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Prophet Nuh alaihi salam : The reaction of his people.

They begin to threathen him by stoning and expulsion

Al Aaraf 7: 60

The leaders of his people said: “Verily, we see you in plain error.” (60)

Noah answered them saying,

[Nûh (Noah)] said: “O my people! There is no error in me, but I am a Messenger from the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists)! (61)

“I convey unto you the Messages of my Lord and give sincere advice to you. And I know from Allâh what you know not. (62)

Then they replied to Noah which is found in  Surah Hud 11: 27

The chiefs who the disbelieved among his people said: “We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed you without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are liars.” (27)

The points that you must looked at in this verse are

i. It’s the chief who are answering and addressed to

ii. The mocking that Noah is only human thus incapable of relaying the message

iii. their observation that the followers are among the lower class deeming that this is not in their class

iv. Accusing the Messenger as liars and has nothing special against them

You will see that this very points are among the points that most disbelievers would use against the Messengers. Time and time again history will repeat. Even now these are still the remarks made by the disbelievers against our religion and our messenger sallallahu alaihi wasalam.

Let us hear the story of Heraclius that describe to us among the signs of a Prophet

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:

Abu Sufyan bin Harb informed me that Heraclius had sent a messenger to him while he had been accompanying a caravan from Quraish. They were merchants doing business in Sham (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan), at the time when Allah’s Apostle had truce with Abu Sufyan and Quraish infidels. So Abu Sufyan and his companions went to Heraclius at Ilya (Jerusalem). Heraclius called them in the court and he had all the senior Roman dignitaries around him. He called for his translator who, translating Heraclius’s question said to them, “Who amongst you is closely related to that man who claims to be a Prophet?” Abu Sufyan replied, “I am the nearest relative to him (amongst the group).”

Heraclius said, “Bring him (Abu Sufyan) close to me and make his companions stand behind him.” Abu Sufyan added, Heraclius told his translator to tell my companions that he wanted to put some questions to me regarding that man (The Prophet) and that if I told a lie they (my companions) should contradict me.” Abu Sufyan added, “By Allah! Had I not been afraid of my companions labeling me a liar, I would not have spoken the truth about the Prophet. The first question he asked me about him was:

‘What is his family status amongst you?’

I replied, ‘He belongs to a good (noble) family amongst us.’

Heraclius further asked, ‘Has anybody amongst you ever claimed the same (i.e. to be a Prophet) before him?’

I replied, ‘No.’

He said, ‘Was anybody amongst his ancestors a king?’

I replied, ‘No.’

Heraclius asked, ‘Do the nobles or the poor follow him?’

I replied, ‘It is the poor who follow him.’

He said, ‘Are his followers increasing decreasing (day by day)?’

I replied, ‘They are increasing.’

He then asked, ‘Does anybody amongst those who embrace his religion become displeased and renounce the religion afterwards?’

I replied, ‘No.’

Heraclius said, ‘Have you ever accused him of telling lies before his claim (to be a Prophet)?’

I replied, ‘No. ‘

Heraclius said, ‘Does he break his promises?’

I replied, ‘No. We are at truce with him but we do not know what he will do in it.’ I could not find opportunity to say anything against him except that.

Heraclius asked, ‘Have you ever had a war with him?’

I replied, ‘Yes.’

Then he said, ‘What was the outcome of the battles?’

I replied, ‘Sometimes he was victorious and sometimes we.’

Heraclius said, ‘What does he order you to do?’

I said, ‘He tells us to worship Allah and Allah alone and not to worship anything along with Him, and to renounce all that our ancestors had said. He orders us to pray, to speak the truth, to be chaste and to keep good relations with our Kith and kin.’

Heraclius asked the translator to convey to me the following, I asked you about his family and your reply was that he belonged to a very noble family. In fact all the Apostles come from noble families amongst their respective peoples. I questioned you whether anybody else amongst you claimed such a thing, your reply was in the negative. If the answer had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man was following the previous man’s statement. Then I asked you whether anyone of his ancestors was a king. Your reply was in the negative, and if it had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man wanted to take back his ancestral kingdom.

