It's been long since I have written a post like this. Some days ago I decided it was time to start again, and here I am now, trying my best with the limited knowledge I have.
Some years ago, when I was a student, I used to write a "Jummah Mubarak" email every Friday with a Quran verse, a hadith and a quote. Then suddenly it got so busy that I couldn't keep it up and sadly that habit was broken. For some weeks I been thinking about that I should try to start up with the Friday emails again, because they were really helping and motivating me to study and learn some more knowledge. Taking in consideration now beeing a mom and all other responsibilities I have, I ended up with the conclusion that monthly blog post will be a better idea. I hope you will like this idea and that the content will be of interest.
Verse of Quran;
Surah Al Baqarah, verse 186
Supplication is the weapon of the believer, the pillar of religion, and the light of the heavens and the earth.
- Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Make Your supplication sincere, for this makes it more worthy of response.
- Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as)
My husband bought me a book some days ago called "Power of prayers". It's a book with beautiful collection of duas (supplications) for different things, example repentance, travelling, memory and amaals for the different months in Islam. I found the preface of the book very inspiring and an easy read, so I wanted to share it with you hoping you will also find it useful.
"Duaa (supplication) also plays an important role in our lives. Although it is not wajib (obligatory) but is highly emphasized to recite Duaas at every time, especially after Namaaz. However, Duaa is also a prayer. Namaaz without Duaa is same as a house without furniture. Duaa is a channel to express oneself to Allah (S.W.T.). We have been given this weapon of Duaa so as to beseech, beg, and complain to our merciful Lord concerning our needs and wishes, and seek protection from troubles and problems through the medium of Duaa.
And as for the Duaa to be effective it has the the etiquettes to be followed faithfully. Duaa is like an application for obtaining something, so if it manifests carelessness it may never be responded. The similarity to it is like a person in need going to the door of a rich person, if he begs with sincere humility there are more chances of getting what he wants, but if he begs carelessly or obstinately then the doors shall be closed on his face.
To make our Dua to be effective and fruitful we should foremostly realize the Majesty of Almighty Allah (S.W.T.). In our very hearts we should have His fear as well as hope. Cause of fear for our shortcomings and faults and sins, and as for the hope it should be for his never ending Mercy and love towards His creation. The Duaa of one who expects favours from other then Allah is quite out of place. Therefore it is very essential to keep our thoughts clear of begging and expecting from others then Allah.
The other factor to be taken in consideration for the effectiveness of a Duaa is to be clean of any wordly thoughts, selfish motives, pride, jealousy, vengeance and all other bad elements.
Furthermore, one of the etiquettes of beseeching Allah is that before requesting Allah to fulfill our own needs we should first recite Salawaat, praise Allah (S.W.T.), thank Him for His previous bounties and favours, repent sincerely for our sins, then pray and plead for others, this is a way to express that we are not selfish or self-centered, and finally pray for ourselves. If the proper way is followed then there should not be any reason to despair.
Allah (S.W.T) says in His Holy Book that whenever any one calls Him He answers, and that He is not far away from His creatures, He is nearer to us than the jugular vein in our neck. So it is only a question of pure intention and sincerity of our hearts to make our Duaa reach His kind attention. This is the forerunner in our prayers, if it is missed than one should be ready to face silence in respone to his/her Duaa. This is a basic requirement. Pure intention and sincerity should be maintained upto the end.
One more thing worth noting down, and it is that if you are not responded instantly do not despair, do not lose hope from The Merciful Allah, keep on begging, and imploring, and supplicating, and beseeching, keep the door knocking, it will unlock one day. Moreover, Allah (S.W.T) is our Kind, Merciful and Powerful Creator Who knows quite well that which is beneficial and useful to us, so He gives according to His appropriate and just measure. If it was according to our wishes and cravings then imagine the ultimate result of a toddler begging for a loaded gun. "
An other important thing I would like to share with you is a letter which was publicly sent to youth in North America and Europe. The letter is written by Seyed Ali Khamenei (the spureme leader of Islamic Republic of Iran). No matter if you are muslim or non-muslim, you should absolutely check this letter out and see what advice he is giving to the youth.
Quran - translated to English by M. H. Shakir
Hadith - al-Kafi, v.2, p. 468, no.1
Quote - Ghurar al-Hikam wa Durar al-Kalim, Ansariyan publications, p. 342
Monthly read - Revised Power of Prayers by Khaki, Ansariyan publications