4: The Heart’s Du’aa


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This Ramadan…

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This Ramadan… I will pour my heart out in making du’aa.

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Sheikh Muhammad Hassan tells the following story:

A man from the people of Yemen was sitting in Allah’s House in Mekkah. I was on my way to the Ka’bah itself, and after taking a few steps forward, a man to my right caught my eye. He was lifting his arms upwards, visibly, so that you would have clearly seen his underarms if his clothes were not there to cover him.

He was raising his hands, and praising Allah, and supplicating to His Lord, subhanahu wa ta’ala, in a manner full of humility and destitution, all the while crying.

So I looked at him and trembled, and my heart nearly broke. I went back quietly, so as not to interrupt his asking, or disturb his du’aa. I stood nearby, to his right and one step behind him. I prayed two rak’ahs there, and then sat to watch him as I wept for his situation with His Lord, subhanhu wa ta’ala. The man kept his hands raised for a very long time.

After that, I saw a kind man, from among the locals of the country, stopping exactly the way I had. He took a few steps forward, and then this man’s humility caught his attention, so he came back. He looked at him, and said the salam, but the man was busy and didn’t return the greeting. He simply sat there, confiding in His Lord, subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Then this kind local stuck his hand into his pocket, and took out a large sum of money, though I don’t know the amount. He dropped the money into this man’s lap, and then left, but the man didn’t look down at the money that was now in his possession, and he continued to make du’aa to Allah tabaraka wa ta’ala.

After a while… and I couldn’t tell if he’d even noticed the money or not… after a while, he brought his hands down, and hung his head low, and finally noticed the money in his lap. So he smiled, and then cried, and raised his hands again, and continued to implore and humble himself before Allah.

When he finished his du’aa, I went to him and said salam to him, and kissed his forehead.

And I said to him, “Forgive me. I ask you by Allah, please tell me… what is it? What where you saying? And what were you rewarded with? Please forgive me… I just want to learn. Please teach me.”

He smiled and said, “What’s it to you?”

And I said again, “I’m sorry… please tell me. I ask you by Allah to tell me,” and I cried.

His heart softened towards me, and he said, “Wallahi, my son… wallahi, I came here, and there is no one who knows the anxiety I was in except for Him… and no one who knows the worries filling my heart except for Him. Wallahi, I didn’t ask any of His creation, at all. Wallahi, I didn’t ask any but Him, ‘azza wa jall. I came to His House, and I said to Him, “I’m here at your House, asking You. And I haven’t asked a single of your creation… will you abandon me? Will you leave me helpless?”

“Wallahi, my son,” he continued telling me, “Wallahi, my son, He gave me three times what I asked for!”

Not twice, but three times what he asked for! And Allah knows what that amount was.

My dear brothers and sisters… whoever relies on Allah, then Allah is enough for him. And whoever holds firmly to Allah, then Allah will save him. And whoever submits fully to Allah, then Allah will guide him.

As Allah ta’ala says in a hadith qudsi, “…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…” [Muslim]

So ask Him to clothe and to feed you through du’aa and humility, and by taking whatever means you can.

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When you call on Allah, how do you call on Him? When you ask Him, how do you ask?

Do you make du’aa with humbleness and humility? Do you converse with your Lord and Creator? Do you beg and plead your case to Him, as one in desperate need?

Do you tell Him that you have no one but Him? That you’ve turned to no one but Him? That you rely on none but Him?

The Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam teaches us: “Allah is Most Generous, and He dislikes to turn away the hands of His slave emptily when he raises them to Him” [Sahih al-Tirmidhi].

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Ramadan is the month of fasting. It is the month of the Qur’an, and the month of giving, and the month of du’aa. For an unforgettable experience this Ramadan, transform your relationship with du’aa:

— When you ask Allah, don’t just ask Him… pour your heart out while asking Him. Plead and beg and implore your Lord. Du’aa is not a formality, but a moment in which you pour out your emotions, your feelings, your conflicts and your weaknesses to Him, subhanahu wa ta’ala.

He already knows your situation, and everything inside you, but Allah loves that we turn to Him in humility and that we make our case before Him. It is for this reason that the Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam taught us, “Du’aa is worship” [Sahih at-Tirmidhi], because humility and asking are the essence of our servitude to Allah.

— Ask Allah in the way and manner He likes to be asked. Learn more about the times and etiquettes of du’aa:

1. Read Supplication: Its Manners, Times, Conditions and Mistakes, a brief but good introduction to the topic of du’aa.

2. Or delve further into the topic with Sheikh Yasir Qadhi’s book and/or lecture series on the topic, Du’aa: Weapon of the Believer. You can read the book online, purchase it (highly recommend adding it to your library), and find the audio series here.

3. Study the beginning of Surat Maryam. Allah teaches us about the beauty of du’aa through the plea of His slave and Prophet Zakariyya, alayhi assalam.

— Sit down with pen and paper and create your du’aa list. If you’ve ever done this before, then you know how important it is. If it’s your first time, then don’t delay it. Sit down with pen and paper to write down the things that really matter to you, the things you want to ask Allah for.

Ask Allah freely in Ramadan, for anything and everything… but also make a list of 5-6 things that you will ask for consistently, every time you get a chance to in Ramadan. Then repeat your du’aa for these things in sujood, at iftaar time, throughout your day, and in your night prayer.

Ask Allah for the good of this world, and for the Hereafter. Ask that He forgives you, and saves you from the Hell-fire, and enters you into the highest levels of jannah.

Ask Allah for yourself, and for your brothers and sisters. The Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam teaches us, “There is no Muslim who prays for his brother in his absence, except that the angel says: And you will have something similar” [Muslim].

Allah loves that we make du’aa to Him… so earn His love by turning to Him and asking this Ramadan.

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And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided.” [2:186]

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