By: Faraz Rabbani
Ma`ruf al-Karkhi, one of the righteous imams of the early Muslims (salaf), said,
اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ
اللَّهُمَّ فَرِّجْ عَنْ أُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ
اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ
Allahumma aslih Ummata Muhammad
Allahumma farrij `an Ummati Muhammad
Allahumma Rham Ummata Muhammad
[Which means: ‘O Allah, improve the state of the Umma of Muhammad. O Allah, grant ease to the Umma of Muhammad. O Allah, have mercy on the Umma of Muhammad (salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam).’]
ten times every day will be written down as one of the highest of elect believers (abdal).” [Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya , 8.366]
Why? The Prophet of Mercy (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
It is the merciful who are granted mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth, and the Lord of the Heavens will be merciful to you.
[Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad, from Abd Allah ibn Amr (Allah be pleased with him)]
And Allah alone gives success.