Supplicating Allah: Insights and Lessons Narrated Abdurr-Rahaman bin Samura (Radi Allahu anhu): The Prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam) said, O Abdurr-RahamanMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 25, 2012View Source
Supplicating Allah: Insights and Lessons
Narrated Abdurr-Rahaman bin Samura (Radi Allahu anhu):
The Prophet (SalAllahu alaihi wasallam) said, "O Abdurr-Rahaman bin Samura! Do not seek to be a ruler, because if you are given authority on asking of it, then you will be held responsible for it; but if you are given it without asking for it, then you will be helped in it (by Allah); and whenever you take an oath to do something and later you find that something else is better than the first; then do the better one and make expiation of your oath."
Sahih Al-Bukhari 8:619
Supplicating Allah: Insights and
By Adil Salahi
Editor, Arab News — Saudi Arabia
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
He who does not supplicate Allah incurs His anger. (Al-Bukhari)
We wonder at times whether our prayers will ever be answered. We may face a problem, endure an illness, contend with difficulty, or suffer an injustice. We take whatever measures available to us to overcome the problem, correct the injustice, or get proper medical treatment. But that may not be sufficient.
We realize that we need help that often cannot be given by any human being. That help could only come from Allah. Hence, we turn to Him with our supplication, hoping that our wishes will soon be fulfilled.
At times, we experience the fulfillment of our prayers coming straightaway. Often we feel it is tardy. This makes us wonder whether Allah has accepted our prayers and whether He will grant us what we have requested of Him. Hence the question is asked: What is the factor that guarantees answering the prayers?
Prerequisites for Answering Supplications
There is a simple formula. When we request something from Allah, we should first of all be sincere in our attitudes. We should purify ourselves physically and mentally, which means that we should repent of our sins. It is unthinkable to indulge in sin and at the same time ask Allah to grant our wishes, some of which may be purely materialistic. In this case, we simply do not regret violating the limits set by Allah.
In our relations with our fellow human beings, we wouldn't expect others to fulfill our needs if we wronged them. If we offend someone, we know that we cannot ask them a favor. Then how can those who insist on indulging in sin expect Allah to answer their prayers?
The first prerequisite for Allah to answer our supplication is repenting and seeking Allah's forgiveness. This repentance should be sincere, not a mere verbal statement or mantra that we repeat without putting any thought into it.
The second prerequisite is that we should not be hasty. We should not precipitate Allah's actions. He answers our prayers in His own good time, which is always in the way and at the time that are best for us. Indeed, we must not have any thought that our prayers may not be answered.
The Prophet said,
The supplication of any one of you will be answered as long as he or she is not hasty — saying, "I have prayed Allah and my prayers were not answered." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
In this hadith, the Prophet advises us against giving up hope or thinking that our prayers may remain unanswered. Some people may become disparate and stop praying to Allah. When they do, their attitude is then interpreted as if they were considering supplication a favor. Also, this may imply that they think they have done enough supplication to guarantee the answer.
In addition, this suggests, by inference, that they consider Allah's favors unforthcoming, while they should rather realize that Allah can answer any supplication and can easily grant every single one of His servants all that he or she requests.
It is worth to mention here that a believer's supplication is always answered. This view is endorsed by the Qur'an:
(Your Lord says, "Call on Me and I will answer your prayer.") (Ghafir 40:60)
This is a general statement that does not make any conditions for answering prayers except addressing them to Allah, the Lord of the universe. Therefore, when we pray to Allah, we should be certain that our prayer will be answered, though we may not readily see the effects of our prayers. This is due to the fact that Allah in His infinite wisdom may consider that delaying His answer is better for the supplicant or He may compensate the supplicant by something better, whether immediately or later.
Hence, true believers should not hesitate to pray to Allah all the time, because their supplication is part of their worship.
There are, however, certain reasons that may make a particular prayer or supplication unanswerable. In an authentic hadith, the Prophet said,
"The supplication of any servant of Allah continues to be answered, unless he or she prays for something sinful or for the severance of ties of kinship and unless he or she is hasty." A question was asked: "How can one be hasty?" The Prophet answered, "He or she [the supplicant] says, 'I have prayed often, but I have not seen my prayers answered. He or she then feels aggrieved and stops his or her supplication." (Muslim)
Is the Supplication Obligatory?
The question arises: Is supplication obligatory? If yes, what is the position of a person who does not do it?
