An Inspiring Story
In one of my previous jobs I made a big mistake that was going to cause a large financial loss. I was stressed out, nervous and anxious. I was instructed to go to a person who would perhaps be able to solve the issue. You can imagine as I was going to meet that person how fast my heart was beating and how worried I was.
On my way to him, someone stopped me and asked: “Majed, where are you going?” I told him: “I am going to meet, so and so, because I made this serious mistake which perhaps you might’ve already heard about and I was told he might be able to help.” He said: “O you are going to meet, so and so, that man you are about to meet is also known to be a very nice guy…”
Before I move any further with the story, I want ask you, how do you think I felt after knowing that this man whom I’m about to meet is also known as “The Nice” guy. Don’t you think I felt a bit calmer, more relaxed that he will not make fun of me, will be very understanding and sincerely help me and all these good feelings just because I was notified that in addition to his name he is also known as the nice guy.
With that being said, and Allah is the best of examples, how do you feel when I tell you that Allah is also known as Al-Mujeeb, the one who responds to your call whenever you call Him, Al-Mujeeb, the one who gives you that which is best for you whenever you ask Him. If this doesn’t mean much to you and doesn’t put your heart at ease to a certain extent then there might be a serious deficiency in our understanding of who Allah is and the whole concept of dua’a.
Expressing our feelings to our friends vs. Allah
Brothers and sisters we are poor and weak, and many of us tend to complain to others about our state so they may perhaps make us feel any better or fulfill our need; and what’s interesting is that many times the one whom we are complaining to ends up complaining to us about their own state, showing that they are also poor and weak. Had this conversation between us and them been recorded and we watched ourselves while we were expressing our feelings we would be so amazed at how focused, sincere and passionate we were; and there might not be something really wrong with complaining to people as long as we don’t cross the limits but the problem.
But the problem comes when some of us get down in the state of sajdah, in prostration, between the hands of Allah, Al-Mujeeb (The one who responds to the call of the caller), Allah Al-Ghani (The Rich & The Self-Sufficient), Allah Al-Kareem (The Generous) the one who when He wants something to happen He says: Kon fayakoon (be and it is), while in this state of sajdah, many are just not as into to it, as focused, sincere and passionate as they were with their friend a few minutes ago. As if their friend was the rich and generous and Allah was the poor and stingy, we seek Allah’s refuge.
Listen to this following ayah and may Allah not make us of that category when Allah says in Surat Az-zumar Chapter 39 Verse 67
“They didn’t appreciate Allah the way He deserves to be appreciated and the earth all together is in His fist on the Day of Judgment, and the skies are rolled up by His right hand. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him.”
Brothers & sisters, let’s appreciate Allah and give Him His due right as much as we can and part of it is when we truly go to Allah and remember Him during our times of ease and hardship for wAllahi no one will benefit you and me more than Him.
Omar‘s Priceless Statement on Dua’a
We need to have the understanding of Omar when it comes to the concept of dua’a and how he truly understood what it meant that Allah is also known as Al-Mujeeb.
When he said:
أنا لا أحمل هم الإجابة
I am not concerned whether Allah will respond to my call when I call Him or not. I know for a fact that if I ask Allah for something He will give me that which is best for me. I am not worried on His part.
Then what are you worried and concerned about Omar ?
ولكن أحمل هم الدعاء
Rather my concern and worry is on my part. Whether I will put the effort to make dua’a, whether I will take action and exhaust the means to get my dua’a accepted. Because I know if I make dua’a, while being certain and I take action then for sure Allah will respond and give me that which is best for me.
Authentic Hadith Qudsi Showing the Power and Majesty of Allah
Brothers and sisters, in addition to Allah being Al-Mujeeb, He is also known as, As-samee’ (The All Hearing), Al-BaSeer (The All-Seeing) Al-Qareeb (The Very Close & Near) Al-‘aleem (The All-Knowing)
Please listen to the following authentic hadith qudusi with an open heart where Prophet Muhammad said that Allah said:
لَوْ أَنَّ أَوَّلَكُمْ وَآخِرَكُمْ وَإِنْسَكُمْ وَجِنَّكُمْ
قَامُوا فِي صَعِيدٍ وَاحِدٍ فَسَأَلُونِي
فَأَعْطَيْتُ كُلَّ إِنْسَانٍ مِنْهُمْ مَسْأَلَتَهُ
لَمْ يَنْقُصْ ذَلِكَ مِنْ مُلْكِي شَيْئًا
إِلا كَمَا يَنْقُصُ الْبَحْرُ أَنْ يُغْمَسَ الْمِخْيَطُ غَمْسَةً وَاحِدَةً
O my slaves!
If the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you
Were all to stand together in the same exact time and asked Me for something
And I were to give everyone What he or she requested then that would not decrease nor diminish whatever I own and whatever I posses!
Except what is decreased of the ocean when a needle is dipped into it.
Allahu akbar, Allah is greater than everything and anything. What’s amazing isn’t just how massive His wealth and dominion are but what also is amazing is how As-samee’ (The All-Hearing) was able to hear every call clearly and they were not overlapping and confusing Him when they all called Him for something at the same exact time, how Al-Baseer (The All-Seeing) saw every caller, how Al-‘aleem (The All-Knowledgeable) knew the state of every caller externally and internally and How Al-Mujeeb responded to the call of every caller.
3 elements to be accomplished to make your dua’a come to reality
What’s the action item?
It is for us to inspire a #DuaRevival in our lives and take the act of dua’a to the next level, be confident & certain that Allah will respond as long as we take the means.
Brothers and sisters, make dua’a
Because Allah said:
“And you Lord said: Call upon Me, Ask Me” Surat Ghafir v. 60
And the Prophet said in authentic hadith:
“الدعاء هو العبادة”
Dua’a is the essence of worship
Allah also said:
“To Allah belong the most beautiful names.” Surat Al-A’raf v. 180
“فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا ”
So call Him using these beautiful names
If you are sick call upon Allah Ash-shafee (The One who cures)
If you are seeking a child or a righteous friend call upon Allah Al-Wahhaab (The Giver of Gifts) for these things can be of an absolute gift
If you are feeling hopeless and all the doors seems to be closed call upon Allah Al-Fattah (The Opener)
Be certain that Allah will accept your dua’a because Allah said:
“Call upon Me and I promise I will respond to you” Ghafir v. 60
And take action and exhaust the means because Allah said:
Ali `Imran v. 195
This ayah tells us how Allah fulfilled their request because they took the means in addition to making dua’a
Brothers & sisters, may Allah bless you and honor you, feel free to “Share” this article and let’s inspire a dua’a revival in our lives and take the act of dua’a to the next level. In shaa Allah there are more articles on #DuaRevival to come so stay tuned. May Allah make you as means of victory to the ummah.