the house of my aunt, Maymuna. He rose to perform the night prayer [there], and after he had performed the dawn prayer [salat al-fajr] of two rak’as—and before the morning prayer [salat al-subh]—he said, “O God, I ask You for Mercy from You, … [till the end of the following supplication]”
—Al-Ghazali, Nakamura, K (1973).Chapter Three: Transmitted Prayers whose Authors and Circumstances [of Composition] are Known and whose Use in the Mornings and Evenings and immediately after Each Ritual Prayer is Desirable. In: Invocations & Supplications Kitab al-adhkar wa’l-da’awat · Book IX of The Revival of The Religious Sciences Ihya’ ulum al-din. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society. p63-67.
While the Prophetic narrations in the above books state that the du’a is read between the sunna and fard of the fajr prayer, Imam Al-Tirmidhi narrates that the Holy Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, read it after performing the night vigil prayer.
And Allah and His Beloved know best!
Supplication of Illumination
Entreating the Divine between the
Sunna and Fard of the Fajr Prayer
From the Chieftain of the Messengers, Seal of the Prophets,
Leader of the God-Conscious & the Chosen Beloved,
Our Master Abu-l Qâsim Muhammad,
Allah bless him and give him peace
In the name of Allah
the Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate
O Allah, verily I beseech You for mercy from You, by which You—guide my heart aright; rebuild my integrity; help me recover from confusion; keep tribulations away from me; restore my piety; veil my hidden; raise my apparent; purify my deeds; confer upon me honour; inspire me with right guidance; and guard me against all evil.
O Allah, verily I beseech You for perpetual faith that takes root in my heart, and I beseech You for true certainty to realise that nothing afflicts me except that which You have decreed for me, and make me contend with whatever You have apportioned for me.
O Allah, grant me sincere faith and certitude that is not succeeded by unbelief, and (grant me) mercy by which I attain the honour of Your nobility here and in the Hereafter. O Allah, verily I beseech You for patience with destiny, salvation in the Encounter (on the Day of Judgment), stations of the martyrs, life of the felicitous, succor against enemies, and companionship of the Prophets.
O Allah, verily I submit my need to You. Indeed! My intellect is weak, my artifice small, my deeds fall short, and I am in dire need of Your mercy. Therefore, I beseech You, O Enactor of affairs and O Healer of breasts, that, just as You place a protective barrier between the seas, protect me from the chastisement of the blazing inferno, the imprecation of perdition, and the tribulation of graves.
O Allah, the favour for which my intellect falls short, my deeds are too weak, and my intention and aspiration do not reach; the favour that You have promised to any of Your servants, or the favour that You bestow upon any one of Your creation—verily, this favour I request of You and this favour I beseech of You, O Lord of all domains.
O Allah, make us guides and guided aright, not astray and lead astray, at war against Your enemies, and at peace with Your friends. We love, through Your love, those of Your creation who obey You, and we despise, through Your enmity, those of Your creation who disobey You.
O Allah, this is the supplication and the answer belongs to You. This is endeavor [on our part] and dependence is on You. Verily to Allah we belong and unto Him we return. There is no might and no power save in Allah, the Exalted, the Magnificent; the Possessor of the firm rope and the upright command.
I beseech You for security on the Day of Threat and for Paradise on the Day of Eternity, together with those who are brought near [to Allah] and witnessing [the Beatific Vision], and those who bow and prostrate often, and keep their covenants. Verily, You are compassionate and affectionate, and You do what You will.
Glory be to Him who wears might as a garment and vanquishes in it! Glory be to Him who is cloaked in majesty and shows generosity in it! Glory be to Him who alone is worthy of glorification and none other! Glory be to the Possessor of grace and blessings! Glory be to the Possessor of might and generosity! Glory be to Him who has accounted for everything, by virtue of His omniscience!
O Allah, grant me light in my heart and light in my grave, light in my hearing and light in my seeing, light in my hair and light in my skin, light in my flesh and light in my blood and light in my bones, light before me and light behind me, light to my right and light to my left, light above me and light beneath me. O Allah, increase me in light, bestow upon me light, and make me a light. By Your Universal Mercy, O Essence of Mercy!
Litany of Al-Tirmidhi for Protection of Faith
Entreating the Divine between the
Sunna and Fard of the Fajr Prayer
Attributed to the Hadith Master,
Abu Isa Muhammad ibn Isa al-Tirmidhi
1. ya Hayyu ya Qayyumu, ya Badi’a-s samawati wa-l ardi, ya dhal-Jalali wa-l Ikrami (Thrice)
O Ever-Living, O Self-Subsisting! O Primal Origin of the Heavens and the Earth! O Possessor of Majesty and Honour!
2. Allahumma bi-hurmati-l Hasani, wa akhi-hi, wa jaddi-hi, wa abi-hi, wa ummi-hi, wa bani-hi – najji-ni mina-l ghammi-l adhi fi-hi, ya Hayyu ya Qayyumu, ya dha-l Jalali wa-l Ikram, as’aluka an tuhyiya qalbi bi-nuri ma’rifatika, ya Allahu ya Allahu ya Allahu, ya Arhama-r rahimin (Once)
O Allah, by the sanctity of Imam Hasan, his brother [i.e. Imam Husain], his grandfather [i.e. Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace], his father [i.e. Imam Ali], his mother [i.e. Lady Fatima], and his progeny – deliver me from the sorrow that I am in. O Ever-Living, O Self-Subsisting! O Possessor of Majesty and Honour! I beg You to revive my heart with the light of mystical intuitive knowledge of spiritual truth [ma’rifa], O Allah! O Allah! O Allah! O Essence of Mercy!
Success is from Allah and He is the Guide.