Dua: the Essence of Worship

When you’re desperate for duas to be answered, your salah will transform. You’ll find extreme focus and passion while going to sujood in every rakah. So, if you feel your salah is out of focus and lacks khushoo, check how desperate and passionate your duas are, because dua is the essence of worship.

~Sh. Muhammad AlShareef

Devotion with Certainty

Once, all the people in a certain village decided to pray for rain. On the day of the prayer, all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella – that’s faith.

 I love the above anecdote as it illustrates an immense level of confidence, certainty and trust in Allah. The fact the boy walked out to the prayer gathering with an umbrella clearly shows that he had the utmost certainty and trust that after making du’a, Allah will send rain to the village! He went prepared for the rain with an umbrella!

Just like the boy had his umbrella ready to receive what was being prayed for, we should also be prepared to receive the gifts and blessings we are asking for from Allah after making du’a. Be confident and have that complete certainty that Allah will answer our du’a. Allah most High Himself states, “I am in the opinion of My servant.” [Bukhari]; therefore if we believe Allah will answer our du’a, He will!

The great Gnostic, Ibn Ata’Allah al-Iskandari wrote in his Hikam:

“When Allah inspires your tongue to ask, know that He wants to give” 

Allah is the One who places a need in our hearts and wants us to seek that need out by asking Him. He loves it when we ask Him; our asking is His giving. Petition with Allah; place your need in front of Him and have complete certainty and trust that He will answer.

Sayyidina Umar ibn Al-Khattab -radiaAllahu anh- said, “I do not worry about an answer to my supplication, rather I worry about making supplication! I know that if I am inspired [by Allah] to supplicate, then the answer will come with it.”

Keep the faith and keep making du’a fervently!  

Review of Juzz 24

🔸Dawrah e Quran -Juzz 24🔸

📍Review Juzz 23
▫️Qalb e Saleem is the heart that is free from all kinds of doubts, shirk and to do khairkhwahi of others with Ikhlaas.
▫️Judgement should be made after hearing both sides.
▫️Good deeds should be done to attain the Pleasure of Allah.
▫️Hidayah is two kinds, one with the book and other huda bayaniyyah.
▫️Select pious friends.
▫️Fear of Allah brings about His Mercy.
▫️Accept mistakes and do Islah.

▫️Analyze what’s our image in the heavens and in the hearts of people.
▫️Standing in rows is necessary in Salah.
▫️A daee should not be pretentious but be natural.
▫️The Prophets did not take revenge with those that harmed them personally.
▫️Contemplate on ayahs of Quran and extract lessons for implementation.
🔹Book Shahru Ramadan🔹
▪️Shahru Quran
▫️Reciting and listening to the Quran in Taraweeh will be means of intercession on the Day of Judgement.
▫️Reciting Quran at night is more virtuous than during the day.
▫️The word Taraweeh was introduced during Hazrat Umar RA khilafah.
▫️The Prophet Saw recited Quran to Jibreel AS every Ramadan and twice the last Ramadan.
▫️When read in the first part of night in Ramadan, it’s called Taraweeh,

▫️The best time to do qiyaam is the last part of the night.▫️One can look at mushaf and recite Quran in Qiyaam ul lail.▫️Some portion of Quran should be memorized. Start with one or two ayahs. Revise in Salah.▫️Jannah has many levels and One will be raised a level according to the ayahs he recites.

▫️The distance between the two levels of Jannah is the distance travelled in 200 years.
▫️The reciter of Quran will be honored on the Day of Judgement.
▫️Tadabbur in the ayahs of the Quran is means of great reward.
▫️Taleem of Quran in gatherings is source of Mercy and Rahmah.
🔸Dawrah e Quran Juzz 24🔸
🔹Surah Az Zumar 32-75🔹
💢Ayah 32
▫️Zulm here means to utter a lie against Allah.
▫️Lie against Allah is to associate partners with Allah, or associate certain qualities to Allah.

▫️Zulm is to not to place something at it’s proper place.

▫️Shirk is Zulmun Azeem.
▫️When one does not give the right of Allah, he does zulm on himself.
▫️Uttering a lie against Allah and denying truth lead to Hellfire.

▫️Make dua.

