إِنَّنَا سَمِعْنَا مُنَادِيًا يُنَادِي لِلْإِيمَانِ أَنْ آمِنُوا بِرَبِّكُمْ فَآمَنَّا ۚ رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الْأَبْرَارِ
رَبَّنَا وَآتِنَا مَا وَعَدْتَنَا عَلَىٰ رُسُلِكَ وَلَا تُخْزِنَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۗ إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ
Above are the two Ayats 193- 194 from the Quran, Surah Al Imran (Chapter 3)
These are about seeking forgiveness from God. Here is the translation by Abdullah Yusaf.
193- “Our Lord! We have heard, the call of one calling
(Us) to Faith, “Believe ye In the Lord,” and we
Have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins,
Blot out from us, our iniquities, and take
To Thyself our souls, in the company of the righteous”
194- “Our Lord! Grant us, what Thou didst promise
Unto us through Thy Messengers, and save us from shame
On the Day of Judgement; for Thou never breakest Thy promise.”
When I would read the Quran, and came upon some Ayats (verses) I made saying them a part of my daily life. The above two Ayats I repeat with myself once after Fajr (Morning) Prayers, and then again before sleeping at night.
This came about twelve years ago. Before that although I had read the Quran hundreds of times I had not made these Ayats part of my daily life.
Some relatives of ours went every year during Ramadan (the thirty days fast) to Khana Kaaba (The House of God), to which Muslims turn their faces when praying. It was built by the Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
I really felt envious of them. I thought of them as lucky people getting to spend time in a Holy place, and reaping great rewards from God; where as I was stuck in my own home. I felt in terms of prayers they had a greater edge on me.
I tried my best to get my (late) husband to agree to spend at least one Ramadan in Mecca, but my dear, darling husband refused. I was disappointed, but what could I do? Nothing.
Imagine my surprise when my those relatives came back that year, and told me their dream when they were in Kaaba. In the dream they are standing beside the Kaaba when they saw me in beautiful robes in the company of similarly dressed people passing closely by them.
I realized that was God’s way of telling me, that prayers does reach Him where ever they are done, irrespective of time, and place.