Du’a

ASKING ALL FOR WELL-BEING IN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT
By Shaykh Abdur Rahmaan Naasir Al-Sa`di rahimahullaah
Excerpt from the introduction to ‘al-Khushoo fis-Salat’ of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
http://bayaan.multiply.com/journal/item/274

`Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood radiallaahu `anhu relates that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam would supplicate:

“O Allaah! I ask You for guidance, piety, safety and well-being, and contentment and sufficiency.” (Allaahummaa innee as’alukal-hudaa wat-tuqaa wal-`afaafa wal-ghinaa). [Related by Muslim, no 2721]

Imaam as-Sa`dee (d. 1376 AH) – rahimahullaah – said in [Bahjatul Quloobul-Abraar (p.198)]: “This du`aa (supplication) is from the most comprehensive and beneficial du`aas (supplications), since it includes asking Allaah for well-being with regards to both the Religion and the world.

Thus, al-hudaa (the guidance) is beneficial knowledge, and at-tuqaa (i.e. taqwaa or piety) is righteous actions and leaving-off what Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden; and this is (asking) for correctness and well-being of a person’s Religion.

For indeed, the Religion comprises of beneficial knowledge and recognising the truth – which is guidance – and standing firm upon obedience to Allaah and His Messenger sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam – and this is piety.

And al-`afaafa (well-being and safety) and al-ghinaa (contentment and sufficiency) comprises of being safe from (the harms of) the creation and that the heart is not attached to them.

And it also comprises of being content with Allaah and what He provides, and seeking whatever will cause the heart to be satisfied with Him. So with this, happiness in this worldly life is completed, and the heart tastes true sweetness and delight – and this is a goodly life.

So whosoever is granted the provision of guidance, piety, well-being and contentment has indeed achieved true happiness, and has acquired all that could be possibly sought after, as well as being saved from all that is dreadful and frightening.”

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IMPORTANCE OF SUPPLICATION IN TRIALS

By Shaykh Salaah Al-Budayr

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah and be conscious of Him.

Dear brethren! The Muslim ummah is now undergoing difficult days. It is undergoing a state of war in all its senses, wars whose end is unknown. The fire of the war was kindled by the enemies of Islaam. Had they known the consequences of that, they would not have dared attacking Muslims. For the evil plan affects only its planner.

These wars are some of the trials, which Allaah has destined for this ummah, and the Muslims shall overcome them sooner than later if they bear them with perseverance, submission to Allaah and supplication to Him. For His order should not be met but with acceptance and faith.

Dear brethren! Our ummah is now facing the cruelest massacre orchestrated by the devilish and oppressive people who show no mercy to old people, women, children and the sick. The enemy’s policy is unjust and barbaric. But we Muslims have none who can remove these calamities and injustices from us except Allaah. Among the invocations the Messenger of Allaah used to make during times of hardship is, “Laa ilaaha illallaahul-‘aleemul ‘azeem, laa ilaaha illallaah rabbull-‘arshil ‘azeem, laa ilaaha illallaah rabbus-samaawaatis-sab‘ warabbul-‘arshil kareem.” Meanings: ‘No deity has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, the Omniscient, the Great. No deity has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Lord of the Great Throne. No deity has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Lord of the seven heavens and Lord of the Noble Throne.’

He would also say, “Hasbunallaah wani‘mal-wakeel.” Meaning: “Sufficient for us is Allaah and He is the best Disposer of affairs.” Prophet Ibraaheem said this when he was thrown into fire and our Prophet Muhammad also said it when the hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.”

Raise hands of prayer to Allaah. Invoke Him through different righteous deeds to show mercy on your oppressed brethren in all places. Be always sincere in your prayers and ask Allaah to remove calamities and hardships from Muslims.

O Allaah! You are our Protector and in You we put our trust. Remove from Muslims every affliction and calamity. Defend us and all Muslims against our enemies who are also Your enemies.

Fellow Muslims! It is when the ummah abandoned the command of Allaah that she becomes humiliated. It is her negligence of the injunctions of Allaah that makes the cunning infidels attack her and fail to respect any agreement with her. She has submitted herself to her enemies at the expense of her religion, security and future in a world full of lies, deceits, and avarice. No weeping or wailing will be of any use and there is no way out of this humiliation except through sincere return to Allaah.

Fellow Muslims! What befalls us today is the consequence of our sins and our negligence. It is also a result of the deeds of some foolish ones among us. Let us therefore beseech Allaah and show our helplessness and need for His mercy. Let us seek for His forgiveness and abstain from sins. For no calamity befalls except as result of a sin and it is not removed except through repentance.

Dear brethren! Now is the time to stop dealing in usury. Now is the time for the TV channels to stop broadcasting shameless programmes. Now is the time to enjoin the good and forbid evils. Now is the time for the Muslim lands to be cleansed from shirk,[1] superstitions and innovations. Now is the time for the religion of Allaah to be allowed to prevail. Now is the time for the Muslims to remember the saying of the Messenger of Allaah that goes thus: “Whoever seeks Allaah’s pleasure at the expense of incurring people’s wrath, Allaah will be pleased with him and He will make people to be pleased with him as well. Whoever seeks to please people at the expense of displeasing Allaah, Allaah will be displeased with him and will cause people to be displeased with him as well.”

The Messenger of Allaah also said: “Preserve the commandments of Allaah and He will protect you. Preserve the commandments of Allaah, you will find Him in front of you. If you want to ask, ask from Allaah and if want to seek for help seek it from Allaah. Know that if the whole nation want to benefit you with anything they cannot benefit you with anything except that which has been written down for you and if they want to harm you with anything they cannot harm with anything except that which has been written down for you. The pens have been raised and the books have dried.” In another narration, the Prophet said: “Know Allaah in times of ease He will know you in times of hardship.”

The Muslims must however beware of those hypocrites whose slogans have caused the ummah a lot of woes and evils. They call for openness and westernisation. Their erroneous thoughts had brought nothing but confusions and disunity in the ranks of the Muslims.

Dear brethren! It is very saddening to sees some Muslims in these painful times, to be heedlessly engaging in pastime. They are heedless of the warnings and reminders; they feel safe from the plan of Allaah and they turn away from the path of the Prophet. ‘Aaishah narrated that whenever the Messenger of Allaah saw a cloud or a wind a kind of distress would be seen on his face. I told him once: ‘O Messenger of Allaah! I observe that whenever people see a cloud in the sky they become happy hoping that it might contain rain but when I look at your face I notice displeasure.’ The Prophet answered: “O ‘Aaishah! What can assure me that there is no torment in it? A nation had been tormented with wind. When the people saw the cloud of torment, they ignorantly said: ‘This is going to give us rain.” (Muslim)

When the sun eclipsed during the time of the Messenger of Allaah, he prayed and said in his supplication to Allaah: “O Allaah! Have you not promised me that you will not punish my nation while I am in their midst? Have you promised me that you will not punish them while they are seeking forgiveness and we are now seeking for forgiveness?” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Such was the condition of the Messenger of Allaah whenever there was a calamity. How come are the eyes looking but are not seeing anything? How come are the Muslims’ hearts so hard? How come are their minds so forgetful? Remember the punishment of Allaah that befell nations that came before you and remember the severity of His torment whenever He torments those who disobey Him. Beware of losing His favours upon you.

Fellow Muslims! Keep away from destructive stands during crises. Take wise, safe and balanced stand during trials. Carefully weigh merits and demerits of what you say or do and take to the most beneficial. Protect the blood of yourselves and fellow Muslims and nip the crises in the bud. For crisis destroys whoever opens its door. The Prophet said: “No person is wrongly killed except that the first son of Adam has a share in that crime.” Sufyaan said: ‘He was the first person to introduce murder.’

The Messenger of Allaah also said: “Do not turn to disbelievers after I have gone when some of you then start killing others.” (Muslim)

Let knowledge and patience be your guides and save yourselves from the abyss of turmoil and confusion.

Brethren in faith! No one can properly understand the depth and reality of matters except the wise and well-versed scholars. These scholars are the custodians of the religion and they are the models for the Muslims. No insult or abuse deter them from propagating the word of Allaah and they give none preference above the truth however great he is. So follow their views and instructions, for their opinion is the safest and their view is the soundest.

Dear Muslims! The best path that can prevent communal destruction is to stick to the community of the Muslims and remain obedient to the constituted authority. However, no created being should be obeyed at the expense of disobeying the Creator. The Messenger of Allaah said: “Man must obey (the constituted authority) in all that he likes or dislikes as long as he is not commanded to commit a sin. If he is commanded to commit a sin, he should then not hear nor obey.” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Therefore, beware of revolting against the authority and going out of the community of the Muslims.