اَللّٰهُمَّ اِنِّیْ اَعُوْذُبِكَ مِنَ الْفَقْرِ وَ الْقِلَّةِ وَالذِّلَّةِ وَاَعُوْذُبِكَ مِنْ اَنْ اَظْلِمَ اَوْ اُظْلَمَ O Allah! I seek refuge in You from poverty, deficiency and humiliation and I seek refuge in You that I wrong others or that I am wronged. ( سنن

أبی داؤد،کتاب الوتر، باب الاستعاذة : 1544 ) صحیح Dua shared by Alhuda International Quranic & Masnoon Duas App

💢Ayah 33-34
▫️Prophet SAW brought the truth and those who believed therein are the Muttaqeen and Muhsineen.
💢Ayah 36-38

▫️Is Allah not sufficient for His slave?‎حَسْبِیَ اللهُ ۖ لَآ اِلَهَ اِلَّا ھُوَ ۖ عَلَیْهِ تَوَکَّلْتُ وَ ھُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِیْمِ

💢Ayah 39
▫️Normally people want to do the work what majority is doing and does not want to do something alone.
▫️When truth enters the heart of a person, he works even if alone.
▫️Be steadfast on the right path.
‎حسبي الله is said in two situations
▫️one when recieving benefit, and second when removing harm.

‎حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل▫️Ibrahim AS said this dua when thrown in fire▫️Prophet SAW also said the dua when the munafiqeen said a huge army has gathered against you so fear them.▫️When we face any difficulty and feel alone say the dua and keep working.

💢Ayah 40
▫️We should make dua that Allah saves us from disgracing torment.

▫️Make dua.‎اَللّٰهُمَّ اَحْسِنْ عَاقِبَتَنَا فِی الْاُمُوْرِکُلِّھَا وَاَجِرْنَا مِنْ خِزْیِ الدُّنْيَا وَعَذَابِ الْاٰخِرَةِO Allah! Grant a good end in all our matters and save us from humiliation of the world and the torment of the Hereafter.

Reference book/app: Quranic and Masnoon duas

💢Ayah 42
▫️Our souls are signs of Allah.
▫️Allah takes away souls at the time of death, and during sleep.
▫️One should remember death when one goes to sleep.
▫️Prophet SAW recited at night before sleeping,
‎اَللّٰھُمَّ بِاسْمِكَ اَمُوْتُ وَاَحْیَا
‎اَللّٰھُمَّ خَلَقْتَ نَفْسِیْ واَنْتَ تَوَفَّاھَا،لَكَ مَمَاتُھَا وَمَحْیَاھَا
‎اِنْ اَحْیَیْتَھَا فَاحْفَظْھَا وَاِنْ اَمَتَّھَا فَاغْفِرْلَھَا
‎، اَللّٰھُمَّ اِنِّیْ اَسْأَ لُكَ الْعَافِیَه
▫️Reference: Book/ App Sonay Jagnay Kay Azkaar.
💢Ayah 45
▫️When Allah Alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who believe not in the Hereafter are filled with disgust.
▫️Analyze our hearts when Allah is mentioned.

▫️A Mumin reads Laa ilaha illal laahu wahdahu many times during the day, after Athan.

▫️All eights doors of heaven are opened when one recites after wudu,
‎اشهد ان لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له و اشهد ان محمد عبده و رسوله
▫️Morning and evening read one time,
‎لَا اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِیْکَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْکُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَ ھُوَ عَلٰی کُلِّ شَیْءٍ قَدِیْرٌ۔

💢Ayah 47
▫️On the Day of Resurrection, there will become apparent to them from Allah, what they had not been reckoning.
▫️Sufyan Ath thawri says this ayah is about those who do riya.
▫️One should know the acts that waste god deeds, ( Shirk, Riya, Sadaqah followed by injury, backbiting)
💢Ayah 52

▫️Allah enlarges the provision for whom He wills. Ask Allah.

💢Ayah 53-55
▫️Do not despair of Mercy of Allah.
▫️Turn to Allah and repent regardless of the amount of sins done.

