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Dua for Forgiveness of Parents | The Explanation You're Looking For

Dua for Forgiveness of Parents

Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain one important thing for Muslims. One important thing I mean is Dua for forgiveness of parents. The discussion in the article relates to our obligations to our parents. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you have to read it to the end.

Specifically, there are several important points about prayer for parental forgiveness that I will explain now. Some of the important things I mean are as follows:

The Meaning of Dua for Forgiveness of Parents

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The first important thing about Dua for forgiveness of parents that I will explain is the meaning of Dua for forgiveness of parents. I want you to understand that before I explain a lot about it.

In general, the meaning of prayers for the forgiveness of parents are sentences about a Muslim’s request to Allah to forgive and have mercy on his parents. In Islam, if a Muslim reads a prayer for the forgiveness of his parents, then it is one of proofs that he is a good person.

If we read a lot of Islamic literacy about Dua for forgiveness of parents, then we will find many variations of prayer.

Usually, the best time to read a Dua for forgiveness of parents is after the prayer. Nonetheless, Muslims are strongly encouraged to recite the dua anytime and anywhere, except when they are doing bad deeds or they are in a dirty place like the bathroom.

Why Is Dua for Forgiveness of Parents Important?

The second important point about praying for the forgiveness of parents that I will explain now is the reasons why praying for the forgiveness of others is so important. I want you to understand that so that you can understand it very well, and so that you can consistently do that

Three Reasons Why Dua for Forgiveness of Parents Is Important

Actually, if we read Islamic literacy about the obligation to do good to both parents, then we will find a lot of explanations about the reasons why Dua for forgiveness of parents is very important. Of course, I’m not going to explain all of that here. Now I will only explain three reasons.

The three reasons why praying for parental forgiveness is so important are as follows:

Islam Requires Muslims to Pray for Forgiveness of Parents

The first reason why Dua for forgiveness of parents is so important is that Islam has obligated Muslims to do so. It is true if we read some Islamic data about the obligation to do good to both parents, then we will not find a specific explanation about the obligation for them to pray for the forgiveness of their parents. But we can come to such a conclusion if we really understand a few verses of the Quran and the hadiths about it.

Some verses of the Quran and hadith regarding the obligation to do good to both parents (and the obligation to pray for forgiveness of parents) are as follows:

  • Quran About Obligation to Do Good to Parents

Some of the verses of the Quran regarding the obligation to do good to both parents that I mean are as follows:

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا

And your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him and do good to your parents. If either of them or both of them are old in your care, then don’t ever say “ah” to them both and don’t yell at them both, and say noble words to both of them. (Al-Isra’: 23).

وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُلْ رَبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

And humble yourselves towards them both with great affection and say: O my Lord, have mercy on them both as they both taught me when I was a child. (Al-Isra’: 24).

وَصَّيْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ وَهْنًا عَلَى وَهْنٍ وَفِصَالُهُ فِي عَامَيْنِ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيْكَ إِلَيَّ الْمَصِيرُ

And We have commanded man (to do good) to his parents: his mother conceived him in a state of increasing weakness, and weaned him in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your two parents. Only to Me will you return. (Luqman: 14).

  • Hadith About Obligation to Do Good to Parents

Some of the hadiths about the obligation to do good to both parents that I mean are as follows:

عَنْ عَبْدِاللهِ بْنِ عَمْرُو رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَسْتَأْذِنُهُ فِيْ الْجِهَادِ ، فَقَالَ : أَحَيٌّ وَالِدَاكَ ؟ ، قَالَ : نَعَمْ ، قَالَ : فَفِيْهِمَا فَجَاهِدْ

From Abdullah bin Umar radliyallahu anhuma, he said, “Someone came to the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to ask him for permission to do jihad. He then asked, “Are your parents still alive?” The person replied, “Yes.” He said, “Do good to both of them.”

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ : يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ ، مَنْ أَحَقُّ النَّاسِ بِحُسْنِ صَحَابَتِيْ؟ قَالَ : أُمُّكَ ، قَالَ : ثُمَّ مَنْ ؟ قَالَ : ثُم أُمُّكَ ، قَالَ : ثُمَّ مَنْ ؟ قَالَ : ثُمَّ أُمُّكَ ، قَالَ : ثُمَّ مَنْ ؟ قَالَ : ثُمَّ أَبُوْكَ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “Someone came to meet the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The person then asked, “O Messenger of Allah, who is the most deserving of my service?” He replied, “Your mother.” The person asked, “Then who else?” He replied, “Your mother.” The person then asked, “Then who else?” He replied, “Your mother.” The person then asked again, “Then who else?” He replied, “Your father.”

Dua for forgiveness of parents is one proof that we are devoted to them both

The second reason why Dua for forgiveness of parents is so important is that it is one of the proofs that we are devoted to both of them. We can find an explanation of that in the hadith below:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ : أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم قَالَ : إِذَا مَاتَ اِبْنُ آدَمَ اِنْقَطَعَ عَنْهُ عَمَلُهُ إِلَّا مِنْ ثَلَاثٍ : صَدَقَةٍ جَارِيَةٍ ، أو عِلْمٍ يُنْتَفَعُ بِهِ ، أَوْ وَلَدٍ صَالِحٍ يَدْعُو لَهُ . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ

From Abu Huraira radiyallahu anhu: that the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “If the son of Adam dies, then all the rewards of his deeds are cut off except for three things: shadaqah Jariyah, useful knowledge, or a good child who prays for him.”

Our Parents Deserve Our Prayers

The third reason why Dua for forgiveness of parents is so important is that they both deserve our prayers. The explanation is very simple: because they both have given birth to us, they both have taken care of us, they have both loved us, they have both done everything for our good, and so on.

Those are three basic reasons why Dua for forgiveness of parents is so important. I really hope we understand and always remember it all.

Best Dua for Forgiveness of Parents

Now I will explain the best Dua for forgiveness of parents. But before I do that, I want to explain to you that there are many types of Dua for forgiveness of parents. The prayer that I will describe here is a Dua for forgiveness of parents in general. The point is that a lot of Muslims read the prayer.

The prayer for forgiveness of parents that I mean is as follows:

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِيْ وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِيْ صَغِيْرًا

O my Lord, forgive me and my parents and have mercy on them both as they raised me when I was little.

All readers! That’s a brief explanation of the Dua for forgiveness of parents and some important things about it. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful. Amen.

See you again in the next article!

Akhmad Syafiuddin
Akhmad Syafiuddin Muslim. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

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