Days of Supplication
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Friday Jumu’ah Lecture from Masjid Al Falaah Harare Zimbabwe
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He was happy he woman while we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, all his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all and to bless every single one of us, my brothers and sisters, the days and the nights are not equal when it comes to spirituality when it comes to the power of the day that you and I make Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept certain days and nights better than others. For example, we are all aware that the night of Laila to Qatar the most powerful night from amongst the nights of
the year, and this is towards the end of Ramadan. Similarly, when it comes to the days, these 10 days that we are in right now, the first 10 days of the AGM are the most noble, the highest, the loftiest of days. And the confusion that some have, they forget that there is a difference between night and day? Some people say, Well, if these days are very powerful, what about laylat ricotta? Well, if you were to pause for a moment, laylat will cuddle is an evening. It's a night, it's not a day. So that's the difference. Regarding the days, these are the most powerful days of the year regarding the Knights. It is definitely Laila to cuddle, closely followed by the eaves of the two
EADS that we do have, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bestow upon us His mercy and His blessings. I mean, similarly, we take a look at the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He has kept it's such through his divine wisdom that every single one of us has needs these needs, yes, he has granted us the physical capacity sometimes to fulfill some of them. But if you were to look at a lot of these needs, we are incapable of fulfilling these needs except by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In fact, every single need is such that if it was not for Allah subhanho wa Taala His mercy and His gifts that he has bestowed upon us, we would never be able to achieve anything, it is he who gave us the brains we have, the energy we have, the physical ability, the capacity we have, the sustenance, the families and so on It is Allah alone. So none of us should ever think that
it is because of a goodness of our own that we have achieved rather, it is definitely only and solely by the blessing and father of Allah subhanho wa Taala his virtue.
Similarly, Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to be worshipped in a specific way. One of the ways he wants to be worshipped and he has sent messengers to teach us how he wants to be worshipped. For this reason, it is wrong for us to engage in acts of worship, that were not delivered by the messengers who came with the message from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So one of them is Salah, Salah is the five daily prayers that we have, I cannot fulfill the Salah as per my own whims and fancies, I need to make sure I fulfill it as per the instruction of the one who brought it to us from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Hence, the number of units what I should read in every unit what I should say
when I bow down when I prostrate all this is governed and determined by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who was given it by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So ultimately it comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Similarly, regarding some aspects, there is a leeway regarding some aspects there is no leeway. I give you an example. When it comes to reading you have to read the Quran in Salah. When you are standing you have to what exactly to read you read Surah Al Fatiha and after that you have a choice there is a leeway. What should you read the Hadith says Fatah Mateus sarama camino por on read whatever is easy for you from the Quran. You read one long verse three short verses as a
minimum. So there is a leeway regarding what to read but I need to read from the Quran. Similarly, when I am changing positions I am taught to say Allahu Akbar and I am taught to say for example, semi Allahu Limon hamedan this is quite specific. When it comes for example, to sacrificing the animal there is a specific way of doing it. I cannot just begin by injuring the animal and waiting for it to die and claim that I said the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That's not good enough. If it is a sacrificial animal and not an animal that is hunted. There is a specific way of doing it. And if it is a hunted animal, the way might change slightly but the core remains the same. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala bless us Similarly, one of the ways Allah wants to be worshipped is
That he creates needs within us that we will have to call out to Him regarding I have no option but to call out to Allah to make dua to him. I need to call out to Him to say Allah grant me goodness grant me happiness, Grant me sustenance protect my children give me offspring, grant me a blessing home grant me Jen grant me paradise I need to ask Allah and Allah gets happy when you ask him so much so that one narrations is a duo who will a better
worship in actual fact is to call out to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah or the other way around.
By calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala you are in actual fact worshipping Allah, because when I asked him for something, I'm acknowledging he is the greatest. I'm acknowledging he has what I want. And this is why when we associate or when someone associates partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala, he becomes very angry because it is an insult to Allah to ask from someone else, what Allah owns May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us from all forms of shake and polytheism. I mean, so it is important for us to call out for our needs some of these needs, we find ourselves quite helpless when it comes to certain matters. For example, and I'm just going to give you an example. If the
economy begins to, for example, slide and we start calling out to Allah, nothing seems to be happening. People are struggling financially, and they call out to Allah never lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Not at all. Don't think I've got a brain I've got a mind. Don't worry, I will make a plan. No matter what you have. Yes, you may make a plan but ask Allah continue asking Allah not just for yourself, but even for others. So we are taught that when you ask for others, then the angels say amen to the DA saying, welcome he flew. And may you have similar to what you are asking for your brother.
