Du’aa – the marrow of Worship

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When it is definite and beyond dispute that whatever happens in the world happens by the will of Allah and that every thing that exists lies absolutely in His power and control. It is manifestly natural for us to supplicate to Him in our needs, big as well as small. Followers of all religions beseech Allah and address their petitions to Him. But in Islam it is a matter of paramount importance, States the Qur’an:

‘And your lord says: “Call on Me, I will answer (your prayer).” (XL:60)

“Say (to the rejecters): my Lord is not uneasy because of you if ye call not on Him.” (XXV: 77)

Together with calling on us to supplicate to Allah in our needs, the Quran also goes on to assure that Allah is very close to His servants, He hears their pedhons and grants them:

“When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close to them, I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when be calleth on Me. ” (11:186)

The Holy Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) also assures that to beg to Allah for our needs, to turn to Ham and to make our petitions to him is the very essence and marrow of worship, says he: “Du’a (making of earnests entreaties to Allah) is worship.” According to anther version, the Tradition reads: “Du’a is the essence and marrow of worship)”

“Nothing enjoys a loftier place in the sight of Allah than Du’a.”

Allah is displeased with those who do not beg for their needs to Him. The Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) is reported to have said, ‘Allah is displeased with His servant who does not supplicate for his needs to him.”

Glory be! If a person approaches a close friend or a near relative with l his needs every now and then they get l sick of him, but Allah is so marvelously gracious and benevolent to His servants that He gets angry if they l do not turn to Him in their need. A l Tradition says:

“For whom the doors of Du’a have l opened for him the doors of mercy have opened.”

Anyway, to pray to Allah for one’s needs or for the realization of one’s ambition & is not only a means to their fulfillment, but also a superb act of worship and Allah is very happy with him who does so. He opens the gates of His mercy for him. This is true of ad supplications whether they be of religious or spiritual nature of for a worldly need. The only condition is that the object or need should be of a lawful and legitimate kind. To pray for an improper or sinful thing is also improper and sinful.

The greater the depth of feeling, the stronger the realization of one’s own helplessness and the firmer the conviction of Divine Omnipotence and Benevolence with which a prayer is made, the greater the chances are of its acceptance. A prayer which does not spring Tom the heart but is uttered only by the mouth as a formality is not a prayer. Hadhrat Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) says:

‘Allah does not grant a prayer that is made with a sleeping heart.”

Allah listens to prayers at ad hours but We learn from Traditions that there are certain occasions on which if a prayer is made it stands greater chances of acceptance as. For instance, after a Fardh (obligatory) Name, during the later part of the night, at the time of breaking a fast or at any other moment of a similar nature when a good act is performed, and during the course of a journey particularly when it is undertaken for a religious purpose and for the sake of Allah.

It is not necessary for a man to be a saint, or innocent of sin, for his prayers to be granted. It is true that the prayers of noble and virtuous persons are granted more than those of others, but it does not mean that the prayers of ordinary men and sinners are not heard at all. One therefore must not give up making supplica-tions to Allah thinking what should the supplications of a sinner do. Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Listens to the prayers of His sinning servants and too, just as He feeds them and clothes them in spite of their misdeeds. Everyone should & therefore, pray We have seen how Du’a is a regular worship. Divine recompense win in any case be his who win engage himself in it.

It will be foolish to loose heart and cease praying if the object for which an earners” prayer is made to Allah is not realise. Allah, in any event, is not bound by our desires. Sometimes His judgment, it is an our own interest that our prayers should not be granted at once. Sometimes, delay is found by Him to be better for us. But, we, in our ignorance, get disheartened. Ale are inclined to be hasty and when our prayers are not answered, we give up praying as futile. As a Tradition of Hadhrat Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) assures us:

“Du’aanever wasted. But the forms of its acceptance vary. Sometimes a person gets what he begs for. Sometimes Allah does not think it best for him that the thing he prays for should be granted. So he does not give it to him but, in its place, a greater favour is bestowed on his or an impending calamity is averted or the prayer is made atonement for his sins. (Since the suppliant does not know it, therefore he imagines that his entreaties and supplications have come to nothing). Sometimes the Prayer is turned into the harvest of the Hereafter. The object for which a person prays in not granted to him in his life but a greater reward and is reserved for him in the life to come as a compensation thereof.’

And here is another: “Some people, many of whose prayers had not been granted in this world, when they win see to the Hereafter the glorious rewards and blessings that had been set aside for them as a recompense for their unfulfilled prayers will exclaim mournfully how great would it have been had none of their prayers been granted in the world so that they could get-the compensation for them all in the Hereafter.”

In fine, everyone who believes in Allah should make it a habit of his to call on Him for his needs with all his heart and with an unshakable faith an the omnipotence and the Benevolence of the Almighty and believing positively that the prayer will be granted. He Hoist be sure in his heart that his prayer shad never, never go waste.

By: Maulana Muhammed Manzoor Nu’mani