Du’a - an ultimate weapon of the believer.

Author: Meraj Kazi

In the direst time of our need and lost amidst the ocean, even an atheist raise the ultimate weapon blessed by Allah - the two palms of his hands seeking for help from the Almighty.

“Du’a turns away destiny & good deeds lengthen age.” (Tirmidhi)

Often the effect of this great weapon in our clutch is neglected & tends to be taken lightly. A hadeeth narrates, “Man should call upon Allah alone to provide for his needs, so much so that even if a shoe-lace is broken, he should pray to Allah to provide a shoe-lace, & if he needs salt, he should beseech Allah to send it to him.” (Tirmidhi)

The hadeeth explains that we need to ask Allah for each & everything as there is nothing tiny in Du’a. We shouldn’t turn to Allah only the day before exam, or a meeting or a great event or when everything else has failed, but even for a broken shoe-lace or salt, which is easily available at the end of the street. Thus connection with our Lord is always online with Du’a. There is nothing less or small or too silly in Du’a. Du’a can be performed any time, we can talk to Allah all the time, after-all He is All-Hearer.

Glory be to Allah, He created us, provided us with beautiful atmosphere to fulfill our needs, gave us guidance to prevent us from wandering, yet expects us to ask Him more, He loves those who ask over & is ashamed to return His asking-servant empty handed. “Verily your Lord is Generous & Shy. If His servant raises his hands in supplication, He becomes shy to return them empty handed.” (Tirmidhi)

“For whoever opened the door of Du’a, for him the doors of mercy are opened…” (Tirmidhi)

Allah’s love for His servants & the vastness of His kingdom is beautifully summarized in Ahadith.

“In the Court of Allah, there is no greater thing than Du’a.” (Ibn Majah)

Many consider Du’a to be an ‘extra’ act, to be performed only when needed, but Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said “Du’a is Ibadah.”(Tirmidhi)

We label ‘worship’ only to those acts which we perform for Allah, like Salah, Zakaat, Hajj…etc. But asking Allah to fulfill our needs is also ‘worship’. And since its worship, we need to perform it around the clock as the very purpose of our existence is to worship Allah.

Let us utilize this ever available asset in our hand, which may turn a liability if not given its due right. Let us beseech Allah all the times, for we become one of His favourites. Let us raise our hands before our Lord; with the conviction that He will answer our prayer, to raise our position, status & ultimately to enter our final destination, Jannatul Firdous.

Du’a - the simple the word sounds, the complex is its power. It can change our destiny, something which is predestined can be altered with it.

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