I further asked whether he was ever accused of telling lies before he said what he said, and your reply was in the negative. So I wondered how a person who does not tell a lie about others could ever tell a lie about Allah. I, then asked you whether the rich people followed him or the poor. You replied that it was the poor who followed him. And in fact all the Apostle have been followed by this very class of people. Then I asked you whether his followers were increasing or decreasing. You replied that they were increasing, and in fact this is the way of true faith, till it is complete in all respects. I further asked you whether there was anybody, who, after embracing his religion, became displeased and discarded his religion. Your reply was in the negative, and in fact this is (the sign of) true faith, when its delight enters the hearts and mixes with them completely. I asked you whether he had ever betrayed. You replied in the negative and likewise the Apostles never betray. Then I asked you what he ordered you to do. You replied that he ordered you to worship Allah and Allah alone and not to worship any thing along with Him and forbade you to worship idols and ordered you to pray, to speak the truth and to be chaste. If what you have said is true, he will very soon occupy this place underneath my feet and I knew it (from the scriptures) that he was going to appear but I did not know that he would be from you, and if I could reach him definitely, I would go immediately to meet him and if I were with him, I would certainly wash his feet.’ Heraclius then asked for the letter addressed by Allah’s Apostle

which was delivered by Dihya to the Governor of Busra, who forwarded it to Heraclius to read. The contents of the letter were as follows: “In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful (This letter is) from Muhammad the slave of Allah and His Apostle to Heraclius the ruler of Byzantine. Peace be upon him, who follows the right path. Furthermore I invite you to Islam, and if you become a Muslim you will be safe, and Allah will double your reward, and if you reject this invitation of Islam you will be committing a sin by misguiding your Arisiyin (peasants). (And I recite to you Allah’s Statement:)

‘O people of the scripture! Come to a word common to you and us that we worship none but Allah and that we associate nothing in worship with Him, and that none of us shall take others as Lords beside Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have surrendered to Allah).’ (3:64).

Abu Sufyan then added, “When Heraclius had finished his speech and had read the letter, there was a great hue and cry in the Royal Court. So we were turned out of the court. I told my companions that the question of Ibn-Abi-Kabsha) (the Prophet Muhammad) has become so prominent that even the King of Bani Al-Asfar (Byzantine) is afraid of him. Then I started to become sure that he (the Prophet) would be the conqueror in the near future till I embraced Islam (i.e. Allah guided me to it).”

The sub narrator adds, “Ibn An-Natur was the Governor of llya’ (Jerusalem) and Heraclius was the head of the Christians of Sham. Ibn An-Natur narrates that once while Heraclius was visiting ilya’ (Jerusalem), he got up in the morning with a sad mood. Some of his priests asked him why he was in that mood? Heraclius was a foreteller and an astrologer. He replied, ‘At night when I looked at the stars, I saw that the leader of those who practice circumcision had appeared (become the conqueror). Who are they who practice circumcision?’ The people replied, ‘Except the Jews nobody practices circumcision, so you should not be afraid of them (Jews).

‘Just Issue orders to kill every Jew present in the country.’

While they were discussing it, a messenger sent by the king of Ghassan to convey the news of Allah’s Apostle to Heraclius was brought in. Having heard the news, he (Heraclius) ordered the people to go and see whether the messenger of Ghassan was circumcised. The people, after seeing him, told Heraclius that he was circumcised. Heraclius then asked him about the Arabs. The messenger replied, ‘Arabs also practice circumcision.’

(After hearing that) Heraclius remarked that sovereignty of the ‘Arabs had appeared. Heraclius then wrote a letter to his friend in Rome who was as good as Heraclius in knowledge. Heraclius then left for Homs. (a town in Syrian and stayed there till he received the reply of his letter from his friend who agreed with him in his opinion about the emergence of the Prophet and the fact that he was a Prophet. On that Heraclius invited all the heads of the Byzantines to assemble in his palace at Homs. When they assembled, he ordered that all the doors of his palace be closed. Then he came out and said, ‘O Byzantines! If success is your desire and if you seek right guidance and want your empire to remain then give a pledge of allegiance to this Prophet (i.e. embrace Islam).’

(On hearing the views of Heraclius) the people ran towards the gates of the palace like onagers but found the doors closed. Heraclius realized their hatred towards Islam and when he lost the hope of their embracing Islam, he ordered that they should be brought back in audience.

(When they returned) he said, ‘What already said was just to test the strength of your conviction and I have seen it.’ The people prostrated before him and became pleased with him, and this was the end of Heraclius’s story (in connection with his faith).

