One of my favorite du’as is the du’a of Uwais al Qarni (rahimahullahu ta’ala) – the only Tabi’ mentioned by name in a hadith of the Prophet, salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
The story of Uwais Al-Qarni was mentioned in Sahih Muslim as well as in other books. Even though he was from the Tabi’een and did not see the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam], the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam] had advised ‘Umar ibn Al-Khatab [Radiya Allahu ‘Anhu] that if he meets [Uwais] then he, ‘Umar, should ask [Uwais] to ask Allah to forgive him and to make supplication for him. Asir ibn Jaabir radhiallahu `anhu narrated:
Whenever people would come from Yemen, `Umar radhiallahu `anhu would ask them, “Is Uways Al-Qaranee amongst you?” until, one year, he met Uways. He said, “Are you Uways Al-Qaranee?” He said, “Yes.” `Umar continued, “From Muraad, then Qaran?” He said, “Yes.” `Umar then asked, “Were you once afflicted with leprosy and your skin healed except for a dirham’s area?” Uways said, “Yes.”`Umar finally asked, “Do you have a mother (that is alive)?” He said, “Yes.”`Umar then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam – say, ‘Uways ibn Aamir will come to you with the delegations from Yemen, from Muraad, then from Qaran. He was once afflicted with leprosy and his skin healed except for a dirham’s area. He has a mother, and he treats her kindly. If he was to ever swear by Allah (for something) Allah would fulfill his oath. If you can, request that he ask forgiveness for you.”`Umar then requested from Uways, “Ask forgiveness for me.” And Uways Al-Qaranee did. (Sahih Muslim)
After his meeting with ‘Umar, he decided not to return to Madinah knowing that the people would celebrate him because of his high status so instead he went to Iraq. No one knows what happened after that.
اللهم خلقتني ولم أك شيئا مذكورا، ورزقتني ولم أملك شيئا، وظلمت نفسي وارتكبت المعاصي وأنا مقرّ بذنبي، إن غفرت لي فلا ينقص من ملكك، وإن تعذبني فلا يزيد في سلطانك، وإنك تجد من تعذبه غيري وأنا لا أجد من يغفر لي إلا أنت، إنك أنت أرحم الراحمين
“O Allah, You created me when I was not worthy of mention;
And You provided for me when I had nothing;
And I wronged my soul and sinned, and I confess my guilt.
If You forgive me, that will in no way diminish Your sovereignty;
And if You punish me, that will in no way augment Your authority.
You can find others to punish besides me,
But I can find no one to forgive me but You.
Truly, You are the most merciful of those who show mercy”
Allahumma khalaqtani wa lam aku shayan madhkura
Wa razaqtani wa lam amlik shayan wa dhalamtu nafsi wartakabtu al-ma’aasi
Wa anna muqirrun bi-dhanbi in ghafarta li fala yanqusu min mulkika, wa in tu’adhhibuni Fala yazeedu fee sultanika
Wa innaka tajid man tu’adhibuhu ghayri wa ana la ajidu man yaghfir li ila anta
Innaka anta arham ar-rahimeen