ARABIC GEM: ‘My Lord, enable me’

رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِىٓ أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ

“My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor…” (Qur’an, 46:15)

In a beautiful ayah that talks about good treatment to parents, the Qur’an also mentions a striking du’aa, a portion of which is quoted above.

The Arabic goes, “Rabbi auzi’ni an ashkura ni’mathak.” The translation of auzi’ni is “enable me.” However, if we go into the literal meaning of the word, it is, “gather within me the utmost strength and ability” to be thankful or grateful for Your favors and blessings. The depth of the meaning can perhaps be best appreciated if we learn and understand Arabic. May Allah facilitate it for all of us. Aameen.


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