Following up on our previous reflection from Surah Maryam, what is it that keeps us from making that plea to Allah?
What is it that prevents us from truly connecting to Allah, and making that dua that we know that we need? Are we worried that Allah is not listening? Are we worried that our dua isn’t pious enough, or that we are righteous enough for our dua to be listened to?
If we are worried, and if we are fearful that Allah won’t respond, well we shouldn’t worry, and we shouldn’t fear. As Allah says in the Quran:
‘لا تخافوا ولا تحزنوا
‘Don’t be afraid, don’t be stressed out.’
As soon as you’re making the dua, you’re already where you need to be. You are already where you are supposed to be. When we are making that dua to Allah, and we are connecting with Him, there is no other place that we could possibly be that would be better than that, because we are connecting to Allah (swt) and we’re doing our own silent yell like Zakariyya did.
‘يَرِثُنِي وَيَرِثُ مِنْ آلِ يَعْقُوبَ ۖ وَاجْعَلْهُ رَبِّ رَضِيًّا’
‘I want my successor to inherit my legacy, the legacy of the family of Yaqub.’
Yaqub and his many sons and those tribes – Zakariyya is from them, and he has inherited that legacy and he wants his successor to also inherit that legacy.
And then the response comes. Even though his wife is old; even though he is worried about the future. Him and his spouse are both old, and it’s not generally an age where people have children but then the response comes:
‘يَا زَكَرِيَّا إِنَّا نُبَشِّرُكَ بِغُلَامٍ اسْمُهُ يَحْيَىٰ’
‘Here’s the good news: You are going to have Yahya.’
And Zakariyya is a Prophet, but even he is surprised, and he says:
‘قَالَ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِي غُلَامٌ‘
‘How can I have a child?’
‘وَكَانَتِ امْرَأَتِي عَاقِرًا وَقَدْ بَلَغْتُ مِنَ الْكِبَرِ عِتِيًّا’
“We are both old, ya Allah. How is this going to happen? We’re old; we’re barren. How is this gonna happen?’
‘قَالَ كَذَٰلِكَ قَالَ رَبُّكَ هُوَ عَلَيَّ هَيِّنٌ وَقَدْ خَلَقْتُكَ مِن قَبْلُ وَلَمْ تَكُ شَيْئًا‘
‘I created you, didn’t I? This is easy for me,’ Allah says.
So don’t think that your dua being answered is impossible. Don’t we believe that Allah is unlimited? And don’t we believe that Allah can do anything? And don’t we believe that Allah is All-Powerful? And don’t we believe Allah is Almighty?
Then why don’t we just make the dua? Why don’t we just do what we are meant to do?
We’re afraid… We’re afraid…
Maybe we have the wrong idea. Maybe we think we have to be at a certain level of piety. We have to be a prophet like Zakariyya and then…
But the tears of the sinner are more beloved to Allah than the arrogance of the worshipper.
The tears of the sinner are more beloved to Allah.
And so, we should all be having that moment of ‘نِدَاءً خَفِيًّا‘ – that silent yell.
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Such beautiful duas. Thank you for sharing with us. Ameen!
Lahuwa illa wala qawata illah bila, May Allah guide us all and make deen easy for us, Insha Allah…
لماذا لا ندعو الله سبحانه وتعالى وهو الذي علمنا واخبرنا في كتابه الحكيم ان يجيب الداعي اذا دعاه.
محاضرة في منتهى الروعة وسؤالها عميق لدرجة ان الاجابة تكون صادمة هل هي ضعف الايمان، ان التكبر على الله والعياذ بالله ام هي الغوس في شهوات الحياة وملذاتها. ويلنا من انفسنا من ومن بعدنا عن الله فقلوبنا متسخة ملوثة وعقولنا حائرة وجاحدة والله المستعان
Ma sha Allah. May Allah make us among those that silently yell to him for pardoning ya rabbi. Great reminder.
Ameen! Thanks for reading.
Assalaam Àlaykum waramontullah.
This article came at the right time.A critical time in my life.A time all hope seems to be lost when thing are upside down .A time when am unable to fulfill my responsibility at home as Allah command because am lacking financial capabilities .A time when I try to look for another another ways of livelihood when the present one is nosedive.A time when am indebted to many sources and am using one debt to service another one???.What a time ????This morning ,while doing my dhikry,a evil thought came to mind that I should commit suicide.Quickly I thought about my children and their mother,I though about my aged mother who lives with me.What will become of them if go.And I though of God’s purnishment if I killed myself.At this juncture,I returned my heart’s to Allah,the most powerful .
May he answer my prayer,enrich me with money so that I can has a good life.
Salaam. Thank you for sharing your story. Alhamdulillah your faith and belief saved you, and your loyalty and responsibility to your family. We are glad this article helped you! May Allah (swt) make it easy for you, ameen.
Al Hamdu Lillah. All those reflections on the Surah of the Quran is so benefit. It really help to understand what we read and specially act upon it Ameen
It inspired me alot
Excellent. Meaningful for many and to the point. Thanks.
Thanks for reading!
I feel absolutely convinced and determined now than ever before. I believe Allah listens to everyone be he woman or man. As human we sometime feel we are not connected with Allah and not sure he is listening to us.
I pray that Allah always give us the strength and faith even when put us to sleep. Ameena.
The story and Dua of prophet Zakariya is so beautiful and touches the very being og human existence.It is indeed a beautiful narration of how close and near Allah SWT is to His creation. Allah SWT listens to our dua’s even when they are in the depths of our heart and being, all we have to do is ask and Allah SWT will fulfill and provide from ways beyond our wildest dreams. Aameen.
Beautiful reflection. Ameen!