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Completion of the Qur’an: Rejoicing and Supplication, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Rejoicing and Supplication

Completion of the Qur’an: Rejoicing and Supplication, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Recorded at the special gathering of prayer, recitation and remembrance on the 27th night of Ramadan with our guests Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin and others from across the Greater Toronto Area.

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Is It Recommended to Raise My Hands in Supplication After the Call to Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I was told to not raise my hands in supplication after giving/hearing the call to prayer. Is it recommended to raise my hands in supplication after the call to prayer?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum

Raising the hands when engaging in supplication is established from the sunna.

The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) said, “God is shy to return His servant empty handed when he raises his hands to Him in supplication.” [al-Tirmidhi, Sunan]

In another tradition, the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) mentions a “disheveled man who raises his hands to the sky saying, ‘My Lord!'” [Muslim, Sahih]

Imam al-Suyuti gathered a number of other traditions on the issue in a treatise entitled al-Fadd al-wi`a’ fi ahadith raf` al-yadayn fi al-du`a. Consequently, scholars identified raising the hands during supplication as a general adab/sunna with the exception of a few occasions, such as certain supplications while in prayer. [al-Haytami, al-Fatawa al-Fiqhiya al-Kubra (1:252-53); Ali al-Qari, Mirqat al-Mafatih (5:126-27)]

Supplicating Between the Adhan and Iqama

Following from the above, supplication between the adhan and iqama is affirmed in the primary texts. Anas ibn Malik relates that the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) said, “Supplication between the adhan and iqama is not rejected.” [al-Tirmidhi, Sunan; Abu Dawud, Sunan; Ahmad, Musnad (rigorously authentic according to Shu`ayb Arna’ut and with the addition at the end, ‘so supplicate’)]

Given that (a) supplicating between the adhan and the iqama is established in the primary texts, and (b) the general rule is that it is sunna to raise the hands for supplication unless the contrary is affirmed by the texts, it can be stated that it is (c) recommended to raise the hands when supplicating between the adhan and iqama.

While there are other specifics to the issue, the above should suffice in answering your question.

Salman

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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The Reality and Etiquettes of Supplication: A Reader

“I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me”[2:186]

The Reality of Supplication

Why is Supplication (dua) Considered Worship in Islam?

What’s the Point in Supplicating?

Can Supplication Change Destiny?

Etiquette

Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

How Should the Hands Be Held During Supplication?

Supplicating in Prostration

Are Supplications Made After the Entire Qur’an Has Been Recited Considered Accepted By Allah?

Lecture on the Reality and Etiquettes of Du’a

Allah Most High says, “I am near – I answer the call of the one who calls upon me” (2:186).

Yet, many of us wonder: Are my du’as being answered? Is there a certain du’a I have to read for each of my concerns? Do my du’as have to be in Arabic?

In this series of short talks, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the reality of du’a (supplication) and how to turn to Allah. It is based on a classical text on the same subject.

Sections covered:

1. The reality of du’a
2. Our being called on to make du’a
3. The great virtue of du’a
4. The integrals of supplication, its wings, and its means
5. The conditions of supplication
6. Its proper manners
7. The times of du’a and the state in which it should be made
8. Signs of acceptance of du’a
9. Explaining the religious ruling of du’a
10. Some encompassing supplications
11. Explaining what the greatest Divine Name is

You can see these lessons here.

Supplication and Intermediaries

Tawassul: Supplicating Allah through an Intermediary

Is It Permissible to Make Tawassul Through Awliya (Saints)?

Various Supplications

How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?

Supplication for Those Who Want to Memorize the Qur’an

Is There a Special Supplication to Recite to Overcome Laziness?

Supplication for Overcoming Difficulty

What Are Some Prophetic Supplications That Can Help Me Deal With Trials in My Life?

What Supplication Can I Recite to Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

Prophetic Supplication For Moving to a New House

Invocations To Bear Children

Supplications for Having Children and For Dealing With Pain

Supplication for a Spouse

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My Mother Makes Supplications Against Me. Will Her Duas Be Accepted?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: My mother doesn’t care about her children. I’m the one looking after my younger siblings and they see me as their mother. Yet, my mum is not satisfied with me. She often makes the supplication that if I get married I should not have a happy life. Will her supplications be accepted?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. Dear sister, I am so sorry that your own mother is making dua against you.

Duas

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said: “Allah created a hundred mercies, and He placed one mercy among his creation, they show mercy to one another by it, and there are ninety-nine mercies with Allah.” [Tirmidhi]

Never despair in the mercy of Allah. So long as you aren’t wronging your mother in any way, then you have nothing to fear, inshaAllah. Trust in the Mercy of your Creator, who sustains you from heartbeat to heartbeat.

Empathy

Can you try to imagine why your mother is so unhappy with her life? Did she or does she have an unhappy marriage? How badly was she wronged? As Shaykh Usama Canon described, “Hurt people, hurt people.” Abusive parents were often abused themselves.

