Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Allah Forgives All Sins
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Innal hamdalillah was’salaato was’salaam Alaa Rasoolillah
Manifestation of worship
“Verily, they used to hasten to do good deeds, and they used to make du’ah to Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us” Al-Anbiya: 90
Du’ah means ‘to call out, to summon’
Ibnul Qayyim said: “Asking what is of benefit to the person, and asking the removal of what is harming him, or [asking] the repelling of it [before it afflicts him]”
Du’ah is mentioned in many ways in Al-Qur’an, such as:
• Worship [Yunus: 106] “And do not call besides Allah that which will not
harm you nor benefit you…”
• Seeking of aid [2:23] “And call upon your witness besides Allah”
• A request [Ghafir: 60] “And call upon Me, for I will answer your
• A praise [Al-Isra: 110]
• A call [Al-Isra: 52]
• Speech [Yunus: 10]
• A question [2:68]
“Verily, your Lord has said: “Call upon Me, and I will answer you!’ Those who arrogant to worship Allah will enter Hell, humiliated” Ghafir: 60
Nu’am bin Basheer reports Muhammad S.A.W. as saying: “Du’ah is worship”
Du’ah is a type of worship amongst the greatest acts, and easiest to get close to Allah SWT.
“He is the Hayy, there is no deity except Him. SO make du’ah to Him, to Him is the din” Ghafir: 65
Allah SWT equated du’ah with the entire deen! To the entire concept of worship!
“Say [O Muhammad] ‘I make du’ah only to my Lord, and I associate none as partner along with Him” Al-Jinn: 20
• Making du’ah to anyone besides Allah is Shirk!
• Making du’ah for others is du’ah!
Du’ah in relation to Tawheed
When one makes du’ah it is:
1. Acknowledging that Allah exists
2. that Allah is the true Lord
3. Acknowledging that Allah controls all matters – thus - only Allah can
4. Acknowledging that Allah SWT is the Nourisher, Sustainer, Creator and
Master of the universe
N.B. Even when a non-muslim makes du’ah he is acknowledging the above – so how is it that his du’ah is responded to? By his acknowledgement of the Ruboobiyyah of Allah SWT his du’ah is answered
• Du’ah necessitates that only Allah SWT – Who responds to the du’ah –
should be worshipped
• Du’ah obligates that Allah has the Most Perfect Names and Attributes.
E.g. Only Allah SWT can hear whispering pleas, on matter where
& only Allah SWT can understand the situation a person is in. Allah
SWT Knowledge is all encompassing, and similarly it is only Allah SWT
who can grant something or prevent something from reaching the
Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Du'aa (supplication) is worship”[Sunan Abu Dawood v.1, no.1474]
Then Muhammad S.A.W. recited the verse: ““And your Lord said: 'Invoke Me, and I will respond to your (Du'aa). Verily, those who scorn My worship (i.e. do not supplicate to Me and do not believe in My Oneness) they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” [(40): 60]
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) encouraged the Muslims to always invoke Allah in supplications, he said: “No Muslim will perform a Du'aa that neither entails a sin, not cutting the relations of the womb, but Allah will give him (or her) one of three: He will either give him what he asks for sooner, or He will keep it for him for the Last Life, or He will avert harm that is equal in proportion from touching him.” They (the companions (radhiallahu anhu)) said: “We will then perform it much.” He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Allah is even more (Gracious, Generous, Kind etc.).” [Al-Mishkat]
He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also said: “Allah is shy and Most Gracious, He is shy that the slave raises his hands unto Him (in Du'aa) and then return them empty.” [Saheeh al-Jami]
Point of thought and note:
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Ask Allah in Du'aa while certain of deliverance, and know that Allah does not accept Du’aa from an un-attentive, heedless heart.” [Saheeh al-Jami]
What is the reality of your heart, at any and every given time from wake to sleep, from day to day, from month to month?
Some points of note regarding supplicating to other than Allah SWT
“Whoever dies while supplicating to other than Allah as a rival [to him] will enter Hell Fire” Bukhari
(It will be said): "This is because, when Allah Alone was invoked (called upon, sought after) you disbelieved, but when partners were joined to Him, you believed! So the judgment is only with Allah, the Most High, the Most Great!" It is He, Who shows you His Ayat and sends down (rain with which grows) provision for you from the sky. And none remembers but those who turn (to Allah) in obedience and in repentance. So, call you (O Muhammad and the believers) upon (or invoke) Allah making (your) worship pure for Him (Alone). However much the disbelievers may hate (it).” 40: 12-14
And who is more astray than one who calls (invokes) besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them? And when mankind are gathered (on the Day of Resurrection), they (false deities) will become enemies for them and will deny their worshipping. 46: 5-6
He merges the night into the day, and He merges the day into the night. And He has subjected the sun and the moon, each runs its course for a term appointed. Such is Allah your Lord; His is the kingdom. And those, whom you invoke or call upon instead of Him, own not even a Qitmir (the thin membrane over the date¬stone). If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them. And none can inform you (O Muhammad) like Him Who is the All ¬Knower (of each and everything). 35: 13 – 14
A SMALL CONCLUDING NOTE, A BIT OF THE TOPIC, YET RELATED:
It is often asked: WHO ARE THE AWLIYAA OF ALLAH?
Allaah has mentioned the signs by which His close friends or awliya’ may be known. They are: faith (eemaan) and piety (taqwa). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“No doubt! Verily, the Awliyaa’ of Allaah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve. Those who believed, and used to fear Allaah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds)”[Yoonus 10:62-63]
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “All Muslims should measure the deeds of those who are claimed to be awliya’ by that which is in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. If they are in accordance with the Qur’aan and Sunnah, then we hope that he is one of the awliya’ or close friends of Allaah, but if they go against the Qur’aan and Sunnah, then he is not one of the awliya’ of Allaah. Allaah has mentioned in His Book the fair standards by which His awliya’ may be known”
So a person is the the awliyya of Allah to the extent and degree of his firmness upon the eemaan as upheld by Muhammad S.A.W. and the extent and degree of Taqwa, and this matter of being or not being an awliyaa can only be judged by the persons actions, against The Qur’an and the Authentic Sunnah of Muhammad S.A.W. Just as the level of eemaan and taqwa of anyone cannot be known, then so too, one cannot say so and so is an awliyaa of Allah [in the affirmative] but rather one can say that one hopes that so and so is an awliyaa of Allah SWT due to his righteous deeds commonly known from him.