O you who are saddened by the condition of the ummah! Know that however hard the enemies try to weaken the Muslims, they can never put out the Light of Allaah. “They intend to put out the Light of Allaah with their mouths. But Allaah will bring His Light to perfection even though the disbelievers hate (it).” (As-Saff 60:8)

The Messenger of Allaah said: “This matter (Islaam) shall reach every part of this world. Allaah will leave no dwelling of nomads or sedentary people without making this religion enter it. He will do so through giving glory to some people and humiliating some people. He will give glory to Islaam and humiliate disbelief.” (Ahmad) This is a promise of Allaah and Allaah’s promise always comes true. He says, “Verily His (Allaah’s) Promise must come to pass.” (Maryam 19:61)

“So think not that Allaah will fail to keep His Promise to His Messengers. Certainly, Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Able of Retribution.” (Ibraaheem 14:47)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Shirk means associating partners with Allaah in worship

THE MERIT OF MAKING DUA (SUPPLICATION)

Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [2:186]

The place of duaa is so high to Allah, that the Prophet had said: “Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. He also said: “The most excellent worship is du`a.” [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]; and in order to warn those who are arogant, or careless in making duaa, the Prophet said: “The most incapable person is the one who does not make du`a, and the most miserly person is the one who does not give salaam.” [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1055], and further, said: “If one does not ask Allah, He will get angry with him.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.2414]

Allah is the Glorious and the Mighty, the answerer of every person in need and every person with a request. Indeed Allah is free of all wants, and He is answerable to non. We have no other god, but Him, whilst He has many servants other than us. Indeed Allah has revealed:

“O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), Worthy of All Praise.” [Qur’an 35:15] So to fulfill our needs and wants, we must call on Him. Making Du’a to Allaah, is a recognition of our weakness and His greatness. The Prophet had said: “Ask Allah for everything, even the lace of your shoes. If Allah does not provide, it will never be available.” [Ibn al-Sunni, no. 349 – hasan. Supported by at-Tirmidhi 4/298 and others.]

And let not there be anyone who says: “… my Lord won’t answer my prayer, because of this and that.. or because of so and so..”. No! Indeed Allah is the Most Generous King. Is there anyone who met a king, and praised and glorified him, and then asked, yet the request was not granted? So what about Allah, the King of the Heavens and the Earth – who has total control over your life, your wealth and your future. Why would He not grant you your request? Indeed, our beloved Prophet had said: “Verily your Lord is the One modest and Generous, and when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is diffident (in some wordings, shy or hesitant) from returning them empty.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi – Hasan]

Hadith checking from Sheikh Hussain al-‘Awaayishah’s “Kitab ad-Duaa”. An english translation has been published by JIMAS.

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WHEN DUA MOST LIKELY TO BE ANSWERED

Al-Haafidh ibn al-Qayyim explains the causes that lead to ones supplication being answered in a beautiful way saying…..When the servant combines in his supplication presence of the heart and its being attentive and devoting itself solely to Allaah, sincerely asking Him for the desired matter, doing so at one of the six times when the supplication is more likely to answered – these being:

The last third of the night.

At the time of the adhaan.

Between the adhaan and iqaamah.

At the ends of the prescribed prayers.

From the time the Imaam ascends the pulpit to the time the prayer has finished on the day of Jumu`ah.

The last hour after the prayer Asr.

Alongside this the servant appends to this fear and reverence in the heart, beseeching his Lord in a state of humility and submissiveness. He faces the Qiblah and is in a state of purity, he raises his hands to Allaah and begins by praising and extolling Him, then he invokes peace and blessings upon Muhammad, His servant and Messenger (SAW). He precedes mentioning his need by seeking forgiveness from Allaah and then he earnestly and sincerely makes his request as one who is needy and impoverished, supplicating to Him out of hope and fear. He seeks the means of getting close to Him by mentioning His Names and Attributes and making the religion sincerely for Him Alone. Before making supplication he gives in charity. If all this is done then this supplication will never be rejected especially if the servant employs the supplications that the Messenger of Allaah (SAW) informed us would be accepted or if his supplication includes mention of Allaah’s Greatest Name.

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WHY DUA’S ARE NOT ANSWERED

By the noble Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymain [From Al-istiqaamah Published by Call to Islam Dawah Centre & Bookshop, London E17 UK]

[Q] : Allaah says: “And your Lord says: Call upon Me and I will, respond to your supplication.” [Soorah Ghaafir 40:60]. So why is it that a person’s duaa (supplication) is sometimes un-answered?

[A]: “All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May the salaah and salaam (Allaah’s blessings of peace) be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his Family and his Companions. 1 ask Allaah for the ability to be correct in belief, speech and actions, for myself and for my brothers.

Allaah says: “And your Lord says: Call upon Me and I will respond to your supplication. Verily those who are too arrogant to worship Me will, enter Hell in humiliation.” [Soorah Ghaafir 40:60]. The questioner stated that he did indeed make duaa (supplication) to Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – but it was not answered by Allaah. So he is in doubt with respect to this noble aayah (verse), in which Allaah promises to answer the one who supplicates to Him, and indeed Allaah – the Most Perfect – never breaks His promise.

So the clarification of this is: that there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled in order for a supplication to be answered. These conditions are:

Firstly: Sincerity to Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic. That is to say, one must be sincere in his duaa (supplication), so he turns to Allaah – the One free from all imperfections with an attentive heart, being truthful in his turning to Him, knowing that Allaah – the Most Perfect, the Most High – is capable of answering his duaa (supplication) and hoping that the duaa will be answered.

Secondly: During duaa, the caller should feel that he is in need of Allaah – the Most Perfect, the Most High in fact in dire need; and that only Allaah alone answers the supplication of the one in distress and the One who removes evil.

Thirdly: That the one making duaa should refrain from haraam (unlawful) matters, as this acts as a barrier between the person and his duaa (supplication) being answered – as has been established in the authentic hadeeth, from the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam who said: indeed Allaah – the Most High -is good and accepts only that which is good. Allaah has ordered the Believers to do that which He commanded the Messengers. Allaah – the Most High -has said.. “0 you Messengers! Eat of the good things and do righteous actions.” [Soorah al-Mu’min 23:51]. And He – the Most High – says: “O you who Believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you. [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:172}. Then he mentioned (the case of) a man who, having joumeyed far is dishevelled and dusty and who spreads out his bands to the sky (saying): 0 Lord! 0 Lord! – whilst his food is unlawful, his drink unlawful and he is nourished unlawfully. So how can he be answered! (See Footnote 2)

So the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam explained the unlikelyhood that this person’s du’aa would be answered, even after fulfilling the apparent factors which aid the duaa being answered. The apparent factors being:

[I]: Raising ones’ hands towards the sky, meaning towards Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – since Allaah is above the heavens, above His ‘Arsh (Throne). Extending the hands out towards Allaah -the Mighty and Majestic – is amongst the causes of duaa being responded to, as is shown in the narration from the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam that he said: Indeed your Lord is Alive, Most generous. He feels shy that when his servant raises his bands towards Him, calling upon Him, that He should rebuff him empty, having nothing. {Footnote 3}

[ii]: This man called upon Allaah – the Most High – using the name Rabb (Lord). Seeking tawassul (the means of nearness to Allaah) with this name is also regarded as one of the causes for duaa to be responded to, since the Rabb is the Creator, the Owner, the Govener of all affairs – and the reigns of the Heavens and the earth are in His Hands. Due to this, you will find that most of the supplications made in the noble Qur’aan are by this name: “Our Lord! We have heard the call of one calling us to faith: ‘Believe you in the Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lordl Forgive us our sins, and remit from us our evil deeds, and take to Yourself our souls in the company of the righteous. Our Lordl Grant us what You did promise unto us through Your Messengers, and do not disgrace us on the Day of judgement, for You never break Your promise. And their Lord has accepted of them, and answered them: Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, whether male or female. ” [Soorah Aal-‘lmraan 3:193-195]. So tawassul (seeking the means of nearness to Allaah) by this name is one of the causes for the duaa to be responded to.

[iii]: This man was a traveller, and journeying is often a cause for duaa to be responded to, because a person feels more in need of Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – when travelling, than when a person is resident with his family. He was dusty and dishevelled, seeming very insignificant in himself, as if the most important thing to him was to implore Allaah and to call upon Him – in any condition he may be – whether dusty and dishevelled, or in ease and oppulance. Being dusty and dishevelled is also instrumental, like in the hadeeth attributed to the Prophet saw in which he said: Indeed Allaah boasts to the people of the Heaven about the people standing at ‘Arafah, saying.. Look at My servants who have come to Me dusty and dishevelled. [4]

However, these factors did not bring about anything, because his food, his nourishment and his clothing were all haraam (unlawful). So the Prophet saw remarked: “So how can he be answered!”

Therefore, if these conditions are not satisfied, then the question concerning the duaa (supplication) being answered will seem distant. However, if the conditions are satisfied and the one supplicating is still not answered, then this is due to a wisdom which Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – knows, and the one supplicating does not know what this wisdom is; and maybe that you like a thing and it is bad for you.

So when these conditions are fulfilled and the one supplicating is not answered, then either he has been protected from an evil which is greater than what he has asked for, or Allaah stores it for him until the Day of Resurrection, and he then gets a greater reward. This is so, because the one who makes duaa – calling upon Allaah alone, fulfilling the conditions and not being answered, but rather being saved from a greater evil – is in the position of having carried out the causes yet has been prevented from being answered, and therefore has a two-fold reward. One reward for making duaa (supplication), and another reward for bearing the trial of not being answered. So that which is greater and more complete is stored for him with Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic.