It is against the nature of a mother to be so unkind; she sounds deeply hurt and in need of therapy. Please don’t blame yourself. It is normal to long for your mother’s acceptance, but she sounds unwell and incapable of praising your efforts.

Reward

Trust that even if your mother is unappreciative, all of your hard work is not lost with Allah. I pray that all of your sacrifices will manifest as mountains of good deeds on your scale, on the Day of Judgement.

Hope

The Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said: ‘The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless. If anything befalls you, do not say, “if only I had done such and such” rather say “Qaddara Allahu wa ma sha’a fa’ala (Allah has decreed and whatever he wills, He does).” For (saying) ‘If’ opens (the door) to the deeds of Satan.'” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Have high hopes in Allah, and trust in His Mercy. Sometimes, He breaks our hearts so we remember to attach our ultimate happiness to Him alone. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that if only your mother was kinder, then everything would be perfect. Dunya will never be perfect. Allah gives us exactly what we need to drive us to Him. It is heartbreaking to have a mother like yours, but perhaps her harshness is teaching you how important it is to be compassionate.

Forgiveness

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (upon him be blessings and peace) said, “May he be disgraced! May he be disgraced! May he be disgraced, whose parents, one or both, attain old age during his life time, and he does not enter Jannah (by rendering being dutiful to them)”. [Riyad as-Salihin}

Return your mother’s hurtful words with kind ones. When she says she makes dua against you, tell her that you make dua for her. Over time, your sincerity will increase, inshaAllah. Patience with her could be your path to Paradise, inshaAllah. Find it in your heart to forgive her, even if this process takes time.

Please see a counsellor to help you work through your emotions, so that you are able to reach a point of acceptance. Being a mother figure is draining, so please look after yourself. You are doing incredibly well, mashaAllah.

I pray that Allah blesses you with a loving and tranquil marriage, righteous children, and tawfiq in both worlds.

Please refer to the following links:

What Are Some Prophetic Supplications That Can Help Me Deal With Trials in My Life?
A Reader on Patience and Reliance on Allah
VIDEO: How To Develop Meaningful Relationships With Parents (Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Zahir Bacchus & Shaykh Rami Nsour)

Wassalam,
Raidah

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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No Reward in Punditry: What To Do When Following (Bad) News

Contrary to popular opinion, following the news is not good for us because almost all news is bad news. Some of the most depressed people are those who consume a regular diet of news media. However, if you must follow the news, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani advises that you do so for two reasons:

  • if there is going to be a benefit
  • if you are genuinely concerned

No Reward in Punditry

When you follow the news, realise that there is no reward in punditry. There is however, immense benefit in making du’a at every opportunity. Make dua when you hear bad news and even during everyday moments like when you meet someone. It can be in your own words and in any language you are comfortable in.

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I Am a Married Man Who Has Committed a Lot of Heinous Sins. Will Allah Ever Forgive Me?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: I have committed a lot of sins. I curse myself in the hope that I will not fall into the same sin but I keep sinning. I am working in computer engineering, but have no success in my sales.


I have done a lot of supplications but I don’t see any changes. My wife is the provider, which makes me feel ashamed. Can you help me?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah help you make a complete repentance, and increase your provision.

Valid Repentance

The conditions for a valid repentance are:

a. One leaves the sin,
b. One feels remorse for the action committed,
c. One resolves to not return to it, and
d. One pays back or returns what one owes if the sin involves the rights of others.

[Nawawi, Riyad al-Salihin]

Have you hurt another person through your sin? If you have, then please seek to redress it. Examples of redressing harm to another are: returning stolen money/goods, seeking forgiveness from someone you have harmed, clarifying the truth if you have slandered another, etc.

As I am unsure about the nature of your sin, then I cannot give you more specific advice. Please seek out a compassionate local scholar and ask for help. If you are struggling with an addiction, then please seek out a counsellor or psychologist.

Hope

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (upon him be blessings and peace) having said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.” [Sahih Muslim]

Please reflect on this beautiful hadith, and have hope in Allah’s Mercy. When you sin, instead of cursing yourself, ask Allah for forgiveness.

Haste

It was narrated from Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said: “It is necessary that you do not become hasty.” It was said: “What does being hasty mean, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “When one says: ‘I supplicated to Allah but Allah did not answer me.'” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Please keep on making dua and praying tahajjud, and please do so with patience. It can be very challenging to wait for an opening from Allah, but trust that He is listening, and will answer.

Provision

Please read Surah Al-Waqiah to increase your provision. Even though it is difficult for you, make shukr that you have a wife who has the ability to support you financially. InshaAllah you will be able to provide for her again in the near future. Remember the example of our Lady Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her), who was much older than the Prophet (upon him be blessings and peace) and much wealthier.

Please perform the Prayer of Need and ask Allah to help you stop your sin, and for Allah to increase your provision. Trust that nothing is difficult for Allah.

