never a no to your du'a

You might think that there is nothing special in this photo.

But for me, there is and I want to tell you what it is to remind you and make you reflect just how it made me.

I remember exactly 13 years ago when I first encountered seeing a name of a sahabi in one of the streets in Makkah or somewhere in Saudi, I can’t seem to remember the exact place but it was during the time we went for hajj. I was little back then and I barely knew who he was.

When we got back and I started learning about the lives of the companions of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam (and I know anyone who would study and learn about them will develop love towards them), I started to make this du'a that Allah grants me the opportunity again to see something similar or that He makes me live in a place that makes me remember them (the sahabah) - like seeing their names as streets or something like that.

Today, after exactly 13 years, Allah answered that du'a of mine. Indeed, there is khair in waiting and there is such an indescribable beautiful feeling when you finally see your du'a being answered by Allah. Allahu'akbar.

Wallah, I only asked Allah to see something similar but He gave me so much more. O Allah, forgive us for we have been greatly ungrateful.

Let me remind you that your du'a will be answered, no matter how long the waiting will be, never lose hope and keep asking Allah for Allah answers, Allah responds!

Alhamdulillah.

Indeed, you may have been experiencing or having something that others have been making du'a to Allah for many years, in this case - living in a Muslim country. Appreciate and be grateful, O slaves of Allah.

RED FLAG: To my single sisters talking to a brother for marriage - if you are already having fights, disagreements, and problems NOW I want you to consider what things will be like when you are married and living together. If this man is telling you NOW that you argue too much, need to change, aren’t behaving obediently, reminds you of your past, brings up your past, wants you to make a drastic change that would mean you basically being cut off from friends and family, or anything else of this nature - PLEASE SEE THE RED FLAG OF DANGER WAVING IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES.

I know many people are afraid to give their opinion like I am on such little information - but I refuse to stay silent when I believe someone is walking into an emotionally manipulative and potentially abusive marriage.

I know you think you love him, I know he isn’t “all bad,” and I am sure he can be nice too, and I know he said he loves you and wants to marry you… I know he apologizes (sometimes) and makes du'a for you, and says he will be your teacher in the Deen….I know that he said you are beautiful, and I know that he promises a lifestyle of love and happiness….

But all that “love” simply isn’t enough my dear sisters. This love will fail you, it’s going to smash and darken your heat, it’s going to control you, twist you, and bend you until you no longer break, you just melt beneath his feet.

You belong to Allah - as such - you deserve to be treated with dignity, kindness, respect, patience, and generosity. Never let anyone make you believe you are “lucky” for them to choose you.

You choose you first, then YOU get to choose - not just be chosen - you have to choose too, and make a decision you are indeed worthy of making. Talk to your friends, show someone you really really trust with your heart, your Iman, your akhirah, and your precious life - and tell them what is going on, and listen to what they say before you say yes.

Just ….slow….down….and….breathe.

—  Megan Wyatt

I remember this time last year, I couldn’t leave my house without applying makeup.

I was so insecure about my skin. My blemishes. My flaws. Whenever I passed my reflection, be it a shop window or a car window, I used to walk past it and avoid looking in that direction.

When performing wudhu, i used to wash my face and make du'a for Allāh to allow me to gain confidence in my appearance. For it was Him who created me. Who was I to fault my Creator?

It’s been a year since I wore makeup (except for the occasional wedding). And wallahi, I’ve never felt better in my skin.

Society ruins minds. Let the nur illuminate your face from seeking guidance and worshiping Allāh. That’s true beauty.

Purify your nafs and watch it shine through your face.

How beautiful is it that not one du'a goes unanswered. There is never a ‘no’ to our du'a’s, but, Allah answers them in three ways;

• He gives you what you asked for

• He delays the response so He can give you something even better than what you asked for

• He stores up the reward for your du'a in the Hereafter

[Narrated by Ahmad, 10749; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 2199]

His response comes at the right time, in the right place and in the most perfect way imaginable.

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Our Rabb, pour down upon us patience, and make our steps firm and assist us against the disbelieving people.
- Surah Al-Baqarah : 250

Always pray for our brothers & sisters around the world suffering from the hands of the enemies of Islam. Keep them in your du'a, never forget them.

May we be granted victory over the oppressors who are trying to put out the light of Islam. Ameen.

May the eyes of the cowards never sleep. Ameen.

Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [2:186]

The place of du'a is so high to Allah, that the Prophet had said: “Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

He also said: “The most excellent worship is du`a.” [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]; and in order to warn those who are arrogant, or careless in making du'a, the Prophet said:


“The most incapable person is the one who does not make du`a, and the most miserly person is the one who does not give salaam.” [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1055], and further, said: “If one does not ask Allah, He will get angry with him.” [Sahih al-Jami` no.2414]


Allah is the Glorious and the Mighty, the answerer of every person in need and every person with a request.

Indeed Allah is free of all wants, and He is answerable to non. We have no other god, but Him, whilst He has many servants other than us. Indeed Allah has revealed: “O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), Worthy of All Praise.” [Qur'an 35:15]

So to fulfill our needs and wants, we must call on Him. Making Du'a to Allah, is a recognition of our weakness and His greatness.

Aisha Radi'Allahu Anha had said: “Ask Allah for everything, even the lace of your shoes. If Allah does not provide, it will never be available.” [Ibn al-Sunni, no. 349 - hasan. Supported by at-Tirmidhi 4/298 and others.]


And let not there be anyone who says: “… my Lord won’t answer my prayer, because of this and that.. or because of so and so..”. No! Indeed Allah is the Most Generous King.

Is there anyone who met a king, and praised and glorified him, and then asked, yet the request was not granted? So what about Allah, the King of the Heavens and the Earth - who has total control over your life, your wealth and your future. Why would He not grant you your request?

Indeed, our beloved Prophet had said: “Verily your Lord is the One modest and Generous, and when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is diffident (in some wordings, shy or hesitant) from returning them empty.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

A short story:
He said to him: fear Allah and stop sinning.
He replied: I’ll repent tomorrow!
He died in his sleep & tomorrow never came!
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Nothing is beyond God’s forgiveness. No sin is too great or too awful for God to forgive. No person is so deep in sin, so ingrained in a wicked lifestyle, or so steeped in evil that he or she cannot be saved. The only requirement is that you Seek His forgiveness.
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Du'a.
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa'fu ‘anni
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O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me.
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This is so beautiful. One thing that is amazing to note, is that although “Afuw” encompasses Forgiveness, its closer meaning is “Pardoning”. It literally means to pass over, to absolve, to completely have your sins erased with no trace, as if it never happened. “Afuw is an image of the wind blowing across the desert’s vastness and completely erasing all the tracks in the sand. It is as if no one had ever walked there”
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anonymous asked:

So to sum it up, I have depression and anxiety as a result of these events. I feel so heavy and sad at all times and really can't remember the last time I felt at ease. I am insecure about anything and everything about myself. Everything from the way I talk to how my body looks. And I feel so lost now. I really just needed to get this of my chest as I have never spoken to anyone of this. If you and your followers could offer any advice, that'd be very helpful. May Allaah bless you!

Salam & Amin to your du'a.

Your messages have definitely affected the heart & I find myself with uncertainty in how to respond.

Know that Allah’s promise is true & that He does not burden a soul with more than it can bare. I hope you are able to find strength in all of your adversities & turn them into a means of growth.

That is a great deal to go through at that age & I hope Allah grants you steadfastness throughout all of this. If you ever wish to let out whatever you are feeling, please feel free to do so via anon. I will do my best to remember you & your family in my du'as as much as I can. May Allah grant you the best of this world & the hereafter.

If anyone can provide some words of encouragement & goodness, it would mean a great deal.

Ever felt tears roll down your cheeks for a du'a you’ve made?

Ever felt that intense need of Him? That moment when you just want to put your head on the ground and ask of Him, His Help, His Mercy? Or you just wanted to thank Him for absolutely everything?

What a beautiful moment right?

By Allah, that is a moment where you have lived your life.

A lot of people say that they couldn’t cry when they make du'a, yes it is a not a requirement that you cry when you make du'a but it is an effect that the heart does to the eyes when it speaks to Allah Azza Wa Jall.

Above, you see pictures of people crying while they are making du'a, rare moments, I tell you, that are captured by the camera.

When you see a person who makes du'a and suddenly he or she cries, what do you feel?

Yes, you feel little attached and you want to comfort them, it’s same feeling that such pictures above brings you.

I know that when you see a picture like this, it makes your heart burn and later on it makes you feel their need and then tears fall from your eyes. Why?

Because you know in yourself that you are ever needful of a moment like that. You need such strong connection with Him that when you mention His Name, your heart humbles itself, that when you hear of His Mercy, you beg for it and when you hear of His Rewards, you ask of Him like you have never asked anyone before.

You need that moment, where you find only yourself and Him and nothing else, and I tell you, a sincere du'a will give you this moment. It is not rare, you can get it every single time that you make your heart speak to Him in every dua.

Your heart will ever be connected to Him, that even if you don’t remember Him, your heart does, for every beat it makes it calls upon Allah Azza Wa Jall, remember the sound it makes, its not tic toc but Rubb Rubb Rubb, The Name of Your Lord! Subhan'Allah.

When you make your heart speak, you reunite your heart and Allah Azza Wa Jall, you reconnect your soul to your Creator, and you hold stronger to His Rope, that is such the strength that only in du'a you can find.

Believe me, my brother and sister in Islam, when you have stumbled and have lost your way for a moment, then I’m telling you, yes never give up your salaah but also it takes only one sincere du'a to bring you back to your feet.

So my brothers and sisters in Islam, it is the blessed month of Ramadhan, I ask of you to make the most out of it, make every du'a the sincerest ones, and I tell you, that rare moment and that hard thing to do (to cry while making du'a) it will come naturally.

Redeem your soul, reconnect your heart to its Rubb, for calls for Him every single beat.

Let the tears fall. Let Him cleanse you.

And so i leave you with a short du'a but one of the most poignant ones, a du'a that Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam taught Mu'adh Ibn Jabal Radiyallahu Anhu;

Allahumma Aini Ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ibadatika.

O Allah help me to remember You, to thank You and to worship You properly.
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And I pray this Ramadhan becomes a moment of cleansing for your soul, that with His Mercy showering upon us, we find a moment of sincere gratitude and love towards Him.

Amin

Zohayma

Ask Allah for everything and don’t fear sustenance as long as His storehouses are full. For by Allah, His storehouses will never be empty.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said to the nearest meaning, “…ask Allah for everything, even a lace for your shoe if it breaks.”

Some of the salaf used to make du'a to Allah just for salt for their dough and food for their sheep. Subhanallah.

So ask Him for whatever you want. Even if it is something small. Even if it is insignificant like a piece of chocolate you’re craving. Ask Him for that piece of chocolate. For when you do, you’ve shown your need for Him. And that is something that Allah loves.

Du'a establishes a perfect relationship between the servant and His Lord. It exemplifies true servitude, demonstrates the utter poverty of the worshipper, and embodies the ultimate sovereignty and perfection of the Creator.
That is why du'a is one of the most noble and blessed of all actions. The more you ask Allah, the more you perfect your worship of Him.
Never feel shy or embarrassed to ask Allah of your permissible needs in this world, and of the essential needs of the next. As our mother Aishah said, “If your sandal-strap breaks, make du'a to Allah that you get another one, because if Allah will not give it to you, no one will.”
—  Sh. Yasir Qadhi

A reflection on prayer:

“The Prophet Peace be upon him said: When a slave stands and prays, all his sins are brought and placed on his head and shoulders. Every time he bows or prostrates, some of them fall from him.” (Bayhaqi, Saheeh al-Jami’)

Imagine all your sins being placed on your head and shoulders like leaves bearing the weight of your life. When you go into ruku, imagine the leaves falling off your body as if gravity has been ordered to force the cleanliness of your soul. Tell Allah with your heart that you will never kneel to anyone but him. And when you say "Sami'Allahu liman hamidah” (Allah hears who thanks Him) and you say “Rabbana walakal Hamd” (Thanks to you my Lord) you are thanking Him for honoring you and making you stand straight not like the other creatures who walk on four with their back bent. Thank Him for making you able to move and pray.

Slowly, as you rise and fall into prostration, imagine the leaves blow with the blessed wind created from the movement of your fall. Stay there. Pause. Let those leaves fall for however long it takes. The first sajdah (prostration) represents the earth which you came from and when you get up after the first Sajdah you are representing the first time He created you from the earth. Humble yourself.

The second sajdah represents death. When you rise the second time you are representing the second time when Allah will bring you and I back from the dead on the Day of judgement.

Make a lot of Du'a in Sujood and remember Du'a is ibadah and Allah loves those who ask Him. ask Him and beg Him. Complain to Him, you are better off complaining to Him than to anyone else. He will never betray you, He will never let you down, He will never look down on you and He is the only one who can answer your needs with your head held high.