Back to the story of Nuh

The Quran tells us what nuh said to his people in Surah Hud 11: 28-31

He said: “O my people! Tell me, if I have a clear proof from my Lord, and a Mercy (Prophethood) has come to me from Him, but that (Mercy) has been obscured from your sight. Shall we compel you to accept it (Islâmic Monotheism) when you have a strong hatred for it? (28)

And O my people! I ask of you no wealth for it, my reward is from none but Allâh. I am not going to drive away those who have believed. Surely, they are going to meet their Lord, but I see that you are a people that are ignorant (29) 

“And O my people! Who will help me against Allâh, if I drove them away? Will you not then give a thought? (30) 

“And I do not say to you that with me are the Treasures of Allâh, “Nor that I know the Ghaib (unseen);”nor do I say I am an angel, and I do not say of those whom your eyes look down upon that Allâh will not bestow any good on them. Allâh knows what is in their inner-selves (as regards belief, etc.). In that case, I should, indeed be one of the Zâlimûn (wrong-doers, oppressors).” (31)

When we read the verses on how Prophet Nuh alaihi salam addressed the non believers, you can see how Prophet Nuh addressed them with politeness and gentleness. This is the way to make daawah.

When Allah told Prophet Musa alaihi salam to make daawah, He said in Taha 20: 44

And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear (Allâh).” (44)

and in An Nahl 16: 125

Invite (mankind, O Muhammad SAW) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islâm) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’ân) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided. (125)

Many people are willing to argue and will resort to bad words and actions. Avoid responding in similar ugly ways and try your best to have patience. May Allah make us among the sabr.

Also Prophet nuh stressed to them that he is not seeking any reward or status or power  by anyone by conveying this message. His reward is from Allah whose reward is the best and more lasting than the one that any human can give.

In Surah Hud 11: 27 which I have put up earlier, the chiefs did not like it that the followers of Prophet Nuh were mostly among the people of lower” class. They asked him to expel these people then only would they follow Prophet Nuh alaihi salam. Nuh refused to do so.

At the time of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasalam, the disbelievers of quraysh also asked him to expel the low and weak Muslims like Ammar bin Yassir, Suhayb, Bilal, Khabab and others. Islam is not about “class” and social status of people. There is no difference between us except our taqwa.

Next in ayah 11: 31, Prophet Nuh alaihi salam declared that he does not own treasure, nor is he an angel  nor he knows things thatare unseen except that he is merely a slave of Allah who is given some knowledge that Allah has taught him. He also does not have any power to make harm on them.

His people continue to argue with him, raising up petty issues.

As Shuara 26: 111-115

They said: “Shall we believe in you, when the meanest (of the people) follow you?” (111) 

He said: “And what knowledge have I of what they used to do? (112) 

“Their account is only with my Lord, if you could (but) know. (113) 

“And I am not going to drive away the believers. (114) 

I am only a plain warner.” (115)

The arguments went on for a long time and only a few people believed in Nuh. He made daawah for 950 years.

Al Ankabut 29: 14

And indeed We sent Nûh (Noah) to his people, and he stayed among them a thousand years less fifty years [inviting them to believe in the Oneness of Allâh (Monotheism), and discard the false gods and other deities], and the Deluge overtook them while they were Zâlimûn (wrong-doers, polytheists, disbelievers). (14)

Whenever a generation passed, they would advised the newer ones not to believe in Huh. To disagree and fight him. Thus they all become blind followers who only follow what their parents and forefathers worship and it has become the nature for them not to follow the way of the truth.

This is among the cries of Prophet Nuh alaihi salam to Allah in Surah Nuh 71: 27

If You leave them, they will mislead Your slaves, and they will beget none but wicked disbelievers.” (27)

This went on  and on and on until his people said to him as mentioned in Surah hud 11: 32-34

They said: “O Nûh (Noah)! You have disputed with us and much have you prolonged the dispute with us, now bring upon us what you threaten us with, if you are of the truthful.” (32) 

He said: “Only Allâh will bring it (the punishment) on you, if He wills, and then you will escape not. (33)

“And my advice will not profit you, even if I wish to give you good counsel, if Allâh’s Will is to keep you astray. He is your Lord! and to Him you shall return.” (34)

If Allah wills a person astray, no one can guide  them. And if Allah wishes him to be guided, no one can make him astray. And Allah does not do this by random pick. He sent all of us guidance through many of his signs. As for the people of Nuh, they even have the chance to meet a prophet before them. They had the chance to listen to him. They are the one who insisted in upholding the tradition of worshiping idol. Insisted on shirk. Continuously rejected the sign. Mocking it on their tongue and hating it in the heart. After a long time of the insistence of kufr and they actually said, bring on what the torture that Allah has for them, in arrogance. Allah finally seals their  senses faculties and their heart to any form of hidayah and will leave them astray.

may we be protected from that.

