If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

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Ramadan is just around the corner, and our hearts eagerly await its return.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that we parted from the beloved month in tears? Has a whole year already gone by? What do we have to show for the passing of a year, and how will we greet this Ramadan? What have we done to prepare for it?

Ramadan is about renewing our relationship with Allah – reading the Qur’an and interacting with it anew, letting Allah’s words pour over our hearts to transform us. Ramadan is about perfecting our prayers and increasing our nawaafil; it’s about seeking Allah’s forgiveness and pardon, and saving ourselves from the Hellfire. Ramadan is about giving up desires and giving away in charity, about kindness and self-restraint. Ramadan is about fasting and taqwa, as we learn from the verse in Surat Al-Baqarah, “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become pious” [2:183].

Ramadan then, is about worship, the very essence of which is love for our Maker, and submission to His will. Is there anything more humbling than the touch of forehead to the ground in sujood? Is there anything more beautiful than a slave giving up food and drink and desires to please his Master, the High? Is there any heart more filled with love and hope and fear than the heart uttering a fervent prayer to the One above Who Hears and Sees all?

That heartfelt prayer, that fervent du’aa – the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam tells us, “Du’aa is worship” [Abu Dawud & at-Tirmidhi; hasan saheeh]. If this is worship, then why not invest ourselves into an act that is so meaningful, yet so easy to do? Why not challenge ourselves to make du’aa like we never have before – to take our du’aa (and our worship of the Merciful, ar-Rahman) more seriously than we ever have before?

Below is a beautiful lecture series on du’aa by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. Please take the time to listen to it, to increase your knowledge and desire to make du’aa, and your love and attachment to the One who answers du’aa:

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Dua: Weapon of the Believer

by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi

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Make a list of things you’ll be making du’aa for this upcoming month. If there’s something you’ve always wanted – an increase in rizq, the courage to wear hijab or abayas or niqab, a righteous spouse, a better life – turn with those desires to Allah. Pick a few things, five or six, that are most dear to you… work hard to achieve those things, and make continuous du’aa for them. Make du’aa while breaking your fast, when du’aa is likely to be answered. Make du’aa while in sujood, when du’aa is like to be answered. Make du’aa during qiyam, during the last third of the night, when du’aa is likely to be answered. Turn with open hands and submissive heart to your Maker…

Ramadan is almost here, and those of us who will be blessed with witnessing it may not live to see another Ramadan. What do you want from Ramadan this year? And what’s stopping you from achieving it?

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