An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

Rabbee Zidnee ‘Ilma

 رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا Those who know this du’aa from their childhood and are in the habit of making this du’aa very often are immensely fortunate.

By teaching this du’aa, parents and teachers in fact connect their children with knowledge and the Source of all knowledge.  And this connection stays till a person’s last breath. Subhanallaah!

Affectionately taught by man’s very First Teacher – Allah – to man’s Last Prophetic-Teacher, Prophet Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alahi-wa-sallam), this du’aa is highly meaningful: 


“So high [above all] is Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (Surah Taha 20: 114)

Unfortunately some Muslim authors/translators have done dis-service in presenting a wrong translation of this beautiful du’aa. Translating this du’aa as “My Lord! Increase my knowledge'” is to belittle the ayah’s connotation.

A Muslim must say this to himself: It is not that I am asking Allah to increase ‘my knowledge’ but I am seeking ‘my growth’ ‘my enrichment’ in knowledge, wisdom and intellect.

Personality development is the key.

Dear brothers and sisters, how refreshing it would be if we say رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا keeping the following meanings in mind, Inshaa’Allah.

My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.

My Lord! Elevate me in knowledge.

My Lord! Advance me in knowledge.

My Lord! Uplift me intellectually.

My Lord! Enrich me in wisdom.

My Lord! Improve me in spiritual matters.

My Lord! Raise me in morals.

My Lord! Uphold me in education.

My Lord! Make me dominant in sciences.

My Lord! Sparkle me intellectually.

The element hidden in this du’aa is one’s upbringing. Not that you seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge. You grow up in knowledge. And you stop growing when you stop learning!

Islam teaches us to seek knowledge to reform ourselves. To educate our community. To promote our values. To advance our civilization. To uphold our culture. To spread our deen. To make our dunya happy. To make our Aakhirah fruitful. To dominate scientifically, culturally and morally. To build a viable and a caring society.  To rule the world with Divine Guidance.

To achieve all this, effort is needed. That is what we seek through this du’aa.

“O Allah! Bless me with the Tawfeeq to transform myself into a learned and upright individual”.

We Muslims must seek our development and success through creative knowledge and wisdom.  By looking beyond the sky. By being masters in the field, not servants at someone’s mercy!  Definitely not via imitating others. Not copying science and technology from people with materialistic mindsets and hegemonic attitudes. But by participating in the global world through innovation in all branches of knowledge, not just in science and technology. Through ethics and excellence. Morals and manners. This is what we seek – and must seek – through this du’aa:  رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا

I would like to conclude by highlighting an issue: the articulation of Arabic letters.

You know the word ‘Ilm with the letter Ayn means knowledge. If mispronounced, you substitute Ayn with Alif.

And Ilm with the letter Alif means pain!

So are we unknowingly seeking pain and an increase in pain?!!

Of course, Allah knows our intentions and understands what we mean. So He will bless us with knowledge and intellect but then what is our role in the articulation of Arabic words?

While we seek to understand the du’aa of our childhood, let us also improve our pronunciation, Inshaa’Allah.

Seek knowledge. Be upright. Stay blessed!

Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post of mine.

April 2, 2013 - Posted by | Du'aas - Qur'anic, Reflections, Seeking Knowledge | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Jazakallahu khair bro. good one.

    Comment by Akram | April 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Wa iyyaaka, brother. And thank you so much 🙂

      Comment by MuQeet | April 2, 2013 | Reply

  2. jazakallah khair for this!

    Comment by Juli | April 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Wa iyyaaki, sis!
      And Barakallahu Feeki for reblogging.

      Comment by MuQeet | April 2, 2013 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on In the Pursuit of Writing.

    Comment by juliherman | April 2, 2013 | Reply

  4. Thank you sheikh for this information. I only wish more Arabs would read and understand also

    Comment by Bilal | April 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillah.
      PS: I am not sheikh by the way 🙂

      Comment by MuQeet | April 3, 2013 | Reply

  5. Allahu akbar!

    Comment by Musakiru Tirimisiyu Oluwasina | April 3, 2013 | Reply

  6. Assalamu’alaikum bro.
    Subhaan’Allah! Seriously, Grateful bro, for the reminders. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala give you more Tawfeeq to spread His word and may He elevate you in knowledge…Aameen.
    Jazak’Allahu khairan Kaseera for sharing. Obliged indeed.

    Comment by Ayesha | May 11, 2013 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa Rahmatullah.
      Thank you for reading and also for your kinds words and the du’aa.
      May Allah accept your du’aa, Aameen.
      Barakallaahu Feek.
      May Allah give you true success in all your endeavours. May Allah make you the best of doctors, Aameen.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 11, 2013 | Reply

  7. Jazakalahu khair alhamdulillah

    Comment by amina awwal | January 11, 2014 | Reply

    • Jazakallaahu Khayra.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 11, 2014 | Reply

  8. Wa’iyyaka ya akhi. 🙂
    Stay blessd! 🙂

    Comment by Muhsin | February 12, 2014 | Reply

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  10. Helpful….

    Comment by fatima Imran | September 17, 2014 | Reply

    • alhamdulillaah

      Comment by MuQeet | September 17, 2014 | Reply

  11. Jazaak Allah for explaining the true meaning of “RABBE ZIDNI ILMA” and also for the clarity in the meaning of the arabic term “ILMA”. May Allah reward you for your contribution.

    Comment by Ibrahim | March 3, 2016 | Reply

    • Baarakallaahu Feekum.
      Thank you very much for your kind words.
      All praise belongs to Allah alone.

      Comment by MuQeet | March 3, 2016 | Reply

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  13. I appreciate your writings as they all are beneficial .THank you and may ALlah reward you well for your effort

    Comment by Nahla Said | March 6, 2016 | Reply

    • All praise belongs to Allah alone.
      May He accept the good work, and forgive us of our sins.
      Jazakillaahu Khayra for your appreciation and kind words.
      May Allah accept your du’aa and bless you abundantly.

      Comment by MuQeet | March 6, 2016 | Reply

  14. Salamualekun. May Allah accept it as an act of Ibadah.

    Comment by ABUBAKAR Abdul Mumin | May 19, 2016 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.
      Jazakallaahu Khayra

      Comment by MuQeet | May 19, 2016 | Reply

  15. When and how does this dua needs to be recited?
    My exams are ahead😣 can i read this dua before i start reading..? Will this help me remember my syllabus n pass in my exam🙊

    Comment by Suzaina.kn | November 28, 2017 | Reply

    • You can make this du’aa anytime, whether you have exams or not.
      Du’aa is the cry of a human heart. So call on Allah with total reliance, InshaaAllah. May Allah make things easy for you.

      Comment by MuQeet | November 28, 2017 | Reply

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  18. No need to mention this but INDEED J@ZAKALLAH😊

    Comment by M@ryam | January 29, 2019 | Reply

    • Your mentioning it is, indeed, inspiring.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 29, 2019 | Reply

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  20. Maa shaa Allah

    Comment by Ridwan | November 20, 2019 | Reply

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