Among the lessons
1. prophets never asked for wealth nor status
2. they only await for reward from Allah.
3. meaning dunya wise, there is really nothing for them to gain.
4. Prophets are Messengers, not an angel or anything unseen. They also do not own treasures of the world except for knowledge that Allah tells them so.
5. Daawah is to bemade in good words and politely
6. prophet Nuh alaihi salam made du’a for 950 years.
7. Generations come in these years even more wicked than before
8. Prophet Nuh alaihi salam asked Allah to destroy these people because of their continuous disbelieving to Allah

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For Supplication to be Answered

There are some factors that will push our supplications to be answered. May Allah help us.

i. Dutifulness to Parents

One of the greatest deeds is dutifulness to one’s parents. This is a fact mentioned over and over again in the Quran and sunnah. Thos who are dutifull to their parents will always be guided to goodness. Allah will put the love for him in the heart of people and his supplications are most likely to be answered.

“The story of Uwais Al-Qarni was mentioned in Sahih Muslim as well as in other books. Now even though he was from the Tabi’een and did not see the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam], the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam] had advised ‘Umar ibn Al-Khatab [Radiya Allahu ‘Anhu] that if he meets [Uwais] then he, ‘Umar, should ask [Uwais] to ask Allah to forgive him and to make supplication for him.

Asir ibn Jaabir radhiallahu `anhu narrated:

Whenever people would come from Yemen, `Umar radhiallahu `anhu would ask them, “Is Uways Al-Qaranee amongst you?” until, one year, he met Uways.

He said, “Are you Uways Al-Qaranee?” He said, “Yes.”

`Umar continued, “From Muraad, then Qaran?” He said, “Yes.”

`Umar then asked, “Were you once afflicted with leprosy and your skin healed except for a dirham’s area?” Uways said, “Yes.”

`Umar finally asked, “Do you have a mother (that is alive)?” He said, “Yes.”

`Umar then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam – say, ‘Uways ibn Aamir will come to you with the delegations from Yemen, from Muraad, then from Qaran. He was once afflicted with leprosy and his skin healed except for a dirham’s area. He has a mother, and he treats her kindly. If he was to ever swear by Allah (for something) Allah would fulfill his oath. If you can, request that he ask forgiveness for you.”

`Umar then requested from Uways, “Ask forgiveness for me.” And Uways Al-Qaranee did.

Another story from sahih hadith Insya Allah

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Three men from among those who were before you, set out together till they reached a cave at night and entered it. A big rock rolled down the mountain and closed the mouth of the cave. They said (to each other), ‘Nothing can save you from this rock but to invoke Allah by giving reference to a righteous deed which you did (for Allah’s sake only).’ So, one of them said, ‘O Allah! I had old parents and I never provided my family (wife, children) with milk before them. One day, by chance I was delayed, and I came late (at night) while they had fallen asleep. I milked the sheep for them and took the milk to them, but I found them sleeping. I disliked to provide my family with the milk before them. I waited for them and the bowl of milk was in my hand and I kept on waiting for them to get up till the day dawned. Then they got up and drank the milk. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from our critical situation caused by this rock.’ So, the rock shifted a little but they could not get out.”

“The second man said, ‘O Allah! I had a cousin who was the dearest of all people to me and I wanted to have sexual relations with her but she refused. Later she had a hard time in a famine year and she came to me and I gave her one-hundred-and-twenty Dinars on the condition that she would not resist my desire, and she agreed. When I was about to fulfill my desire she said, ‘It is illegal for you to outrage my chastity except by legitimate marriage.’ So I thought it a sin to have sexual intercourse with her and left her though she was the dearest of all people to me, and I also left the gold I had given her. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from the present calamity.’ So, the rock shifted a little more but they still could not get out from there.”

