After performing his Tahajjud prayers in the
early morning of Saturday 20 July 2019, while being fully conscious, Hazrat
Khalifatullah Munir A. Azim (atba) was meditating on and praying to Allah when
he remembered those who left the Divine Manifestation. He felt sorry for them
and was asking Allah how can such people turn their backs to His truth,
especially those who were with him since the beginning of the Divine
Manifestation and who noted down and witnessed so many divine signs and manifestations?
Just then, Allah revealed to him [in Arabic & Creole]:
‘The first House (of worship) to be established for all mankind was the one at Bakka. It's a blessed place; a source of guidance for all people; there were clear signs in it; it is the place where Abraham stood to pray; whoever enters it is safe. Pilgrimage to the House is a duty owed to God by people who are able to undertake it’.(3:97)
the time when Abraham and Ishmael raised the foundations of the
House, praying, ‘Our Lord, accept this from us; for You
are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. Our Lord, make us devoted to You; make our descendants into a community devoted to You. Show us how to worship and accept our repentance, for You are the Ever Relenting, the Most Merciful’.(2:128-129)
Promised Messiah, Al Imam Al Mahdi, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)
of Qadian (1835-1908 AD) never had the chance during his lifetime to visit Makkah to offer his obeisance at the holy Ka’baa Sanctuary. Yet, some of his disciples could make that sublime
spiritual journey during his time, and one of them was Pir Munshi
Ahmad Jan. When the Pir Saheb was about
to go on Hajj pilgrimage in the year 1302 AH/ 1902 AD, Hadhrat Massih Mauod (as) gave him
several instructions on fervent prayers to be invoked on his own
behalf while at the Ka’baa Sheriff in Makkah. In this context, when the journey for
Hajj pilgrimage was to take place, the Promised Messiah (as) wrote to Pir Saheb in a
‘Remember the request of my humble and unworthy being that when by the grace of Allah the Almighty you are granted the honour of visiting the House of Allah, please pray on behalf of this humblest of Allah’s servants with great humility and submission at that praiseworthy and blessed place in the following words: ‘O Most Merciful of all the mercifuls, a servant of yours –humble, unworthy, full of shortcomings, and unskilled—Ghulam Ahmad, who resides in the country of India, prays that:
O Most Merciful, be pleased with me.
my faults and sins, as You are Most Forgiving and Merciful.
me the ability to do what pleases you greatly.
a separation between me and my self as East is separated from the
my life and my death and all my capacities be an offering in Your
me life in Your love, and let me die in Your love.
‘It is He who accepts the prayers of those who believe and do good works, and gives them more than their due reward, out of His grace...He sends down in due measure whatever He will, for He is well aware of His servants and watchful over them: it is He who sends relief through rain after they have lost hope, and spreads His mercy far and wide. He is the Protector, Worthy of All Praise.’ [Surah Al Shura,42:27-29]
shaping the destiny of man and in guiding his spiritual life,
invocations to the Lord Almighty have a significant role to play. The lives of prophets and saints, in all their varied circumstances and unusual settings through history, bear wonderful
testimonial to the eternal truth about the fulfillment of sublime prayers. Perhaps the finest example of the
enduring vitality of Divine invocations would be the sprouting of the
magnificent garden of Islam in the barren land of Arabia. Long ago, in a
corner of the world, away from his non-believing people, Hadhrat
Ibrahim (as) had made fervent supplications for the righteousness and spiritual progressof the generations to come and for the flourishing of
the message of Tawheed, the life-mission of all virtuous
souls. And the Qur’an records his soulful prayers for the benefit of
spiritual seekers of all times. For instance, the Book of God teaches that while re-building the
Ka‘bah with his pious son Hadhrat Isma‘il, Hadhrat Ibrahim (as)
offered the following prayer:
Lord, make us submissive to You and make of our offspring a people
submissive to You. And show us our ways of worship, and turn to us
with mercy; for You are Oft-Returning with compassion and are
our Lord, raise up among them a Messenger from among themselves, who
may recite to them Thy Signs and teach them the Book and Wisdom and
may purify them; surely, Thou art the Mighty, the Wise.’"