Also of importance is that the one supplicating should not express dissatisfaction if his duaa is apparently not being answered, for this action in itself is a reason for the duaa not being answered – as the Prophet saw said: “A servants duaa continues to be answered as long as be does not ask for anything sinful or breaking the ties of relations, and as long as be does not become impatient. ” It was said: How does one become impatient O Messenger of Allaah? He said: He says: I have supplicated, I have supplicated, yet it has not been answered. He therefore becomes dispondant and abandons supplicating. ” So it is not befitting that the one supplicating should become impatient about being answered, then become dissapointed and dispondant, and thereby abandon making du’aa. Rather, one should call upon Allaah, since every duaa you make to Allaah is an act of worship, which brings you closer to Him and increases your reward.

So my brother, you should take to making du’aa (supplication) in all affairs, be it general or specific, in diffuculty or in ease. And if it was that supplication was only a means of worshipping Allaah – the One free from all imperfections, the Most High – then that would be sufficient. So it is more befitting that a person strives in this – and with Allaah lies the success and the ability.”

FOOTNOTES

1. Majmoo’Fataawaa war-Rasaa’il (no. 155).

2. Related by Muslim in his Sabeeb (no.1015) from Abu Hurayrah ra.

3. Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (5/438) and Abu Daawood (no. 1488). It was authenticated by al-Haafidh Ibn Haiar in Fatbul-Baaree (11/ 143).

4. Saheeh: Related by Ibn Ilibbaan (no.1006), from ‘Abdullaah ibn’Amr ra. It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Sabeebul-jaami’ (no. 1868).

5. Related by al-Bukhaaree (11/140) and Muslim (no.2735), from Abu Hurayrah ra.

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DUA: OUR LORD AND TO YOU IS PRAISE, MANY GOOD BLESSED PRAISES TO HIM

Source of the dua: Hadith In Sahih Al-Bukhari and others Rafa`a bin Rafie` Az-Zirqi said: “One day we were praying behind the Prophet Muhammed ~ peace be upon him ~ and when he raised his head from the position of ruku` he said: ‘Sami Allahu liman hamidah’ (Allah hears whoever praises Him”) A man from behind said: ‘Rabbanna wa lakkal hamd — hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubarakan fih (Our Lord, and to You is Praise — many good blessed praises to Him’. When we finished (the salat) the Prophet Muhammed ~ peace be upon him ~ said: ‘Who spoke?’ The man said: ‘I did’. He said, indeed I saw some 30-something Angels all scuffling to see which one of them could record it.” [ You can probably find it under the Book of Knowledge or Iman. Also try Riyadh As Saaliheen – angels. Or try the sections of dua books that list the duas that can be said during ruku and sajdah. Or the Book of Invocations in all the “Sahihs” – the kutub as sitta. In checking my favorite dua book, I find that it only says Al-Bukhari and Muslim and they translate it as “Allah hears the one who praises Him. Our Lord, all praise is due to You – praise which is abundant, excellent and blessed.” This book is “The Muslim Supplication throughout the Day and Night” Collected and Arranged by Siddiqah Sharafuddeen.

In checking another dua book, a pocket version that is really handy; it is in there and I know that they have it in the States. Some sisters have quoted from it before. It’s called “Husnul Muslim” or “Fortification of the Muslim through Remembrance and supplication from the Qur’an and the Sunnah”, Compiled and Referenced by Sa’eed ibh Ali ibn Wahf Al-Qahtaani. You can find this hadith in Sahih Muslim Vol. 1/346.]

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SOME COMPREHENSIVE SUPPLICATIONS

Volume 4 Number 133a (Fiqh-us-Sunnah)

‘Aishah says that the Prophet, peace be upon him, loved the short but comprehensive, meaningful supplications, more than others. We give below some of these supplications, which are a must for every believer.

Anas reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, frequently prayed, “O Allah, give us all the good of this world, and the good of the life hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the fire.”

The Prophet, peace be upon him, visited one of the Muslims who had become as feeble as a chicken, and inquired about his health. Allah’s Messenger, peace be him, asked, “Did you supplicate Allah for anything or beg Him for it?” He replied, “Yes, I asked in these words, ‘O, God punish me in this world with the punishment that You are going to inflict on me in the Hereafter’.” Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, remarked, “Hallowed be Allah! You have neither the power nor the forbearance to take upon yourself the burden of Allah’s punishment. Why did you not say this, ‘O Allah, grant us all the good of the world, and all the good of the Hereafter, and save us from the torment of the fire?”‘ Then the Prophet, peace be upon him, made this supplication for him and he was all right. (Muslim)

Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas heard his son praying, “O Allah, I ask You for Paradise and its blessings and its pleasure, and for such-and-such, and such-and-such. I seek refuge in You from Hell, from its chains, from its collars, and from such-and-such, and from such-and-such.” At this Sa’d said, “You have asked Allah for a lot of good, and sought His refuge from a lot of evil. I heard Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, saying, ‘There will be people who will exaggerate in supplication. For you it is sufficient to say, “O Allah, I seek from You all the good, whether I know it or I do not know it, and I seek Your refuge from all the evil, whether I know it or I do not know it.’ (Ahmad and Nasa’i)

‘Abdallah ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, prayed to Allah, “My Lord, help me and do not turn against me. Grant me victory, and do not grant victory over me. Plan on my behalf and do not plan against me. Guide me, and make the guidance easy for me. Grant me victory over those who act wrongfully toward me. O Allah, make me grateful to You, mindful of You, in awe of You, devoted to your obedience,humble, penitent, and ever turning to You in repentance. My Lord, accept my repentance, wash away my sins, answer my supplication, clearly establish my evidence, guide my heart, make my tongue true, and draw out malice from my breast.”

Zaid ibn Arqam said, “I am not going to say anything except what Allah’s Messenger, may peace be upon him, used to say. He used to supplicate, ‘O Allah, I seek refuge in You from incapacity, from sloth, from cowardice, from miserliness, from old age, and from the torment of the grave. O Allah, grant my soul righteousness, and purify it, for You are the Best Purifier. You are the Protecting friend, and Guardian. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the knowledge that does not benefit, from a heart that does not fear You, from a soul that is uncontented, and from supplication to which You do not respond.” (Muslim)

The Prophet, peace be upon him, exclaimed to his Companions, “O people, would you like to be serious in your supplications?” They replied, “Yes, O Allah’s Messenger.” He said, “Then ask Him, ‘O Allah, help us in remembring You, in offering thanks to You, and in worshipping You properly’.’ (Al-Hakim)

Ahmad reports that the Prophet, peace be upon him, advised: “Recite frequently, “Ya dha al-jalali w al-ikram (O, Possessor of Majesty and sublimity)”‘.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, also used to say, “O Controller of the Hearts, make my heart firm in Your faith. The balance is in the hands of the Beneficent, the Exalted, the Mighty, and He honors some and brings others low thereby. (Ahmad)

Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to supplicate, “O Allah, I seek refuge in You against deprivation of Your bounties, against loosing Your security, against the suddenness of Your wrath, and against everything that might cause Your anger.”

The Prophet, peace be upon him, used to say, “O Allah, benefit me with what You have taught me, and teach me what is beneficial for me, and increase me in knowledge. Thanks be to Allah under all circumstances, and I seek Allah’s refuge from the plight of the people of the fire.’ (At-Tirmidhi)

When (his daughter) Fatimah came to the Prophet, peace be upon him, asking him to give her a servant, he said, “Say, ‘O Allah, the Lord of the seven heavens, and the magnificent throne, our Lord and the Lord of all things, the Revealer of the Torah, Injil, and the Qur’an, The Splitter and Grower of the seed grain and date stone, I seek Your refuge against the evil of all things that You hold under Your control. You are the First, there is nothing before You. You are the Last, and there is nothing after You. You are the Manifest and there is nothing above You, You are Innermost and there is nothing beyond You. Remove the burden of debt from us and relieve us from want’.’ (Muslim)

The Prophet, peace be upon him, also used to supplicate, “O Allah, I beseech You for guidance, virtuousness, chastity, and detachment from the world.”

‘Abdallah Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, seldom left an assembly without using these supplications for his Companions: “O Allah, apportion to us the fear of You that will stand between us and acts of disobedience to You, and the obedience to You that will bring us to Your Paradise, and the certainty sufficient for You to make the calamities of this world easy for us. Grant us enjoyment of our hearing, our sight, and our power as long as You grant us life, and do the same for those who inherit from us. Grant us victory over those who have wronged us and help us against those who are hostile to us. Let no calamity befall our din, do not let worldly affairs become our greatest concern or all that we know about, and do not let those rule over us who do not show us mercy.” (Reported by Tirmidhi, who considers it a sound hadith)

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no-one who is afflicted by distress and grief, and says: ‘Allaahumma inni ‘abduka ibn ‘abdika ibn amatija naasyati bi yadika, maada fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka. As’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghayb ‘indaka an taj’al al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’ huzni wa dhihaab hammi (O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your maidservant; my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety),’ but Allaah will take away his distress and grief, and replace it with joy.” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, should we learn this?” He said: “Of course; everyone who hears it should learn it.”

