Sunday, October 17, 2010

the great benefit and virtue of supplication / du'a

Du'a is of paramount importance in Islam. The benefits of du'a are immense as are it virtues.

1. By offering du'a, we are actually carrying out Allah’s command. Allah says: “And your Lord said: Du'a to Me, I shall answer you.” [Sûrah Ghâfir: 60]
He also says: “And du'a to Him, making your religion sincerely for Him alone.” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 29]

2. Supplication protects us from arrogance. Allah says: “And your Lord said: Supplicate to Me, I shall answer you. Indeed, those who are too haughty to worship Me shall enter Hell in humiliation.” [Sûrah Ghâfir: 60]

3. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Supplication is worship.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (2969), Sunan Abî Dâwûd (1479), Sunan Ibn Mâjah (3826)]

4. Du'a is the most noble of deeds before Allah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There is nothing more noble before Allah than supplication (du'a).” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (3370) and Sunan Ibn Mâjah (3829) with a good chain of transmission]

5. Du'a is beloved to Allah. In a hadîth from Ibn Mas`ûd – though with a weak chain of transmission – it is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Ask Allah of His bounty, for truly Allah loves to be asked.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (3571)]

6. Du'a expands a person’s heart. It alleviates worry, removes distress, and eases a person’s affairs.

7. Du'a is a means of warding off Allah’s anger. Allah is angry with those who do not beseech Him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever does not ask Allah, Allah becomes angry with him.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (3373) and Sunan Ibn Mâjah (3827), and declared a good hadîth by al-Albânî]

8. Du'a shows our reliance upon Allah. The reality of relying upon Allah is for our hearts to depend on Allah alone. This reliance manifests itself in its greatest form when we beseech Allah in supplication, seeking His help, entrusting our problems and our concerns to Him and Him alone.
حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
“Allah is sufficient for us and He is the Best Guardian”. (Surah Al-Imraan)

9. The rewards of du'a is guaranteed. As long as the supplicant fulfills the conditions of having his supplication answered, he will certainly achieve what is good and invariably earn a good share of benefit on account of his supplication.
Supplication is by Allah’s decree. Therefore, He may decree that something would befall his servant had he not offered supplication, so when the servant offers supplication, it is warded off from him.

10. Du'a opens to the servant the doors of communion with Allah and all the pleasures of doing so. A person might embark upon communicating to his Lord, placing his needs before Him, to find that, while beseeching his Lord, his heart has become filled with the love of Allah, knowledge of Him, submission, humility, and adulation. The experience be so profound and overwhelming that he forgets the need that prompted him to beseech his Lord in the first place. What he experiences in his heart becomes dearer to him than the fulfillment of his need. His joy in it is greater than the joy would be of having his need fulfilled immediately and thereby bringing an end to this special experience.

11. Supplication fosters love between Muslims. When one supplicates for his fellow Muslim without that other knowing about it, his supplications are answered.
It strengthens the love that we feel for one another. Allah says: “On those who believe and work righteous deeds will the Most Gracious bestow love.” [Sûrah Maryam: 96]

12. Du'a is a characteristic of the pious and God-fearing. Allah says about His Prophets (saw): “They were ever quick in good works, and they would supplicate to us in hope and fear and were humble before Us.” [Sûrah al-Anbiyâ’: 90]

13. Du'a is a way of making the heart resolute, and it is a cause for being triumphant.

14. Du'a is the refuge of the oppressed and downtrodden. When oppression and weakness strips a person of all practical hope and leaves him with no soul to help him against those who oppress him, he raises his hands to the sky and sets forth his complaint before his Lord, the Almighty. Allah strengthens him and gives him success and lets His wrath fall upon those who oppress.

15. Du'a is a sign of having true faith in Allah. It is an admission of Allah’s Lordship. It is an admission of Allah’s divinity, of His exclusive right to be worshipped. It is a recognition of Allah’s most beautiful names and attributes. When a worshipper beseeches his Lord in supplication, it implies that he believes in His existence, His independence, His hearing and seeing all things, his generosity, His mercy, His power, and his worthiness of being worshipped alone without partner.

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