Rabbanaa Laa Too-Aakhiznaa In-Naseenaa Aw Akhtaanaa Rabbanaa wa Laa Tahmil Alaynaa Isran Kamaa Hamaltahu A’lal Lazeena min Qablenaa Rabbanaa wa Laa Tohammilnaa Maa Laa Taaqata Lanaa Beh Wa’Fo A’nnaa Waghfir lanaa War hamnaa Anta Mawlaanaa Fansurnaa A’lal Qawmil Kaafereen.
“…O our Lord, do not hold us responsible if we forget or make mistake. O our lord, do not lay on us a burden such as you laid on those before us. O our Lord, do not impose upon us that which we have not the strength (to bear). Pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our lord-master, so help us against the unbelieving people.”
(Surah al-Baqara, 2:286)
The right path (what to do and what not to do) has been clearly shown to man by Allah. These commandments are very easy to follow, not beyond our capacity, as the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) once said:
“I have brought for you a very easy religion.”
Now man is responsible for what he does. If we make mistakes, by breaking laws of Allah, we must admit our mistakes and humbly and sincerely seek forgiveness of our merciful Lord, who not only forgives faults but helps us to overcome our enemies and the enemies of Allah; and in this way, keeps away from us hardships and sorrows that they (enemies) might bring if Allah does not stop them, in answer to our supplications.
Through this prayer, we pray for the triumph of truth over falsehood and the suppression of satanic tendencies by godliness and ask Allah not to inflict on us situations under which we may not be able to avoid wrongdoing. After acknowledging our limitations we undertake to work at our maximum capacity, hoping that through his mercy He will wipe clean all traces of errors and mistakes.
Rabbanaa Laa Tozigh Quloobanaa Ba’da Iz hadaytanaa Wa Hab Lanaa Mil Ladunka Rahmah Innaka Antal Wahhaab
“Our Lord! make not our hearts to deviate after Thou hast guided us aright, and grant us from Thee mercy; surely Thou art the most liberal Giver”
(Surah Aale Imran, 3:8)
It is better to be careful and recite this dua in advance so that we may not change our heart and mind (follow another religion) after accepting the true religion of Allah, Islam, the only right path.
This prayer is a precaution to avoid possible perversion of the mind and the heart after accepting divine guidance. The purpose of our lives in this temporary and transient world is to make preparation for the eternal life of the hereafter.
To strengthen your faith recite this dua in every wajib as well as sunnah salat.