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QUNOOT-I-NAAZILAH

Mufti Zubair Bayat

It is narrated by Hazrat Anas RA in the ‘Sahihain’: “Nabi (saws) sent 70 ‘Qurra’ (those Ulama who are experts in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an) Sahaba-Kiram RA as teachers. On the way, two tribes of Banu Sulaim, Ra`al and Zakwan, committed treachery and martyred all of them. The Nabi (saws) was greatly grieved by this incident and he called down the wrath of Allah upon those cruel people by reciting ‘Qunut-i-Nazila’ for one whole month in the Fajr salat. This was the beginning of ‘Qunut-i-Nazila’, before this incident we didn’t know it.”

Due to this action of the Nabi (saws) this Sunnah has been going on and whenever Muslims are faced with a great tragedy or affliction ‘Qunut-i-Nazila’ is recited. ‘Nazila’ means ‘great calamity’.

The Masa’il of Qunut-i-Nazila are as follows:

1. Qunut-i-Nazila is only recited in the Fajr salat after the ‘ruku’ of the second ‘rakah’

2. Qunut-i-Nazila is recited loudly. Imam should recite the ‘du`a’ in a loud voice and ‘muqtadi’ should go on saying ‘aameen’ softly

3. While reciting Qunut-i-Nazila hands should not be raised in front of the chest like in a ‘du`a’, but they should be kept folded under the navel(Extracts from ‘Aalaa-i-Sunan’; Appendix ‘Baqiyyatul-Ahkaam-i-Qunut-i-Nazila p.114-124, v.6)

Apart from this, other such Du`a’s can also be recited which does not resemble people’s talk (Jali Kabir; p.398; Publishers Mujtabai, Delhi)

Nowadays, atrocities and conspiracies by the two ring-leaders of Kufr, America and Russia, against two honourable and sovereign Muslim countries, Afghanistan and Chechnya, are at their peak. Therefore, Aimma-i-Kiraam should supplicate by adding the imprecation against these two enemies and muqtadis should say ‘aameen’ on it. Supplications by oppressed people make even the ‘Arsh’ tremble.

Nabi (saws) used to imprecate the mushrikeen by taking the names of each of their tribes. If we also revive this Sunnah then its not impossible that Allah Ta`ala’s ‘Rahmah’ will become activated and He will send His wrath upon these enemies of Islam and Muslims.

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SUPPLICATION FOR BELIEVERS WHO ARE NOT PRESENT

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says: “And as for those who came after them, they say “O Lord forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in belief, and do not put into our hearts any rancor towards those who believe. Our Lord, surely You are the All-Gentle, the All-Compassionate.” [59:10]

Muslim transmitted from the hadith of Abu Darda that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “A supplication which a Muslim man makes secretly for his brother is answered. At his head is a guardian angel. Whenever he makes supplication for good for his brother, the angel who guards him says “Ameen, and the same for you.”

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THE SUPPLICATION OF THE MUSLIM

Ahlul-Qur’aan wa Sunnah Association

In a time when the turmoil in the Middle East is escalating and the number of Muslims that are dying is increasing, the Muslims who are in other lands ask themselves what they can do to help their helpless and defenseless brothers and sisters overseas. Perhaps we have heard it over and over again that we muct remember them in our du’aa (supplication) and we should ask Allaah to give them victory over their oppressors, and we have felt that this is not sufficient. But the reality is that one should not readily dismiss the du’aa as an unnacceptable means for supporting the Muslim cause.

Indeed the Du’aa is one of the most powerful of characteristics that Allaah has granted to this ummah. Did you not see the Prophet SAWS supplicating against His enemies, such as the time when some polytheists of Makkah put camel feces on his back while he was in sujood (prostration to Allaah? And what was the result except that the Prophet’s Du’aa brought fear into the hearts of the disbelievers and they met their swift demise on the battlefield in the battle of Badr. So how can we not be content with the du’aa. Indeed, it shows a lack of Eemaan on the part of the Muslim when he turns away from asking Allaah and instead rallies in front of the Kuffar leaders asking them for justice! Don’t you know that a Muslim’s Du’aa to Allaah is answered? Does not Allaah say: “And your Lord says: ‘Call unto Me, I will respond to you. Verily those who turn in pride away from worshipping Me, they will enter the Hellfie in disgrace”? [Surah Ghaafir: 60] So He has connected His response with His being asked.

And know O Muslims, that no matter how advanced the technology and warfare of the kufaar is, there is one weapon that they can never lay their hands on. Indeed, it is the du’aa. Neither the M-16 rifle nor the atomic bomb will ever be a match against the Du’aa. Allaah says: “And the supplication of the disbelievers is nothing but in vain.” [Surah Ghaafir: 50] So the du’aa of the disbelievers is not accepted by Allaah. But rather, it is the Du’aa of the Believers that Allaah listens to and responds to. So O Muslims, let us do what is in our ability to support our brothers who are being oppressed at the hands of the disbelievers. And let us not neglect or underestimate the power of the Du’aa, thinking that it is something trival and ineffective. By Allaah, the Du’aa has effects that we cannot even begin to imagine. Below are selected chapters from the book Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa (The Sickness and the Cure) of Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah and one chapter from Saleem Al-Hilaalee’s book on Du’aa that explain the supplication, its effects and its characteristics. May Allaah grant us the ability to call on Him in the best of manners and may He grant the Muslims a near victory, verily He is As-Samee’ (All-Hearing), Al-Mujeeb (One who responds to supplications).

The supplication is from the most beneficial of cures

The supplication is from the most beneficial of cures and it is an enemy to tribulations. It suppresses and cures them. It prevents them from being caught and it removes or alleviates them, if they are caught. And it is the weapon of the believer, as Al-Haakim has reported in his Saheeh from the hadeeth of ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, that the Messenger of Allaah SAWS said: “The supplication is the weapon of the believer, a pillar of the Religion and the light of the heavens and the earth.” [1]

The supplication has three stations in regards to tribulations (From Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah)

The supplication has three stations in regards to tribulations. The first is that it is stronger than the trial and thus suppresses it. The second is that it is weaker than the trial and therefore the trial becomes even stronger upon him. And the third is that they are both equivalent in their strength and each one of them refrains the other.

Al-Haakim reported in his Saheeh on ‘Aa’ishah RAA that the Messenger of Allaah SAWS said: “It is of no benefit to be cautious against what has been decreed. The supplication benefits from what was sent down and what was not sent down. And verily, the tribulation will descend and be encountered by the supplication and thus be remedied by it, up until the Day of Judgement.” [2]

From the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar, he SAWS also said: “The supplication benefits from what was revealed and what was not revealed. So, O servants of Allaah, stick to the supplication!” [3]

Also, from the hadeeth of Thawbaan, the Prophet SAWS said: “Nothing repels Al-Qadr (Divine preordainment) except the supplication. And nothing increases one in age, except piety. And indeed, the individual will be forbidden (his) provision due to a sin that befalls him.” [4]

The Times of Acceptance

When the presence of the heart combines with the supplication and it (heart) associates all of itself with the thing that is being sought. And it coincides with one of the six times in which the supplication is answered, and they are:

The last third of the night

During the Athaan

Between the Athaan and the Iqaamah

After each of the obligatory prayers

At the time when the Imaam ascends the mimbar on Jumu’ah until the prayer is finished for that day

And the final hour after the ‘Asr prayer

And it coincides with humility (khushoo’) in the heart, and its (heart’s) contrition in the presence of the Lord, being humbled to Him, imploring and with graciousness.

And when the one supplicating faces the Qiblah and he is in a state of purity. And he raises his hands to Allaah and begins with the praising and extolling of Allaah. And he repeats that along with the sending of Salaah upon Muhammad R, His slave and His Messenger. And he presents his need along with repentance and the seeking of forgiveness. And he enters into the presence of Allaah and urges Him concerning his affair. And he flatters Him and invokes Him, with hope and fear. And he finds a way (of drawing close) to Him through His names, His attributes and His Oneness (Tawheed).

And he presents a charity in the presence of Allaah, then indeed, this is the type of supplication which will never be rejected. This is especially if it is in accordance with the supplications that the Prophet R has informed us are most likely to be accepted or those which contain the greatest names (of Allaah).

The supplication is from the strongest means

Therefore, the supplication is from the strongest means for attaining something. Thus, since the thing that is being supplicated for is decreed in relation to the supplication, it is not correct for one to say “There is no benefit in the supplication”. This is just as one saying there is no benefit in eating, drinking and all of the other actions and deeds. And there is no means, which is more beneficial nor more able to attain that which is sought, other than the supplication.

