Oh Allah, let us reach Ramadan || اللهمَّ بلِّغْنا رَمَضَان

 

Ibn ʿAṭāʾillah said:

 

“If in spite of intense supplication, there is delay in the timing of the Gift, let that not be a cause for your despairing. For He has guaranteed you a response in what He chooses for you, not in what you choose for yourself, and at the time He desires, not the time you desire.”

This wisdom assumes from us that we are constantly supplicating to God. Many of us are. Many of us also fall into the trap of feeling rushed when it comes to God answering our prayers. This is bad manners with God, because He has guaranteed a response. That reponse, however, will come when He decides for it to come and in what He decides. This is an important realization because it demands from us complete submission to God in His infitine wisdom and generosity. We have to truly accept that He knows and we do not know. This is a difficult realization to submit to and only the one who truly submits to it can experience the freedom that comes along with it.

 

For all of these reasons and others supplication or duʿāʾ is one of the most important acts of worship in Islam and for many of us it is also often neglected.

 

God said in the Quran:

“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 [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”[1]

He also said:

 

“Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah ? Little do you remember.”[2]

Now from a practical perspective I will mention a few hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) which encourage us to make dua and show us some of the manners of dua:

 

–          Focus in prayer and have surety that it will answered.

  • He said, “Supplicate to God with absolute certainty that it will be answered and know that God does not answer the prayer of the one whose heart is heedless.”[3]

–          Make dua between the time when the call to prayer is made and the prayer is actually begun (between al-adhān and al-iqāmah).

  • He said, “Supplication is not rejected between the call to prayer and the beginning of prayer.”[4]

–          Pray for your brother or sister without them knowing.

  • He said, “The prayer of a muslim for his/her brother/sister without them knowing is accepted. There is an angel that is appointed to them and every time one prays for their brother the angel says ‘Āmīn, and may you have the same.’”[5]

–          Pray in the last part of the night.

  • He said, “The closest the Lord comes to His servant is in the last part of the night. So if you are able to be from amongst the people who remember God in that part of the night, then be from them.”[6]

–          Pray for your children. Pray while traveling. Pray while fasting. Pray while oppressed.

  • He said, “Three prayers are answered without any doubt: the prayer of the parent, the prayer of the traveler, and the prayer of the oppressed.”[7]
  • He said, “Three people will not have their prayers rejected: the fasting person until they break their fast, the just ruler, and the oppressed, God raises his prayer above the clouds and opens for it the doors of the heavens and the Lord says, ‘I swear by My honor and might, I will give you victory even if it is after some time.’”[8]

–          Don’t rush.

  • He said, “A person’s supplication will be answered as long as he/she does not rush. They say, ‘I prayed, but it was not answered.’”[9]

 

And in the midst of all of this let us keep in mind the wisdom of Ibn ʿAṭā that was mentioned in the beginning. O our Lord! Increase in our love for you and bless us with the habit of constantly turning to You in supplication and reliance. Ameen.


[1] Quran 2:186.

[2] Quran 27:62.

[3] Narrated by al-Tirmidhī and Shaykh al-Albānī declared it to be authentic.

[4] Narrated by al-Tirmidhī. A sound hadith.

[5] Narrated by Muslim.

[6] Narrated by al-Tirmidhī. A sound hadith.

[7] Narrated by Abū Dāwūd. A sound hadith.

[8] Narrated by al-Tirmidhī. A sound hadith.

[9] Narrated by al-Bukhārī and Muslim.

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Comments on: "Day 23: Beautiful Manners with the Gift" (2)

  1. As a keen night worshipper and patience developer I deeply respect this compilation of reminders and have added them to my mental bookshelf.

    Jazakallah khairan sister Muslema & co for this fantabulous site. It’s right up my street.

    Pre-Ramadan du`a of success, Allah’s forgiveness, blessings and compassion on you all and whoever’s reading.

    Your eco-British-MUSLIMNESS fan..
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  2. Thank you for creating this sight. It is a wonderful reminder to me of things that I know but often forget to bring to mind or put into practice. It is a good way for me to prepare for Ramadan. Jazak Allah Khair.

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