Issue No 25
POWER OF DU’AA
Our du’aa can change our life, our
outlook, and our fate. It is the most
powerful weapon of a believer.
Once Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi
Wasallam) passed by a people who were suffering from some affliction. "Why
don't they make du’aa (pray) to Allah for protection," he said. With all
the sufferings and disasters Muslims are facing in various parts of the world,
the question can be directed to all of us today.
It is not that we have forgotten
du’aa completely, we do refer to it regularly. But, our ideas and practice
regarding du’aa have become distorted. Often it is reduced to the level of a
ritual. Generally it is considered when all our efforts have failed and an act
of last resort. It is belittled through actions and sometimes even with words.
Is it any wonder that today mostly a mention of du’aa is meant to indicate the
hopelessness of a situation? What a
tragedy, for du’aa is the most potent weapon of a believer. It can change fate,
while no action of ours ever can. It is the essence of ibaadah (worship). With
it we can never fail; without it we can never succeed. In the proper scheme of
things, du’aa should be the first and the last resort of the believer, with all
his plans and actions coming in between them.
Du’aa is conversation with Allah,
our Creator, our Lord and Master, the All Knowing, the All Powerful. This act
in itself is of extraordinary significance. It is the most uplifting,
liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have.
We turn to Him because we know that He alone can lift our sufferings and solve
our problems. We feel relieved after describing our difficulties to our Creator.
We feel empowered after having communicated with the All Mighty. We sense His
mercy all around us after talking to the Most Merciful. We get a new commitment
to follow His path for that is the only path for success. We feel blessed with
each such commitment. In every
difficulty our first action is du’aa, as is our last. We ask Allah to show us
the way to handle that difficulty; we seek His help in following the path He
shows to us; we seek His aid in making our efforts successful. When we fall
sick, we know that we cannot find the right doctor without His Will; that the
best doctor may not be able to diagnose our condition without His Command; that
the best treatment plan will not succeed without His Permission. We make du’aa
for all of these. We make du’aa before we seek medical help, while we are
receiving it and after it has been delivered. The same is true of all other
difficulties we may encounter.
Du’aa is the essence of ibaadah. A
person engaged in du’aa affirms his belief in Tawheed (monotheism) and shuns
belief in all other false gods. With each du’aa his belief in Allah grows. He
beseeches Him, affirming his own powerlessness. A person seriously and
sincerely engaged in du’aa understands exactly the relationship between himself
and the Creator and affirms it through his actions. This is the real essence of
worship. Additionally, such a person can never become arrogant or proud, a
logical result of true worship.
Du’aa is our most powerful weapon in
all struggles of life as well as in jihad on the battlefield. During the battle
of Badr, Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) stood up all night in prayer
seeking Allah's help in the battle between unequal armies that would follow the
next day. In the decisive battles against the crusaders, Sultan Salahuddin
Ayyubi was busy day and night. His days were devoted to Jihad. His nights were
spent making du’aa, crying, seeking Allah's help. This has been the practice of
all true mujaahideen. We should make it
a point to make du’aa for all things big and small. It is the beginning of
wisdom to realise that big and small are arbitrary labels that are totally
irrelevant in this context. Nothing is too big for Allah Whom we are asking
from; nothing is too small for the one who is asking. We should ask as a beggar,
as a destitute person, for that is what we in reality are in relationship to
Allah. At the same time we should ask with great hope and conviction that our
prayers will be granted. We should remember the Hadith: "There is nothing
more dear to Allah than a servant making du’aa to Him." On the other hand,
a prayer lacking concentration and conviction is no prayer at all.
We should make du’aa at all times,
not only during times of distress. Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
said: "Whosoever desires that Allah answers his du’aa in unfavourable and
difficult conditions, he should make plentiful du’aa in days of ease and
comfort." Also he said: "The
person who does not ask from Allah, Allah becomes angry with him." We should ask for all of our needs: those
related to this world as well as those related to the Hereafter. Those who only
concentrate on the former are, in effect, announcing that they don't care for
their life in the permanent abode. They should blame no body but themselves for
the total ruin in that world which the
Qur'an assures us about. Those who concentrate only on the latter are
also showing lack of balance, for we need Allah's help to lead a good life here
as well. We should make du’aa not only
for ourselves but also for our parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and
children, relatives and friends, teachers and other benefactors, destitute and struggling Muslims everywhere.
We should pray for them for the good in this world as well as in the Hereafter.
The Prophet said: “The du’aa of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his
absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he
makes a beneficial du’aa for his brother the appointed angel says, Ameen. And
may you also be blessed with the same.”
the dark ages that we are living in today, everyday brings fresh news about
atrocities committed against our brothers in
Let us not be misled by some
‘scholars’ who claim that there is no such thing as secular or Islamic knowledge.