“Then the third man said, ‘O Allah! I employed a few laborers and I paid them their wages with the exception of one man who did not take his wages and went away. I invested his wages and I got much property thereby. (Then after some time) he came and said to me, ‘O Allah’s slave! Pay me my wages.’ I said to him, ‘All the camels, cows, sheep and slaves you see are yours.’ He said, ‘O Allah’s slave! Don’t mock me.’ I said, ‘I am not mocking you.’ So, he took all of the herd and drove them away and left nothing. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from the present suffering.’ So, that rock shifted completely and they got out walking.” [Sahih Bukhari]

This hadith tells us about pious deeds and their effects. Three men got trapped in a cave whose opening got blocked so completely that if the rock hadn’t moved from its mouth the cave would have become their grave. At such times man forsakes all means and agencies and looks only to the Creator of the means and agencies.

From the example of the first man we see that there is no limit to kind treatment of parents as long as one does not commit sins in order to please them. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) tremendously rewards those peope who are kind and considerate to their parents.

From the example of the second man we learn the value of Taqwa. Taqwa is that a man refrain from sin only because he fears Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), although he has the means and ability to sin, is surrounded by a sinful atmosphere, and is not afraid of being caught or punished in this world. This man was able to put a check on his desire, although he longed for that woman, only because of being reminded of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). This is how Believers are: “When Allah is mentioned their hearts are filled with fear.” [Quran 8:2] As a result of this man’s Taqwa, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) removed the rock from the mouth of the cave a little more. Allah says: “And whosoever fears Allah, He appoints a way out for him.” [Quran 65:2]

From the example of the third man we learn that those people are very dear to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) who recognize the rights of their fellow men and give them their rights faithfully. As an employer, the man not only kept the wages of his employee safely but also invested them profitably although it was not binding on him to do so. He gave to his employee many times over the principal amount, an example of excellent dealings with a fellow-man. Can the greedy world present an example of such a character today?

From this hadith we learn that man should turn to Allah when he is faced with difficulty, anxiety and trial. If he does this, the difficulty becomes a blessing for him, as he is rewarded for asking Allah and depending on His help. Some people do not turn to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) even in times of distress. This is a very dangerous trend and a sign that they have hardened themselves against the remembrance of Allah because of which “Allah has sealed their hearts.” [Quran 2:7] May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) protect us from this.

ii. To Perform good deed prior to supplication

Prior to supplicating, you should perform deeds that bring you closer to Allah. Can you give examples of deeds?

This also mean, immediately after performing a good deed, you should make a supplication asking Allah and beg him.

Performing good deed is an act that Allah loves. Allah’s love to His slave means He is please with him. He will give His help, His support and His answering the slave’s supplication.

Therefore if you pray, then supplicate, fast and then supplicate, treat people with kindness and then supplicate, you are more likely to have your supplication accepted and answered.

Allah knows best.

iii. Performing voluntary acts of worship after obligatory ones

When you perform voluntary act of worship over an obligatory acts, you pave the way to having your supplication answered.

Can you give examples of voluntary act of worship?

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

“Allah, the Exalted, has said: `I will declare war against him who treats with hostility a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary prayers or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) until I love him, (so much so that) I become his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me something, I will surely give him, and if he seeks My Protection (refuge), I will surely protect him”.

[Al-Bukhari]

iv. Asking for one’s supplication to be answered by dint of previously performed good deeds

One increases the chances of his supplication to be answered when one mentions a previously performed good deed prior to supplicating.

Let’s read again the hadith of the three man in the cave.

v. Invoke Allah Persistently and Repeatedly

One step to improve the likelihood of supplication being answered is to invoke Allah with persistence, repeatedly making the same supplication over and over again. Showing humility and complete dependence upon the Lord.

Umar Ibn Al Khattab said,

“When the day of Badr came to pass, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam looked at the disbelievers, who were 1000 in numbers, while his companions were only 319 men. The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam then faced the qiblah, extended his hands, and then began to call out to his Lord, ‘O Allah, carry out for me that which you promised me. O Allah, bring to pass that which You promised me. O Allah if You destroy this group from the people of Islam, You will not be worshipped on earth.’ he continued to call out to his Lord, facing the Qiblah, and with his hands extended, until his robe fell from his shoulders. then Abu Bakr went to hom, took his robe, and flung it back onto his shoulders. Abu Bakr then hugged him from behind and said, “O rophet of Allah, sufficient for you is your supplicating and calling to your Lord, for He will complete for you what He promised you.

