Activity

  • Ayinde posted an update in the group Group logo of Happy FamilyHappy Family 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    *RESPOND TO ALLAH ﷻ AS HE RESPONDS TO YOU*

    *وَاِذَا سَاَلَـكَ عِبَادِىۡ عَنِّىۡ فَاِنِّىۡ قَرِيۡبٌؕ اُجِيۡبُ دَعۡوَةَ الدَّاعِ اِذَا دَعَانِ فَلۡيَسۡتَجِيۡبُوۡا لِىۡ وَلۡيُؤۡمِنُوۡا بِىۡ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡشُدُوۡنَ‏*

    *(2:186) (O Muhammad), when My servants ask you about Me, tell them I am quite near; I hear and answer the call of the caller whenever he calls Me.*

    *Let them listen to My call and believe in Me. perhaps they will be guided aright*

    _This verse was revealed to tell us that Allah ﷻ is always there for us and always listening._

    ▪ Imagine a mother sent her soldier son to a battle. She is extremely hopeful of his return, so she says that *”when”* he returns, I will rush to welcome him.

    The mother doesn’t say *”if”* because she loves her son unconditionally, and cannot even consider the possibility of her son dying and not returning.

    ▪ Allah ﷻ is more than a loving mother to us.

    _*Allah ﷻ begins the Ayah by saying “when” “my” slave ask “you” about “me”, “Indeed I am near”.*_

    _*Allah ﷻ is in anticipation of our call and calls us “my” slaves. He owns and loves us by saying عبادى, My slaves!*_

    _Imagine that….. Allah ﷻ is the highest of the highest as our Rabb, and we are the lowest of the lowest as His slaves, but Allah ﷻ is there for us_

    _*He also uses “me” instead of “us” to establish His closeness to us*_

    ▪ Allah ﷻ is so happy that He responds to the question directly, instead of responding through the tongue of Nabi ﷺ. 

    _*Allah ﷻ establishes a direct relationship with us, without the need of any intermediary or intercessor*._  (and the stupid among us invoke some awliya or saint or some pious one who themselves are in in need and mercy)

    ▪ Allah ﷻ says  *انّى* to place emphasis and remove all doubts about whether He is listening.  *قريب*  has the internal meaning of “always” so Allah ﷻ has always been near and always will be near.

    Allah ﷻ “never turned away” from us, but we are the ones who turn our back to Him

    ▪ _*I respond to the invocation of “the” caller “whenever” he calls me. اجيب means “to respond.”*_

    _Allah ﷻ does not say استجيب  which means to try to answer, or to respond over time, but Allah ﷻ says  *اجيب* which means that Allah *”responds immediately”.*_

    ▪ Allah ﷻ responds to even the silent, unspoken duas in our hearts that have not even come upon our tongues yet.

    ▪ Allah ﷻ does not put any conditions for responding to our dua, but He “responds to every call,” even if it is a single call  *دعوة*

    ▪ Anybody who calls, qualifies to be caller, even if he is not a Muslim.

    ▪ Allah ﷻ listens to us even if this is the first time in our lives that we are making dua to Him and remembering Him. 

    _*Don’t forget that Allah ﷻ has the right to be angry with us for neglecting His remembrance, but He still “responds immediately.”*_

    ▪ Some people lose patience and feel that Allah ﷻ does not respond to their duas,  but Allah ﷻ “always responds” “immediately” with that “which is best” for us.”

    _*Moreover, Allah ﷻ first mentioned His response, and then mentioned our call, which implies that Allah ﷻ is so eager to respond to us that He flipped the sequence in this ayah!*_…,,. SubhanAllah!

    _*Also, note that Allah ﷻ says “the” caller الداع as if He knows every single one of us personally.*_

    ▪ It is very hard to gain access to any person of authority or importance in the dunya, but Allah has given each one of us so much importance that He calls us *”the”* caller.

    *He identifies and recognises every single one of us.*

    ▪  _Allah ﷻ is closer to us than our jugular vein and can distinguish us from the millions of other people who may be calling Him simultaneously_

    _If we are asked to listen and respond to multiple people simultaneously, we will not be able to make any sense or even recall their names!_

    *Allah ﷻ also emphasises that He will respond whenever He is called i.e. immediately اذا دعان*.  

    ▪ It is very hard to arrange an appointment with important people, but Allah is with us 24/7. 

    ▪ *Allah ﷻ follows it by saying that let them فليستجيبوا “try to respond to me”.*

    _Allah ﷻ values our niyyah and efforts, even if we are imperfect and unable to achieve the desired results._

    ▪ *When they respond to me, they should believe in me وليومنوا.*

    _Allah ﷻ mentioned belief because some people lose faith and assume that Allah is ignoring their duas, so Allah is reminding us to have tawakkul and sabr_

    ▪ Trust in Allah’s plan, as His plans have the most khayr for us. 

    *Allah ends by saying يرشدون “that they may be rightly guided”*

    _because those people who have such a strong reliance upon Allah, stay firm on Sirat ul mustaqeem_

    _*Allah speaks to us through the Qur’an, and we communicate to Allah through dua, SubhanAllah!*_

    ▪ _This verse is placed after the Ayahs about Ramadan. Ramadan is specifically the month to reconnect ourselves to Allah through dua._

    Dua is the most intimate conversation with Allah so we should call Allah ﷻ with presence of heart.

    We should make dua with the belief that Allah ﷻ is “always”, “constantly” listening to us, and “waiting” for us to call upon Him. 

    *The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Du’a is worship.” [Abu Dawud].*