Islam gave Islamic training and education a special concern. There is nothing strange about this,
especially when the first five verses from the Qur'an that was revealed
to our beloved prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) were from
Surah Al-’Alaq (Chapter 96). This mean
that start reciting the Qur’an with the name of Allah, the One
who created everything. Allah created human beings from a small amount
of thickened blood. Mention the name of Allah who has no flaw. Allah
got people to learn how to write with a pen. The first person to write with a
pen was the Prophet Idris (alayhis salaam). Allah got
people to learn things which they had not known such as writing, manufacturing
and other things. Also, our beloved Prophet
told us in the Hadith that was narrated by Al-Bayhaqi that,
seeking knowledge is required of every Muslim. There is another Hadith
that was narrated by Tirmizi that a Muslim scholar who is obedient to Allah,
has much higher rank than a lay obedient Muslim.
What we mean by knowledge here is
the Islamic knowledge every Muslim is required to know which is called Fardul-‘Ayn. This knowledge consists of learning what is Fard,
and what is Haram. This kind of knowledge saves the human being in this
life by protecting him against evil, and by preventing him from the torture of
Fire of Hell in the Hereafter.
The first thing a person must learn
is the proper belief in Allah and His prophets and messengers.
Consequently, he must learn what are the appropriate attributes of Allah
and what are not. Likewise, he must
learn the correct beliefs regarding the
prophets. Moreover, he should learn what
follows in this category of knowledge (Tawheed), besides other Fiqh
matters, e.g. Tahaarah, Salaah, Zakaah, Sawm, Hajj
etc. Islam, therefore, was not the
reason for underdevelopment in the Islamic countries, but the malicious
conspiracies designed by the imperialistic invaders to dissipate the Islamic Ummah
and rob from it its resources. They knew that the only way to dominate the
Muslims was to distract them from their religion. They seeded and nourished the
division among Muslims, they hired people to sabotage some important Islamic
books by implanting in them things which agree with their beliefs, and by
erasing what is essential in Muslim beliefs (aqaa’id).
They fought to keep our people
ignorant of their religion, to open the door for spreading sins under the fake
image of civilisation. They spread poisonous books of their own. They somehow
succeeded, because some of our own deceived people helped them to do so. They
inaugurated themselves as ‘scholars’. They called themselves the ‘renovators’
of this religion. They cheated some simple people with their beliefs.
However, the truth shows that they
are satanic agents, inviting people who respond to them into the Hellfire. The
other aspect that simplified their mission, was the foreign and missionary
schools. They tried to dominate a large part of the Islamic countries, by
furnishing deceiving educational programs.
In those programs, they altered the bright image of Islam, and they
changed the personality of our children by stuffing their minds with either
ridiculous behaviour, or with what can hurt their beliefs. They encouraged them
to criticise Muslim ethics, morals, and traditions, while those blind parents
were so happy that their children can speak a foreign language very well.
The children were trained to give
their opinion, and say whatever was in their swollen heads. Unfortunately, too
many empty minded supporters hailed this invasion against Islam as
‘progress’. It should be known that the
Islamic civilisation was at its peak when the Muslims were committed to their
religion, when the right Islamic beliefs were taught in masjids and madrasas.
The only way to rescue ourselves
from this pathetic situation is by enthusiastically learning our religious
sciences that we desperately need. These kinds of sciences are the shields that
protect us from all the covert and overt attempts to spoil our youngsters. We
should open our hearts to each other and admit our weaknesses and learn what is
required of us, treating each other by brotherhood and modesty, and by the
determination to overcome that miserable situation, Allah willing,
surely we will be winners. While we are
encouraging our brothers and sisters to learn the necessary Islamic knowledge,
we are also asking them to acquire the beneficial universal sciences and
technologies, and be the leaders in those fields in order to help our Ummah,
and to face the ignorance which surround us.
So, what are the procedures that
should be taken to rescue our Islamic societies, and to preserve our children
from deviation? And what is the role and the duty of the parents to protect
their children in all their life stages? The answer is to acquire Islamic
knowledge and its applications from where it is taught with great sincerity.
Finally, we ask Allah to protect us
from Kufr, hypocrisy, profanity, degeneration, and bad manners, bad
deeds and evil desires.
(locus) of Imaan is in the heart, tongue and physical actions. Imaan does
increase and decrease. Deeds form a part of Imaan. Some of these deeds are
essentials, whilst others are required and yet others are recommended. This
does not preclude the possibility that true believers commit sins. Such sins,
even major sins, provided they are not Kufr and Shirk, do not take the person
out of the fold of Islam. In the Hereafter, the sinners may be punished in the
Hell-fire or be forgiven by Allah. However, all people who have even the
slightest amount of Imaan in their hearts will eventually be rescued from Hell
and made to enter
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has made it absolutely clear that a person is definitely not a mu'min
(believer) if it is claimed that he believes in the Prophet but does not
profess it with his tongue, even though he can, nor does he offer salaah, nor
fasts, nor loves Allah and His Prophet, nor fears Allah. If he also hates the
Prophet and fights against him (then he obviously cannot be called a believer).
He has also
made it absolutely clear that our happiness and position in the hereafter
depends upon our statement of the testimony of faith (Shahaadah) and our
sincerely believing in Allah's Oneness and acting accordingly.
I request your humble du'aas.
Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir
Umhlanga Rocks, KZN