Dua is the essence of all our worship
Summary & Main Points of talk by Shaykh Abdul Mueed (Hafizahullah) of Sukkur, Pakistan – Jumuah 5 June 2020/13 Shawaal 1441.
A life of Dua
A study of the life of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) reveals for us a great treasure of duas. The objective of dua is to express one’s dependence and humility and need in the court of Allah Ta’ala. Dua has been defined as the essence of all our worship. Dua without attention, eagerness and conviction is not the real essence of dua. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) did not really need to make dua, but his deep engrossment with dua was a lesson for us to develop the ability and habit of dua in our life.
Looking for the exit
Our condition is such that when the Imam makes Salaam for the Salaah, we look for the easiest exit. We are in a hurry to leave. How shall a person in such a state of mind be able to make dua earnestly. The one who grabs the door of Allah through dua and focuses fully for all his needs and hopes to Allah, then Allah fulfills his life wishes. The one who abandons asking from Allah becomes dependent on people and hopes that people will help him out of his problems.
Learn the Sunnah Duas
From the duas of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) we learn the true verve and spirit of dua. The words and tempo of the Sunnah are so profound that by learning them a person is able to develop the trait of asking from Allah Ta’ala with humility and conviction.
We should study these duas and draw from the spiritual treasures of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). Seek from Allah Ta’ala with deep attention, like a person who goes to the King’s court, he remains fully focused, attentive and hopeful. Our supplication to the King of the worlds should exude a much higher level of attention and conviction.
The dua of an inattentive person is not accepted. The hadith teaches us that when a person makes dua it must be with an attentive heart and a person must know what he is asking for – also it must be accompanied by conviction.
Looking at the present conditions (Coronavirus pandemic), no one ever would have thought that such a crisis could ever happen. This crisis should jolt us into action and dua. Yet we find that this has not happened. There are a lot of speeches and talk, but very few who turn truly and sincerely to their Creator.
“I express my weakness to you…”
We learn from the Sunnah how to express ourselves in dua. The dua of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) wherein he acknowledges to Allah Ta’ala his weakness and inability. “Oh Allah I express to you my weak state and inability and the little resources I possess. I do not rely upon what I have, all the resources that I have are not my focus. I want to be honourable and beloved in your eyes, even if people discard me. Do not leave me to the discretion of the people, I surrender myself to you as I am in need of your protection. If you are not displeased with me then I am not concerned about anything else, as all safety is with you.”