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“Because of your Abundant Tears & Du’aa”

red-flowers-macroImam Al-Bukhari’s mother was a pious and ascetic woman, and was blessed with a sincere du’a. It is narrated that Imam Al-Bukhari went blind in his youth and she saw an amazing dream: she saw Al-Khalil, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), and he said to her, ‘O you, Allah has returned your son’s eyesight because of your abundant tears and du’a’.

They woke up and Allah had returned his eyesight.

[Tarikh Baghdad, 2/10, Siyar, 12/393, Intro of ‘Al-Fatih’, 502]

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“Will You Keep a Secret?”

Quran-550x412  Abu az-Zahiriyyah narrated: “I went to Tarsus, so I entered upon Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad after he had become blind. In his house, I saw a Mushaf (copy of the Qur`an) hanging from the wall, so I said  to  him: “May Allah have Mercy upon you! A Mushaf while you cannot even see?”

 He replied: “My brother, will you keep a secret for me until the day I die?”

 I said: “Yes.” Then, he said to me: “Verily, when I want to read from the Qur’an, my eyesight comes back to me.”

 


 

  Abu Hamzah Nasir bin al-Faraj al-Aslami – and he was a servant of Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad – narrates something similar:  “Abu Mu’awiyah had lost his eyesight.

So, if he wished to read from the Qur’an, he would grab around the room for the Mushaf until he would find it.

As   soon as he would open it, Allah would return his eyesight to him. As soon as he closed it, his eyesight would leave him.”

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 2/413-414]

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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)

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Treasures of Supplication

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“I have reflected over an interesting situation: that a calamity may befall a believer and so he supplicates, going to great lengths in doing so, but he sees no sign of an answer. So when despair comes close, at that time his heart is looked at, thus if it is accepts the [many] decrees of fate, not having despaired of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic’s Bounty, then in most cases at that time the response is hastened, for it is there that eemaan is qualified, and the devil vanquished, and it is there that a man’s worth is shown.

And this has been alluded to in His Saying, the Most High, “… until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is the help of Allah?” [Baqarah 2:214].

And likewise is what happened to Ya’qoob عليه السلام, for when he lost a son and the situation went on for a long time, he did not despair–and then his other son was taken, but his hope in his Lord’s Bounty that, “… perhaps Allah will bring them to me all together …” [Yusuf 12:83] still did not cut off.

And likewise Zakariya عليه السلام said, “… and never have I been in my supplication to You, my Lord, unhappy [i.e., disappointed].” [Maryam 19:3]

So beware of considering as too long the time for a prayer to be answered!

And look to the fact that He is the Sovereign Lord/the Absolute King of the entire universe, and that He is the All-Wise in that which He plans, and the One who knows what is of benefit [to you], and that He wants to examine you in order to test your concealed mettle, and that He wants to see your earnest supplication, and that He wants to reward you for your patience, and other such purposes.

In addition to that, He is testing you by delaying the response to your supplication so that you can fight Iblis’ whisperings and wicked insinuations–and every one of these things strengthens [one’s] belief in His Bounty, and obligates being thankful to Him–for He, by testing you with the trial, prepared you to turn to ask Him.

And the distressed person’s destitution/poverty in having to turn to Him is total and utter affluence.”

Saydul-Khatir, pp. 227-228.

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A Delay In Having Ones Supplication Answered

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One of the great Islamic scholars Ibn al Jawzi (may Allah have mercy upon him) discusses the trial of not having a supplication answered. The following is what he had to say regarding this issue:

“From amongst the trials that can befall a believer is to supplicate and receive no response, such that the believer repeats the du’aa’ for a long time and sees no sign of a response. It is upon the believer  to realize that this is a test and requires patience.

What a person experiences from amongst the whisperings of the shaytan [when the response is delayed]  is a sickness which needs medicine, I have experienced this myself.

A calamity befell me and I supplicated and did not see any response, and Iblees started to lay his traps. Sometimes he said : ‘The generosity (of Allah) is abundant and He is not miserly, so why is there a delay? ‘

I said to him: “Be gone, O cursed one, for I have no need of anyone to argue my case and I do not want you as a supporter! ”

Then I told myself: “Beware of going along with his whispers, for if there was no other reason for the delay except that Allah is testing you to see whether you will fight the enemy, that is sufficient wisdom. ”

My soul (nafs) said: “How could you explain the delay in the response of Allah to your prayers for relief from this calamity? ”

I said: “It is proven with evidence that Allah, is the Sovereign, and the Sovereign may withhold or give, so there is no point in objecting to Him.

2 – The wisdom behind that is proven in definitive evidence. I may think that something is good, but wisdom does not dictate it, but the reason for that may be hidden, just as a doctor may do things that appear outwardly to be harmful, intending some good purpose thereby. Perhaps this is something of that nature.

3 – There may be an interest to be served by delay, and haste may be harmful. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “A person will be fine so long as he does not become impatient and says, ‘I prayed but I did not receive any answer.’”

4 – The response may be withheld because of some fault in you. Perhaps there was something dubious in what you ate or your heart was heedless at the time when you said the du’aa’, or your punishment is being increased by means of your need being withheld, because of some sin from which you have not repented sincerely.

So look for some of these reasons, so that you might achieve your aim.

5 – You should examine the intention behind this request, because attaining it may lead to more sin, or prevent you from doing some good, so withholding it is better.

It was narrated that one of the salaf used to ask Allah to help him to go out on campaign, but a voice called out to him: ‘If you go out on campaign you will be taken prisoner, and if you are taken prisoner you will become a Christian! ‘

6 – Perhaps losing what you have missed out on will cause you to turn to Allah and getting it will distract you from Him. This is obvious, based on the fact that were it not for this calamity you would not have turned to Him, because the real calamity is what distracts you from Him, but what makes you stand before Him is good for you and is in your best interests. 

If you ponder these things you will focus on what is more beneficial for you, such as correcting a mistake or seeking forgiveness or standing before Allah and beseeching Him, and forget about what you have missed out on . ”

Sayd al-Khatir (59-60).

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