“My Lord forgive me, my Lord forgive me, my Lord forgive me”, and he would emphasize his yearning for his Lord.
And when the slave raises his head from sajdah, he must abase himself before Allah, seeking forgiveness for all his sins and shortcomings, longing for Allah’s mercy and praying to Allah to forgive him, have mercy on him, and provide him rizq, and grant him well-being. These five phrases sum up all the good in this world and the Hereafter. The slave is in desperate need for gaining what will benefit him in the world and the Hereafter, and avoiding what will harm him in the world and in the Hereafter.
This dua sums up all of the above. Rizq (provision) combines all worldly and spiritual benefits and refers to both rizq for the body and rizq for his heart and soul. And Allah is the best of Providers. Divine forgiveness wards off calamities in the world and in the Hereafter, and Divine mercy is a combination of all of the above. Guidance pertains to all matters.
After the first sajdah, he is granted one more; for one sajdah is not enough, although one ruku was enough. This is due to the superiority of sajdah and its honor and dignity, and the nearness the slave experiences to his Lord therein. For this is the physically closest he can ever be to his Lord. Thus, it is most deeply rooted in slave hood devotion, and it surpasses the other stages in salat. This is why it is the climax of each rakat and its status in salat is that of a tawaaf-e-eziarah during Hajj. Just as the slave is closest to Allah during sajdah, so is the pilgrim closest to Allah during tawaaf.
To be continued…