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 sought. 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)

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 19

1. It is sunnah for one to greet children with salaam. When Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would see children, he made salaam to them

وعن أنس قال : إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر على غلمان فسلم عليهم (مسلم رقم 2168)

Hazrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) passed by a group of children, and he made salaam to them.”

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Fifteen

Love for the Ansaar:

Hazrat ‘Aamir (rahimahullah), the son of Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), narrates the following:

I once said to my father, “O my beloved father! I notice that you show the tribe of the Ansaar more love and reverence than you show other people (besides the Muhaajireen, as the rank of the Muhaajireen is greater than the Ansaar, and Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was from the Muhaajireen).”

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked me, “O my son! Are you unhappy with this?” I replied, “No! However, I am amazed over the manner in which you treat them.”

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then said, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘Only a true believer will have love for the Ansaar, and only a hypocrite will harbor enmity for the Ansaar.”

(Usdul Ghaabah 2/310)


Duaa when entering the Musjid – 3

It is sunnah to recite the following Duaa when entering the Musjid:

اللَّهُمَّ افْتَحْ لَنَا أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ وَسَهِّلْ لَنَا أَبْوَابَ رِزْقِكَ

O Allah! open for us the doors of your mercy, and make easy for us the doors of your sustenance.


عن أبي حميد الساعدي أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يقول إذا دخل المسجد: اللهم افتح لنا أبواب رحمتك وسهل لنا أبواب رزقك (مسند ابي عوانة رقم 1236)

Hazrat Abu Humaid (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would recite the following duaa when entering the Musjid:

اللَّهُمَّ افْتَحْ لَنَا أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ وَسَهِّلْ لَنَا أَبْوَابَ رِزْقِكَ

Sincerity in Acquiring the Knowledge of Deen

وعن ابن عمر عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال من تعلم علما لغير الله أو أراد به غير الله فليتبوأ مقعده من النار رواه الترمذي وابن ماجه كلاهما عن خالد بن دريك عن ابن عمر ولم يسمع منه ورجال إسنادهما ثقات  (الترغيب والترهيب 1/155)

Hazrat ibn Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who acquires the knowledge of Deen for any motive besides the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. for any worldly motive), he should prepare his abode in the fire of Jahannum.”