❝I know a young man who every Ramaḍān lists the things that he wants to ask Allāh for and he hopes to see realised. Then he prays for them at all those times that prayers are likely to be answered (during fuṭūr, in Qiyām, in sujūd…)
He says, “The next Ramaḍān doesn’t come except that Allāh has answered a whole set of my duʿās.”
Over the years much of his hopes and dreams were realised in this way and many of his worries were relieved and Allāh answered a lot of his duʿās.
He says, “In these last few years, I’ve started to take a different approach in duʿāʾ; so I thank Allāh for all that He is given me and realised for me and I continue to pray for the things that I still need.”❞
The word, WallahulMusta’aan, as mentioned in the Quran, was said by Yaqoob عليهالسلام when his sons came up with a false story of what happened to Yousuf عليهالسلام. Yaqoob tried his best to find the truth but his sons teamed up to defend their heinous act and lies. Tired of the situation, Yaqoob asked Allah for Sabrun Jameel (beautiful patience) followed by WallahulMustaa’an.
According to the commentators of the Quran, WallahulMusta’an is used to call for Allah’s help when you find yourself in impossible situations, when people team up against you to defend their lies, when people accuse you of something false, when you have given your best and desperately waiting for desired results, when you feel you’re in a situation where there’s no way out. It’s literally saying to Allah that I have given my best and now I am taking a backseat, I want You to take charge of the driving seat and solve this matter with your Divine intervention.
And patience automatically becomes beautiful when, with all your heart, mind, and soul you leave the matter to Allah.
Don’t worry if the situation seems impossible, remember you’re asking the One who just have to say ‘Kun’ — be and it is.
You are asking the One who calls Himself, Al-Fattah — the opener; Who creates a way out when there seems to be no way. So take a backseat and let Allah do the rest.
Wallahul Musta’an – “Allah is the one sought for help”
In Makkah, next to a major Bin Dawood superstore a rival new company was entering the Kingdom and decided to open a mega-store right next to Bin Dawood, within meters. The manager was perturbed, “Why can’t they just open somewhere else.”
The owners of Bin Dawood frowned on his outlook. They ordered him to send his workers to the other store being set up and offer them tea and food and any help they needed to setup!
The manager was left astounded. The Bin Dawood management simply replied, “Our rizq is fixed, they cannot take a single riyal from what has been decreed upon us. So why not gain reward from Allah and help them.”
Don’t worry about others, if you do your work with sincerity and Allah gives you success then you will never have your success limited by others. Become a good wisher.
“Shaikh al-Albani, may Allah have mercy on him, used to teach us to be precise for appointments.
An example of that is when I would invite him to visit me or if I accompanied him to an invite, he, may Allah have mercy on him, would not turn up late or early for the set engagement. Once I invited him over at 1 pm and he arrived in his car before that by a quarter of an hour, and remained seated in it and did not get out until the time was due. I was not aware of the Shaikh’s presence, it was the people who accompanied him who told me about that [later]. When I asked the Shaikh about that, he said, ‘Because before the [set] time you’re busy preparing for the guest’s arrival at [that] specified time, if we were to come in before it, we’d divert you from your preparation for your guests.’ So may Allah have mercy on our Shaikh, how precise his understanding was! And how keen he was to act upon the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم.
When he, may Allah have mercy on him, was invited to a place he would not take anyone with him unless the host had permitted him to. One time I invited him saying, ‘Our Shaikh! I invite you to lunch with me tomorrow,’ and by that I meant him and his wife, Umm al-Fadl. The next day he came alone so I said to him, ‘Where is Umm al-Fadl?’ So he replied, ‘You didn’t mention to me that I should bring Umm al-Fadl with me. And we stick to being precise in what is said.’”