By Um Abdi Rahman
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
As salamu alaykum,
Our brothers and sisters in Palestine are facing a very desperate situation right now.
What can we do about it?
Allah (Azza wa Jal) says:
“Call upon Me, and I will respond to you.” [Surahtul Ghaafir 40:60]
One should not be affraid of others power as power belongs to Allah alone!
“If any do seek for glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power…” [Surah Fatir, 35:10].
The Giver of relief is commanding us to ask Him- and He is telling us that He will respond to us! Couple that with this:
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth’s sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him? (Bukhari)
All praise and thanks to the One Who has not only commanded us to call upon Him, but Who is waiting to grant us our pleas.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has already promised this ummah relief…we just need to be serious in asking for it.
So, what can we do together, from all different parts of the world, but united in standing up for justice for our ummah?
WAKE UP IN THE NIGHT AND BEG ALLAH ‘AZZA WA JAL FOR His Help!
Let us all make a sincere intention to set our alarm clocks, wake up just half an hour before fajr, and pray 2 rakahs to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, asking Him to relieve and grant success to our brothers and sisters in Palestine, and our brothers and sisters suffering everywhere.
Are you in on the plan to wake up with thousands of your brothers and sisters across the globe, at the time when Allah ‘Azza wa Jal is closest to us, to make duaa for this ummah? Are you willing to sacrifice that extra 30 minutes of sleep in your warm, comfortable bed to ask Allah for the relief and for the safety and health of our brothers and sisters who are in pain and suffering? Are you?
If you are, reply with an: ALLAHU AKBAR!, make a serious, sincere intention, and ask Allah to help you wake in the night to make duaa for your ummah.
Latch on, and may Allah give us thabaat, ikhlaas, and success.
Um Abdi Rahman
Aren’t there soo many people, including many great scholars already doing Du’a?
What would the point be of a person like me doing du’a then?
Allahu Akbar!!! 😀 insyaAllah Allah yahdeena ameen
Beautiful reminder. We are busy making Du’a for our ownselves and our own cities we forget the brothers and sisters in Palestine
May Allah swt accept our duas and forgive our shortcomings.
May Allah help us wake in the night
Salaams ‘Love Prophet’. No one should undermine oneself that his or her dua is not worth anything. A sincere dua can be worth more than we can imagine. Allah says there are no intermediaries between him and Allah, just Him and His servant. If we Call upon Allah He will respond. May Allah reward the sister for the good reminder from the article. I pray Allah bestows on their hearts sabr, and raises their rank. Ameen
InshAllah Allah Hukbar. ALso the Imams should speak about Gaza and not fluff in the Jummah khutbas.
River the sinner
“Aren’t there soo many people, including many great scholars already doing Du’a?
What would the point be of a person like me doing du’a then?”
No one but Allaah knows whose du’as are sincere, even we cannot know of our own du’as’ value before Allaah but we have to implore as humble servants and inshaAllaah with so much effort that there is hope our du’a is one of the accepted.
I am deeply saddened that anyone would think one less dua could be so insignificant…
January 25th, 2008 at 6:57 am
Aren’t there soo many people, including many great scholars already doing Du’a?
What would the point be of a person like me doing du’a then?
Assalamu Alykum WarahmatAllah,
Brothers & Sister I commend you for your concerns, and I pray to Allah that all of your prayers are answered, and that the people of Falasteen be liberated from the Zionist criminals who have subjicated them to suffering for over 60 years.
While ofcourse it is only with the will of Allah that the people and land of Falasteen will be emancipated, prayer alone will not suffice. As Muslims we are called to Action as the prophet was asked to do in surat Al-Muzamil. Some of the things that can be done are below:
1. Contact your local, state, & federal government and demand that they halt all aid to Israel and that the Gaza border be opened for trading of all goods and servicxes needed by the people of Gaza.
