The Secret to Having Supplications Answered

 3059666905_5f5754e6fe “…And I often find that people supplicate with certain prayers and have their prayers answered, and they couple their supplication with their neediness and turning towards Allah, or a good deed they carried out that caused Allah to respond to this supplication out of gratitude for this good deed, or they happened to supplicate at a time in which it is more likely to be accepted, etc. So, his supplication was answered because of this.

One might think that the secret was in the specific wording of his supplication, and might therefore approach it simply from this angle while ignoring all of these other things that were coupled with it by the person supplicating. This is like someone who uses beneficial medicine at its proper time and in the proper manner and it benefits him as a result, and someone else thinks that simply using this medicine regardless of these other factors will bring about the same benefit. This person is wrong, and this is where many people fall into error.

An example of this is when a needy person supplicates near a grave. So, the ignorant one thinks that the secret of his supplication being answered lies in this grave, and he doesn’t know that the real secret is in his neediness and full dependence on Allah. So, if this happens in a House from the Houses of Allah, this would be better and more beloved to Allah.

And supplications and prayers of refuge are like weapons, and a weapon is only as effective as the one using it, not just based on how sharp it is. So, as perfect and flawless a weapon is, as strong as the arm is that is using it, as much as there is nothing to nullify its effectiveness – the more damaging it will be against the enemy. And whenever one of these three elements is absent, the effect will be held back.

So, if the supplication itself is not good, or the one supplicating does not have both his heart and tongue present when making it, or there is some element present to prevent it from being answered, it will have no effect…”

['ad-Da' wad-Dawa''; p. 40-41] Translated by Tarek Mehanna – may Allah keep our beloved brother steadfast, hasten his release from prison and may Allah allow Tareks final abode to be firdaws. ameen ya rabb,

Exchanging Allahs Blessing…

3750555006_8dc987333f_m.jpg“From the greatest of sins which are hidden – and widely practiced – is that the servant is enjoying a blessing that Allah has blessed him with and chosen for him, then that servant becomes bored of it and seeks to exchange it for what he thinks – due to his ignorance – is better for him than it, and His Lord continues to be merciful to him and does not prevent him from this blessing, and He excuses him due to his ignorance and this bad choice that he has chosen for himself. When he reaches the limit in scorning this blessing and his boredom with it overcomes him, Allah removes this blessing from him. So, if he is given what he sought in exchange for that blessing, and he sees the immense difference between what he was previously enjoying and and what he has now been given instead of it, his anxiety and regret increase and he requests a return to what he previously had. So, if Allah desires good and guidance for His servant, He allows him to bear witness that what he had was a blessing from the blessings of Allah upon him, and He causes him to become pleased with that blessing and to give thanks to Allah for it. If his soul then whispers to him to again seek to exchange that blessing for something else, he makes istikharah to His Lord, the istikharah of the one who is ignorant of what is in his best interests and unable to attain them. He turns his affairs to Allah, requesting of Him to help him make the best decision.

3220084593_c59d4ce216_m.jpgAnd there is nothing more harmful to the servant than to become bored of the blessings of Allah, because he does not see it as a blessing, and he does not thank Allah for it, and does not become happy because of it. Rather, he belittles it, complains about it and considers it to be a disaster – all this while it can well be from the greatest of Allah’s blessings upon him.

Most people have a feeling of enmity towards Allah’s blessings upon them, and they do not percieve that this opening that Allah has given them is actually a blessing, and they exert the utmost effort in repelling it and pushing it away out of ignorance and oppression. So, how many are those whom Allah’s blessings comes to one of them, and they rise to repel and fight against it? And how many are those whom the blessing comes to one of them and he strives to push it away and brush it to the side out of ignorance and oppression? 2493249752_1cee4c8ce7_m.jpg

Allah – the Exalted – says: {“And this is because Allah would not change a blessing that He has blessed a people with unless they change what is within themselves.”} [al-Anfal; 53] 

The one who is devoid of logic loses his chance * Until the affair passes him by. Then, he blames predestination.”

['al-Fawa'id'; p. 248]


 

Powerful Words

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When I say ‘Subhan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great)’, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” (Narrated by Muslim)  IMG_1625_edited

Shaykh Saleh al-Maghamsi mentions some points regarding the words
“subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. ” He (may Allah preserve him) says:

  • If you say these words they bring you closer to Allah.
  • They are the most beloved of words to Allah.
  • Nothing will harm you if you start saying these words.
  • Increasing in the rememberance of Allah is from the praised types of worship.
  • In the Quran Allah says in surah al Kahf verse forty six

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope.”

