Muslim Prayers for Peace and A Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Nairobi, Kenya

Posted on September 22, 2013


From Professor Rafik Beekun

I despise and denounce anybody or group who goes out and kills innocent civilians who’ve done nothing to hurt them–as happened today in Nairobi. Whatever these terrorists from Al Shabab did has nothing to do with Islam. As God Himself says in the Qur’an (5:32),

“[If] any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.”

Muslim Prayers for Peace

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Praise be to Almighty God, who created
all humanity from a single soul,
then separated us into nations and tribes
that we might know one another, and NOT that we might despise one another.

Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you.
And God has full knowledge and is well-acquainted.

Almighty God,
Renew in us the bonds of unity in diversity.
Most merciful of the merciful,
increase in us the spirit of compassion
and the gift of understanding,
and remove from our hearts the shadow of hatred.

And the servants of God, Most Gracious, are those who walk the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say “PEACE.”

The above prayer is partly based on a prayer listed on the interfaith section of and is based on verses from the Qur’an (49:13) and (25:63)

Allâhumma allif bayna qulûbinâ
wa aslih dhâta baynina
wahdinâ subûl as-salâm

wa najjinâ min az-zulumâti ilan-nûri
wa janibnâ al-fawâhisha
mâ zahara minhâ wa mâ batana

wa bârik lanâ fî asmâ`inâ wa absârinâ wa qulûbinâ wa azwâjinâ wa dhurriyâtinâ
wa tub `alaynâ innaka antat-tawwâb ur-rahîm

waj`alnâ shâkirîna li ni`matika
muthnîna bihâ qâbilîhâ
wa atimmahâ `alaynâ

O God, unite our hearts
and set aright our mutual affairs,
guide us in the path of peace.

Liberate us from darkness by Your light,
save us from enormities whether open or hidden.

Bless us in our ears, eyes, hearts, spouses, and children.
Turn to us; truly you are Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

Make us grateful for Your bounty and full of praise for it,
so that we may continue to receive it
and complete Your blessings upon us.

from the famous collection of du`as al-Hisn al-Hasin
(“The Mighty Fortress”)
by Muhammad al-Jazri, may Allah be pleased with him
Completed during the siege of Damascus
20 Dhul Hijjah 791 / 9 December 1389

Allahumma ya mowlana antas-salaam, wa minkas-salaam, wa ilaika yarjaus-salaam, haiyyina rabbana bis-salaam, wa adkhilna daras-salaam, tabarakta rabbana wa-ta’laita, ya zal jalali wal ikram

O God! O our Master! You are eternal life and everlasting peace by Your essence and attributes.

The everlasting peace is from You and it returns to You.

O our Sustainer! Grant us the life of true peace and usher us into the abode of peace.

O Glorious and Bounteous One! You are blessed and sublime.
(Contributed by Professor Noorallah Juma, University of Alberta and Professor Abdul S. Hassam, Rutherford University)

The following youtube video contains some of the above prayers and additional ones: