A Primer on #Dua (Gems by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani)

Several weeks ago, Shaykh Faraz had a series on Twitter about the etiquette of dua. Today, I was in need of this reminder and found my notes in my draft folder! The second part of the post is notes from a SeekersHub Global  answer to a question about delayed response to duas.

A Twitter Primer on Dua

  • Ask, don’t demand. And don’t fail to ask.
  •  Ask, keeping in mind the Prophet’s words ﷺ, “And each person shall have whatsoever they sought.”
  •  Ask in accordance with Allah’s Generosity and Mercy, not your worth (or perceived lack thereof).
  • Ask, for Everything.
  • Focus on the meanings of what you’re asking *before* you ask.
  • Magnify your neediness and expressiveness in dua by repeating your dua–three or more times. #sunna
  • Magnify your neediness, by calling on Allah by His Names. #YaHayyuYaQayyum #YaArhamArRahimin #YaLatifuYaKhabir
  • Allah’s Response is certain: when He wills, not when you wish; in the way He wills, not in the way you wish.
  • A sign of concern for others is praying regularly for them.
  • Key Adab of #Dua: Absolute certainty in Allah’s Response. “Call on Me: I will indeed answer you.”
  • Express concern for the Umma by a lot of dua–more effective than watching a lot of news.
  • The best words to call upon Allah with are the words His Beloved ﷺ used to call upon Him with.
  •  Ask Allah that you fulfill your duties of slavehood and His rights of Lordship.
  • The best of what you can seek in supplication is God Himself.
  • Levels of dua: (1) ask for your worldly needs; (2) express your neediness; (3) realize Allah’s Lordship and Attributed.
  • Duas aren’t demands. They’re expressions of need –and realizations of Divine Favour.
  • When Allah inspires you to ask, know that He has willed to give.” (Ibn Ata’illah)

Are My Supplications Answered? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani on Delayed Response to Duas

  • The basis of Allah dealing with His creation is rahma (mercy)
  • Ar-Rahman is the One that is Encompassingly Merciful.
  • Creation itself is a breath of Divine mercy. The fact that He has created us, is mercy.
  • From the manifestation of the Divine mercy is the Divine promise: “Your Lord says, Call upon Me, and I will indeed answer you.”
  • Quranic promise. When you call upon Allah, He will indeed answer. A guarantee that He will answer. That is all that there is to it. However, we have to understand what the Divine answer entails.
  • One of the most beautiful and powerful explanations to this was given by Ibn Ata’illah “Let not the delay in the time of the answer of your supplication despite your fervent asking cause you to lose hope, for Allah has guaranteed His Answer, but in the way that He chooses, not in the way that you choose, and at the time that He chooses, not in the time that you choose.”
  • Don’t doubt Allah’s response when you have asked him, even if you have asked fervently, and don’t see the apparent response, because the response is a guarantee. but in the way that He chooses, not in the way that you choose, and at the time that He chooses, not in the time that you choose. And Allah’s choice is better for you than your own choice. So He will answer. But how will that answer be manifest? You have to have trust in Allah regarding that.
  • So you have certitude in the Divine response. You consign your matter to Allah, recognising that you are a servant standing at the doorstep of your Lord asking HIm, and you have complete confidence in your Lord that He will make the choice that is better for you.
  • This is a reality affirmed by our beloved Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, who tells us in a hadith “that no one makes a supplication except that it is answered.” The answer could be hastened in this life, (first possibility) or could be stored up for them in the hereafter as reward, or sins could be expiated for them to the extent of the supplication, as long as you don’t ask for something sinful, or you pray for breaking of family ties, or unless you become hasty.
  • Becoming hasty in dua is saying that I called upon Allah and He did not answer.
  • Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him said: “Call upon Allah with certitude in His response.
  • Ibn Ata’illah: “Never doubt Allah’s promise to answer your supplication, even if what you asked for didn’t happen when and how you wished, lest that dim your spiritual insight and extinguish the light of your faith within you.”
  • Why? Because the Divine promise is not in accordance to your whims, but in accordance with Allah’s mercy and what is would be better for you as His servant.
  • You have to keep in mind – what is dua? Dua is an expression of your neediness to Allah. It is not simply a wishlist. You don’t make Allah a means to your worldly ends. “Oh Allah, I want this this, this and this.” It’s not your spiritual wishlist. Rather it is an expression of neediness to Allah and an expression of trust in Allah, of reliance in Allah, confidence in Allah, and complete acceptance of what you know He will give you, that it will be better for you than anything you could wish for.
  • Which is why Ibn Ata’illah also says in his aphorism : Your seeking from him, is an accusation of him.” When you seek from Allah as a checklist or reminder, as if accusing Allah that He doesn’t know, that He doesn’t care, that He isn’t merciful. Similarly, your failing to seek him is a turning away. Because you’re his needy servant. You must ask from Him. So never seek from other than Allah in ultimate terms because Allah is the most Generous. No human wish could outstrip the most Generous. And He does not let anyone down who seeks from Him. But we realize that He will respond.
  • Dua is the essence of worship because when you make dua, you’re expressing your realisation of your neediness, that Allah is the fulfiller of all needs, that He is the One alone ultimately worthy of ultiately turning towards.
  • It’s an expression of your yaqeen, of reliance, certitude upon Allah of your trust and contentment with Allah that you wait and know that the response is coming.
  •  Ibn Ata’illah was one of those who most beautifully brought out the meanings of Qur’an and sunnah with respect to dua.
  • Ibn Ata’illah also said: “At any time when Allah loosens your tongue in asking, know well that Allah has willed to give you.”
  • So your Lord says, call upon Me, and I will answer you.
  • Similarly Ibn Ata’illah says “don’t be demanding with your Lord about the delay of what you seek, be demanding with yourself about the delay of your proper manners with Allah.”
  • Dua is the essence of worship because it is the ultimate expression of your reality.
  • You are seeking not the gift, you are seeking the Giver.
  • If my servants ask you regarding me “I am indeed near, I answer the call of the one who calls upon Me, and let them believe in Me, so that they may be rightly guided.
  • May Allah grant us the coolness of certitude.
  • If we make Him our one concern, He will take care of all our concerns.
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2 thoughts on “A Primer on #Dua (Gems by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani)

  1. SubhanAllah I can’t tell you the number of times I have returned to this post, JazakAllahkhair dear sister may Allah SWT reward you immensely Ameen

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