Recite “Allahu Akbar” with contentment, It’s a reminder that Allah is greater than anything you might be thinking about from this world. So be honest when you say “Allahu Akbar” and remember He is greater than anything that is occupying your mind while you pray.

Do you know when you stand up to pray and say “Allahu Akbar”, Allah stands before you and the minute your mind goes wondering on silly things in this life, Allah turns His face away from you and says (Is there something better than me taking you away from me?)

Ya Allah taqabbal salaatana… Ya Allah accept our Salah, grant us the ability to pray with khushu, with full concentration, devotion, and in the correct manner.

Envy over the accomplishments of someone else is a lousy way of avoiding the responsibility to work hard and build what is meaningful for you in your own life.

When you envy what another person has accomplished you are envying the current image of what is projected or the final product.

You aren’t envying all the long nights where they lost sleep to finish on a tight deadline.

You aren’t envying the financial loss when investments didn’t yield the expected return.

You aren’t envying the pain of discipline which means saying no when yes was easier.

You never see the long du'a, the tears when they feel like giving up, the manipulative conversations others have to either tear them down or be their new pal so they can name drop.

You aren’t envying the hours and years of study, practice, and grit required to get there.

You just envy their success and think “Why them?”

Thoughts like this will leave you with a life that isn’t fulfilling because it’s not authentic. You aren’t who you appear to be to others.

It’s exhausting to keep up the facade that you aren’t who you pretend to be.

Working hard to create successful meaning in your life is the *only* way to find true inner peace, true confidence, and real authenticity.

You don’t look at others and feel a tinge of jealousy. Instead, you look at others and think, “Awesome! I want to learn how to do that!”

And then you get started.

—  Megan Wyatt
Istikhara

Never underestimate the power of Istikhara. The du'a of istikhara can change everything in your situation, in ways which you cannot imagine. Pray Istikhara for every situation in your life - it is not limited for marriage or a new job, it is for every aspect of your life, anything that you are worried or unsure about, so you ask Allah regarding this and He (SWT) will guide you. Alhamdulillah for having this blessing.

He said, “My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, so forgive me,” and He forgave him. Indeed, He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

Moses (alayhi salam) asked for Allah’s forgiveness and supplicated the above mentioned Qur'an verse when he unintentionally killed an enemy in the midst of saving his friend. And Allah forgave him. 

Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala is the Most Merciful and Forgiving. As humans, we are weak and prone to making mistakes. However, no mistake is greater than Allah’s mercy. We learn from our mistakes by recognizing the mistake and seeking Allah’s forgiveness in order to rectify our wrongs. Allah gives faith and hope to all of us so never feel discouraged of the amount of sins you’ve committed; instead use Allah’s mercy as a way to better yourself and to stay away from sins. By seeking Allah’s forgiveness, you are putting your trust and hope in Him. Surely, Allah will not let you down. Make du'a, supplicate in sincerity and repent. Allah will respond to you. 

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Oh اللهyou have never abandoned me, I sin repeatedly and You have repeatedly covered me, I disobey continuously and You continuously give me opportunities to obey You. I am ashamed as I stand before You. I raise my hands a seek your pleasure, I raise my hands and beg Your pardon and forgiveness. You are my only Protector and You are my only Guardian. 

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Du'a request

Someone told me today that their Aunty has severe dementia (or so they think) and doctors have only given her a few weeks to live until she passes. They asked me to make du'a for her and I am asking you all. Please please please remember her in your precious du'as. You never know who’s du'a can cure her. May Allah grant her a quick and easy recovery. And may Allah grant good health to those who pray for her.

Ever despaired in your du'as?

Ever thought that they are not answered or that Allah Azza Wa Jall doesn’t respond?

Then, let me narrate to you the story of ‘Asim Ibn Thabit Radiyallahu Anhu.
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During the Battle of Uhud, when the Muslims faced defeat, the Quraish celebrated with their revenge but this was not enough for the ladies of their tribes. Hind, the woman who slaughtered the body of Hamza Radiyallahu Anhu, together with other women started to go out on the battlefield and started to dance and desecrate the dead bodies of the Mujahideen. Astagfirullah.

Narrations say that in the passionate desire for revenge, these women slit up the belies of the Mujahideen, gouged out their eyes and cut off their noses and their ears. One woman among them, shaped an anklet of the nose of a Mujahideen and put it on her feet and started dancing joyfully amidst the dead bodies.

