Imam Khomeini

What were Imam Khomeini's two favorite prayers?

The month of Sha'ban is the month of worship, reliance on God, and prayers such as "Hear my prayers when I pray to you and hear my voice when I call you.” The month of Sha'ban is the month of speaking to Allah the Exalted and connecting pure hearts with minds of greatness and enlightenment. The value of the month of Sha'ban should be appreciated. The "Dua Sha'baniyya" is a blessing which has been bestowed on us. Well, we have many prayers, and all of these prayers are full of lofty concepts, but a number of our prayers are particularly outstanding.

I asked our magnanimous Imam (may God bestow paradise on him), "Out of the prayers which have been narrated by the Imams (a.s.), which one are you more interested in and more attached to? He said that he was more interested in Dua Kumayl and Dua Sha'baniyya: he was more interested in these two prayers. Imam used to worship God from the bottom of his heart. He was a man who relied on God, who engaged in supplication, who showed humility before God and established a close relationship with the Creator. In the eyes of Imam (r.a.), Dua Kumayl and Dua Sha'baniyyah were the best means for getting closer to God.

When one turns to these two prayers and pays careful attention, he sees how similar these two are. They have many similarities, and they reflect the prayers of those humble people who rely on God: "It looks as though I have stood before You while my reliance on You has overwhelmed me. You do what befits Your position and status, and You have covered me up with Your mercy.” 

In this dua, humble people hope for God's forgiveness, mercy, and attention, and they make lofty requests to God: "Dear God, bestow upon me perfection in separating myself from anyone except you, and enlighten our hearts with the light of seeing you.” The month of Sha'ban is such a month. Pure, enlightened, and young hearts should benefit from such an opportunity, and they should strengthen their relationship with God.

Imam Khamenei, Jun 12, 2013


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