The Excellence and Benefits of Du’a – Part 1

Du’a is the most noble act in the sight of Allah, all glory and praises be to Him. This is recognised in the hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah in which the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:

“There is nothing more noble in the sight of Allah than du’a” (Recorded in Ahmad)

This is because du’a shows our poverty and incapability to Allah. It is a manner of humiliating one’s self to Allah and acknowledging His power and capabilities. It is also noble because it is confirmed as an act of worship as was discussed in a previous post.

When we make du’a, we obey Allah in His order:

“And Call upon Him, making the religion Sincerely to Him” (Surah al-Araf:29)

“And your Lord has said: Make du’a to Me, I will respond to you.” (Surah Ghafir:60)

Therefore we will be rewarded if we make du’a to Allah because we have obeyed Allah’s command, even if our du’a is not responded to.

Allah is close to His servant when they makes du’a, as He states in the Qur’an:

“And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near to them. I respond to the supplications of the supplicant when he calls on Me!” (Surah al-Baqarah:186)

The fact that Allah mentions du’a immediately after stating that He is close to them, shows us that this is one of the ways in which a person can come closer to Allah, and one of the ways in which Allah will come closer to Him.

In fact, were it not for du’a, Allah would not care about the creation. This alone should make us realise its importance. All praises and glory be to Allah who tells us:

“Say (O Muhammad): My Lord only pays attention to you because of your du’a to Him. But now you have indeed rejected (Him), so the (torment) will be yours permanently.” (Surah al-Furqan:77)

In his tafseer of this verse, Qurtubi records that it means that Allah did not create us because He had a need for us, He created us so that we would ask Him, and He could forgive us and give us what we ask for.

La hawla wa la quwwatta illah billah! What a truly amazing thought – Allah created us so that we ask of Him. Subhan’Allah. Let’s fulfill His command.

 

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