With apologies for the poor quality of the hand-out last class, here is the du’a again. I’ll only include the short form of it, i.e., the one given in Sahih Bukhari and in Muslim (I haven’t checked this but http://www.inmyownskin-nabilah at blogspot give it as Al-Bukhari 11/116 no 6316 and Muslim 1/526, 529-530). Interestingly the longer form is only found in Tirmidhi from among the sihah sitha (the six most rigorous compilations of ahadith)! I personally prefer the short form and it is what is commonly recited;
اللّهُـمَّ اجْعَـلْ في قَلْبـي نورا ، وَفي لِسـاني نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ في سَمْعي نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ في بَصَري نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ مِنْ خَلْفي نورا، وَمِنْ أَمامـي نورا، وَاجْعَـلْ مِنْ فَوْقـي نورا ، وَمِن تَحْتـي نورا .اللّهُـمَّ أَعْطِنـي نورا
Allahumma ijAAal fee qalbee noora, wafee lisanee noora, wajAAal fee samAAee noora,wajAAal fee basaree noora, wajAAal min khalfee noora, wamin amamee noora ,wajAAal min fawqee noora, wamin tahtee noora, allahumma aAAtinee noora.
‘O Allah, place within my heart light, and upon my tongue light, and within my ears light, and within my eyes light, and place behind me light and in front of me light and above me light and beneath me light. O Allah, bestow upon me light.’
Jazakum Allah Khairan and may we all benefit from memorizing this beautiful du’a the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) made and by making it often. N.B, ‘noora’ also includes the meaning of guidance according to a commentary I read.