(Surah Al Baqarah, 2:129-130)
has established five pillars for the maintenance of the balance and
strength of Islam, and Salat is the second, after the Shahada(Laa-Ilaaha Illallah Muhammadur
Rassullullah); that is to say, the attestation of the
oneness of God and the recognition of the status of Muhammad (pbuh)
as the Messenger of Allah. As a result, all the good deeds we perform
depend on Salatbecause it is the main prayer. So much so that
even the other pillars such as fasting (Sawm), obligatory
alms-giving (Zakaat) and the Pilgrimage (Hajj) depend on
by Abu Huraira (ra) that our beloved prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh)
said: “The first action for which a
servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection
will be his prayers. If they are in order, then he will have
prospered and succeeded. If they are lacking, then he will have
failed and lost.”(Tirmidhi).
in other words is the key to the believer’s temporal and eternal
success. Without the Salat, no one can access Allah, because
Salatis the link, and even the essence of the relationship
between man and his Creator. It is through the Salatthat man
can see God through the eye of God. It is the sacred rendezvous
between the Creator and His creature, a daily appointment which is
obligatory upon him. For the true believer, this meeting with the
beloved is not a burden or a difficult task to accomplish, but a real
pleasure, and as a result, he will reap the paradise and the eternal
pleasure of God.
Allah has given me the opportunity to continue the second part of my
sermon on Duahs
which I started on Friday 07 September 2018.
duah(i.e. in this context, Invocation to Allah) is a way to obtain from
Allah the Exalted One the prerogative (exclusive right, i.e. in a
most humble way) that He hears and satisfies our needs in the
broadest sense of the word. It is therefore a factor that can affect
even our fate and change our destiny. Surely, Allah the Exalted is
to man than the vein of his neck (jugular vein)”
as He explains in a Qur’anic verse (Qaf 50: 17).
ways to get closer to Him.”(Al-Ma'ida, 5: 36).
Allah, You are forgiving and You love to forgive, so (please) forgive
duah is an
imploration, a prayer, a request, a supplication that we, the Muslim
address to Allah (swt) to satisfy our needs, to grant us His
blessings, to forgive our sins, to help us overcome our difficulties,
to solve our problems, to correct our faults, to find (and tread
upon) the right path, to enlighten our hearts to make the difference
between good and evil, to find the true path and inner peace and to
draw closer to Him.
the favourite weapon of all prophets and true believers so as to
carry out the difficult tasks assigned to them and to endure the
ordeals they have often suffered and shall continue to suffer. That
is to say, just like there were the prophets of Allah and the pious
people who had to go through all kinds of ordeals in the past and
they used to invoke Allah to help them, likewise, presently and in
the future also, there shall be such elects of Allah and the pious
people who shall also seek the help of Allah in all their ordeals
through prayer (duahs).Through various verses of the Holy Quran, we learn how the prophets
(Hazrat) Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Ayub, Zakariah and other messengers made
especially during the difficult moments of their lives.
the Holy Book teaches us how the Seal of the Prophets Hazrat Muhammad
(pbuh) strongly urged believers to seek the help of Allah (swt) in
all circumstances. So much so that to start any particular job/ task
you have to do a very easy duah,
saying: “Bismillah”. The duah
is the best way to have a healthy, perfect, agreeable relationship
between man and his Creator, as well as his rooting in the notion of
faith, since even the prophets who represent the peak of humanity as
to their closeness to Allah (swt) and their connection to Him always
resorted to duahs.
must in no case neglect this act of worship, this great and best
worship of Allah (swt) – after Salat
and Quran reading. For if you meditate of its importance, you shall
find that in Salat
(prayer), it is mostly Quranic verses and duahs
which are recited. It is duahswhich embellish our Salat.
The Holy Prophet (pbuh) was right and he made it clear about duah:“Duah (Supplication) is the essence of