Word from the East

My Daily Prayer

The year 2018 has come and not without notice or caveat from the Creator. We had the whole of 2017 to prepare us for whatever these coming twelve months have in store for us. Don’t be sad! Don’t be scared! Don’t be too over-confident! Whatever we face this brand new year, perhaps, it might take us through the next the same as 2017 has. Perhaps…

Or we might get 2018 wholly different, however it comes, the year will go through anyways, depending on how we face it. So let’s greet it head on, what better way than with a prayer (however we do it, according to one’s dogmata, practices or liking) – for those who BELIEVE.

Please allow me to share with you my Morning Prayer in the hope that the good Lord will bless you with many good journeys too. The roads are perilous at most, however careful you are. The good Lord has blessed me many fine adventures, not unscathed at times, but grateful for a strong heart and mind to bear with the wounds as I watch them heal. I always tell my family and friends, “Do not drive or start your day without praying please…”

I always say this prayer when in the car (as soon as I get up doesn’t really work for me, my day starts the first time I sit behind the steering wheel each morning. I refuse to move my car even an inch without saying this prayer.

Here is my one. Please accept my modest gift to all of you.

(I am a Muslim and start my prayers and everything else I do with the Al Fatiha (The Opening or the First Surah of the Noble Qur’an); it goes


“Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ “In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”

“In the name of Allah the beneficent, the merciful, praise be Allah, Lord of the worlds, the beneficent, the merciful. Thee alone we worship, Thee alone we seek for help, please lead us to the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured and not of those who has earned Thy anger nor of those who has gone astray.”

(Then my very personal prayer comes after)

Oh Allah, thank you for the new day

Here we are facing the roads and their challenges again.

Please bless my husband,

his person, his work, his decisions and the work of his hands,

May he always show compassion and fairness;

Protect him from anything or anyone that may willingly or accidentally harm him at any time.

I pray to you Oh Lord, bless my children with the motivation to find their calling and perform their duties as you May want them to. Bless them with good friends and protect them from anyone that could hurt them, including me and their own selves.

Guide us Lord; please protect us from ALL dangers, seen and unseen, from the works of men and those of Mother Nature.

As we drive these roads Oh Lord,

(Followed by ALL the people whose names I mention one by one like my husband, my children, families and friends from different parts of the world, yes, I say their names, each one… every day…)

Please take us safely where we need to be.

Please do not allow us to hurt anyone;

Not human lives, animals or plants.

Do not allow us to destroy property; not ours, nor those of others.

Protect us Oh Allah, from other drivers who may not be fit to drive but are still on the roads just the same, including us;

Protect us from anyone who might make mistakes on the roads; drivers, passengers, pedestrians and the like, including us.

Guide us and protect us as always Oh Allah, protect us from others; and others from us.

I am not good at driving this car or my life Lord; it is only with Your mercy that I get through with each mile…

Thank you Oh Allah.

Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ



Life is like driving the roads of this world, each and everyone’s actions affect someone else’s all the time; let us be conscious even of our minutest decisions and make them safe for all concerned. Let us not rely entirely on our own skills and talents; or be scared of what we think is lacking in others.


Kleo Hernandez-Kannangara
Kleo has a Communication Arts degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines which she earned in 1986. She lives in the United Arab Emirates and is married to a Sri Lankan. She has four children, all of whom were born at the UAE. She describes her self as a “stay-at-home mom” who’s always on the road doing errands for everyone, and an “inspirational’ writer which according to her means "I write when inspired by a person, place or event."

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