‘Umar sought victory through the supplication

Since the Sahaabah were the most knowledgeable of this nation (of Muslims) concerning Allaah and His Messenger R and the most understanding from them of His Religion, they were the most steadfast upon this means, its conditions and its manners, than anyone else.

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab RAA would seek victory through it against his enemies, while he possessed the greatest of armies. And he RAA would say to his companions: “You will not achieve victory from large numbers. You will only achieve victory from the heavens.”

And he would say: “Indeed, I do not carry the yearning for being answered, but instead the yearning for the supplication. So when you seek the supplication, then indeed, the response is with it.”

Consequently, whosoever seeks after the supplication, then he (automatically) desires by it the response, for indeed Allaah says: “Call on Me, I will respond to you.” [5]

And He says: “And when My slaves ask you concerning Me, then (say), I am indeed near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls on Me.” [6]

And in the Sunan of Ibn Maajah from the hadeeth of Abu Hurairah, the Messenger of Allaah R said: “Whosoever does not ask of Allaah, He becomes angry with him.” [7]

This indicates that His contentment is in His being asked and His being obeyed. And when the Lord is pleased, then every good is within his pleasure, just as every trial and tribulation is within His anger.

The Supplication of the Muslim is answered [from Saleem Al-Hilaalee)

In the previously quoted saying of the Prophet SAWS, there is proof that the supplication is a request from the Divine One through which His contentment is attained. This is since the abandonment of asking Allaah out of pride and self-dependence is not permissible with respect to the Self-sufficient, the Most Praiseworthy.

A poet took the meaning of this hadeeth and put it into poetic form saying: “Allaah becomes angry when you abandon asking him, but you see that when the Son of Adam is asked something, he gets angry.”

Therefore, Allaah loves from His Servants that they ask Him and that they turn towards Him and that they manifest their destitution and lowness. And He has made it a duty upon Himself to not send them back disappointed and empty-handed, as we have been informed of by his Messenger SAWS: “There is not a Muslim upon the earth that calls upon Allaah with a supplication except that Allaah gives him it or He removes some evil of equal proportion from him, so long as he doesn’t supplicate for something sinful or to sever family ties.”

So a man amongst the people said: “So then we will ask numerous (akthar) things of Him.”

He SAWS said: “Allaah is akthar (Able to respond numerous requests).” [8]

In this is a sufficient clarification of the fact that Allaah guarantees the answering of the supplications. This is however, according to its conditions. Thus, we shall go into detail with the discussion concerning it, its description, condition, its time, its place and its etiquettes, as well as what is contrary to that.

Footnotes:

[1] Mawdoo’ – (Fabricated) It has been reported by Ibn ‘Adee (6/2181), Al-Haakim (1/492), Al-Qadaa’aee in Ash-Shihaab (143) and ‘Abd-ul-Ghanee Al-Maqdisee in At-Targheeb fee Ad-Du’aa (18/no. 10). In its chain is Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Ibn Abee Yazeed Al-Hamdaanee. Ibn Ma’een said: “We have heard from him and he is not reliable.” Al-Mirra said: “He lied.” An-Nasaa’ee said: “Rejected.” And Abu Dawood has declared him a liar.Al-Haithamee said of it: “In its chain is Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Ibn Yazeed and he is rejected,” (Majma’-uz-Zawaa’id: 10/47). Al-Albaanee also declard it as being forged in his As-Da’eefah: no. 179

[2] Da’eef Jiddan – Reported by Al-Bazaar in his Musnad, At-Tabaraanee in Al-Awsat and Al-Haakim. The checker said: “Its chain is very weak. Zakariaa Ibn Mandhoor is matrook. And ‘Attaaf Ibn Ash-Shaamee is unknown as has been mentioned by Adh-Dhahabee in Al-Meezaan. His reports on Hishaam Ibn ‘Urwah are munkar (rejected).

[3] Da’eef Jiddan – Reported by At-Tirmidhee and Al-Haakim. The checker states that ‘Abd-ur-Rahmaan Ibn Abee Bakr Al-Qurshee is weak.

[4] Saheeh – Saheeh-ul-Jaami’: no. 7564

[5] Surah Ghaafir: 6

[6] Surat-ul-Baqarah: 186

[7] Hasan – Its checking has been stated previously

[8] Saheeh – I have checked it and provided its references in Saheeh Kitaab Al-Adhkaar wa Da’eefihi (1223/920 & 1224/961)

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SAYING OF THE SALAF ABOUT DUA

Shaykh Husayan al-Awaaishah

The Book of Du`a

© 1995 Jam`iat Ihyaa Minhaj al-Sunnah

1.. `Umar (raa) is reported to have said, “I do not carry the worry of acceptance but the worry of du`a. If I am inspired on how du`a is made, acceptance will accompany it.”

2. Abu Dharr (raa) said, “For (the purposes) cure, that much du`a, as there is salt in food, is sufficient.”

3. Muwarriq said, “I do not find any example for the believer except a man in the sea on a log who calls: ‘O my Lord, O my Lord.’ Perchance He (`azza wa jall) may redeem him.”

4. Qasim bin `Abd said, “I said to Anas bin Malik: ‘O Abu Hamzah pray to Allah for us.’ He said: ‘Du`a is elevated by good deeds.'”

5. Ibn Mas`ud (raa) said, “Allah does not accept du`a from the ostentatious, the one who flaunts and the one who is not serious, (He accepts only) from a person who praises and asks from his heart.”

6. It is reported that `Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak saw a man who was asking Allah, and he had a pebble in his hand. So he said to him, “If you are asking Allah for any good do not ask Him holding a stone in your hand.”

7. `Aishah (raa) is reported to have said, “No believer makes du`a and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated.”

8. `Abdullah ibn Abi Salih said, “Ta`us called upon me and I said to him, ‘O Abu Abd al-Rahman, pray to Allah for me.’ He said, ‘Pray for yourself because He responds to the distressed one when he calls Him.”

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25 DUAS FROM THE HOLY QURAN

(And when My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I respond to the dua (prayer) of every suppliant when they calleth on Me – Quran 2:186)

1. Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire (2:201)

2. Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance and make our foothold sure and give us help against those who reject faith. (2:250)

3. Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or fall into error. (2:286)

4. Our Lord! Lay not upon us such a burden as You did lay upon those before us. (2:286)

5. Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear, grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. You are our Protector. Help us against those who deny the truth. (2:286)

6. Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate from the truth after You have guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Your grace. Verily You are the Giver of bounties without measure. (3:8)

7. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and the lack of moderation in our doings, and make firm our steps and succour us against those who deny the truth. (3:147)

8. Our Lord! Whomsoever You shall commit to the Fire, truly You have brought [him] to disgrace, and never will wrongdoers find any helpers (3:192)

9. Our Lord! Behold we have heard a voice calling us unto faith: “Believe in your Lord” and we have believed. (3:193)

10. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and efface our bad deeds and take our souls in the company of the righteous. (3:193)

11. Our Lord! And grant us that which you have promised to us by Your messengers and save us from shame on the Day of Judgement. Verily You never fail to fulfill Your promise. (3:194)

12. Our Lord! We have sinned against ourselves, and unless You grant us forgiveness and bestow Your mercy upon us, we shall most certainly be lost! (7:23)

13. Our Lord! Place us not among the people who have been guilty of evildoing. (7:47)

14. Our Lord! Lay open the truth between us and our people, for You are the best of all to lay open the truth. (7:89)

15. Our Lord! Pour out on us patience and constancy, and make us die as those who have surrendered themselves unto You. (7:126)

16. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the evildoing folk, and save as by Your mercy from people who deny the truth (10:85-86)

17. Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide [in our hearts] as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah (14:38)

18. Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Your presence and dispose of our affairs for us in the right way. (18:10)

19. Our Lord! Grant that our spouses and our offspring be a comfort to our eyes, and give us the grace to lead those who are conscious of You. (25:74)

20. Our Lord! You embrace all things within Your Grace and Knowledge, forgive those who repent and follow Your path, and ward off from them the punishment of Hell. (40:7)

21. Our Lord! Make them enter the Garden of Eden which You have promised to them, and to the righteous from among their fathers, their wives and their offspring, for verily You are alone the Almighty and the truly Wise. (40:8)

22. Our Lord! Relieve us of the torment, for we do really believe. (44:12)

23. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins as well as those of our brethren who proceeded us in faith and let not our hearts entertain any unworthy thoughts or feelings against [any of] those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness and Most Merciful (59:10)

24. Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust, and to You do we turn in repentance, for unto You is the end of all journeys. (60:4)

25. Our Lord! Perfect our light for us and forgive us our sins, for verily You have power over all things. (66:8)

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AD-DUA IS WORSHIP

Al-Manar Issue 33

Du’a or supplication, is an essential part of the faith, as all Muslims would agree. However, a large number of Muslims do not seem to realise the full significance of du’a and the necessity for a believer to call unto Allah as often as possible. Moreover the Prophet (saws) defined du’a as worship, “Supplication (du’a) is worship (‘ibaadah).” [Abu Dawood].