What are the deeds that remain and are enduring? In the commentary of  ‘al baqiyaat al salihaat (the deeds which remain)’ it says that this is the speech  ” subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. “.

 

“For your blessings will be shown to me.” (An abandoned sunnah)

Often we are reminded to recite surah al kahf on Fridays as is the sunnah. However, there are other recommended actions (sunan) to perform on Fridays (the day of Jumu`ah) which are often not emphasised as much as reciting surah Kahf. Amongst those abandoned sunan of the day of Jumu`ah are sending an abundance of blessings upon the prophet (peace be upon him). We should make it a habit to send blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) continously and often, however we should especially make the effort on Fridays. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:  IMG_2168-0

“The best of your days is Friday. On that day Adam (peace be upon him) was created; on that day he died; on that day the Trumpet will be blown and on that day all of creation will swoon. So send a great deal of blessings upon me, for your blessings will be shown to me.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, how will our blessings upon you be shown to you when you have turned to dust?” He said, “Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets, peace be upon them.” 1

Thus, let us accustom ourselves to sending blessings upon the Prophet on Friday – the day of Jumu`ah – knowing that it will be presented to our beloved Prophet. So whether, you find yourself walking, driving, sitting, waiting for the bus/train, cooking, feeding your newborn baby or putting your toddler to sleep – whatever it may be don’t forgot to send blessings upon the Prophet – and even if you say “Allahumma salli wa sallim `ala Nabiyyina Muhammed” only once on Friday – know that you will not have only fulfilled the sunnah but you will also have the angels present your blessing to the Prophet from yourself. Keep your lips moist with Allahumma salli wa sallim `ala Nabiyyina Muhammed …

1] Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1047.

O the one whom eyes cannot see…

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“O The One Whom eyes cannot see, Who cannot be imagined,
Who is beyond description,
Who is unaffected by happenings, Who cannot be overwhelmed by the vicissitudes of time,
Who knows the weight of the mountains,
the volume of the oceans,
the number of falling raindrops,
the number of leaves on the trees and everything upon which the night darkens and upon which the day
brightens.
No sky can hide another from Him,
no surface of the earth can hide another from Him, no ocean can hide anything within its depths from
Him and no mountain can conceal from Him anything within its rocks. Make the last part of my life the best, make the best of my deeds the last
and make my best day be the one in which I meet
You.” -
Supplication by an unknown Bedouin

It Won’t Last Forever…

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“Hardships have an end whose time is known only to God. So, anyone experiencing them has no choice but to be patient until that time is up. Losing patience before that time will not help anything.

Patience is a must, but it is useless without prayer. The one praying should not be hasty, and should instead engage in worship through patience, prayers, and submission to the All-Wise…the hasty one is infringing on the function of the Planner, and this is not the proper position of a servant to be in.

The best position to be in is to accept your fate, and this demands patience. To beg constantly in prayer is the most reliable recourse. Opposition to fate is forbidden, and infringes on the function of the Planner. Understand these points, and your hardship will be much easier to deal with…”

Ibn al-Jawzi  in ‘Sayd al-Khatir’ (p. 148)

Al-Fattah – The One That Opens Closed Doors

Allah is al-Fattah. We need to know al-Fattah when we feel that things are impossible or too difficult because Allah (swt) necessarily invites

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you to know Him by this Name in those circumstances. Al-Fattah comes from the 3-letter root f-t-h (ف-ت-ح). Some words are known by their opposites, and the opposite of fath is for something to be closed. Thus fath is to open. Al-Ghazali tells us about al-Fattah, “He is the One by Whose concern everything that is closed is opened.” If I tell you to open the door, it must mean that the door is closed. If it is already open you would probably give me a funny look.

So what does this mean? Allah al-Fattah opens the things that are closed.Those things that seem impossible, those things that you cannot understand how they even work. A door has to be closed in order for someone to open it.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Whatever mercy Allah opens for mankind, then none can be holding it back; and whatever He holds back, then none can be sending it forth after Him; And He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise” (Qur’an, 35:2)

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