What hidden secrets the earth and the air particles must hold in this Blessed City, the Abode of the Chosen. All the impassioned tears of Allah Ta’ala’s chosen one SallAllahu alaihi wasallam flowing from his mubarak beard, spilling on the mubarak dust. Words of love for his Lord, concern and fear for his Ummah, and pleas for mercy from the Most Merciful, Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala, filling the skies, heard by all the heavenly Angels, reaching the Arsh. Utterances from the thousands who obediently acted upon every revelation, answered every call for the sake of this new message also reside in the realm of this collective memory. Added to this rich treasury of devotion are the sentiments of every notable scholar throughout the history of this precious Deen, as well as the thousands of contemporary pious Ulema, then finally the voices of millions living and visiting this Abode of the Chosen. The image of sound waves constantly rippling from the soul of the earth, vibrating through the atmosphere and intermingling with all those from across the globe has a breathtaking impact. I am referring to Du’a.
Du’a; praising, supplicating, humbly requesting, begging, pleading, imploring, entreating, confidential communicating with Allah Ta’ala, invoking, repenting, hoping, seeking from the all-embracing Mercy.
According to the sayings of our Beloved Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam,
· Du’a is the marrow of worship,
· Whoever wants Allah to respond to his supplications at the time of his calamities should engage in frequent supplications during the times of his happiness,
· Ask Allah for His favour, because Allah likes to be asked; and the best worship is prolonged hope for relief.
· Du’a is the weapon of a believer, the pillar of Deen and the Nur of the heavens and earth.
· One of three things never fails to come to a man from supplication: either is sin is forgiven him, or something good comes hurriedly to him, or something good is stored up for him.
· When Allah loves a man, he puts him on trial until He hears his humble request.
Allah Ta’ala in His Book enumerates many verses for us to ponder and act upon related to Du’a. I include only a few, realizing that this topic is huge. Insha’Allah you can refer to Tafseer for deeper elaboration.
When My servants ask about Me, I am indeed close to them. I listen to the prayer of every supplicant, when he calls on Me. Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me, so that they may walk in the right way. (2:186).
Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble. (2:45)
Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere. (2:153)
Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil. But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.’ They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy. They are the ones who receive guidance. (2:155-157)
Oh you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper. (3:200)
They were competing with one another in doing good deeds and supplicating unto Us in longing and in fear. (7:55)
Supplicate unto your Lord humbly and secretly. (21:90)
And be steadfast in patience, for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish. (11:115)
Be patient, for your patience is with the help of Allah. (16:127)
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. (94:5-6)
Patiently, then, persevere – for the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning. (40:55)
No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune. (41:35)
Verily man is in loss, except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual enjoining of truth, and of patience and constancy. (103:2-3)
Du’a is an act of worship and a means to fulfill our needs, the servants of Allah Ta’ala. Not a second passes without someone somewhere being without need. And our needs are constantly changing in this ever constant flux of change, and they vary as much as does the creation. Not one particle moves without the Will of Allah Ta’ala, so how prepared are we when we are faced with a multi-zillion particles in motion setting up all the various tests destined for us? All the worldly activities move to a Divine Scheme, continually presenting us with one test followed by another followed by another. All the while we are being scrutinized. Every single human is under the microscope of examination; however the conditions under which this examination is being conducted is the variable.
The exquisite world of Jannah is for those who, of their own free will, subordinate themselves to Allah Ta’ala’s Will, regardless of what that may be for us. His Garden is promised to those who adhere to His Commands, even though they have been given the free will to stray from this noble path. Jannah is for those who, even though not compelled to do so, choose to obey His Commands, entrusting and submitting to every aspect and issue that confronts them.
The true servant is the one who seeks everlasting reward for his actions, concentrating on the eternal goal, longing for Allah Ta’ala’s mercy and grace alone. Outwardly belonging to this world, but inwardly absorbed in the promise of the Unseen and striving for this, regardless of what afflictions, desires, poverty, luxuries or any other condition may be tempting to deviate him from this goal. Patiently submitting to what has been Written, and then accepting with the utmost humility and gratitude for all the other unlimited bounties we are granted. Du’a not only brings the heart back to the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala, but is that which brings the heart back to humility and submissiveness to Him, the knowing that Allah Ta’ala knows more than us what is in our best interests. SubhanAllah! We need to recognize our servanthood, our helplessness, our impotence, our inability to control, our perpetual reliance on Allah Ta’ala.
The following from Ibrahim bin Adham, Rahmatullah alaihi, from Al Basra, is his response from when people complained to him that despite calling on Allah, they did not receive what they asked for. He explained that it was because their hearts were dead due to the following ten factors:
1.) You know Allah (SWT), yet you do not fulfill His rights
2.) You read the Qura’an, yet you do not follow it.
3.) You claim to love the Prophet (Sal Allah Alayhi Wa Salaam), yet you do not act upon the sunnah.
4.) You claim the devil is your enemy, yet you agree with him.
5.) You claim to love Paradise, yet you do nothing to earn it.
6.) You claim to hate the Fire, but you do nothing to flee from it.
7.) You claim that death is real, yet you do not prepare for it.
8.) You are preoccupied with the faults of others, yet you do not think of your own faults.
9.) You eat the blessings of Allah, yet do not thank Him (SWT).
10.) We bury the dead, yet take no lesson from it.
This is part of our “Madanian Wall”. Many of these images have been on the wall of places we have been living since our concerted efforts of making Du’a to be residents of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah. The visual reminder seemed to focus the heart on wanting to be here. I share this with you ALL, especially sisters Tasnim, M, J and S!
A beautiful translation of the Du’a for Salatul Haajaat.
Al-Hisnul Haseen is a comprehensive book of Du’a, as well as explaining the Adab and information pertaining to the acceptance of Du’a.
A diverse collection of Du’a for various occasions.
Hujjatul Islam Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s excellent book, Invocations and Supplications.
Abu Dawud RadhiAllahu anhu reported that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: Whenever a Muslim supplicates on behalf of his brother in his absence, an angel repeats, “May you also have the same.” (Muslim)
O Allah, make my love for You the most beloved thing to me, and my fear for You the most fearful thing to me, and remove from me all worldly needs and wants by instilling a passion for meeting You, and when You have given the people of the world the pleasures of their world, make the coolness of my eyes in worshipping You. Ameen.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.