Undoubtedly, it is also an act of righteousness to call unto Allah, be it for a materialistic object or to save one from trials (fitnahs)! A regular supplication to Allah is one of the believers’ characteristics.

Supplication to Allah (swt) has greater significance rather than a mere request from Allah (swt). To supplicate to Allah and Allah alone is to recognise that only Allah can answer the du’as. All creatures rely and are totally dependent on their Creator.

“O people! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (free of all wants and needs), worthy of all praise.” [35:15]

Supplication to Allah alone is an act of Tawheed and a confirmation of belief in the names and attributes of Allah (swt), for He is As–Samad (the Self–Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need), Al–Malik (the King) and Al–Azeez (the All–Mighty). There is no means and no power except that of Allah! (La hawla wala quwata illa billah).

Allah our Lord, loves when His servants supplicate to Him, as is stated in the hadeeth of Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (saws) said (in the meaning), “Nothing is dearer to Allah than one’s supplication to Him.” [Ibn Majeh].

How does Allah respond to the supplication?

Allah Has promised to respond to our supplications. He (swt) said (in the meaning), “And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation).” [40:60]

also

“And when My slaves ask you concerning Me, then I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me.” [2:186]

Therefore, a believer should be extremely confident about Allah’s response to his supplication and should not have the slightest doubt regarding this. The Prophet (saws) said: “Supplicate Allah and be confident of being answered…” [at–Tirmidhi].

Yet, it is important to bear in mind that the response to a supplication may be granted in one of three forms. This is explained in the hadeeth narrated by ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (ra) who reported that the Prophet (saws) said (in the meaning), “Whenever a Muslim supplicates Allah, He (swt) grants his supplication or averts some kind of evil from him so long as he does not supplicate for something sinful or something that would cut off the ties of kinship.” Thereupon someone said: Then we shall supplicate plenty. The Prophet (saws) said: Allah is more plentiful in responding.” [at-Tirmidhi, Al–Hakim’s version adds: “…Or lays up an equivalent reward for him.”].

Also, we should not be hasty about the answer. The Prophet (saws) warned us by saying, (in the meaning), “Your supplication is answered as long as you are not hasty, he (the supplicant) says I have supplicated but was not granted (what I asked for).” [Agreed Upon].

As an example, let’s consider the advent of Prophet Muhammad (saws) which indeed was a response to a supplication made by one of Allah’s Messenger — Ibraheem (as), who said, (in the meaning), “Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own…” [2:129]

We can see that this supplication was answered thousands of years later!

As true believers, all we can and need to do is offer the supplication sincerely, and then leave it to the wisdom of Allah as to when and how He (swt) will respond.

“Sufficient is Allah, there is no god but He, and on Him I place my trust.” [3:173]

Could a supplication be unanswered?

Yes. If that happens, the blame should fall on ourselves. The Prophet (saws), warned us against things that render supplication unanswered:

When the supplication is only offered by tongue, whilst the heart and mind are absent. “…And know that Allah does not answer a supplication that comes from a careless and inattentive heart.” [At–Tirmidhi]

When the supplication is offered by a person whose sustenance and livelihood are from haraam sources, as stated eloquently in this part of a hadeeth. The Prophet made mention of: “a person who, travels widely, his hair is dishevelled and covered with dust. “He stretches his hands up to the sky (supplicating), ‘O Lord, O Lord’ but his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothes are unlawful, and his nourishment is unlawful. How then can his supplication be answered?” [Muslim]. Dear brothers and sisters, how many Muslims do we know who deal with Riba (interest), who sell alcohol, who eat all types of haraam food, who care little where their money comes from? Such people, apart from incurring the wrath of Allah, would have all their supplications unanswered? What a desperate and terrible state they are in!

When a person does not enjoin the good and forbid the evil. The Prophet (saws) said (in the meaning), “By Him in Whose hand my soul is, you must enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, or Allah will certainly send punishment from Himself unto you. Then you will make supplication and not receive an answer.” [at–Tirmidhi].

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IMPORTANCE OF SUPPLICATION IN TRIALS

By Shaykh Salaah Al-Budayr

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah and be conscious of Him.

Dear brethren! The Muslim ummah is now undergoing difficult days. It is undergoing a state of war in all its senses, wars whose end is unknown. The fire of the war was kindled by the enemies of Islaam. Had they known the consequences of that, they would not have dared attacking Muslims. For the evil plan affects only its planner.

These wars are some of the trials, which Allaah has destined for this ummah, and the Muslims shall overcome them sooner than later if they bear them with perseverance, submission to Allaah and supplication to Him. For His order should not be met but with acceptance and faith.

Dear brethren! Our ummah is now facing the cruelest massacre orchestrated by the devilish and oppressive people who show no mercy to old people, women, children and the sick. The enemy’s policy is unjust and barbaric. But we Muslims have none who can remove these calamities and injustices from us except Allaah. Among the invocations the Messenger of Allaah used to make during times of hardship is, “Laa ilaaha illallaahul-‘aleemul ‘azeem, laa ilaaha illallaah rabbull-‘arshil ‘azeem, laa ilaaha illallaah rabbus-samaawaatis-sab‘ warabbul-‘arshil kareem.” Meanings: ‘No deity has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, the Omniscient, the Great. No deity has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Lord of the Great Throne. No deity has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Lord of the seven heavens and Lord of the Noble Throne.’

He would also say, “Hasbunallaah wani‘mal-wakeel.” Meaning: “Sufficient for us is Allaah and He is the best Disposer of affairs.” Prophet Ibraaheem said this when he was thrown into fire and our Prophet Muhammad also said it when the hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.”

Raise hands of prayer to Allaah. Invoke Him through different righteous deeds to show mercy on your oppressed brethren in all places. Be always sincere in your prayers and ask Allaah to remove calamities and hardships from Muslims.

O Allaah! You are our Protector and in You we put our trust. Remove from Muslims every affliction and calamity. Defend us and all Muslims against our enemies who are also Your enemies.

Fellow Muslims! It is when the ummah abandoned the command of Allaah that she becomes humiliated. It is her negligence of the injunctions of Allaah that makes the cunning infidels attack her and fail to respect any agreement with her. She has submitted herself to her enemies at the expense of her religion, security and future in a world full of lies, deceits, and avarice. No weeping or wailing will be of any use and there is no way out of this humiliation except through sincere return to Allaah.

Fellow Muslims! What befalls us today is the consequence of our sins and our negligence. It is also a result of the deeds of some foolish ones among us. Let us therefore beseech Allaah and show our helplessness and need for His mercy. Let us seek for His forgiveness and abstain from sins. For no calamity befalls except as result of a sin and it is not removed except through repentance.

Dear brethren! Now is the time to stop dealing in usury. Now is the time for the TV channels to stop broadcasting shameless programmes. Now is the time to enjoin the good and forbid evils. Now is the time for the Muslim lands to be cleansed from shirk,[1] superstitions and innovations. Now is the time for the religion of Allaah to be allowed to prevail. Now is the time for the Muslims to remember the saying of the Messenger of Allaah that goes thus: “Whoever seeks Allaah’s pleasure at the expense of incurring people’s wrath, Allaah will be pleased with him and He will make people to be pleased with him as well. Whoever seeks to please people at the expense of displeasing Allaah, Allaah will be displeased with him and will cause people to be displeased with him as well.”

The Messenger of Allaah also said: “Preserve the commandments of Allaah and He will protect you. Preserve the commandments of Allaah, you will find Him in front of you. If you want to ask, ask from Allaah and if want to seek for help seek it from Allaah. Know that if the whole nation want to benefit you with anything they cannot benefit you with anything except that which has been written down for you and if they want to harm you with anything they cannot harm with anything except that which has been written down for you. The pens have been raised and the books have dried.” In another narration, the Prophet said: “Know Allaah in times of ease He will know you in times of hardship.”

The Muslims must however beware of those hypocrites whose slogans have caused the ummah a lot of woes and evils. They call for openness and westernisation. Their erroneous thoughts had brought nothing but confusions and disunity in the ranks of the Muslims.

Dear brethren! It is very saddening to sees some Muslims in these painful times, to be heedlessly engaging in pastime. They are heedless of the warnings and reminders; they feel safe from the plan of Allaah and they turn away from the path of the Prophet. ‘Aaishah narrated that whenever the Messenger of Allaah saw a cloud or a wind a kind of distress would be seen on his face. I told him once: ‘O Messenger of Allaah! I observe that whenever people see a cloud in the sky they become happy hoping that it might contain rain but when I look at your face I notice displeasure.’ The Prophet answered: “O ‘Aaishah! What can assure me that there is no torment in it? A nation had been tormented with wind. When the people saw the cloud of torment, they ignorantly said: ‘This is going to give us rain.” (Muslim)

When the sun eclipsed during the time of the Messenger of Allaah, he prayed and said in his supplication to Allaah: “O Allaah! Have you not promised me that you will not punish my nation while I am in their midst? Have you promised me that you will not punish them while they are seeking forgiveness and we are now seeking for forgiveness?” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Such was the condition of the Messenger of Allaah whenever there was a calamity. How come are the eyes looking but are not seeing anything? How come are the Muslims’ hearts so hard? How come are their minds so forgetful? Remember the punishment of Allaah that befell nations that came before you and remember the severity of His torment whenever He torments those who disobey Him. Beware of losing His favours upon you.