Please refer to the following link:

A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)
What Are Some Prophetic Supplications That Can Help Me Deal With Trials in My Life?
Wassalam,
Raidah

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Do I Have to Perform the Forgetfulness Prostrations If the Supplication for the Qunut of Witr Prayer Is Omitted?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum

Do we have to perform the forgetfulness prostrations if the supplication for the qunut of witr prayer is omitted?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

In the Hanafi school, the witr prayer is a necessaary (wajib) prayer, and reciting a supplication (qunut) in it (in the third rakat, after recitation, before bowing) is also necessary (wajib). [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

While the specific, transmitted dua of qunut is recommended, any supplication fulfills this necessary action. [ibid.]

If one fails to recite any supplication for the qunut of witr prayer, then one ommitted a necessary (wajib) action—and forgetfulness prostrations (sujud al-sahw) is due if left forgetfully. [related]

I would recommend taking a course on the fiqh of worship here at SeekersHub, or with a reliable local teacher, for clarity and confidence in your worship of Allah Most High.

Please see: Forgetting to Recite the Qunut in Witr Prayer

Please consider taking this (free) course: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP)

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani

Does Raising My Voice in Prayer Invalidate It?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu’alaykum

I was praying and I mistakenly voiced out a little of the du’a before the salaam even though it was not loud. Is my prayer still valid?

When I’m praying my blouse’s zip makes a little sound with my movements. Can this invalidate my prayer?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

No, accidentally raising your voice whilst supplicating during the prayer does not invalidate it. Similarly, the fact that an item of clothing makes a sound during the prayer is of no legal consideration.

Remember that the operating assumption regarding the prayer is validity and soundness; and a sound way to determine whether or not you have invalidated the prayer is to imagine that an onlooker saw you at this moment: would they consider you to be praying or not?

Consider taking the following free class at SeekersHub: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP)

And Allah alone knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Should I Deal With Extra Money Sent by My Employer?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I was paid an extra four monthly salaries. I did inform my employer. Now, a few months have passed and I have not heard from him. Given the current circumstances, is this money haram and will it be serving as a blockage for the acceptance of my supplications?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

You should put this wealth aside until you hear back from your previous employer. Try to contact them again regarding the situation so you can receive an answer as soon as possible.

You are not sinful for having the money in your account, since it was placed there without your knowledge or approval. However, you should avoid using this money due to the uncertainty surrounding its ownership.

Please see also: Does Conversion Wash Away Previous Sins? What About Rights of Others?

Salman

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Prayer That Brought RIS 2015 to a standstill

khalid Latid dua at RIS
Ya Allah, our Lord, Most Merciful of those who show mercy, instill within us courage as we start this day.
Our struggles are real, but Your Promise is true. Indeed with hardship, there always comes ease. Remove from our hearts any fears or inhibitions, and replace them with an ever-increasing boldness to live each moment as best as we can.
Grant us the courage to express our feelings, to let those that we love know how valuable they are to us, to seek forgiveness from those that we have wronged, and to exert mercy towards those who have wronged us.
The burdens of life sometimes seem to heavy to bear. The anxiety and anguish that sits inside of us feels bigger at times than the world around us. Give us audacious hearts that can overcome that pain inside – hearts that help us to carry each burden with ease, regardless of how heavy it seems. Make us not from amongst those who are sheltered from life’s realities, but rather amongst those who are not afraid to face them.
Bring people into our lives that we love so much that our love for them moves us to be courageous but not foolish. People who we love so much that our dedication to their well-being is rooted in wisdom and mindfulness. Make us people who find strength through selflessness not selfishness, sincerity not self-centeredness.
Grant us the courage to stand again after we have fallen, to find meaning in our failures, and to keep moving forward no matter what is trying to push us down. Grant us the courage to put our trust in You, whether we understand or not, and the courage to recognize and feel the depth of Your Love. Help us to harness that Love and utilize it to illuminate the darkest of places we might have to venture in, both in the world around us and the world within us.
Grant us the courage to live our own lives, to understand our role in the writing of our own stories, to make decisions with foresight and insight, and before each step we take in this world, to remember we will have a life in the world beyond this one.
Grant us the courage to forgive ourselves and to live a life in pursuit of true contentment, the courage to ask You to remove from our lives anything that distracts us, gives us only complacency, or satisfies only our wants at the expense of our real needs.
Love Your creation through us. Be gentle to them through us. Increase them in strength through us. Give them courage through us. Help them grow through us. Endow them with confidence through us.. Fill them with sincerity through us. Protect them through us. And us them bring good and benefit to the rest of us and this world – Most Merciful of those who show mercy.
Let our anger be only at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that we will work for justice, equality and peace.
Let our tears shed only for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and conflict, so that we will reach out our hands to comfort them and change their pain into joy.
And let our successes be many as we make a difference in this world by doing the things which others say cannot be done.
You are with us always, Ya Allah. Help us on this day to recognize Your Presence, and through it give us the courage to meet the challenges of this day and those of every tomorrow that we will see.
Protect us always from hearts that are not humble, tongues that are not wise and eyes that have forgotten how to cry.
Forgive us for our shortcomings, and guide and bless us all.
Ameen.

Transcript of the dua made by Imam Khalid Latif, of New York, at the 2015 Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) convention in Toronto, Canada.

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