Good Deeds Challenge #11

When My servants ask about Me, I am indeed close to them. I listen to the prayer of every supplicant, when he calls on Me. Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me, so that they may walk in the right way(Qur’an 2:186).

It took me a while to understand the significance of du’a in terms of worship. Before I converted, “saying prayers” was a sort of selfish act. When I was eight, I would lie in bed and run down a list of things that I wanted for myself and for my life. As I grew older, these extra prayers outside of church were entirely self-serving and reserved for only the most desperate of times. Islam changed the way I viewed prayer. Du’a is my saving grace. Of course, it does not supercede fard prayers, but it does allow me to connect to ALLAH (SWT) in a very personal way, and to relinquish myself and my life by recognizing and praising His All-Encompassing Power.

I’ve taken out a few passages from a beautiful article on the power of du’a by Khalid Baig (for full article click http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/power_of_dua.html). I know it’s rather lengthy; I try to keep these challenges short so that you ACTUALLY read them, but what he says is powerful, relevant, and, hopefully, inspiring. Before you read this, I’ll get to the challenge. Set out a time of day that you can make du’a this week. Try to make a consistent du’a. Try to avoid making it ritualistic and devoid of a true connection to ALLAH (SWT). I’m going to reiterate something very important, I KNOW that some of these challenges are very BASIC! They’re meant to be. I think oftentimes we think we’ve mastered the basics, because we do them all the time, or we love doing them, or we recognize and understand all the supporting evidence regarding them. But, they are basic to begin with because they are foundational, and sometimes the power that they hold to genuinely connect us to ALLAH evades us in our haste, negligence, or naivete. So BACK TO BASICS on this one. Purify your intentions. Reflect on the meaning of the name by which you call upon ALLAH. They all have a specific meaning that coincides with a prayer that you might make. You can never be too good at the basics.

Here’s the article excerpt (I will post some of these wonderful articles on the blog— read the one on du’a etiquette!) He writes:

“It is not that we have forgotten dua completely; we refer to it regularly. But, our ideas and practice regarding dua have become distorted. Often it is reduced to the level of a ritual. Generally it is considered when all our efforts have failed — an act of last resort. It is belittled through actions and sometimes even with words. Is it any wonder that today mostly a mention of dua is meant to indicate the hopelessness of a situation.

What a tragedy, for dua is the most potent weapon of a believer. It can change fate, while no action of ours ever can. It is the essence of ibadah or worship. With it we can never fail; without it we can never succeed. In the proper scheme of things, dua should be the first and the last resort of the believer, with all his plans and actions coming in between.

Dua is conversation with Allah, out Creator, our Lord and Master, the All Knowing, the All Powerful. This act in itself is of extraordinary significance. It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have. We turn to Him because we know that He alone can lift our sufferings and solve our problems. We feel relieved after describing our difficulties to our Creator. We feel empowered after having communicated with the All Mighty. We sense His mercy all around us after talking to the Most Merciful. We get a new commitment to follow His path for that is the only path for success. We feel blessed with each such commitment

Du’a is the essence of ibadah. A person engaged in dua affirms his belief in Tawheed (monotheism) and shuns belief in all false gods. With each dua his belief in Allah grows. He beseeches Him, affirming his own powerlessness. A person seriously and sincerely engaged in dua understands exactly the relationship between himself and the Creator and affirms it through his actions. That is the essence of worship! Additionally, such a person can never become arrogant or proud, a logical result of true worship.”

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~ by deedschallenge on May 4, 2008.

One Response to “Good Deeds Challenge #11”

  1. Asalam aleikom, challengers
    This has been another great challenge, alhumdulilah. As this challenge comes to an end (just on the blog not in our hearts)I want to share with you this very short but specific lecture on Duas made by the prophet (SAW). Wouldn’t we all love to make the Duas that Rasulullah (SAW) said ? Imagine Rasulullah, the greatest man that ever lived, a man guaranteed the highest level of Jennah, and Habib ulllah asking for piety, Guidance and much more. So let’s start making these great Duas for us and our Ummah. Inshallah all our Duas will be answered. http://www.prophetmuhammadforall.org/webfiles/dars/dars/pmdua.mp3

    What’s your favorite Dua?
    Mine is “Oh Allah give me the best in this life and the best in the here After” Amin. You just can’t lose with a Dua which encompasses so much, for only Allah know best.
    Salam aleikom

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