Allahu Mahdina is the beginning of a known Dua called Qunoot. Qunoot is defined as supplication, submission, obedience, worship and prayer.
Qunoot is in the witr and it is performed in the last rak’ah before or after bowing. However, according to some scholars, it can be done at anytime, the Prophet was recorded in many authentic hadith narrations as reciting the Qunut in both fajr, maghrib and in isha.
Read more about Hadith Qunoot.
Allahu Mahdina Meaning In English
Allahu Mahdina means O Allah guide me among those You have guided, pardon me among those You have pardoned, befriend me among those You have befriended, bless me in what You have granted, and save me from the evil that You decreed. Indeed You decree, and none can pass decree, and none can pass decree upon You, indeed he is not humiliated whom You have befriended, blessed are You our Lord and Exalted.
Allahu Mahdina In Arabic Text
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ وَلاَ يَعِزُّ مَنْ عَادَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ
Allahumma ihdini feeman hadayt, wa a’fini fiman afait, wa tawallani fiman tawallait, wa barik Li fima atait, wa qini sharra ma qadait, fa Innaka taqdi wa la yuqda Alaik, wa innahu la yadhillu man walait, tabarakta Rabbana wa ta’alait.
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Explanation of the dua
This is a concise explanation of the dua, or supplication that is said during the Witr prayer.
This explanation was given by Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, during his lectures which he used to present in the central mosque in Mecca (al-Masjid al-Haraam) during the blessed month of Ramadhaan.
O Allaah, guide me with those You have guided…” Meaning: Guide me to the truth and assist me in acting in accordance with it.
Complete, beneficial guidance is that in which Allaah combines for a servant in both knowledge and action.
Guidance without action is of no real benefit; rather it is even harmful because if a person does not act in accordance with what he knows, his knowledge then becomes evidence against him.
As for the wording, …with those You have guided,” this is a way of at-Tawassul (seeking nearness to Allaah) by mentioning His favors on others in that He guided them.
So we therefore also ask Him to bestow the same favor upon us and guide us.
In other words, we ask You (Allaah) for guidance, for that is only by virtue of Your mercy and wisdom and your past favors as You have guided others.
…heal me with those You have healed…” Meaning: Heal us from the sicknesses of the heart as well as the physical sicknesses of the body.
So my brother, you must bring to mind, while your heart is fully present, that while you are calling upon Allaah, He will heal you of both the diseases of the body and those of the heart.
And it must be understood that the diseases of the heart are much worse than physical diseases.
…care for me as a companion with those You have cared for… Meaning: Be a close, watchful companion and ally to us.
When we say, O Allaah, care for me as a companion with those You have cared for,” we want the specific type of alliance, guardianship, and companionship and, as has been said, it includes protection and the success in following what Allaah loves and is pleased with.
…bless me in what You have given…” The word (Barakah) “blessing” literally means a lot of anything good that is continuous.
The scholars even trace this word and its meaning back to the word. (Birkah) which means a large amount of water.
It is any wide container or gathering of water that continuously contains a large amount of water. Similarly, blessing is also a continuously large amount of good.
So the meaning of this statement is: Send blessings down upon that which You have given me.
The wording, “in what You have given” is comprehensive including anything Allaah has given us of wealth, children, knowledge, and everything else Allaah has bestowed upon us.
Therefore, you ask Allaah to put blessings in all of that. If Allaah does not put blessings into that which He has given you, a great amount of good will surely be prevented from you.
As for His decreeing that which is good, it is that which is certainly and absolutely good in itself – the decree and decision of it, and in that which results from it.
An example of good decree would be the decree and decision to provide mankind with sustenance, safety and security, tranquility, guidance, support, etc.
These are all good in their decree and its result. As for decreeing that which is evil, it is actually good in its decree (Allaah makes decisions only based on the highest level of wisdom) even though it may result in evil.
Indeed, You decree while no one decrees against You”
Allaah decrees and decides both the legislative decree (that which He likes and commands and may or may not happen) and the universal decree (that which He may or may not like, yet must happen).
Allaah decrees and decides everything that happens due to His infinite, perfect wisdom.
As for the wording, “no one decrees against You,” this means that there is none other that can decree anything over and beyond His will.
So the servants will never judge or make any decision over Allaah’s, while Allaah will certainly judge them.
And He will question His servants, and no one will ever question Him.
Whoever You show loyalty towards will never be humiliated.” This sentence and the next one “…and whoever You show enmity towards will never be honored.” both provide more explanation and details of our previous request,
Care for me as a companion with those You have cared for.”
If Allaah watches over and guards a person as a companion would, then he would definitely never be humiliated.
On the contrary, if He were to show enmity towards someone, such a person would never be honored.
So this requires us to seek honor only from Allaah alone and we fear and seek refuge from being dishonored and disgraced before Allaah.
…and whoever You show enmity towards will never be honored.
Meaning: Whoever is an enemy to Allaah will never have honor. On the contrary, he will taste humiliation, regret, and failure. Every disbeliever is in disgrace and worry.
For this, if the Muslims actually possessed the honor of Islaam, the dignity of religion and the alliance and loyalty of Allaah, the disbelievers would not be in the position they are in now in which we find ourselves humiliated under them.