When you leave the restroom, say ‘Ghufranaka’ (Your forgiveness).
Al-Tirmidhi narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (RA) said: When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) exited the toilet, he used to say Ghufraanaka (Your forgiveness).
It didn’t prompt me when I read about it for the first time. I wondered why our Prophet asked for forgiveness while coming out of the bathroom/toilet. I was expecting something else. The Masnoon Dua for entering the washroom is taking refuge in Allaah SWT, so by that logic invocation while leaving the restroom should be some kind of thanksgiving or praise to Allaah SWT.
Despite the amazing benefits of the system of rational thoughts, logic has its limits, it might fail; and where logic fails, faith starts; and where faith starts, a new dimension of logic unfolds.
Since the invocation was without any doubt authentic, and as a believer, I should have faith in everything seen or unseen, comprehendible or obscure, I should submit to it. I didn’t think much about the reason and very soon, ‘Ghufranaka’ was on my tongue while leaving the restroom.
A few weeks back while revising the Fiqh* of Taharah**, this dua for leaving the washroom rang a bell. It came in the light that scholars have stated that the reason why our Prophet (PBUH) asked forgiveness when exiting the toilet is that it is for not being able to mention the remembrance of Allaah whilst he was in the toilet. He regarded that as a shortcoming and to make up for it he asked for forgiveness.
What a lovely Deen it is. What a profound lesson, even a simple one-word Prophetic invocation (that once bewildered me) is giving us. Our tongue should always be busy in His remembrance. Our Prophet felt sorry even for the little time he spent in relieving himself. Just look at the desperation of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) to seek forgiveness; just have a close look at the words ‘Your forgiveness’. It is not ‘I seek Your forgiveness’, but swiftly ‘Your forgiveness’.
Alas! Where do we stand?
We spend our days and nights without remembering our Lord, without mentioning His glorified name, and we do not even think about it.
Even if we know about it, it is not a big deal for us.
Even if we realize, who cares to repent and to turn back.
The truth is that we have left ourselves without a plan as animals do, not knowing what to do at any moment. We don’t even know what does it mean to live a life in His remembrance.
The Might of Pen
[*Fiqh: Theory or philosophy of Islamic law, based on the teachings of the holy Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet (PBUH).
**Taharah: Purification, cleanliness]