بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
I just wanted to share a reflection today on Surah Maryam [19:1].
(Kaaf, Ha, Ya, ‘Ayn, Sad). That’s the first verse.
‘ذِكْرُ رَحْمَتِ رَبِّكَ عَبْدَهُ زَكَرِيَّا‘
and then he says:
‘إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ نِدَاءً خَفِيًّا‘
I wanted to focus just on this one verse about Zakariyya. It talks about how he calls out to his lord ‘نِدَاءً خَفِيًّا ‘. So nadaa’ is to call out. It’s like in Surah Yusuf where someone calls out that the vessel has been stolen, and they call it out and they announce it. That’s like ‘نداء ‘. It’s like the caller on the Day of Judgement. It’s a huge, loud call but, Zakariyya – the word that’s used ‘نِدَاءً خَفِيًّ ‘. It’s a huge call but its ‘خَفِيًّ‘ and khafi comes from the word which means hidden; it means subtle; it means quiet.
So it’s a quiet call, which is at the same time huge. There is a sense of greatness, of might, to this call. Zakariyya is calling out to his lord, making dua and it’s a huge dua. It’s heavy on the heart, it’s heavy in his voice, but yet it’s a quiet dua. It’s in silence. It’s in isolation. There’s no one watching. It’s private.
It reminds me of the people on the Day of Judgement who get Allah’s shade; those people – there is many groups of those people & one of the groups are those people, which remember Allah in silence, in isolation. And they remember Allah and their eyes well up with tears, emotion for their lord. That’s what it reminds me of. Those private moments with Allah.
‘نِدَاءً خَفِيًّ ‘
Such a beautiful phrase – just two words and it is just so powerful that nadaa‘ is this powerful thing and khafia is the opposite. It’s something quiet; but yet we understand what it means when Zakariyya is making this huge dua.
‘قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي وَهَنَ الْعَظْمُ مِنِّي وَاشْتَعَلَ الرَّأْسُ شَيْبًا’
‘Ya Allah, I am old, my bones are weak. I’m afraid for what’s to come. My spouse is old.’
‘فَهَبْ لِي مِن لَّدُنكَ وَلِيًّا‘
‘So give me someone who will be a resource after me, and he will inherit what I have and he will inherit my legacy.’
And so the way he makes this dua is ‘نِدَاءً خَفِيًّ‘.
That was it for today. Insha’Allah I will see you all in the next reflection.
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
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SubhanaAllha Alhamdulillah Allahuakbarr
A du’a’ which speaks volumes, so sincerely, there is no need to shout. It is from the heart.
This reflection is so beautiful, thankyou
Subhanallah. We can never tire of finding the meanings in Allah’s words, especially when it’s so eloquently put for us to understand by Imam. May Allah reward you abundantly, and make us a part of those who are under His shade on the Last Day. Ameen.
Thank you for reading. Ameen!
Slm shukran for sharing may Allah Almighty bless you
JazakAllah for sharing
May Allah swt accept our efforts
Walaikum salaam warahmatulahi wa barakatohu. It’s fajr time in Mauritius, the Azaan is on and I was reading your mail, I cannot explain how much it touched my heart, I cry to my lord every qiyam for help to be on the Mursalat every night, afraid not to be able to make it and talk to him. May Allah make our call to him be loud and silence too. May all bless the oummah and turn us all to people of real faith, Ameen
Glad this was of benefit to you. Ameen!
Maa sha Allah. May Allah bless you for the insight.
Asallamualaikum, its a very heavy and deep doa. Thank you. Speaking for my self as an ordanary person sometime making doa I Just cant expressive with words , its just with the heart and tears as it speak louder within the heart so overwhelning . Aamiin
SubhanAllah, that’s a true blessing 🙂
And one more verse in Quran where Allah says, iz NADA Rabbahu anni maghlubun fantasir. This dua by Nuh alaissalaam.
Ma shaa Allah, it’s awesome expression subhanallah may Allah gives barakah on your knowledge ameen
i gained new knowledge from this reflection
its well explained (easily understood)
I’m unable to express how deeply now I understand this Ayat. Although I have read this Sura 3/4 days back.
That’s wonderful! There’s always something to learn about Quranic verses Masha’Allah
assalamualaikum! Continue to spread positive ” spam messages ” like this. This post has knocked my mind the meaning ” AFRAID “. It is never too late to fix the negative feelings if we are brave to overcome it. May allah swt grant us health wealth and happiness. =)
Thank you.. beautiful reflection at the right time for me.
Our pleasure. Thank you for reading/listening!
Barak Allah feel for this beautiful reflection. This indicates that Allah hears our duas, whether we shout it loudly or just murmur it in our hearts. May Allah answer all our silent prayers. Ameen
Assalamu Alaikum WaRahmatullah WaBarakatuhu
Jazakhallahu Khaira for sharing this dua with us. I would never have reflected it the way you explained it. May Allah reward you immensely for your efforts.
Look forward to receiving more.
Glad this could be of benefit to you, alhamdulillah 🙂
جميل جدا جزاك الله خيرا
May we be Granted the ability to make duas with humility and in secret and may Allah make us of the people on the Day of Judgement who get His shade. Ameen
Thank you for sharing, much appreciated.
Thank you for reading!
Jazak Allah khayr!
Hoping to see more reflections like this!
Wa’iyyakum. Insha’Allah we will be posting more 🙂
Jazakallah khair brother
Great reflection, i realy love these little reminders/reflections
I take a break from studying and listen to these
That’s a great habit 😀
MashaAllah great reminder and excellent explanation Ustad. Your Quranic app is very useful too. JazakAllah khair
This is so thought-provokingly beautiful. More short reflections like this please! JazakAllah Khair, WAsalaam
So glad you’re benefiting from it 🙂 We will be posting more insha’Allah
Subhan Allah .
Very good explanation
And much needed reminder
Asalamualaykum Wa Rahmatullah.
Absolutely loved it, my eyes started to tear up reading it, it was just at the right moment.
JazaKillah Khayr for your great work!
Salaam. That’s so nice to hear. Thanks for reading!
Alhamdulillah I love these Quranic Reflections/ Gems.
Brother, very nice quoting.
It touches my heart.
May Allah give you more ideas to quote such type of ayats
Insha’Allah we will be posting more like this 🙂
Jazak Allah Kharain Brother !
Please continue with such reflections from the Holy Quran .
Very beautiful and inspiring !
Jazakumullah u khair for quoting such a nice reflection.we should have to make such a prayers also
Salaams and thanks. Such a silent yet powerful reflection on nadaan Khafiyah. Yas Allah make our Du’ah nadaan khafiyah
Glad to hear it! Thanks for reading 🙂
Jazakallah khairan. Making duas in silence is far much better and more effective than shouting all over.
Insha-Allah may Allah accept our duas
Mashallah barakallah very beautiful and useful Qur’anic reflections. Jazakallahu khairan kaseera
Alhamdulillah. In shaa Allah please continue this reflection about Ayats from holy Quran.