The Quran about appeals
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful
During life there are different situations, when the lack of support leads to disorientation and causes the desire to seek help. Put in extraordinary conditions, people in the absence of visible solutions begin to seek support from the sacral.
In contrast to pantheism and polytheism, the Quran prescribes to seek help only from the Creator. The central form of appeal is the first chapter:
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Praise is to God, Lord of the worlds – the Gracious, the Merciful,
Owner of the Day of Debt!
It is You we serve!
and You we ask for help!
Guide us to the straight path!
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favour!
Not of those who have evoked discontentment or of those who are astray! (1:1-7)
The validity of the “leading” position of this appeal lies in the following excerpt:
And We have certainly given you, seven of the often repeated and the great Literature (Quran)! (15:87)
Analysis of the Quran shows that only two chapters consist of seven parts: the first and one hundred and seventh. In favor of the repeatability of the first chapter, the fact that the second chapter begins as follows:
This is the Prescription about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those circumspect. (2:2)
It turns out that the first chapter acts as a preface to the Quran.
For patriots, the Creator provides the following example of appeal for his country:
…”My Lord, make this a secure country and provide its people with fruits – whoever of them believes God and in the last day.”… (2:126)
…My Lord, make this city secure and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols! (14:35)
Mentioning children looks natural. Being ordinary people, believers are not without a desire to establish a family. This is accompanied by a request to avoid loneliness.
…My Lord! Do not leave me alone! While you are the best of inheritors!” (21:89)
…”Our Lord! Grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us leaders for those who beware!” (25:74)
My Lord! Grant me from among the corrected!” (37:100)
But when you have a family, other situations may arise. The problem of fathers and children is the spiritual crisis of subsequent generations. To the parents, not indifferent to the fate of their offspring, the Creator showed the form of the request for them.
Our Lord! Make us both humble to You and from our descendants a humble headship before You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. (2:128)
My Lord! Make me an establisher of prayer, and from my descendants! (14:40)
However, any favorable scenario does not make sense for the descendants, if in the end they are unhappy. Realizing this, believers on the Day of Debt want a successful outcome in both worlds.
“Our Lord! Give us in this world good and in the hereafter good and protect us from the punishment of the fire!” (2:201)
The main problem of fathers and children is ingratitude towards parents. A person who does not value his father and mother will certainly face the same attitude to himself from his own children.
The Quran shows the appeals of sincere believers to God asking for their parents.
Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established!” (14:41)
…”My Lord! Have mercy upon them as they brought me up small!” (17:24)
My Lord! Forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the obscurantists except in destruction!” (71:28)
A test of strength requires patience. Who else but God can provide resistance to any adversity?
…”Our Lord! Pour upon us patience and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the closed nation.” (2:250)
…Our Lord! Pour upon us patience and let us die as humble!” (7:126)
The variety of types of testing dictates an extensive appeal option. Plea can cover requests – from forgiveness for mistakes to help against enemies.
…”Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred!
Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us!
Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear!
And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our patron! So give us victory over the closed people!” (2:286)
…”Our Lord, take us out of this city, which holders are obscurantists! Appoint for us from Yourself a patron and appoint for us from Yourself a helper!” (4:75)
…”Our Lord! Do not place us with the obscurantists!” (7:47)
…”Upon God do we rely! Our Lord, make us not temptation for the obscurantists and save us by Your mercy from the closed people!” (10:85-86)
My Lord, then do not place me among the obscurantists!” (23:94)
…”My Lord, support me against the corrupting nation!” (29:30)
The request for forgiveness for believers is logical. Man is a limited creature, and in the course of his life there is always the possibility of making a mistake.
“Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy! Indeed, You are the Bestower! (3:8)
…”Our Lord! Indeed we have believed. So forgive us our trespasses and protect us from the punishment of the fire!” (3:16)
…”Our Lord! Forgive us our trespasses and the excess in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the closed people!” (3:147)
…’Our Lord! We have believed! So forgive us and have mercy upon us, and You are the best of the gracious!’ (23:109)
…”My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of the merciful!” (23:118)
…”Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in faith! And put not in our hearts resentment toward those who have believed! Our Lord! Indeed You are Compassionate, Merciful!” (59:10)
…Our Lord! Upon You we have relied! And to You we have returned! And to You is the exodus! Our Lord, make us not temptation for those who closed themselves! Forgive us, our Lord! Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise!” (60:4-5)
…”Our Lord! Perfect for us our light and forgive us! Indeed, You are over all things competent!” (66:8)
A person with an adequate reasoning understands that violations of prescriptions can turn into “an unpleasant surprise” on the Day of Debt. Just attributing yourself to the humble to God does not guarantee the success in the future life. Awareness of this causes the following pleas.
