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Clearing the Obstructions

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Wednesday, 05 May 2021 10:37

(Du‘aa Series – Part Four)

The driver is seated in his car, but cannot move forward as he is gridlocked in rush hour traffic… The passengers are aboard the aircraft, but it cannot take off due to the runway being obstructed… Indeed, encountering an obstruction or obstacle is among the most frustrating and disruptive experiences that one can suffer.

As discussed previously, by adhering to the sunnah method and etiquettes of making du‘aa, it is more likely that one’s du‘aas will be accepted. However, at the same time, it is necessary to understand that there are also certain obstructions that impede the acceptance of du‘aas.

In one hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained the condition of a person who had undertaken a long, arduous journey. His hair was dishevelled and his clothing was covered in dust. He raised his hands to the sky crying in supplication saying, “O my Rabb! O my Rabb (help me in my difficulty)!” However, his food and drink were haraam, his clothing was obtained from haraam sources, and his body was nourished with haraam. Thus, even though his condition was so pitiable and portrayed such desperation, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “How can his du‘aas ever be answered?” (Saheeh Muslim #2346)

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The Effort to Instil Imaan and Deen

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Monday, 03 May 2021 10:25

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Two)

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding the Deen and imaan of her family and progeny. It was out of this concern that she would perform two rakaats of salaah, every day, making du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to safeguard the Deen and dunya of all her children. Likewise, every morning, she would take out some money and set it aside as sadaqah for her children and family.

She would commence teaching her children from a very young age. Hence, one of her children commenced the takhtee (the first stage of learning Arabic letters) and completed learning to recite the Quraan Majeed in just one year, from when the child was four until he was five years old.

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The Sunnah Procedure of Du‘aa

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:08

(Du‘aa Series – Part Three)

Imagine a person who applies for a certain work position. However, when asked to fill in the application form, he does so incorrectly. He writes only his first name and leaves the section for his surname blank. He only writes half his ID number. He is told to write in pen, but instead uses a pencil. Finally, he completes only half the form, submitting it partially completed. Will this person receive the job? Highly unlikely! In fact, it is most probable that his application form will not even be considered, as he failed to adhere to the prescribed procedure when filling in the form.

In the very same way, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us the sunnah procedure of engaging in du‘aa. By adhering to the sunnah procedure, insha-Allah our du‘aas will be received with acceptance. Below follows a brief description of the sunnah method of du‘aa:

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Mountains of Courage

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Monday, 26 April 2021 10:42

Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports the following:

On the Day of Badr, I was standing in the fighting line when I noticed two young boys of the Ansaar standing on either side of me. Seeing that I had young boys on either side, I felt that it would have been better if l had instead been between strong men (who could assist me in need).

Suddenly, one of the boys touched me (to draw my attention), and while hiding from his companion, he asked, “Uncle, do you know Abu Jahal?” I replied, “Yes, (but) what need do you have with him, O my nephew?” He said, “I have been informed that he reviles and speaks ill of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I take an oath on that Being in Whose control lies my life, if I see him, I will not leave him until one of us is killed.” (Hearing his brave words,) I was left in amazement. A few moments later, the other boy touched me and expressed the same sentiments to me.

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The Mindset of the One Engaging in Du‘aa

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021 10:29

(Du‘aa Series – Part Two)

Allah Ta‘ala has created this world as a place of systems. If any person wishes to acquire or achieve something, he adopts the means, follows the system, trusts in Allah Ta‘ala, and then if the outcome was destined for him by Allah Ta‘ala, he will be successful in attaining it. Thus, we find that when a person wants a child, there is a system of nikaah that is followed, after which a child may be born, nine months later. Likewise, if a person wants money, there is a system of working and earning that is in place.

In the very same way, it is the system of Allah Ta‘ala that the more one follows the sunnah in his life, and the more adab (respect and etiquette) one adopts, the more blessings and acceptance one will enjoy. This applies to all departments of life such as nikaah, acquiring the knowledge of Deen, engaging in ‘ibaadah, etc. Hence, this important principle applies when making du‘aa as well.

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