Fellow Muslims! Keep away from destructive stands during crises. Take wise, safe and balanced stand during trials. Carefully weigh merits and demerits of what you say or do and take to the most beneficial. Protect the blood of yourselves and fellow Muslims and nip the crises in the bud. For crisis destroys whoever opens its door. The Prophet said: “No person is wrongly killed except that the first son of Adam has a share in that crime.” Sufyaan said: ‘He was the first person to introduce murder.’

The Messenger of Allaah also said: “Do not turn to disbelievers after I have gone when some of you then start killing others.” (Muslim)

Let knowledge and patience be your guides and save yourselves from the abyss of turmoil and confusion.

Brethren in faith! No one can properly understand the depth and reality of matters except the wise and well-versed scholars. These scholars are the custodians of the religion and they are the models for the Muslims. No insult or abuse deter them from propagating the word of Allaah and they give none preference above the truth however great he is. So follow their views and instructions, for their opinion is the safest and their view is the soundest.

Dear Muslims! The best path that can prevent communal destruction is to stick to the community of the Muslims and remain obedient to the constituted authority. However, no created being should be obeyed at the expense of disobeying the Creator. The Messenger of Allaah said: “Man must obey (the constituted authority) in all that he likes or dislikes as long as he is not commanded to commit a sin. If he is commanded to commit a sin, he should then not hear nor obey.” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Therefore, beware of revolting against the authority and going out of the community of the Muslims.

O you who are saddened by the condition of the ummah! Know that however hard the enemies try to weaken the Muslims, they can never put out the Light of Allaah. “They intend to put out the Light of Allaah with their mouths. But Allaah will bring His Light to perfection even though the disbelievers hate (it).” (As-Saff 60:8)

The Messenger of Allaah said: “This matter (Islaam) shall reach every part of this world. Allaah will leave no dwelling of nomads or sedentary people without making this religion enter it. He will do so through giving glory to some people and humiliating some people. He will give glory to Islaam and humiliate disbelief.” (Ahmad) This is a promise of Allaah and Allaah’s promise always comes true. He says, “Verily His (Allaah’s) Promise must come to pass.” (Maryam 19:61)

“So think not that Allaah will fail to keep His Promise to His Messengers. Certainly, Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Able of Retribution.” (Ibraaheem 14:47)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Shirk means associating partners with Allaah in worship.

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SUPPLICATION

By Sheikh Abdul-Muhsin Al-Qaasim, Imam Madina

All praise is due to Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.

Brothers in faith! Fear Allaah as he should be feared; for whosoever fears him is elevated in ranks and will have a blissful life after death.

Fellow Muslims! Mankind are in need of their Lord’s mercy for the betterment of their worldly and religious affairs. Their perfection lies in directing all acts of worship to Allaah alone and the more man worships Allaah, the more he increases in perfection.

Allaah tests his slaves with trials that drive them to supplicate to him and this is in itself a blessing. Total reliance on Allaah is the actual wealth, the essence of worship and the utmost goal. Supplication is the sign of worship and Allaah loves that his slaves should supplicate to him. He says in a divinely revealed hadeeth, “O My slaves! You are all astray except he that I guide so seek for my guidance, I will guide you. O My slaves! You are all hungry except he whom I feed, so seek for provision from Me, I will feed you.” Allaah pays no attention to his slaves unless they beseech Him. He says, “Say (O Muhammad): My Lord pays attention to you only because of your invocation to him.” (Al-Furqaan 25: 77)

Supplication is also a characteristic of the prophets and the chosen ones. He says, “Verily, they used to hasten to do good deeds and they used to call on Us with hope and fear and used to humble themselves before Us.” (Al-Anbiyaa’ 21: 90)

Supplication removes calamities and trials and prevents torment and destruction. It is the weapon of the believer. Nothing brings about the desired goals like it. It is enough a glory that Allaah is closer to his slave when he supplicates. It is not restricted to a time or place or a situation and every supplicant will have his supplication accepted sooner or later. Ibn Hajar said, ‘Every supplicant will have his prayer accepted and it is only the forms of acceptance that will vary; sometimes it is accepted in the form of what one really wants or it is accepted in the form of a substitute to it.’

Brothers in faith! It is through supplication that one becomes high-minded, contented and respected. The more one increases in sincerity the more his prayers are answered. Yahyaa bin Mu’aadh said, ‘Whoever Allaah softens his heart for supplication will not have his supplications rejected. Therefore, eat and drink from clean sources and abstain from ambiguous things. Do righteous deeds before you supplicate and call unto your Lord with an attentive mind and low voice. Choose best words for the praise of your Lord and your supplications. Look for the best times to supplicate and ask a lot of good from your Lord. The Prophet said, ‘When one of you supplicates to his Lord he should ask for great things, for nothing is too great for Allaah.’

Brother in Islaam, supplicate to Allaah while you are in prostration for man is closest to his Lord when he prostrates.

Also never curse yourself, nor your family, or your source of income lest the curse coincides with the time that prayers are answered.

Do not be in haste as to the acceptance of your supplication, rather continue supplicating, for your Lord would not allow anybody to raise his hands to Him in supplication and then returned them unanswered. Surrender yourself to Him and be resolute in your supplication. Whoever gets an affliction and goes to a human being for its removal will not have it removed but if he calls to Allaah, He will remove it. Lodge your complaints with Allaah alone, for He is the Lord of the destitute and the weak. He hears all complaints and removes all difficulties. His Hands are full of bounties. He is generous day and night. His are the keys of treasure and His door is open wide for all those who invoke Him.

Have a good opinion of your Lord, for whoever does that, Allaah showers His favours upon him.

Invoke your Lord in the middle of the night and between adhaan and iqaamah.

O fathers! Supplicate for your children, for your invocations for them are accepted.

The effects of supplication can never be over-emphasised. Prophets Nuh, Yoonus, Ibraaheem, Moosa, Sulaymaan and Dawood have all invoked their Lord and He answered their invocations. He is the One Who cured Prophet Ayyoob of his ailment when he supplicated to Him. He gave Muhammad victory over the infidels in the Battle of Badr in spite of the numerical inferiority of the Muslim army.

O you oppressed person! When all doors are closed against you, go to Allaah whose door is never closed against the weak and the oppressed. Somebody did wrong to Sa’d bin Abee Waqaas and he supplicated to Allaah to avenge for him and He answered that supplication.

Dear brother, be patient with whatever happens to you for with every difficulty is relief, and do not stop supplicating. Always praise your Lord and thank Him for all His mercies.

And your Lord says, “Invoke Me, I will respond to your invocation. Verily, those who scorn My worship, they will surely enter Hell in humiliation.” (Ghaafir 40: 60)

Brothers in faith! Abstain from invoking other deities beside Allaah, for they are incapable of bringing any benefit not preventing any harm. Allaah says, “And invoke not beside Allaah any such that will neither profit you not hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the wrongdoers.” (Yoonus 10: 106)

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RELIEF THROUGH SUPPLICATION

By Shaykh al-Haram Sâlih Muhammad Al-Tâlib

All praise is due to Allâh, Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings of Allâh be upon the Prophet, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allâh and be dutiful to Him. Stay away from sins. For sins destroy. Know that you have a Lord Whom you are going to meet and a house in which you are going to live after your death. Seek the pleasure of your Lord before you meet Him and properly build your house before you move into it.

Fellow Muslims! We are the ummah of Qur’ân and Sunnah, the ummah of divine guidance. We are the ummah of the right path but we did not stay on this path.

Brethren in faith! All hardships and tribulations that afflict the Muslims are just like whips that drive them back to خmân and Tawhîd. They remind them of Allâh the Almighty; they encourage them to turn back to Him in repentance and to fear the Day of Judgement. Allâh says: “See they not that they are tried once or twice every year (with different kinds of calamities, disease, famine)? Yet, they turn not in repentance, nor do they learn a lesson (from it).” (At-Tawbah 9:126)

Materialism has prevailed over the hearts of many people, and as a result they see nothing except in the light of materials. It is when man keeps away from the light of خmân and his relationship with Allâh becomes weak that his soul lives in spiritual isolation and his heart becomes hardened. He then lives a disturbed and fearful life. All this is a result of his abandonment of the real source of life and his forgetfulness of Allâh. He forgets that it is Allâh Who created the soul and Who knows the means by which it lives. The life is not that of the body but of the soul. Allâh says, “Is he who was dead (without Faith by ignorance and disbelief) and We gave him life (by knowledge and Faith) and set for him a light (of Belief) whereby he can walk amongst men – like him who is in the darkness (of disbelief, polytheism and hypocrisy) from which he can never come out?” (Al-An‘âm 6:122)

Hence, belief in Allâh is the source of security and peace. And the hearts that are devoid of خmân are always far from Allâh and are full of fright and confusion.