💢Ayah 65
▫️Knowledge of shirk is incumbent to be saved from punishment.
💢Ayah 69
▫️There will be complete darkness on the day of Judgement.
▫️On the Day of Judgement, the earth will shine with the lights of its Lord.
▫️We need to gain knowledge of Day of Judgement, so we can prepare for it.
💢Ayah 71
▫️The disbelievers will be driven to Hell in groups and will be asked by the keepers of Hellfire, ” Did not the Messengers come to you from yourselves, reciting to you the verses of your Lord, and warning you of the Meeting of this day?’, they will respond Yes.
💢Ayah 73-74
▫️The Muttaqeen will be led to Paradise in groups and the keepers will say : Salamun Alaikum. They will give praises and thanks to Allah even after entering Paradise.
💢Ayah 75
▫️All hamd will be for Allah on the day of Judgement.
‎اَلْحَمْدُ للهِ كَثِِيْرًا❤️
🔸Surah Al Mumin/Ghafir 1-85🔸
💢Ayah 1-3
▫️Sifaat of Allah mentioned.
▫️The All Mighty✨The All knower✨Forgiver of sins ✨The acceptor of repentance ✨The severe in Punishment ✨The bestower of favours
💢Ayah 7-9
▫️Beautiful dua of angels.
▫️The angels who bear the throne have Imaan, the importance here is of Imaan.
▫️They make dua for forgiveness of those with imaan.
▫️To get dua of angels increase imaan.
▫️Angels make dua for :
▫️a person who sits and does Zikr in the place of prayer after salah.
▫️Who Sleep with wudu
▫️Who visit the sick
▫️One who does Sehri
▫️When one makes dua for his brother in his absence.

💢Ayah 13

💢Ayah 15
▫️Allah made arsh, qalam, Adam AS and Jannat e aden with His hands.
▫️Arsh is bigger than rest of the creation and in on water. Allah is above the arsh.
▫️The kaifiyat of arsh is not known.
▫️Necessary to know that Allah is above all.
▫️On the Day of Judgement, eight angels will be lifting the arsh.
▫️Angels who bear the arsh glorify the praises of their Lord.
💢Ayah 19
▫️Allah knows the fraud of the eyes and all that the breasts conceal.
▫️Seeing someone’s satar is haram.
▫️One should have haya of Allah.
💢Ayah 27
▫️Read this ayah for protection, if you fear for Deen, Imaan.
‎إِنِّي عذت بربي و ربكم من كل متكبر لا يؤمن بيوم الحساب
💢Ayah 28
‎▫️ رجل مؤمن When a person puts trust and Tawakul in Allah, He provides help from within the disbelievers.
💢Ayah 44
▫️Read dua in any difficulty
‎و أفوض امري الي الله
💢Ayah 45
‎سوء العذاب
▫️Fir’aun and his army drowned, it’s called evil torment.

▫️Dua for protection from drowning

‎اَللّٰھُمَّ اِِِِنِّیْ اَعُوْذُبِکَ مِنَ التَّرَدِّیْ وَ الْھَدْمِ وَ الْغَرَقِ وَ الْحَرِیْقِ وَ اَعُوْذُبِکَ اَنْ یَّتَخَبَّطَنِیَ الشَّیْطَانُ عِنْدَ الْمَوْتِ وَ اَعُوْذُبِکَ اَنْ اَمُوْتَ فِیْ سَبِیْلِکَ مُدْبِرًا وَّ اَعُوْذُبِکَ اَنْ اَمُوْتَ لَدِیْغًا۔O Allah! I seek refuge in You from falling from above and to be buried beneath debris and drowning and burning and I seek refuge in You from being led astray by the satan at the time of death and I seek refuge in You from turning my back and fleeing from the battlefield and I seek refuge in You that I die from the bite (of a venomous animal).

( سنن النسائی، کتاب الاستعاذة، باب الاستعاذة من التّردی والھدم : 5533 ) صحیح Dua shared by Alhuda International Quranic & Masnoon Duas App

💢Ayah 49
▫️Duas after entering hellfire will not benefit.
💢Ayah 51
▫️Ask with Ikhlaas, Allah helps.
▫️In this world Allah’s help comes by giving victory and strength or daleel for truth.
💢Ayah 55-56
▫️ Importance of Istighfar and Tasbeeh.
💢Ayah 60

▫️Dua is ibaadah.▫️Allah dislikes and gets upset with the one who does not ask Allah.▫️Have yaqeen and increase in making dua.▫️Dua is either accepted or a trial is averted or is reserved for the Aakhirah.

