November 12, 2012
So long as man is incapable of knowing his own interests, God—Exalted be He—showed him invocations in the Qur’an and others in the Prophet’s Tradition. Among the Qur’anic invocations is the invocation of the angels (peace be upon them) for the righteous Believers. It is a teaching from God—Magnified be He—that came to us through the Throne Bearers so that we may pray for the Believers. In Sūrat Ghāfir(Qur’an 40:7-9), God—Glorified be He—said:
Those who sustain the Throne (of God) and those around it sing Glory and Praise to their Lord, believe in Him, and implore Forgiveness for those who believe: Our Lord! Your Reach is over all things in Mercy and Knowledge. Forgive, then, those who turn in repentance (to You), and follow Your Path; and preserve them from the Penalty of the Blazing Fire! And grant them, our Lord, that they enter the Gardens of Eternity, which You have promised to them, and to the righteous among their fathers, their wives, and their posterity! For You are the Exalted in Might, Full of Wisdom. And preserve them from (all) ills; and any whom You do preserve from ills that day—on them will You have bestowed Mercy indeed. And that will be truly (for them) the highest achievement.