Du’a: To Expect the Best From Allah

One of the strongest factors that aids our du’a in being accepted is that we expect, in fact, that we are certain of, Allah’s response. When we expect the best from Allah, Allah treats us in the way that we expect, and this is from the Perfection of Allah’s Nature, and an indication of His Beautiful Names.

One of the ways that we can increase these feelings in ourself, is to Quranic ayahs (verses) that talk about Allah’s Power, so that we realise that Allah is indeed capable of all things. As Allah says:

“Verily, His command, when He wishes to do something, is to only say, ‘Be!’ and it is. (Surah Ya Sin:82)

A believer should realise that everything they desire is with Allah.

“And there is not a single thing except that We have its treasures.” (Surah al-Hijr:21)

If we ponder over the meaning of the following hadith, we will get a glimpse of the vast treasures of the One who we are asking of. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:

“O My servants! If the first of you and the last of you; if the jinn of you, and the men of you, were to stand on one plain, and ask Me, and I gave every single person what he wanted, then all of that would not decrease anything from My Kingdom, except like a needle (decreases the amount of water) when it is placed in the ocean (and then taken out). (Recorded in Muslim)

This hadith is an indication of the completeness of Allah’s Power and Kingdom. If Allah were to give every single creation, from amongst men and jinn, all that they desired, it wouldn’t decrease anything from His Kingdom. The Companions understood this concept by expecting the best from Allah. Tis is why Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I am not worried about whether my du’a will be responded to, but rather I am worried about whether I will make du’a or not. So if I have been guided (by Allah) to make du’a, the (I know) that the response will come with it.” (Recorded in Al-Awayishah)

Another scholar noted: “I do not have any example to give for the believer (and his hope for response) except that of a person, stranded in the middle fo the ocean, clinging to a plank of wood, crying out, ‘O My Lord! O my Lord!’ hoping that Allah might save him.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad)

Such indeed is the hope of the believer – hope beyond hope, and expectation beyond expectation.

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