So if I were to say, well, that man is ill granting good health, I'm automatically making a draft for myself. If I were to say, oh, that man is poor, granting wealth, I'm automatically making draft for myself. This is why I do not be selfish when it comes to draw. You don't know the more powerful you are even for yourself, is when you supplicate for others. May Allah make it make it easy for us to do that. We become selfish, sometimes only asking for ourselves, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. Similarly, when it comes to calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala It is very, very important to go through the blessed words of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was the best
of creation, he is the best of creation, the most noble of all the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala to say his name without saying sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, my blessings and salutations be upon him, May the blessings of Allah be upon him, that would be an insult if one were to leave that out intentionally. So, such a noble man, such a great person, such a great creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala, it is important for us to go through the words that he has uttered, when he called out and something very interesting, we will find this when we look at these words, some of it we will be wondering, why did he have to call out for this, he did not have bad qualities, bad
habits, but we find him saying Oh Allah protect me from laziness, or Allah protect me, for example, from being miserly from cordyceps. For example, let's take a look at some of these narrations there is integration of eyeshadow Viola and a very important duration, which teaches us how to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the reason I make mention of this is this is the season of law. At the moment, we are in the first 10 days of the ledger. It is a season of calling out call out to Allah and continue repeating your job. In our language, we would say like a madman, a madman, meaning you just keep on repeating the same thing. Imagine if I were talking to you, and I kept repeating the
same thing you would be irritated but when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala it's an act of worship to repeat things sometimes. The reason is, you're acknowledging your desperation Allah grant me or Allah grant me two minutes later, Allah grant me and you saying the same thing? By the time you repeat it a million times? Do you really think that the mercy of Allah would dictate that you're not supposed to have it? Subhana Allah, a million is not actually a figure. It's just something I mentioned. So I shall do is one day I was in prayer, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam wanted something. So he called out to me he realized she's in prayer. And he said, Oh Ayesha, let your da
meaning the supplication be the DA, which is very broad in meaning, yet it is short in words. So I shall have the law says when I completed my prayer, I turned to him and I and I asked him, can you tell me which is it of the prayers? or How should I supplicate in a way that the wording will be concise, and at the same time, the meaning will be broad, so he gives an example
Let's listen to these words. He says oh Ayesha say, Allah who my me as El Camino Federico Li, Jie Li Jie Li malim to mean who am Allah, Allah, O Allah? I asked you all goodness,
I asked you all goodness net which is immediate, and that which is to follow later. I want the goodness now and later on as well. That which I know, and that which I don't know, amazing. Look at this. So you asked him for all goodness, sometimes I don't know that this is good for me. But because of this drought, Allah will give it to me. It's amazing. And then he continues to say what are all the bigger Mena shall we call Li ideally, he will actually he managed to mean who am Allah Allah, and I seek refuge in You or Allah subhanho wa Taala from all evil, that which is immediate, and that which is to come later on that which I know and that which I don't know. So look at how the
balance is struck. On one hand, she is taught to ask for all goodness, now and later, whether I know it or don't. And on the other hand, she is taught to seek protection from all evil because my brothers and sisters, all of us as much as we would love goodness, we would also love to be protected from harm and hazing. What's the point of earning a million dollars and then suffering a loss of 2 million? May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us? Then he continues to say what as a local janitor, Mamata la Harmon calling a woman and I asked you paradise now agenda is paradise. This shows us that you don't only ask for the dunya you're going to be living here for a few more
years, people have left already younger than you people have left wealthier and healthier than you and I so we need to make sure we ask regarding what is to follow as well. So he says say Oh Allah, I asked you gentlemen, and any deed or statement that will draw me closer to paradise. Make it easy for me to say things and do things that will make it easy for me to gain paradise. What a beautiful wedding. And then he says what are all the becoming a nursery mama Cava la Harmon Colin aman and Oh Allah, I seek your protection from Hellfire and any statement or deed that will bring me close to hellfire. Look at the balance, first goodness and then protection from evil, then paradise and then
protection from hellfire. And then he continues to say
say was alchemy Masha Allah cabbie Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I asked you all the goodness in one narration and fail meaning all the goodness that Mohammed peace be upon him asked of you. I'm asking the same Subhanallah powerful wording. And then he says, What are all we'll be coming up Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I seek protection or I seek refuge in You from all the evil that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam sought protection from throughout his life obviously. Then he kept it he ends it by saying what makabe toliman cover Kava in Quito, Russia, whatever you have decreed for me, Oh Allah, let the end of it be goodness. I might not understand
why I'm going through difficulty right now. I might not understand the situation I'm in right now cannot meet the patient's yet Allah ensure that the end of all of this is something really good. A person who is sick and Ill It is reported when they see the reward that is in store for them in the hereafter. They will be so impressed, so happy, so glad that they they may even say why didn't you keep me sick and ill for longer? Oh Allah subhanho wa Taala so that I could achieve such a great reward through the summer and the endures so Allah knows why you are going through the matters that you may be going through. Remember, it is Allah who knows this therefore continue asking Allah O
Allah, whatever you have decreed for me. Make the end of it food with goodness Oh Allah. This narration is reported by Al Bukhari in a compilation known as a double mu for that he has compiled another hadith of nsabp Malik of the Allahu anhu. He says, These are beautiful words again of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam The reason I mentioned them, let's try and call out using the same blessed words. These are powerful words, they are not my words, your words, they are the words of the most noble of all prophets, the greatest of all creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He asked using these words, and he was granted using the same words. So it would be considered a tsunami or a
practice of following the example of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. If we were to use the same words, he says the Prophet sallallahu wasallam
used to say Allahumma in Neo to becoming the largest un castle. Oh Allah I seek, I seek refuge in You from
incapacity inability disability alleges when someone is unable or incapable. Say for example, a disabled person, they are totally disabled, Oh Allah protect me from that and protect me from laziness. Now, Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam was not disabled in any way. He was never unable to do something in any way. But at the same time, he asks for this so that we can follow these beautiful words. Then he says Allah protect me from castle meaning laziness, Subhan Allah, something we desperately need with the new generation, or Allah protect us from laziness. Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was the most energetic. He had the power of between 30 and 300 men depending on the
generations, meaning a lot of men. But he's still saying Allah protect me from laziness. Amazing. Every day he used to call out using these words and men will do bunny while haram Allah protect me from stinginess, miserliness, let me be generous, Oh Allah, and protect me from old age, you know, in old age when you become dependent on someone else, Allah protect me from that. And Oh Allah, I seek your protection. What are you becoming fitternity mahiya alma mater, from the tests of life and death.
