Part of the completeness of one’s imaan is that we should love for our brother or sister what we love for ourselves. Therefore, just as we would desire to be guided to the truth, we should desire that others should be guided to truth also. Just as we desire that we are forgiven for our sins, we should desire the same for our fellow Muslims also.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, is commanded in the Qur’an to:
“…seek forgiveness (from Allah) for your sins, and the sins of the believing men and women.” (Surah Muhammad:19)
Similarly, the Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him, prayed to Allah:
“O My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and whoever entered my house as a believer, and all the believing men and women.” (Surah Nuh:28)
And the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
“Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and women, then a good deed will be written for him for every single believing man and woman (that he prayed for).” (Reported in al-Tabarani)
SubhanAllah what a beautiful reward! We are therefore encouraged to remember all our Muslim brothers and sisters in our du’as, and to pray for the entire Muslim ummah. We should also pray against those who are against Islam or who fight or torture Muslims. This is from the etiquettes of du’a and is a sign of imaan.
It is also of particular importance to pray for your own parents (if they are alive or if they died as Muslims). Allah specifically instructs the believers to do this:
“And lower the wings of humility and mercy, and say ‘O My Lord!’ have mercy on them as they took care of me while I was young.” (Surah al-Isra:24)
The Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, also made the following excellent du’a:
“O My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and all of the believers, the Day that the Reckoning will occur!” (Surah Ibrahim:41)
Let’s take advantage of the excellent blessing and make sure we make du’a all of the ummah as well as those closest to us.