Shaykh Faraz Rabbani highlights the narration (hadith) of the Prophet ﷺ, in which he tells us about two great blessings that most people lose out on: health and free time. He then explains that one of the ways the righteous sought to make the most of free time, is to turn to Allah in supplication for that which benefits people.
Shaykh Faraz narrates a great supplication from Ma`ruf al-Karkhi, one of the righteous imams of the early Muslims (salaf):
“Whoever says, ‘Allahumma aslih Ummata Muhammad Allahumma farrij `an Ummati Muhammad Allahumma Rham Ummata Muhammad [salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam] (O Allah, improve the state of the Umma of Muhammad O Allah, grant ease to the Umma of Muhammad O Allah, have mercy on the Umma of Muhammad),’ten times every day will be written down as one of the highest of elect believers (abdal).” [Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya , 8.366]
اللَّهُمَّ فَرِّجْ عَنْ أُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ
اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ
اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