Du’a. One of the most powerful gifts given to us by Allaah ta’ala. A tool that has no sell by date, no limited amount of use; and very minimal instructions.
“The most excellent worship is du`a.”
[Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]
Du’a is also something that can be abandoned. There are some of us who leave off making du’a in its entirety and earn the displeasure of Allaah ta’ala and there are some of us who make du’a and then become impatient when the answer doesn’t fit in to their time frame and so they give up.
“Whoever does not ask of Allah, He becomes angry with him.”
[Classed as hasan by Al-Albaani. Saheeh Sunan Al-Tirmidhi, 2686]
“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]
There are times in the past where I admit that I regretfully became impatient but each time i did, i’d remember an incident that happened about 9 years ago. There was something I really really wanted, needed even. You know the type of longing for something where the mere thought of not getting your du’a answered didn’t even even cross your mind because you desperately needed or wanted that thing. That was how important it was to me. So I made du’a and I pleaded with Allaah to grant me this wish that I had been longing for.
When i called upon Him, I blocked everything out and focused on how much I was in need of Him and my inability to provide it for myself, all the while embracing and really grasping His power and Mercy that could provide this yearning need within a blink of an eye. I called upon my Rabb and then left it to Him completely. From that day on I was making sure to be conscious, to not fall into the trap of impatience.
Within a mere few days that answer came and with it came a new found hope that run deep, reaffirmed yaqeen and infinite love for my Rabb. The answer was better than what I had even asked for. I had asked for a drop and my Rabb had given me the ocean. I remember breaking down in tears when I received the phone call from my mother (May Allaah have mercy on her and grant her Jannatul Firdous aameen) informing me of what I had been waiting for. Allaah ta’ala knew how much I was in need and how much I longed for this wish even more than I knew myself and out of His infinite Mercy and kindness He sent down sakeenah intricately wrapped with a gentle life-long beautiful lesson.
From then on I knew the one thing that was needed was yaqeen. Certainty in knowing that Allaah ta’ala will answer you. It may not be in your time frame and then again who are we to put conditions on our du’as? It may not be exactly what you asked for or be answered in the way you hoped it to be; but just remember that the One who answered your call knew that you would ask Him for it, even before you were aware that this is something you would be supplicating for…
“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]
Now fast forward to just a few weeks ago in my nahwu lesson, my ustaadha gifted us with a Qur’aan gem and lesson. May Allaah preserve her.
A lesson from Soorah Al-‘Araf..
A conversation between shaytaan and Allaah ta’ala. Shaytaan disobeyed Allaah ta’ala when he arrogantly refused to prostrate to Adaam alayhi sallaam. Allaah ta’ala banished him from Paradise and told him that he was from those who are disgraced.
قَالَ فَٱهْبِطْ مِنْهَا فَمَا يَكُونُ لَكَ أَن تَتَكَبَّرَ فِيهَا فَٱخْرُجْ إِنَّكَ مِنَ ٱلصَّٰغِرِينَ
[Allaah] said, “Descend from Paradise, for it is not for you to be arrogant therein. So get out; indeed, you are of the debased”
However Shaytaan had a need and he knew that only Allaah ta’ala would be able to fulfill it for him even though he was aware of what he had just done and as a result was now damned. He still asked Allaah. He asked Allaah ta’ala to grant him respite. Allaah told him:
قَالَ إِنَّكَ مِنَ ٱلْمُنظَرِينَ
“Indeed, you are of those reprieved.”
– Al-A’raf 7:15
This was the response of our Lord to shaytaan himself after he arrogantly and ungratefully disobeyed Him. This is the response of the All-Mighty to the accursed enemy. This is our Rabb. This is our Allaah.
If Allaah granted shaytaan his wish what makes you think that He will not do the same for you, when you worship him daily and continuously throughout the day, when you call upon Him alone & you rely solely upon Him for your needs. When you praise Him with your daily adkhaar and remember Him through your tilawah. When you do what He commands and stay away from what He forbids; and even when you do err you follow that error up with a good deed and make tawbah. How can you give up on getting a response from a Master who does not tire from our neediness and our wants?
Duaa is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Whether it be the silently whispered du’as or the loud and urgent pleas made in desperation. Keep asking Him and when you do ask, know that your response is already prepared and ready..
Dont be hasty. Have yaqeen. Be sure of the response of your Lord and then await it.