And of them there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!” (Al-Baqarah: 201)
Thus, this is the most comprehensive of supplications because it combines between the good of the worldly life and the hereafter, and the Messenger of Allāh used to supplications with this a lot.
Therefore a person should supplicate with this supplication and likewise the other authentically reported supplications, so that by way of which he will be carrying out the sunnah from all angles (as is related to supplications).
What is the intent of the Messenger’s statement (sallallāhu alaihi wa sallam), Do not ask for anything by Allāh’s Face except Paradise?
He (ḥafidahullāh) answered:
“Yes (that is correct), glorify Allāh’s Face (azza wa jal), and do not ask for anything by it from the coveted objects of the worldly life, only ask by it for Paradise – as a glorification of Allāh’s Face (subhānahu wa ta’āla) – which is the ultimate goal.”
It is a must that the Muslim supplicates and calls upon his Lord in every time and location. He (should) humble himself to Allāh because this is the way of the Prophets and Messengers (alayhimus salātu was salām.)
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Abaan ibn ‘Uthmaan [radiyallaahu-anhu] said: I heard Uthmaan -meaning, Ibn Affaan, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] saying: “Whoever says:
[بِسْم الله الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اِسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الأرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّماَءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ – In the Name of Allaah with Whose Name nothing can harm on the earth or in the heaven, and He is The All-Hearing, All-Knowing], three times, will not be afflicted with a sudden affliction until morning; and whoever says it three times in the morning, will not be afflicted with a sudden affliction until evening.
[Reported by Imaam Abu Daawud (rahimahullaah); Number 5088 & declare Saheeh by Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) in his checking of Sunan Abee Daawud’ page 762’ Maktabah Al-Ma’aarif’ 1st Edition.
Supplicate to Allaah in your times of ease and He will answer your supplication in your times of difficulty.” A man said to him, ‘’Advise me.” So he said to him, ‘’Remember Allaah in times of ease and He [The Mighty and Majestic] will remember you when you are in difficulty.”
O Allah! By Your Knowledge of the unseen and by Your Power over creation, let me live if You know that life is good for me, and let me die if You know that death is good for me. O Allah! I ask You to grant me (the blessing of having) fear of You in private and public; and I ask you (to make me utter) a statement of truth in times of contentment and anger; and I ask You for moderation (i.e. neither miserly nor extravagant) when in a state of wealth and poverty; and I ask you for blessings that never ceases; and I ask You for the coolness of my eye (i.e. finding pleasure in obedience to You, love of You etc) that never ends. I ask You (to make me pleased) after (Your) decree and I ask You for a life of (ease, comfort, tranquillity etc) after death. I ask You for the delight of looking at Your Face (i.e. in the Hereafter) and the joy of meeting You without any harm and misleading trials (coming upon me). O Allah! Adorn us with the adornment of Eemaan, and make us (from those who are) guided and guiding (others). [Sunan An-Nasaa’ee’ Number 1305 & declared Saheeh by Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) in As-Saheehah Number 1301]
Abu Huraira reported: I invited my mother, who was a polytheist, to Islam. I invited her one day and she said to me something about Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) which I hated. I came to Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) weeping and said: Allaah’s Messenger, I invited my mother to Islam but she did not accept (my invitation). I invited her today but she said to me something which I did not like. (Kindly) supplicate Allaah that He may set the mother of Abu Huraira right. Thereupon Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: O Allaah, set the mother of Abu Huraira on the right path. I came out quite pleased with the supplication of Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and when I came near the door it was closed from within. My mother heard the noise of my footsteps and she said: Abu Huraira, just wait, and I heard the noise of falling of water. She took a bath and put on the shirt and quickly covered her head with a headdress and opened the door and then said: Abu Huraira, I bear witness to the fact that there is none worthy of worship (in truth) but Allaah and Muhammad is His bondsman and His Messenger. He (Abu Huraira) said: I went back to Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and (this time) I was shedding the tears of joy. I said: Allaah’s Messenger, be happy, for Allaah has responded to your supplication and He has set on the right path the mother of Abu Huraira. He (the Prophet) praised Allaah, and extolled Him and uttered good words. I said: Allaah’s Messenger, supplicate to Allaah so that He may instil love of mine and that of my mother too in the believing servants and let our hearts be filled with their love, whereupon Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: O Allaah, let there be love of these servants of yours, i. e. Abu Huraira and his mother, in the hearts of the believing servants and let their hearts be filled with the love of the believing servants. (Abu Huraira said: This prayer) was so well granted by Allaah that no believer was ever born who heard of me and who saw me but did not love me. [Sahih Muslim 2491]
The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:
Whoever says [سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ ] a hundred times when he reaches the morning and evening, none will come on the Day of Judgement with anything better than what he comes with, except someone who has said the same as he said or more. [Sahih Muslim 2692]
Dhun-noon Al-Misri (rahimahullaah) said: Al-Hasan [Al-Basri (rahimahullaah)] said: ”I do not fear for you that your supplications are unanswered, but what I fear for you is that you are prevented from supplicating.”