And I seek your protection from the tests of the grave. We're going to be asked questions in the grave, there is going to be torment in the grave for those who deserve it. There is going to be goodness in the grave for those who deserve it. We are seeking protection from the evil and asking Allah for the goodness another narration of Anna Sidney Malika the Allah and something really beautiful, he says, I heard the messenger saying, and I heard him saying this more than once. Allow me to becoming an evil person, Oh Allah, I seek protection in you from worries. Imagine worrying him something that overtakes your mind I'm worried he was not worried at all. But the reason why he
uttered these words is so that we could not only get a reward for uttering the same words, but so that we are taught how to ask Allah Allah whatever my worry is, you know, helped me I seek refuge in You from the evil known as alum worries and he says alamy one has an all alfursan they are both narrations if you say alfursan it refers to sadness and if you say it hasn't it refers to difficulty hardship hasn't is something hard and who isn't is something sad so Allah protect me from sadness protect me from worry, you know make me happy a person who is happy and you handle all my affairs basically that's what it is when you're asking Allah protection from worry. Then he says one large z
in ability protect me from inability once again. Well castle once again protect me from laziness will do bunny will buckle. He says Allah protect me from being miserly. Protect me from cowardice and being miserly. Well, Allah by the
vigil, Oh Allah, protect me from deaths overtaking me. You know, a person incurs a debt and the debt overtakes them, they cannot pay back. So now there is a disaster. Because when a person is overtaken by debt, it affects everything, their health, their mind, their happiness, and their surroundings completely. So this is a powerful two ad that needs to be repeated every single day, or Allah protect us from debt overtaking us and from the men overpowering us, which means the enemy in the case of war, or in any other case, those who intend harm or law never let them overpower us. What a beautiful day. And the last hour that I want to mention for today is in the hadith of Abdullah
hipness. rhodiola and where he says, cannon abuse Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam Maya drew fire cool. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to make a dua, and he used to say which means he used to supplicate and he used to say, Allah whom in me as Luca, Oh Allah, I am asking you. What do you think he was asking him? He says as a Luca alhuda. I asked you to guide me. So Han Allah The one who brought the guidance to ask Is he saying, Oh Allah, grant us guide grant me guidance. Amazing. It definitely proves that these words were more for us than anything else. He's saying, Oh Allah, I asked you alhuda which means to guide me guidance. What took I took our means I asked you piety. The
most pious of the lot is saying Oh Allah, I asked you piety. And from this, we learn my brothers and sisters, something very important. Don't think that because you have something you should not be asking Allah for that same item.
thank Allah for it Oh Allah you blessed me with eyesight I thank you for eyesight Oh Allah strengthen my eyesight grant me good eyesight even though your eyesight is the best. Let's continue asking Allah we learned from this narration and similar narrations, the same applies you have wealth. Well when it comes to wealth, no matter how much you have used to say, Oh Allah cannot be more so that's fine. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bestow upon us goodness, but you have every form of goodness and it's important for us to acknowledge it to thank Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So he used to say as a local Buddha what took a while if I asked you chestatee the Most Chaste from the
whole lot is asking, Allah I asked you chestatee protect me, safeguard me. Don't tempt me. Oh Allah, meaning don't allow temptations to overtake me. Oh Allah. That's a proper wording, then. Well, Rena, will alpha will Hina Allah I asked you independence, meaning independence from others from the creatures, don't let me depend on anyone, my dependence must be only and solely upon you. So these are some of the powerful to us. It's important for us to go through them to listen to them to call out whether it is in the Arabic language preferably or in any language that you understand. There is no restriction when it comes to language when you are supplicating calling out to Allah subhanho wa
Taala. But remember, this is the season of drought, do good deeds seek a lot of forgiveness for those who seek forgiveness, there is a greater likelihood that their supplications are answered because they clear their slate with Allah subhanho wa Taala before asking Allah Subhana Allah to Allah something that is far more deserving of the response than the person who is sending morning evening or throughout the day at night and they continue asking Allah subhanho wa Taala through His mercy, he may still give them but it is only correct for us to ask Allah forgiveness. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us all. wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka, anana Vina Mohammed