عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما أنه كان يأتي شجرة بين مكة والمدينة فيقيل تحتها ويخبر أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم كان يفعل ذلك رواه البزار بإسناد لا بأس به (الترغيب والترهيب 1/101)
It is reported regarding Hadhrat ibn Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) that (while travelling) he used to go to a certain tree between Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Tayyibah and he used to take a siesta under it (i.e. under the shade of that tree). He used to say that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would do the same.”
Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
Sickness, death and other similar calamities and difficulties which afflict people are all things from which we should take lesson and pay heed to. It is as though our sight has been blinded by veils of negligence and unmindfulness. We have become complacent over our condition and express surprise over the condition of others without taking any lesson. When studying the sections of Hadith pertaining to narrations which soften the heart and narrations of abstinence from the world, we fail to ponder and reflect. We study and discuss the Fiqh discussions at great length and merely leave it at that. Before sleeping, a person should take out some time to ponder and reflect over the reality of death. (Suhbate Ba Awliyaa’ page.152)
1. While making duaa, one’s heart should be turned towards Allah Ta’ala alone. One should not place one’s hope on anything besides Allah Ta’ala. One should not think that through a certain person or a certain thing my need will be fulfilled.
عن عبد الله بن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال: كنت خلف النبي صلّى الله عليه وسلّم فقال: يا غُلامُ إني أُعلِّمك كلمات: احفظ الله يحفظْكَ، احفظِ الله تجدْهُ تُجاهك، إذا سألت فاسأل الله، وإذا استعنت فاستعن بالله، واعلم أنَّ الأُمة لَوِ اجتمعت على أن ينفعوك بشيء لم ينفعوكَ إلا بشيء قد كتبه الله لك، وإن اجتمعوا على أن يضروك بشيء لم يضروك إلا بشيء قد كتبه الله عليك، رُفعتِ الأقلامُ وجفَّت الصُّحفُ. (ترمذي رقم 2516)
Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion I was seated behind Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) when he addressed me saying: “O young lad, I will teach you few important words (lessons). Safeguard (your relationship with) Allah Ta’ala, Allah Ta’ala will take care of you. Safeguard (your relationship with) Allah Ta’ala, you will find Allah Ta’ala before you (i.e. at all times Allah Ta’ala’s divine assistance will remain with you). When you ask, then ask of Allah Ta’ala. When you seek assistance, then seek assistance from Allah Ta’ala. And remember that if the entire ummah had to get together in order to benefit you with something, they cannot benefit you except to the extent that Allah Ta’ala has decreed, and if they get together to harm you in any way, they cannot harm you except to the extent that Allah Ta’ala has decreed. The pens (which were used to record taqdeer) have been lifted and the scrolls (used to record the taqdeer) have dried up. (i.e. the ink on the scrolls used for recording taqdeer have dried up. This indicates towards the taqdeer of Allah Ta’ala has been decreed.).”
2. Whilst making duaa, one’s heart should be fully focussed towards Allah Ta’ala. One’s heart should not be negligent and unmindful whilst making du`aa.
وعن أبي هريرة قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ادعوا الله وأنتم موقنون بالإجابة واعلموا أن الله لا يستجيب دعاء من قلب غافل لاه . (ترمذي رقم 3479)
Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Supplicate to Allah Ta’ala with conviction and certainty of your Duaa being answered, and remember that Allah Ta’ala does not answer the Duaa made from a heart that is unmindful and heedless.”
Sayyidah Aasiyah (Rahmatullahi Alayha) was the wife of Fir’awn who had brought Imaan on Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam). Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Fir’awn had pegged both her hands and feet into the ground with nails and left her in the scorching heat. He had not yet completed doing this when the angels formed a shade over her. At this point she supplicated,
رَبِّ ابْنِ لِي عِندَكَ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ
O my Lord, build for me a house by You in Paradise.
She had witnessed her heavenly abode as she drew her last breaths in this world. (Final Moments of the Pious pg. 91)
- One should sleep on his right side
عن البراء بن عازب قال قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أتيت مضجعك فتوضأ وضوءك للصلاة ثم اضطجع على شقك الأيمن (بخاري رقم 247)
Hadhrat Baraa bin Aazib (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised him: “When you are retiring to bed, then perform wudhu as you perform wudhu for salaah, then lie on your right side.”