Then Allah revealed, ‘(Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): “I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession.” (Al Anfal 8: 9) So Allah helped him with the angels (Muslim, Ahmadand at Tirmidhee)

vi. Supplicate with an Alert and attentive heart leads to a person’s supplication being answered

When one invokes Allah with a heart that is awake and alert, he is more likely to have his supplications answered. This means that one should read invocations with a sense of fear, hope and humility.

Allah said in Surah Al Araf 7: 55-56

Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors. (55) 

And do not do mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, and invoke Him with fear and hope; Surely, Allâh’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers. (56)

The Prophet ﷺ said,

”Ask Allah with certainty that He will answer your prayers.” (Tirmidhi)

vii. To Ask with determination and Resolve

When one invokes Allah, he should show a sense of determination and resolve. He should not make his supplication hinge upon Allah’s will. For instance saying, “O Allah grant me this and this if You will.

Instead one should show determination and be sure that Allah will answer his supplication. By being determined and sure in one’s supplication, one shows that he places his trust with Allah, that he is invoking th All Seeing and the All Hearing. That his Lord is upon all things able, and that nothing in the heavens and earth can weaken, thwart and defeat Allah.

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,

“When one of you makes a supplication, he should be firm in the supplication and not say, ‘O Allah, if you like, give to me.’ Allah cannot be forced against His will.”

Some scholars say this means

– do not hesitate in asking

– do not be weak in asking

– think well of Allah being sure he will answer your supplication.

If you say, “O Allah give me this and that if you will,” it seems that he doesn’t really need either Allah to help him or the thing he is asking for.

Summary : For Supplication to be answered

1. Be good to your parents. This great action is commanded by Allah after obeying Him. Parents’ du’a for their children is also among the du’a accepted by Allah. So this is double bonus when you are good to your parents, and your supplication is answered.

2. To perform good deed. May this encourage all of us to perform more good deeds.

3. performing voluntary acts as prescribed in the sunnah.

4. mentioning to Allah about your previous good deeds. This mentioning of your good deeds should be mentioned only to Allah to ask for something, not to be mentioned to people reminding them of your favours to them.

5. Make du’a to Allah consistently without tire even of the supplication seems not answered.

6. Be humble, be submissive, have faith in Allah, think well of Him. Have fear of Him and hope of Him.

7. Be sure and certain in your dua’. Do not be weak in asking for du’a.

Taken from

1. The Book of Manners – Darussalam

2. http://dailyhadith.adaptivesolutionsinc.com/hadith/The-Cave-of-Death.htm

3. http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2009/07/23/the-story-of-uwais-al-qarni/

4. http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/all-you-need-to-do-is-ask/

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Prostration

Prophet Muhammad, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, was before the Ka’bah shortly after the first Muslim migration to Habasha, when he was reciting surah an-Najm.  Muslims and non-believers alike listened in awe.  As he came to the last verses –

An Najm 53: 57-62

The Day of Resurrection draws near, (57)
None besides Allâh can avert it, (or advance it, or delay it). (58)
Do you then wonder at this recitation (the Qur’ân)? (59)
And you laugh at it and weep not, (60)
Wasting your (precious) lifetime in pastime and amusements (61)
So fall you down in prostration to Allâh, and worship Him (Alone). (62)

He (sallallahu alaihi wasalam)  gracefully fell in prostration.  The Muslims surrounding him followed in suit.  Remarkably, it is what happened next that was the most amazing: the non-believers around them fell in prostration. Subhan Allah.  They were so moved by the beautiful words of the Quran that they fell into sajdah irresistibly.

Sajdah. The most humble of positions the creation can be in before their Rabb. As we fall into the lowest of positions, where our face (the most honoured part of us) is lower than our bottom feet,  twice in each rakaah, we give praise to the Most High, Allah.

Ibn Al-Qayyim described the sujood as the secret of prayer, the greatest pillar, and the seal of the rukoo’. He said all the other actions we did before it were just preludes.

