Better than what you have requested…


Fāṭimah went to the Prophet (pbuh) complaining about the bad effect of the stone hand-mill on her hand.
She heard that the Prophet ( pbuh) had received a few slave girls.
But (when she came there) she did not find him, so she mentioned her problem to Aʾisha.
When the Prophet (pbuh) came, Aʾisha informed him about that.
Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib added, “So the Prophet (pbuh) came to us when we had gone to bed.
We wanted to get up (on his arrival) but he said, ‘Stay where you are.”
Then he came and sat between me and her and
I felt the coldness of his feet on my abdomen.
He (pbuh) said,
“Shall I direct you to something better than what you have requested?
When you go to bed say ‘Subhan’Allāh’ thirty-three times,
‘Alḥamdulillāh’ thirty three times, and ‘Allāhu Akbar‘ thirty four times,
for that is better for you than a servant.”
narrated by Imam Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib
[Bukhārī, 64. Supporting the Family, No. 274]

O Allāh!

O Allāh,
I seek Your forgiveness for every sin that pollutes what
You have made pure, exposes what You have covered, or makes repulsive what
You have beautified within me…
O Allāh, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin that Your pen recorded
And Your knowledge encompassed – every one that I have committed
And that I am to commit until the end of my life.
I seek Your forgiveness for all my sins;
The first and the last, the intentional and the unintentional,
The few and the many, the minor and the major, the faint and the evident,
The past and the recent, the secret and the open and public –
And all those I am to commit throughout my lifetime.
O Allāh, shower blessings, peace, and mercy on our master and chief 
Muḥammad, the best of creation, and his family,
With every glance and every breath,
As many times as the number of all things encompassed within the knowledge of Allāh.