“O Allah! Bless me in what You have given…”
Allahumma Baarik Lana Feema A’tayt is a beautiful du’aa indeed. It means ‘O Allah! Bless Us in What You’ve Given Us’.
We need to know why we need Allah’s Blessings in what we have with us.
I read this beautiful explanation of the phrase “وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ” – Wa Baarik lee feema A’tayt – “Bless me in what You have given…” by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, and would like to share with all my readers.
Please be reminded that this phrase – Wa Baarik Lee Feema A’tayt – occurs in Du’aa al Qunoot.
The Arabic word بَرَكَة (barakah) “blessing” literally means “an abundance of anything good that is continuous”. The scholars even trace this word and its meaning back to the word بِرْكَة (birkah) which means “a large amount of water or any wide container or gathering of water that is constantly filled with water”. Similarly, the word “blessing” means “a continuously large amount of good”. So the meaning of the statement:
“وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ” (Wa Baarik lee feema A’tayt) is:
(O Allah) “Send blessings down upon everything You have given me.”
The wording, “…in what you have given…” is comprehensive including anything Allah has given us of wealth, children, knowledge, and anything else Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has bestowed upon us. So you ask Allah to put blessings in all of that. If Allah does not put blessings in what He has given you, you would surely be prevented from a great amount of good.
How many people have a wealth in abundance, yet it is as if they live in poverty? This is because they gain no real benefit from their wealth; they simply collect it and never benefit from it. This is the result of the blessings being removed from it. Likewise, many people have lots of children and grandchildren, yet their children do not benefit their parents in anything due to their disobedience and ungratefulness. Such people have not been blessed in their children.
You also find some people to whom Allah has given a great amount of knowledge, yet it is as if he is illiterate. You see no traces of knowledge upon him in his worship, in his character, in his manners, nor in the way he treats others. Rather, his knowledge may even increase him in arrogance and considering himself to be above the rest of Allah’s worshippers, belittling and humiliating them. Such a person does not realize the one who bestowed this knowledge upon him is none other than Allah. You see that he never benefits people with his knowledge, neither with lessons, nor advice, nor with writings. On the contrary, he is exclusively centered only upon himself. This is without doubt a great loss, even though religious knowledge is one of the most blessed things Allah gives to a servant. One reason for this is that when you teach others and spread this knowledge among people, you are rewarded from several different perspectives:
1. When you spread this religious knowledge, you are spreading the religion of Allah (عزّ وجلّ) So you work for the sake of Allah, opening people’s hearts with knowledge.
2. From the blessings of spreading knowledge and teaching it is that by doing so, there is the preservation and protection of Allah’s legislation (religious laws). If it weren’t for the passing on of knowledge, the legislation would not have been preserved.
3. Also from the blessings of spreading knowledge is that when you teach others, you do them a great deal of good. You give them insight into the religion of Allah. And when that person then worships Allah with knowledge and insight, you are rewarded with similar rewards he is given because it was you who directed him towards a particular good deed, and the one who directs another to do something good is just like the one who actually does it.*
Also, by spreading and teaching religious knowledge, one’s own knowledge increases. It is known that anyone who teaches a particular knowledge to people, his knowledge in that subject will increase. This is because in teaching, one is recalling what he previously learned and memorized as well as learning new things that he must prepare. To this meaning, there is a famous (Arabic) proverb regarding wealth, “It increases by spending it often, and it decreases if held in a tight fist.” Similarly, if knowledge is withheld and not taught, it will eventually decrease.
Dear brothers and sisters, it is prudent that we make this du’aa every now and then, InshaaAllah.
Wa Baarik Lana Feema A’tayt O Allah! Bless Us in What You’ve Given us.
Download Full Explanation of the Du’aa al Qunoot by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, InshaaAllah.
* A proof of this is the ḥadīth recorded by Muslim (no. 1893), al-Tirmidhī (no. 2671), Abū Dāwūd (no. 5129), and by Aḥmad in which the Prophet (Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-w-asallam) said: مَنْ دَلَّ عَلَى خَيْرٍ فَلَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ فَاعِلِهِ “Whoever directs someone to do something good, he will have a reward like the one who actually did it.”