“O Allah”

It’s a way to call out to Allah that is unique only to Allah

When you say Allahumma, it has a great sense of urgency & it’s very powerful


“Most definitely, You are, without a shred of doubt”


“One who lets something go, One who excuses, One who gives you chance after chance, One who gives you opportunity after opportunity. One who disregards, One who forgives everything wrong we have ever done”

Comes from the word “al afwu”, which means to look away, to turn away, to ignore, to let something go

Tuhib al-‘afwa 

“You love letting our sins go. You love overlooking our sins. You love giving us another opportunity, another chance. You love giving us chance after chance.”

Fa’affu ‘anni 

“Based off of the fact that You are the One who wipes away sins, & You love overlooking our mistakes & wiping away sins, I beg you, I plead with you, I ask you, ya Allah, please give me another chance, & wipe me away my sins. Give me another opportunity.”

The Prophet advised us to make this dua over & over again

In this dua, the Prophet mentioned the act of overlooking mistakes & wiping way sins & giving opportunity 3 times in 3 different ways

The eloquence of the Prophet is such that in the 3 times & the 3 different ways, he mentioned the same things 

  • The 1st time about Allah
  • The 2nd time about the act
  • The 3rd time about ourselves

This represents the quantity & the diversity of sins we have committed 

What we’re saying through these words is that O Allah, I’ve made more mistakes than I care to have made. I’ve made dozens, & hundreds, & thousands of different types of mistakes. But on this night, what brings me comfort & solace O Allah is that You can forgive, & You are the One who forgives, so please give me another chance. Give me another opportunity, O Allah


I can watch this over and over again. My parents singing to “Wada Karo — Promise”. I promise to make them proud sooner than they think. Love them so much ❤️😭

​So for the first time ever, that too in the blessed month of Ramadhan and so aptly on Father’s Day, my father and I did a duet on stage :’) it wasn’t perfect. We didn’t practise much but we understood each other and that made up for it.

For restoring my faith time and again with your tenderness. For reminding me that God works wonders but it’s all a matter of time. For being there for me when the world shunned me. I love you Papa. Thank you for loving me. 

Thank you for loving my Mom and showing me what a real man is. A real man doesn’t just stick around when things are easy and his woman is in her best form. A real man stands by her even at her worst and reminds her that she’s beautiful and that she’s irreplaceable. 

You’ve worked so hard everyday of your life. I watch you hustle by day and labour in the course of God by night. Perhaps the world will only see you in a certain way because they’ve not been given the chance to really get to know you. But I’ve lived with you for 23 years and dare I say, you’re the most caring, loving and patient man in my world. 

I’ve seen you when things were going your way and things weren’t. It didn’t change you one bit. You remain consistent in your faith and you pray to Allah to never make you amongst those that are ungrateful since He has blessed you with so many other things. 

You’ve always reminded me of the supremacy of the Quran and to never take it for granted. You’ve always laid my pettiness at rest when I compared myself with girls who are having such a great headstart at life and I’m still finding myself. You’ve created a sense of identity in me rooted in my religion despite me wanting to run as far away from it as possible given that any association to it makes me appear like a freak of nature in the eyes of my less practising friends. 

I’ve said it then I’ve said it now and I’d always say this — You’re a great man. And you’ve done wonders in my life. I pray I’d marry someone as great as you with the amount of hair you have (minus the occasional temperament heh). 

Love you Pops/Papa/Dad/Dadda 💝

Everything I am that is good, is because of you Papa. I love you more than life itself. Thank you for bringing me up like a kite. You let me roam wild and free. When I’ve strayed too far, you yank the line and reel me back in. I love you. I may not like your  ways. I may feel obligated to do certain things. But I know I’d appreciate all that you do once I’m way older. I love you, from cradle to grave. 🥀🌹