Authentic Supplications of the Prophet
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Upon Entering a Town (199)
It is reported by way of Suhayb , that the Prophet did not see a town which he wanted to enter except that he said upon seeing it: Allãhumma rabbas-samãwãtis-sab`i wa mã 'athlaln, wa rabbal 'aradheenas-sab`i wamã 'aqlalna, wa rabbash-shayãteeni wa mã 'adhlalna, rabbar-riyãhi wa mã tharayna; 'as'aluka khayra hãthihi 'alqaryati, wa khayra 'ahlihã, wa khayra mã feehã, wa 'a`outhu bika min sharrihã, wa sharri 'ahlihã, wa sharri mã feehã (218)
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O my ilãh Lord of the Seven Heavens, and that which they have shaded; Lord of the Seven Earths and that which they have carried, Lord of the shayãteen [devils], and those whom they have led astray; and Lord of the winds, and that which they have lifted; I ask You the good of this town, the good of its people, and the good that is in it; and I soicit your protection from its evil, and the evil of its people and the evil that is in it.

Reporters

Ibn Taymiya said that it was reported by An-Nisã'ee and others. Al-Albãni said: "Others" like: Ibn Hibbãn, and Al-Hãkim, who both said it was sound, and Ath-Thahabi agreed with them. Al-Albãni thought the hadeeth was worty of further scrutiny because all the above mentioned narrations included 'Abi Marwãn, the father of `Atã. He further said that Ath-Thahabi mentioned him in Al-Meezãn saying: "An-Nisã'ee said he was unknown," and whoever claims that he was a companion has no evidence of such, except for reports that are all by way of 'Al-Wãqidiy who is abolished. In spite of this, Al-Albãni said, Al-Hãfith Ibn Hajar said the hadeeth was comely, and said that he perhaps meant of "comely" meaning, not the hadeeth term "comely". He said: See Ibn Illãn 154/5. Al-Albãni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #141.

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