2. Attend protests vigils and meetings with groups and orginizations who are working to relieve the people of Palastine.
3. Sound Money, food, & clothing through orginizations like Islamic Relief & Kinder USA.
4. Boucott Israeli products and those companies who are donating to Israel.
5. Write letters to your local newspaper and call your local news channel and demand that they give more coverage to the dire situation in Palastine.
there are many things that can be done, but we will need to have trust in Allah that he will bring us the results.
LoveProphet [salAllahu alayhi wa sallama]:
What would be the point of a person like you doing du’a?
I think your question is more hinting at, “who am I compared to all these people in front of Allah to make duaa and expect it to be answered?”
as Imam Suhaib taught us- even the duaa of Iblees was answered when Iblees asked to be given respite:
“[Satan] said, “Reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected.” [Allāh] said, “Indeed, you are of those reprieved.” [Surah Al-Araaf, 7:14-15]
so, what about YOU? you who loves the beloved of ALLAH (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam), you who submit to and worship Allah Most High.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us in surah alBaqarah:
186. And when My servants ask you (O Muhammad concerning Me, then answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.)
The Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam taught us:
“The supplication of the servant will be accepted as long as he does not supplicate for what includes sin, or cutting the relations of the womb, and as long as he does not become hasty.) He (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) was asked, “O Messenger of Allah! How does one become hasty” He said, (He says, `I supplicated and supplicated, but I do not see that my supplication is being accepted from me.’ He thus looses interest and abandons supplicating (to Allah)” [Muslim]
So, LoveProphet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallama):
After reading all this, how can you not feel extra special in the sight of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? Allah is saying that He is SO CLOSE to you [in His Knowledge], and that He will respond to the one who supplicates to Him [Baqarah, 186]. And the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam told us that if you make duaa, and it’s not for sin or cutting off of the relations, and you are not hasty, that it will be accepted!
And the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam also said:
“No Muslim supplicates to Allah with a Du`a that does not involve sin or cutting the relations of the womb, but Allah will grant him one of the three things. He will either hasten the response to his supplication, save it for him until the Hereafter, or would turn an equivalent amount of evil away from him.” [Ahmed]
Did you read that? “No Muslim supplicates to Allah…but Allah will grant him one of the three things…”
THUS, the absolute ONLY conclusion that can be made when looking at the evidences is that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala not only loves for us to ask Him, for YOU, O one who loves the Prophet, salAllahu alayhi wa sallam, to ask Him (subhanahu wa ta’ala), but that He will be close to us and will answer our duaa. We just need to be patient, and we need to think good of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
How can we make duaa, saying, “Allahuma, give me this”, and in our hearts and in our minds we’re convinced that we are not going to get it? In our hearts and minds, be convinced Allah is not really listening to us because we’re so low and sinful, and is not going to grant us this duaa (we ask Allah to protect us from thinking in this way about Him)?
From Allah Most High, the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam has relayed:
“I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.” [Bukhari]
Therefore, think well of Allah, and know that He is with you [through His Knowledge] when you ask Him! Have CONVICTION that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will answer you! And know that when you take that small step towards Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, HE comes to you with SPEED!
And remember- Allah LOVES the Mu’mineen.
Thus: Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala loves YOU. and He subhanahu wa ta’ala loves to hear YOUR voice calling, begging, pleading, asking Him for anything you need, you want, your ummah needs…He not only loves hearing you, but He subhanahu wa ta’ala loves giving it to you.
So, LoveProphet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam): make duaa! And may Allah make you of those who are close to Him [subhanahu wa ta’ala].
Allahuma, we ask You by Your Beautiful Names, to fill our hearts with strong conviction that You will answer us, to fill our hearts with sincerity and love for asking You, pleading to You, waking in the night to beg of You, and we ask You to accept from us ya Rabil’alameen. We ask You, O Lord of all the worlds, to ease the difficulties of our brothers and sisters in Palestine and all over the world, to give them success, to lighten their burdens and shower Your Mercy upon them in this life and the Next, and to wipe out all of our sins, as You are the One Who loves to efface the sins, and to join us in Firdaous al ‘ala! wa salilahuma ‘ala sayedna Muhammad wa ‘ala alehe wa sahbihi wa sallim.
