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The Blessing of Du’aa

A person once mentioned to Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), “Hazrat, I do not feel motivated to make du’aa.”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied:

The reason for a person not feeling enthusiasm and motivation for making du’aa is that he does not immediately see the effect of his du’aa. For example, if a person makes du’aa for wealth and immediately receives some money, or he makes du’aa for an apple and it immediately falls into his lap, then due to him seeing his du’aa have an instant effect, you will see him become very enthusiastic and motivated to make du’aa.

The lack of motivation to make du’aa is normally because a person feels that he will not gain or receive anything through making du’aa, and feeling in this way is a sign of being deprived.

Hence, at the time of making du’aa, one should have the conviction that Allah Ta’ala will certainly accept his du’aa and bless him. Accepting his du’aa and blessing him means that Allah Ta’ala will turn His special favour towards him. Receiving the special favour of Allah Ta’ala does not necessarily mean that one will receive the thing that he had made du’aa for. Rather, one may receive that or something far greater. Consider the example of a beggar who asks someone for a few coins, and in exchange, the person gives him gold coins instead of the few coppers that he had requested. If the beggar does not understand the value of the gold coins, he will feel to himself that his request was not answered. Little does he realize that he has received something far more valuable and superior than what he had asked for. Similarly, at times, a servant seeks wealth from Allah Ta’ala, but Allah Ta’ala does not give him the wealth (as it may not be good for him at that time). Rather, Allah Ta’ala blesses him with the Taufeeq of performing two rakaats of Nafl Salaah through which he gains the special mercy of Allah Ta’ala. It will be the folly of the person to consider himself deprived on account of not receiving the wealth that he had asked for. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 3/72)

Hubb-ud-Dunya (Love for the World)

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Among the weaknesses of man is ‘hubb-ud-dunya’ which is regarded as the root of all sins. However, we need to understand what ‘hubb-ud-dunya’ is.

Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had made this du‘aa:

رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هذَا الْبَلَدَ  اٰمِنًا

O my Lord! Make this town (of Makkah Mukarramah) safe

Seeking safety and security for one’s family is not incorrect. A Nabi has a comprehensive understanding of this life and the next. So his du‘aa will be most comprehensive as well.

The second part of Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)’s du‘aa is,

وَّاجْنُبْنِی وَبَنِیَّ اَن نَّعْبُدَ الاَصْنَامَ

Save me and my progeny from idolatry

One type of idolatry is worshipping idols, but another form of idolatry is ‘kullu ma alhaaka ‘an rabbik fa huwa sanamuk’ (Whatever distracts you from Allah Ta‘ala is your idol). Amongst such things are our desires.

Unquestionable authority is for Allah Ta‘ala alone. It cannot be given to others. However, at times, it shifts from Allah Ta‘ala to our family or possessions. This is that world that turns you away from your real course. It comes in the form of wealth or in the form of one’s children or wife. Priorities are mixed and haraam is committed because of them. Hence, this du‘aa teaches us what the world is.

The Quraan also teaches us what the world is,

کَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَة

Nay, but you give preference to the worldly life

Though the address is to the kuffaar, but when one analyses the situation, then the kuffaar have two aspects. One is their existence and person. In this there is no difference between ourselves and them. The other is their outlook and behaviour, and it is this that deprives them of the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. So if we adopt this, we will face the same consequence.

Loving for Others what You Love for Yourself

لا يكون المؤمن مؤمنا حتى يرضى لأخيه ما يرضى لنفسه

One will not be a true believer until he wishes for his brother that which he wishes for himself.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

If one has to practise on this Hadith and inculcate its teaching in his life, then all internal disputes and arguments will come to an end. However, when we wish to receive more while we wish for others to receive less, then how can these quarrels ever be resolved? (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 96)

Allah Ta‘ala’s Assistance for those who Strive

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

When a person has the true concern and strives to fulfil all that is outstanding, Allah Ta‘ala will assist him and will not forsake him. Allah Ta‘ala will take care of him, and not only him, but generations to follow.

The assistance of Allah Ta‘ala will definitely be there for this person even though it may come after some time in certain instances. Look at the incident of Hazrat Moosa (‘alaihis salaam). The assistance of Allah Ta‘ala came at the last moment when the Bani Israaeel felt that the army of Fir‘oun were about to intercept them. The sea parted and they were saved while Fir‘oun and his entire army were destroyed.

Concluding Every Good Action with Istighfaar

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When Allah Ta’ala blesses a person to carry out righteous actions and pious works, then regardless of how excellent, virtuous and great these good deeds may be, upon completion one should make istighfaar. In essence, every good action should be concluded with istighfaar.

In doing so, we should think to ourselves that we have definitely fallen short and failed to fulfil this action as it ought to have been fulfilled, and it is on account of our deficiencies and weaknesses that we are making istighfaar. Upon the completion of salaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would also make istighfaar.

Therefore, based on the same principle, the effort of Da’wah and Tableegh (inviting people towards Deen) should also be concluded with istighfaar. We should make istighfaar and think to ourselves that definitely we have failed to carry out this effort in the correct manner that it was supposed to be carried out. Furthermore, due to us being engaged in one type of Deeni effort, we are unable to fulfil the other Deeni efforts. In compensation for this, upon completion of any good action, we should make istighfaar.
(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 31)