Fellow Muslims! When a man’s heart is full of خmân, he knows his place of refuge and the remedy for his ailments. For this life is based on toil and man is seldom free from dangers. He suffers ailments and calamities; sorrows and wars; injustice and transgression and all kinds of tribulations. However, Allâh is Ever Compassionate with His slaves. He always provides for them relief through a door of His mercy and blesses them with tranquillity and peace of mind. That door is the door of supplication to Allâh, humbling oneself before Him and putting one’s trust in Him. For supplications are the security of the frightened, the refuge of the weak and the solace of invocators. Who is He that has sought refuge with Allâh and has not been protected and who is he that has relied on Him and has not been given guidance?

Supplication is the essence of worship. Allâh says, “And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship (i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” (Ghâfir 40:60)

He also says, “And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” (Al-Baqarah 2:186)

Supplication is the dearest thing to Allâh. It is the way to patience in the cause of Allâh. It is a sign of sincere dependence on Allâh and keeping away from incapacity and laziness. It is an easy-to-make act of worship and it can be done at all places and times. Allâh tells us that Prophet Ibrâhîm said, “And I shall turn away from you and from those whom you invoke besides Allâh. And I shall call on my Lord and I hope that I shall not be unblessed in my invocation to my Lord.” (Maryam 19:48)

Many are the afflictions that have been removed by supplications! Many are the sins that have been forgiven through invocations! And many are the blessings that have been endowed through supplications! The Messenger of Allâh said, “What has been destined cannot be prevented from happening. Invocation is helpful in things that have happened and things that have not happened. Calamity and supplication sometimes meet and engage in duel till the Day of Resurrection.” (Al-Hâkim)

Supplication is the worship of the Prophets. Allâh says about them, “Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us.” (Al-Anbiyâ 21:90)

The Messenger of Allâh said, “No Muslim makes a supplication in which there is no sin or severing of the tie of kinship except that Allâh gives him by that one of three things: He gives him what he asked for immediately or He saves for him by that supplication some reward (which He gives him on the Day of Resurrection) or He saves him from a calamity which is equivalent to the supplication he made.” The companions then said: ‘We will then make more supplications.’ The Messenger of Allâh replied: “And Allâh also will give more.” (Ahmad)

When Prophet Ibrâhîm called upon Allâh after he was thrown into fire, Allâh commanded the fire saying: “O fire! Be you coolness and safety for Ibrâhîm (Abraham)!” (Al-Anbiyâ 21:69)

Allâh also says about Prophet Ayyûb, “And (remember) Ayyûb (Job), when he cried to his Lord: “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy. So We answered his call, and We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him (that he had lost) and the like thereof along with them, as a mercy from Ourselves and a Reminder for all those who worship Us.” (Al-Anbiyâ 21:83-84)

He says about Prophet Yûnus, “So We answered his call, and delivered him from the distress. And thus We do deliver the believers (who believe in the Oneness of Allâh, abstain from evil and work righteousness).” (Al-Anbiyâ 21:88)

And about Prophet Zakariyya He says, “And (remember) Zakariyya (Zechariah), when he cried to his Lord: “O My Lord! Leave me not single (childless), though You are the Best of the inheritors. So We answered his call, and We bestowed upon him Yahya (John), and cured his wife (to bear a child) for him.” (Al-Anbiyâ 21:89-90)

O you who is afflicted with calamities! O you who has been weakened by ailments! O you who have been overwhelmed by debts! Why don’t you call upon Allâh the Self-Sufficient and the Most Gracious? O you who have been submerged by sins! Why can’t you call upon Allâh the Oft-Forgiving to forgive you? O you who lives in fear and distress! Why can’t you call upon Allâh to give you relief?

Brethren in Islâm! The nation of Islâm has experienced many crises and hardships and it was only through sincere return to Allâh that it was able overcome those hardships. Allâh says, “Verily, We sent (Messengers) to many nations before you (O Muhammad) And We seized them with extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss in health (with calamities) so that they might humble themselves (believe with humility). When Our Torment reached them, why then did they not humble themselves (believe with humility)? But their hearts became hardened.” (Al-An’âm 6:42)

Even some ancient polytheists would sincerely call upon Allâh alone whenever they were faced with calamities.

The Muslim nation is now in dire need of the mercy of its Lord as it is in need of His help. Let us return to Allâh, invoke His blessings and hope for His mercy.

Fellow Muslims! Supplication has its condition and manners, which every Muslim must learn in order to have his supplications answered. Foremost among these is that the intention and means of supplication should be compatible with Islâmic Monotheism. It is this condition that makes supplication an act of worship that must be solely directed to Allâh alone. Man must call, seek assistance from and seek refuge with Allâh alone. He must seek forgiveness, victory, guidance, realization of his goals and aid from Allâh alone. He should ask only Allâh for the removal of his afflictions and for security against all evils.

All these are rights of Allâh over His slaves. Man must call upon Allâh alone. For neither does slumber or sleep overtakes Him. It is He alone who hears the supplication of the supplicants wherever they are and whichever language they speak. He is never distracted by a slave whom he listens to from listening to another and He is never annoyed because of the multitude of those who call upon Him. He alone has the power to give benefit or harm. It is therefore an act of associating partners with Him to call upon the dead, the angels, the jinn and others besides Him. He says about Himself, “He is the Ever Living. None has the right to be worshipped but He; so invoke Him making your worship pure for Him Alone (by worshipping Him Alone, and none else, and by doing righteous deeds sincerely for Allâh’s sake only, and not to show off, and not setting up rivals with Him in worship).” (Ghâfir 40:65)

The observer of the invocations of the Prophets will notice that Tawhîd characterizes them. An example of this is the invocation made by Prophet Yûnus, “He cried through the darkness (saying): None has the right to be worshipped but You (O, Allâh) Glorified (and Exalted) are You (above all that (evil) they associate with You). Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers.” (Al-Anbiyâ 21:87) Allâh answered his supplication through Tawhîd.

Brethren in Islâm! The supplicant should make sure that he follows the Sunnah while making the supplication. He should call upon Allâh with His sublime Names and Attributes. He should seek for His forgiveness and acknowledge His favour on him. It is good if he starts his supplication with praising Allâh as it is due and invoking His blessing on His Prophet, Muhammad –peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him. The supplicant should also not transgress while making supplication nor be in haste to have his supplication answered. He should also not despair. For the One he calls is the Graceful Lord.

Further, the supplicant must be a sincere believer. He should face the qiblah while making the supplication and should be sure that he is in the state of purity. He should raise his hands to Allâh. He should be resolute in his supplication, supplicate at the times when invocations are most likely answered and select the supplications that are authentically reported from the Prophet. He should also not forget to make a sadaqah before his supplication. If he can do all these, his supplication will never be rejected. If he however does not see a sign of the acceptance of his supplication, let him examine himself.

The Messenger of Allâh said, “O you people! Allâh is Pure and does not accept but only that which is pure. He indeed commands the believer with that which He commanded the Messengers. He says: “O (you) Messengers! Eat of the lawful foods (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits, etc.), and do righteous deeds. Verily! I am Well-Acquainted with what you do.” (Al-Mu’minûn 23:51) And He commands the believers saying: “O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship.” (Al-Baqarah 2:172) The Messenger of Allâh then mentioned a man who was on a long journey, and he was shoeless and dust-covered. He was raising his hands to heavens saying: O my Lord! O my Lord!’ while his food, drink, dress and nourishment were all from unlawful sources. How could his supplication be answered?” (Muslim)

Brethren in faith! Listen to this call from your Lord: “Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors. And do not do mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, and invoke Him with fear and hope. Surely, Allâh’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers.” (Al-A‘râf 7:55-56)

Fellow Muslims! Whoever fears Allâh in times of ease Allâh, Allâh will stand by him in times of hardship. Allâh says about Prophet Yûnus when the whale swallowed him: “Had he not been of them who glorify Allâh, He would have indeed remained inside its belly (the fish) till the Day of Resurrection.” (As-Sâffât 37:143-144)

Which means: Had it not been for the good deeds that he had done before, he would have been made to remain in the belly of the whale till the Day of Resurrection.

The Muslim must therefore remain steadfast during afflictions and return to Allâh in repentance.

Brethren in Islâm! We are also in dire need of uniting our ranks and removing our differences. For disunity is the cause of failure. Allâh says, “O you who believe! When you meet (an enemy) force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allâh much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful. And obey Allâh and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allâh is with those who are patient.” (Al-Anfâl 8:45-46)

Fellow Muslims! Let us always follow the teachings of Qur’ân and Sunnah. It is the duty of the scholars to teach people and direct them to all that can benefit them and remove their distress. They should remind people of Allâh and teach them the importance of unity and the harm of disunity.

4 thoughts on “Du’a”

  1. Jazakallah! I appreciate that very much. I don’t have many ways to reach out through social media so you are helping very much. Allah keep you in the best health and imaan all the time inshallah. Ameen

  2. Ameen and you as well ameen. It will take time but you will get there insha’Allah. Just keep writing.

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