 

Rabi’a bin Ka’b (ra), a companion of the Prophet ﷺ said:

“I was with Allah’s Messenger ﷺ one night and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: ‘Ask (anything you like).’ I said: ‘I ask your company in Paradise.’ He said: ‘Anything else besides it?’ I said: ‘That is all (that I require).’ He said: ‘Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration.’” (Muslim)

Meaning make lots of solah (and thus lots of prostrations to Allah)

We should step back and reflect: what do we feel when we go into sujood? Some of us simply do it because it is a part of prayer; others because it is where we can make du`a’ (supplication). But how many of us feel the humility of the soul, as we put our faces on the ground, in glorification of God?

Allah describes the mark prostration leaves on the believers in the Quran:

Al Fath 48: 29

Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allâh, And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allâh and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of prostration (during prayers).

Most people assume that the “mark” refers to the physical mark on one’s forehead that sometimes appears when one prostrates much. However, commenting on this verse, Mujahid stated that the “marks” refer to the marks of humility that come from khushoo’ (devotion), and this is just in the dunya (world). In the Hereafter, Al-Jalalayn described it as a light and radiance by which these people will be recognized.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam went to the (Baqi`) cemetery and said,

“May you be secured from punishment, O dwellers of abode of the believers! We, if Allah wills, will follow you. I wish we see my brothers.” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah! Are not we your brothers?” He said, “You are my Companions, but my brothers are those who have not come into the world yet.” They said; “O Messenger of Allah! How will you recognize those of your Ummah who are not born yet?” He said, “Say, if a man has white-footed horses with white foreheads among horses which are pure black, will he not recognize his own horses?” They said; “Certainly, O Messenger of Allah!” He said, “They (my followers) will come with bright faces and white limbs because of Wudu’; and I will arrive at the Haud (Al-Kauthar) ahead of them.” [Muslim]

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said:

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“When Allah intends mercy on whomever He wishes of the people of fire, He will command the angels to bring them forth whomever who used to worship Allah. And the angels will know them by the traces of the mark of sujood. Allah will forbid the Fire to consume the mark of sujood on the sons of Adam. So they will bring them forth and they will have been burned, then water that is called the water of life will be poured on them, and they will grow like seeds growing after a flood recedes.”  (Bukhari and Muslim)

Shaytan Hates Prostration

Prostration is also the most despised of positions to Iblis – it is the very position he refused to fall into at the command of Allah before Adam.

It was narrated by Abu Kuraib that the Prophet, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, said

“when Satan sees the son of Adam in prostration, he says: ‘Woe unto me, the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated and Paradise was entitled to him; and I was commanded to prostrate, but I refused and am doomed to Hell.'” [Muslim, Book 1, Number 144]

Supplication Time

Prostration is also the greatest time to supplicate to Allah.

Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, said: “The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself, so make supplication (in this state).” [Muslim, Book 4, Number 979]

Also, Madan bin Talha reported:

“I met Thauban, the freed slave of Allah’s Messenger, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, and asked him to tell me about an act for which, if I do it, Allah will admit me to Paradise, or I asked about the act which was loved most by Allah. He gave no reply. I again asked and he gave no reply. I asked him for the third time, and he said: I asked Allah’s Messenger, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, about that and he said: ‘Make frequent prostrations before Allah, for you will not make one prostration without raising you a degree because of it, and removing a sin from you, because of it.'” [Muslim, Book 4, Number 989]

The following are some dua’as Rasulullah, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, would make while prostrating. Let’s try to memorise them

O Allah, to You I prostrate myself and in You I believe. To You I have submitted. My face is prostrated to the One who created it, fashioned it and give it hearing and sight. Blessed is Allah, the Best of creators. (Muslim)

 

O Allah I seek protection in Your pleasure from Your anger, and I seek protection in Your forgiveness from Your punishment, I seek protection in You from You. I cannot count Your praises. You are as You praised Yourself. (Muslim)

 

O Allah forgive me all my sins, great and small, the first and the last, those that are apparent and those that are hidden. (Muslim)

 

And furthermore, let it be known that Allah’s creation all prostrate to Allah

Ar-Rad 13:15

“Whatever beings there are in the heavens and the earth do prostrate themselves to Allah (acknowledging subjection)- with good-will or in spite of themselves: so do their shadows in the morning and evenings.” 

 

Ya Rabb make us among those who prostrate to You alone.

Taken from

1. http://seekersofthegarden.org/sotg/in-the-mood-for-sujood

2. http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/worship/prayer/the-secret-of-prayer-sujood/

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