STATUS OF SUPPLICATION IN ISLAM
Dated: December 3, 2012
STATUS OF SUPPLICATION IN ISLAM
By: Yasin T. al-Jibouri
One can come to know the Almighty from contemplating on supplications, actually even from just reciting them. In these supplications, the one who supplicates envisions the Almighty in a way, depicts an image for Him in his/her imagination, stamps his/her heart with a concept of this Almighty, our Creator Who is never separated from us but is part of us, within us, watching over us and guiding our steps, protecting and sustaining us, loving us all the time, even when we err and showing us the way to correct our errors and wash away our sins. Supplications/invocations and pleas to the Creator provide one with a great deal of information about how God is conceived, envisioned, hence this part of the book. The significance enjoyed by supplication can be appreciated from contemplating on thi and the other verse above of the Holy Qur’Än:
“When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on Me: Let them also listen to My call with a will, and believe in Me so that they may walk along the path of guidance” (Qur’Än, 2:186).
These verses give you an idea about how important supplication in Islam is. Most likely, there is no religion in the world that has more supplications and invocations than Islam. This is so because Islam teaches the faithful that the Almighty created His servants so they may worship Him and only Him. This verse indicates so:
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I have only created jinns and men so that they may worship Me (Qur’Än, 51:56)
There are numerous traditions (ahadith) of the Prophet of Islam that highlight the importance of supplication in Islam; here are some of them for you. We are quoting them from pages 321-25 of the Arabic reference titled Ù†Ù‡Ø¬ Ø§Ù„ÙØµØ§ØØ© Nahjul Fa¥a¦a which is edited and organized by Ghulam Hussain al-MajÄ«di and published by Ansariyan in 2008:
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Supplicate much, for supplication repels a fateful decree.
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The most miser of all people is one who is too miser to greet others. The most incapable of all people is one who cannot supplicate.
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One is deprived of sustenance on account of a sin he commits. Nothing repels a fateful decree save supplication, and nothing increases one’s lifespan save kindness.
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AllÄh loves those who persist in pleading to Him.
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A father’s supplication for his children is like a prophet’s supplica-tion for his nation.
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Two types of supplications are not separated by a barrier from reaching All¡h: The supplication of a wronged person, and the supplication of one for his brother without the latter’s knowledge.
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A private supplication equals seventy public ones.
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One who pleads and one who says “ªmÄ«n” (Amen) share the same rewards. One who recites the Qur’¡n and one who listens to his recitation share the same rewards. And the learned man as well as the man who is learning share the same rewards.
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The supplication that takes place during the time between the call for prayers and the Iq¡ma is never ignored.
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Supplication is a believer’s weapon.
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Supplication is the key to All¡h’s mercy; ablution is the key to prayers, and prayers are the keys to Paradise.
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Supplication is adoration.
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Supplication repels affliction.
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Fortify your money with zak¡t; treat your sick with charity, and prepare supplication for the time of affliction.
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AllÄh, the most Exalted One, is bashful, generous; He is too bashful when one raises his hands to Him to send them back empty, disappointed.
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