27 Jun Awakening the Senses: Du’a
Heavy raindrops silence the usually lively environment full of afternoon chit chats. I waited for it to subside a little before I went down the staircase of the office to make my ablution. It was cold and I shivered a little. I felt my skin get hit by the rain, wet and later on, even more cold. My clothes became spotted with drops of rain. I guessed it did not subside as much as I thought it did. Within seconds, another round of heavy pour of rain came. Ah, such joy.
May it be beneficial rain.
I could not help it but to reach out with my right hands awkwardly. I wanted to feel more of the rain as it falls. I recall of a sunnah (prophetic way) of our Most Beloved Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) would stand in the rain and expose a portion of his body. I smiled at that thought. If it was not because of work, I think I would have enjoyed playing in the rain. I admit the lightning and thunder can get scary, but the rain is an invitation to take a deep breath and relax, to play a little, to have hope and to love. It is hard not to fall in love with the rain.
The rain reminds me of the heaps upon heaps of blessings that seem to come from the heavens every millisecond, every breath, every uncountable moment. The rain reminds me of washing away of pain, reminds me of relief, of deep hopes and answered prayers. Prayers. Supplications. Dua’.
Ya Allah, you are the Al-Mujib (The Responsive One, the One who answers) therefore please answer our good prayers.
Du’a: A form of ibadah (worship) for everyone, believing or not. This worship is not a practiced art but from deep within your soul and your heart. It is something impossible to define because it is not always about raised hands and voices. It does not always end with an Amin/Amen. It could be a silent hope developed in your heart. It could be the quiet tears shed on the prayer mat. It could be that drop of tears you blinked away as you try to remain strong in front of others. It could be that smile you put on your lips as you endure hardship patiently. He hears, He sees and He Knows. All praises be to Allah.
The rainfall continued on till the evening. It is the natural calming and soothing of souls. Our Master and Teacher Rasulullah (may peace and blessings be upon him) was reported as having said: “Seek having your du’a answered when (1) meeting an army, (2) during the Iqamah for prayer, and (3) during rain fall.” [Imam Shafi’e, Al-Umm] Imam Shafie stated after reporting this Hadith, “I have learned from more than one person [of knowledge] to seek having du’a answered when it is raining.”
What comforting news to every believer! What comforting news to the people who have loved and missed the rain fall as it cools hearts! What comforting news to the people who have lost hope and needed hope! We, you and I, are not meant to be a people of hopelessness and despair. And the Merciful one sends down not only rain but a way in which we could always ask of him directly.
In this month of Ramadan, we are reminded again and again that the doors of Mercy are opened. We are reminded that the supplication of the person who fasts sincerely will be accepted and whose invocation is never rejected when breaking his or her fast. We are reminded that at a specific hour of every Friday, Allah will answer prayers. We are reminded that at the last third of every night Allah descends to the lowermost heaven and says; “Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?” [Bukhari]
This is the month where our connection to the Most Merciful One has lesser disruptions and at almost every hour of the day, we are guaranteed to have our prayers answered.
“And when My servants ask you (O Muhammad saw) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led the right way.” [Al-Baqarah (2:186)]
Have faith and take a step towards Allah swt, no matter how small. It could be a simple du’a to ask for forgiveness. Whatever good you wish to seek, seek from Allah swt. Ask and seek help from Allah swt. Seek relief and seek guidance. Develop that trust and reliance on Him. Pray for Allah swt to make it easy for us to establish our prayers and to fulfil his commandments. Ask Allah swt and with His will, we will be rewarded for asking Him as well as for being patient.
So let us make as many du’a as we can whether it rains or not. Every time you hear, see or feel the rain, remember that He is granting answers to prayers, so remember to make your prayers too.
What do you pray for when it rains?
Who do you pray for?
JOM.sg Guest Writer