Astagfirullah.

But then came out Salafah Bint Sa'ad, who was very different from the other women, she was anxious about her family, so she started to look for them, she search high and low until she found the body of her husband soaked in his own blood, and near him were her sons, Musaffa, Kalab and Jalas who was breathing his last.

On this Salafah asked who killed them, and Jalas said it was 'Asim Ibn Thabit Radiyallahu Anhu. Hearing this Salafah started to scream and swore by the false gods 'Uzza and Lat that her rage could not die down until she had taken revenge on 'Asim and drank wine from his skull.

After this, she indeed proclaimed that she would give any amount for the person who can bring her the head of 'Asim, and this spread like fire amongst the Quraish. So one by one they started to search for 'Asim.

After the Battle of Uhud, The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam sent 6 of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum on a special mission with 'Asim Ibn Thabit as its head.

They were a few distance from Makkah when a group of Banu Hatheel pursued them and ambushed them. The people tried to bribe the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum and told them that they won’t be killed as long as they lay down their weapons.

'Asim Radiyallahu Anhu with all his courage said “I will not lay down my weapons before the Mushrikeen!”

Then, he remembered the swearing of Salafah and he prayed:

“O Allah! I protect and defend your faith and, have Mercy on me and protect my flesh and my bones; please do not allow them to fall into the hands of the enemy.”

After this he attacked the enemy with two of his companions, they fought fiercely until they were martyred one by one. The three other surrendered and were killed, one committed suicide and the other 2 killed by the Banu Hatheel.

Now, this is where the power of du'a comes. After few hours of the martyrdom of 'Asim Radiyallahu Anhu, the Quraish learnt of the whereabout of his body which was lying in the area inhabited by the Banu Hatheel.

So, with the hungry bellies of the Quraish for money, they started to give a lot of money to their messengers so that they could succeed in getting the head of 'Asim Radiyallahu Anhu.

When they succeeded, some men of the Banu Hatheel went to the place where the body of 'Asim Radiyallahu Anhu was lying, when they were near it to cut off his head they found a whole lot of bees, wasps and hornets surrounding the body and head of Asim Radiyallahu Anhu. Whenever they attempted to cut it these bees and wasps would attack them so they couldn’t do anything but give up and wait for the nightfall.

The sun had not yet set when suddenly dark dense of clouds appeared on the sky, the very air seemed to tremble with the thunder and heavy rains had fallen.

Soon the streets and roads took on the appearance of streams, low-lying areas were filled, and there was water everywhere. It rained heavily the whole night and the Banu Hatheel went back to their homes.

Next morning they came out to get the head of 'Asim but as they went towards the field the body was nowhere to be found. The flood washed it away to some unknown place, they searched high and low but the body of 'Asim Radiyallahu Anhu disappeared like dust in the wind.

Subhan'Allah. Look how Allah Azza Wa Jall responded to the du'a of His faithful servant, 'Asim Radiyallahu Anhu. He sent down wasps and bees to cover his body as protection to these people who had the intention to use his limbs and whatever is left of him into devilish and sinful act of drinking wine. He sent down heavy rain so that his body won’t be found and away from the Mushrikeen.

Allah Azza Wa Jall will never allow the Mushrikeen to triumph over the Mu'mineen and this is how he protects His faithful servants. Similarly in Palestine, the Kuffar may plan anything against the Mu'mineen, but the Divine Plan overcomes all other plans.

Indeed, the story of Asim Ibn Thabit truly reminds us of the one of the famous ayat of the Qur'an where Allah Azza Wa Jall says:

“Call upon me and I will respond to you.” 40:60

So never despair of His Mercy and never underestimate the power of your du'a. Remember Allah Azza Wa Jall knows what you are about to ask Him even if you haven’t uttered them, He is within You, Your heart itself, calls upon Allah Azza Wa Jall with every beat.

“Rubb. Rubb. Rubb. La Hawla wala Quwwata illa billah.”

May you all benefit from the story of 'Asim Ibn Thabit Radiyallahu Anhu.

Amin

Zohayma
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Commanders of the Muslim Army, Ghadanfar, p. 262-263

Note: This is part of the collection of Golden Stories of the Sahabah Stories, which narrates and shares the amazing stories of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum as taken from excerpts of their lives.