Not to mention, LoveProphet, that Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change that which is within themselves. Surat Ar-Ra’d. Ch 13, Verse 11. So, unless I’m mistaken, and it would be great if someone would correct me, unless we get more people asking for Allah’s help, then the help won’t come to us. So no matter how many people are already making du’a, we could always use and extra person asking for aid and goodness from Allah, and to deliver us from this embarrassment of an enemy.
It’s a sum of parts, and if more people decide “mine isn’t going to make a difference”, while really it is, then we’re just allowing destruction upon our ownselves. It’s like saying that extra dollar isn’t going to help my bank account. Let’s say you’ve found an extra dollar every day of the year, and you decided not to deposit it that because you saw it to be insignificant, then you just lost $365.25 that year. Let’s say you kept thinking that way, then you lost $3652.50. You see how it sums up?
Du’a for Allah’s goodness and gracious, works in the same way, but to add on top of that, Allah loves to give, and I’m telling you from now, you ask Allah for good and blessing, it’s going to be much more than a dollar, wa allahu a3lam. You refrain from asking for goodness from Allah, you’re going to end up in regret, just asking yourself “what have I done with my time? How many opportunities have I had to ask Allah for help, but I never did?” You’ll find this works with all aspects of life, as well as asking for the best help we can get our hands on for the Palestinians.
Do even begin to think about belittling Allah’s mercy, His ni’ma (blessing), and the hope for it all. And like the sister so eloquently replied, if you’re making a du’a and you don’t see results, it’s only because they are results you may not understand at the time. If we are making sincere du’a, and people are still dying, it may be that Allah is only making them die as martyrs so that Allah will give them a peace and blessing so great that all the goodness we could hope for in this life can never amount to it, i.e; paradise. Because THAT is the final eternal abode.
So to sum it all up, NEVER give up. Always strive, always try, because Allah is good, he loves the good, and he rewards and accepts only the good.
May Allah grant us goodness of speech and guide us to follow the best of it.
“Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our protector; help s against those who stand against faith.” (2:286)
I’m no scholar, so please, if I’ve made any mistakes, Im open to corrections, but just to read a depressing statement revs up your engine and makes you want to fight, because it is a false statement.
Wa Alaykum Assalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
Of course Dua is extremely powerful. As a supplement to dua we need to also take action. Please visit http://mahdibray.com/ to sign the letter to Secretary Rice and contact your Congressman.
Allah hears the Servant’s Supplication
Imam Ahmad reported that Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari said, “We were in the company of Allah’s Messenger during a battle. Whenever we climbed a high place, went up a hill or went down a valley, we used to say, `Allah is the Most Great,’ raising our voices. The Prophet came by us and said:
«يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، ارْبَعُوا عَلى أَنْفُسِكُمْ، فَإِنَّكُمْ لَا تَدْعُونَ أَصَمَّ ولَا غَائِبًا، إنَّمَا تَدْعُونَ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا، إنَّ الَّذي تَدْعُونَ أَقْربُ إِلَى أَحَدِكُمْ مِنْ عُنُقِ رَاحِلَتِهِ، يا عَبْدَاللهِ بْنَ قَيْسٍ، أَلَا أُعَلِّمُكَ كَلِمَةً مِنْ كُنُوزِ الْجَنَّةِ؟ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِالله»
(O people! Be merciful to yourselves (i.e., don’t raise your voices), for you are not calling a deaf or an absent one, but One Who is All-Hearer, All-Seer. The One Whom you call is closer to one of you than the neck of his animal. O `Abdullah bin Qais (Abu Musa’s name) should I teach you a statement that is a treasure of Paradise: `La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (there is no power or strength except from Allah).’)
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