The Prophet (peace be upon him), our excellent teacher and life inspiration, conveyed in a few beautiful words, the importance of duaa. He (pbuh) said,
“Dua is the essence of Ibadah (worship).” (at Tirmdhi, Ahmad]
Duaa is the invariable aspect, the constitutional significance of our Faith, our worship to Allah swt.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: Supplication (duaa) is itself the worship. He (pbuh) then went on to recite the verse from Surah Ghafir (40:60) as is recorded in Abu Dawud (8,1474),
“And your Lord said: Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation). Verily, those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islamic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!”
Allah swt loves for us to ask of Him, to seek Him in times of need, to seek His help when we need it the most and also in the least. Duaa is a form of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) wherein we are constantly speaking to Allah, revering and remembering Him. Allah swt reminds us consistently in many places in the Quran, to make duaa of Him.
And when My slaves ask you (OMuhammad 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. (Surah al Baqarah; 2:187)
So, call you (O Muhammad SAW and the believers) upon (or invoke) Allah making (your) worship pure for Him (Alone) (by worshiping none but Him and by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake only and not to show-off and not to set up rivals with Him in worship). However much the disbelievers (in the Oneness of Allah) may hate (it). (Surah Ghafir; 40:14)
In a lengthy Hadeeth as reported by Abu Dharr, in Sahih Muslim (2677), Allah swt says,
“O My slaves, all of you are astray except those whom I guide, so ask Me for guidance, and I will guide you. O My slaves, all of you are hungry except those whom I feed, so ask me for food and I will feed you. O My slaves, all of you are naked except those whom I clothe, so ask Me for clothing and I will clothe you. … O My slaves, if the first of you and the last of you, your humans and your jinn, were to stand on a single plain and ask of Me and I were to give each one what he asked for, that would not cause any loss to Me greater than what is lost when a needle is dipped into the sea.”
This Hadeeth indicates that Allah swt loves and encourages His slaves to ask of Him for anything and everything. Be it a wordily need or desire, or that of a spiritual want, or even better, that of the afterlife, yes! That is right, you can ask for things you would like to have in the Jannah as well. Palaces, gardens, houris 😉 just name it, and you got it! All we need is to ask, to make duaa for it and Allah promises us to respond to our call. The Prophet (pbuh) through various Hadeeth’s has encouraged us to make duaa, to invoke Allah for His help.
“Ask and you will be given, ask you will be given” (Tirmidhi)
So what is holding you back? Where is that list already! 😉
“There is nothing more dear to Allah Swt, than a servant making dua to him.” (Tirmidhi)
What else do you need! You have the Creator who loves for you to ask for all of your needs, every time. 🙂 Allah loves you when you make duaa to Him. He is pleased that you remember Him, in your time of need, and will not turn you away.
“The person who does not ask from Allah swt, Allah swt becomes angry with him.” (Tirmidhi, Ahmad)
That is His infinite love and mercy for us. In this world, if you nag, even you mother, for something for long, she too is bound to get annoyed at some time or the other. But not Allah. He loves for you to nag Him for your needs and wishes. In fact He doesn’t like it, if you don’t turn to Him and ask him for anything!
“If you ask, ask Allah and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.” (Tirmdhi, Ahmad)
For almost everything, like I said, whatever you need, want, desire, be it for you, for your loved ones, for this world, for aakhira, ask Him for it. For He alone is the source of everything that there exists in the heavens and in the earth and everything that we know of and don’t, the seen and unseen. The Prophet (pbuh) in one hadeeth said:
“Let one of you ask his Lord for everything that he needs, even a lace for his shoe if it breaks.”
It is narrated in al-Israa’eeliyyaat that Moosa (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: O Lord, I have some worldly needs but I feel too shy to ask You. Allah swt said: Ask Me even for the salt for your dough and food for your donkey.
We are all, always, in need of help for one thing or the other. The world is changing, the times are changing; we need to gather ourselves, strengthen our faith, and be more patient and forbearing in the face of helplessness against those in unjustified power and authority. We need to live in dignity, peace and honor, more than just surviving. This we can achieve by making lots and lots of duaa to our Lord, the Supreme Creator and Designer of this Universe. Seek His help against all the hardships we, as an Ummah, are facing across the globe. Let us not give in to despair, and be hopeful of our Rabb that His help is always near, that He always listens and hears to the pleas of His slaves.
Whenever you are in some trouble, worry, or in a difficult solution, remind yourself what our Excellent Master (phuh) taught us
“Du’a is a weapon of a believer, a pillar of religion, and a light of the heavens and the earth.” (al-Hakim)
Remember me, our Ummah, and the seekers of truth and justice, in your prayers 🙂