💢Ayah 71-72
▫️Punishment of hellfire mentioned.
‎اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ
🔹Surah Fussilat 1-46🔹
💢Ayah 3

▫️Quran is in Arabic language so it’s necessary to learn Arabic.

💢Ayah 9-10
▫️Allah made the Earth in two days.
▫️Allah’s sifat is Al Hakeem.

▫️Lesson for us is to do things gradually and calmly.▫️Tranquility and calmness should be adopted in all steps of salah.

💢Ayah 20
▫️In hellfire the skins will testify against them. Allah will cause the skins to speak.
💢Ayah 23

▫️Good thoughts lead to good actions.

💢Ayah 25
▫️A shaitan is assigned to each one of us.
💢Ayah 26
▫️Those who disbelieve they say to not listen to the Quran and make noise in the midst of its recitation.

▫️Manner when Quran is being recited is to be quite and listen attentively.

▫️One should not play Quran recitation while they’re talking.
💢Ayah 30
▫️Those who say Allah is our Rabb,(Affirmation of Tauheed), and they stand firm, on them angels descend and say fear not, nor grieve. But receive glad tidings of Paradise.

💢Ayah 33-35
▫️Best speech is to invite towards Allah.
▫️Good and evil deed are not equal.
▫️To make an enemy into close friend, Repel evil with good. Sabr required for it.

💢Ayah 36
▫️Seek refuge with Allah from whispers of shaitan.
▫️Shaitan’s traps – beautifies sins, cause delay in doing good deed, make us fall into sin.
▫️Do not curse shaitan, seek refuge with Allah.
💢Ayah 44
▫️Quran is guide and healing for those who believe.
▫️It’s a healing for all diseases, spiritual, physical, worldly, or In Aakhirah.
▫️It’s not healing for Zalimun.
💢Ayah 46
▫️Whosover does righteous good deeds, it is for his own benefit, and whosever does evil it is against his own self.

Ramadan Reflections #5

Day 3 / Juz 3 (Ramadan ’17):-

“She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” The angel said, “Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” [3: 47]
In all your du’as and hopes, your thoughts and views on life, and your ups and downs, don’t forget Who it is you’re conversing with. You’re dealing with the Most Powerful who has split seas for His slaves, resurrected the dead, and stopped time. You are not too insignificant for Him to grant you your own miracle. Ask Him whatever it is you long for, and never lower His power and capabilities in your mind. 
Sometimes we rationalise du’a too much because we are focused on *ourselves*. We doubt and question. We overthink and are uncertain over the ‘how’ and ‘when’, but that’s not how it should be. The righteous before us used to say, ‘O Allah, I swear to You to do this and that’ and whilst that may shock you, they did it because they were certain of Him and they knew that you can’t push Allah against His Will. He is Majestic and Powerful and He is also Kareem – generous. So how can you not walk away with precious gifts from a Powerful and Generous being? How can you not walk away with your very own miracle in life? Try it 


A beautiful lesson about Dua’

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

إن أكرم شيء عند الله


Inna Akrama shai ‘Indallah Ad Dua’

‘The most honorable thing for Allah, is supplication’


One of the great scholars of Islam by the name of Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Ash-Shikhkheer (rahimahuallah) said,

“One day I was thinking of all the act of worship that we do: salah, sadaqah, siyam, all the acts of worship that we do. And I found that there is no way for anyone of us to do any one of the act of worship if Allah (swt) would not help him or her to do it.”

So many people hear the adhaan and they don’t care to respond. So many people don’t give zakah, they don’t do sadaqah, Subhan Allah if Allah (swt) doesn’t open your heart to do the good deeds nobody else can force it, or inspire you to do it.

Mutarrif (ra) said,

“I realized at that moment that all these act of worship it is in the hands of Allah, He gives it to whomever He wants and He wills. There is no one who can have access to what Allah has in His hand except through one way, through one mean only, which is Ad Du’a. At that moment I realized why Ad Du’a’ is the most dear the most honorable and dearest act of worship to Allah (swt).”