In fact, supplication is very highly important. There is no set quantity, time, or manner to be observed for supplication. Every time we direct our requests to Allah, He rewards us for our supplication. If we do not make any request of Allah and do not address any prayer to him, then this may be considered an attitude of arrogance. It may suggest that we are in no need of Allah's help, which is never true.
It is therefore right to conclude that supplication is one of the most important duties of believers toward Allah. To avoid what incurs Allah's anger is certainly obligatory. If we often pray to Allah, then we are on
the right track because we make our requests of the One Who is always able to answer.
An important area for supplication is to implore Almighty Allah to repel harm from us. The Prophet taught us a short supplication and recommended us to say it three times every morning and three times every evening in order to be spared all harm. `Uthman ibn `Affan reported the Prophet as saying,
He who says three times every morning and three times every evening "By the name of Allah Whose name prevents all harm of anything in the earth or in the heaven; He is All-hearing, All-knowing" will not be harmed by anything. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and At-Tirmidhi)
This hadith tells us a form of supplication that ensures that nothing can inflict any harm on us when we say it three times early in the morning (right after dawn) and three times after sunset. I have heard many people confirming that they have acted on the Prophet's advice, repeating this prayer as he instructed, and they have found that it worked just as the Prophet said.
However, according to Abu Dawud's version of this hadith, the chain of narrators includes Aban ibn `Uthman, who reported the hadith once after he had suffered partial paralysis. His interlocutor looked at him wondering how he was harmed by this paralysis though he was saying the supplication in the hadith he narrated.
Realizing the interlocutor's wonder, Ibn `Uthman said, "The hadith is as I have told you. This happened because on the day this occurred to me, I was angry and forgot to say the supplication."
This tells us a great deal of Ibn `Uthman's firm faith in the faultlessness of everything the Prophet said. He continued to teach and explain this hadith despite his paralysis.
Homosexuality and its punishment in the Light of Quran and Sunnah
In The Light of Quran and Sunnah--what is Homosexuality and its punishment?
A ‘homosexual’ is described as one who is sexually attracted to, or performs the act of sexual intercourse with a person of the same sex.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraf verses 80-82:
And We sent Lot as a Messenger. And he said to his people, “Have you become so shameless that you commit such indecent acts as no one committed before you in the world? You gratify your lust with men instead of women. Indeed you are a people who are transgressors of all limits!” But the only answer his people gave was, “turn out these people from your habitations for they pose to be very pious.”
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 11 Surah Hud verses 82-83:
Accordingly, when the time of the execution of Our Judgement came (for the people of Lot), We turned the habitation upside down and rained on it stones of baked clay, each of which had been specifically marked by your Lord. And such a scourge is not far from the tyrannous people!
Homosexuality is absolutely and categorically forbidden in Islam at all times, regardless of whether this evil abomination is committed before, during, or after one’s marriage! It is an abomination and a grave sin in the eyes of Allah, and in Islam the doers of this sin are punishable by death!
This abomination of the act of homosexuality is deemed un-natural and against humanity and society in Islam. This deed is an evil and immoral deviation of man, and is not even found in the lower forms of animate life! Allah destroyed the whole habitation of Prophet Lot, and turned the whole city upside-down, and rained on them a rain of brim-stones for their sin of homosexuality. It was not that every individual in Sodom and Gomorrah who were destroyed committed sodomy; but even those who accepted it, propagated it, looked upto it as a norm and fashion, and allowed it without so much so as raising a voice against this abomination, were all destroyed by Allah Subhanah.
And Allah warns in the Holy Quran: ‘And such a scourge is not far from the tyrannous people!’ Thus if in the world today, this act of sodomy is propagated and accepted as normal and as fashionable, and society as a whole does not take steps to abolish this abomination, the scourge that came upon the people of Sodom and Gomorrah is not far!
We seek refuge in Allah from His Wrath, His Anger and His Punishment!
Such is the abomination of the act of homosexuality, that the Messenger of Allah (saws) has prescribed the punishment of death for one convicted of this evil in this life; and if the person did not repent for their abomination before their death, their punishment in the Hereafter will be more severe and more lasting.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4448 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘If a man (even if unmarried) is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.’
May ALLAH ALMIGHTY Always Save us all from any illicit and unlawful act. amenIf you would like to be added to this mailing group, please contact amsait@...