…”Our Lord! You did not create this in vain! Exalted are You! Then protect us from the punishment of the fire! Our Lord! Indeed whoever You admit to the fire – You have disgraced him, and for the obscurantists there are no helpers! Our Lord! Indeed we have heard a caller calling to faith, ‘Believe your Lord!’ and we have believed. Our Lord! So forgive us our trespasses and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous! Our Lord! Grant us what You promised us through Your messengers and do not disgrace us on the day of standing before You. Indeed, You do not fail in promise!” (3:191-194)
…”Our Lord! Avert from us the punishment of Hell! Indeed, its punishment is ever adhering! (25:65)
And do not disgrace me on the Day of resurrection! (26:87)
…”Our Lord! You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire!
Our Lord! Admit them to the gardens of Adn (Eden) which You have promised them and whoever corrected himself among their parents, their spouses and their offspring! Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise!
And protect them from the evil deeds! And he whom You protect from evil deeds that day – You will have given him mercy! And that is the great attainment!” (40:7-9)
Guided by the hope for a bright future, believers appeal for their inclusion in a cohort of witnesses (shahids) who on the Day of Debt will not be held responsible.
Our Lord! We have believed in what You revealed! We have followed the messenger, so register us among the witnesses!” (3:53)
…”Our Lord! We have believed! So register us among the witnesses! And why should we not believe God and what has come to us of the truth? And we aspire that our Lord will admit us with the corrected people!” (5:83-84)
Provocateurs of misdeeds are disobedient, both from the camp of the disappointed (iblees), and from the camp of people. From those, and from others, protection is required.
…”My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the incitements of the disobedient ones! And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they be present with me!” (23:97-98)
Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak!
From the evil of that which is created!
And from the evil of darkness when it settles!
And from the evil of the blowers in knots!
And from the evil of an envier when he envies!” (113:1-5)
“I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind!
The King of mankind!
The God of mankind!
From the evil of the hidden whisperer – who whispers into the thoughts of mankind
From among the invisible creatures and mankind.” (114:1-6)
Appeal to God is also caused by simple life situations. For example, transportation is always relevant for people.
…in the name of God is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful!” (11:41)
…”Exalted is He who has subjected this to us, and what we are not connected with! And indeed we, to our Lord, will return!” (43:13-14)
Minimization of errors is directly related to the acquired knowledge. Therefore, it is understandable to seek knowledge from their source – the Most High.
…”My Lord! Increase me in knowledge!” (20:114)
But possessing of only some knowledge is beneficial for people. In this sphere, it is quite appropriate to ask to keep yourself away from such information.
…”My Lord! I seek refuge in You from asking that of which I have no knowledge! And unless You forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be among the losers!” (11:47)
The Quran is oriented towards people who think. Mind is the basis of activity. In this regard, a natural request for a reasonable order is natural.
…”Our Lord! Grant us from Yourself mercy and bring our affairs to order!” (18:10)
The transfer of information is an integral part of the delivery of divine truths. This is difficult to do with tongue-tie. For the successful delivery of the prescription of the Creator, a clear language is needed, which Moses appealed for.
…”My Lord! Expand for me my breast and ease for me my task and untie the knot from my tongue That they may understand my speech. (20:25-28)
The danger to life reveals our weakness. Powerlessness before circumstances causes an urgent need for the mercy of the Lord.
…”Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful!” (21:83)
One of the required qualities of believers is impartiality. Impartiality dictates the solution of any problems in the truth, which the believers ask for.
…”My Lord! Cause me to enter a true entrance and to exit a true exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority!” (17:80)
…”My Lord! Judge in truth!.. (21:112)
Ideological war causes different methods of attacking the enemy. Opponents do not disdain to use lies against believers. There is also a request for protection from this.
…”My Lord! Help me from what they are lying to me! ” (23:26)
…”My Lord! Help me against the ones accusing me of lying!” (23:39)
Equally important is the place of human settlement. The state of residence is dictated by the conditions of the inhabited environment. A request for a supportive environment is also present in the Quran.
…’My Lord! Let me land at a blessed landing place, and You are the best to accommodate!’ (23:29)
Controlling your own inner state, rather than following others, contributes to the following appeals:
“My Lord! Grant me judgement and join me with the corrected ones! Make my tongue truthful to others! And place me among the inheritors of the garden of pleasure! (26:83-85)
…”My Lord! Suggest me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do correction of which You will be content And admit me by Your mercy into Your corrected servants!” (27:19)
…”My Lord! Suggest me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents! That I will correct for Your contentment! Make my offspring improving! Indeed, I have repented to You! And indeed, I am of the humble!” (46:15)
The believer who has absorbed the spirit of the Prescription doesn’t practically have a pride. Recognition of your own need is not disgraceful for the believer.
…”My Lord! Indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need!” (28:24)
The versatility of appeals to the Creator shows a wide range of possible options of prayer. The person following the Quran should not become a hostage to the assumed monotonous “lamentations”, he uses his own appeal in every situation.