In the name of Allah
Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah
And upon his family, Companions, and those who take him as a friend
Who is the kindest person in your life who you are closest to?
My daughter? No.
My mother? There is someone who loves you more than your mother
My grandmother? There is someone who loves you more than those all
It is Allah
He is most kind to His slaves, most merciful and most compassionate to them
So, if you want to communicating with Him talk to Him
You will then feel feelings you’ve never felt before with anyone else
Inner peace, comfort of the heart
It was reported that `Isa (peace be upon him) said: “O my disciples! Speak to Allah a lot and speak less to people.”
They asked: “How can we speak to Allah a lot?”
He replied: “Being alone while you hold intimate conversation with Him, being alone while you supplicate Him”
Don’t you notice that when people start to supplicate to Allah their eyes shed tears without effort? Why?
Because speaking to Allah (the Merciful) is different from speaking to any human
It is Allah, there is no deity except Him Whose Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth
Allah created the happiness and in His hands is comfort of the heart
So, do you think you can find inner peace with a creature and not with the Creator?
Muslim ibn Yassar says: “There is no greater pleasure than going alone and holding intimate conversation with Allah (Exalted be He)”
One of the scholars says: “By Allah, if I am afflicted with a calamity, I spend time supplicating to Allah until I taste the sweetness of being alone holding intimate conversation with Allah, the sweetness of du`aa’ and complaining to Him.”
“His company is so sweet that
“I wish that the relief would be delayed”
So that I’m not deprived of this sweetness of du`aa’”
So, be careful
When a calamity befalls a certain supplication is needed in order to attain salvation
It is called humbling yourself before Allah
Allah (Exalted be He) said: “and We have already sent (messengers) to nations before you, (O Muhammad); then We seized them with poverty and hardship that perhaps they might humble themselves (to Us)” (Al-An`am 6:42)
It means: Come on – humble yourselves and We will save you
Supplication is worship
Allah (Exalted be He) said: “Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves? But their hearts became hardened” (Al-An`am 6:43)
It means: if you humble yourselves then I will rescue you
Allah the almighty said: “But their hearts became hardened, and Satan made attractive to them that which they were doing” (Al-An`am 6:43)
So be careful, when a calamity befalls you, and you don’t humble yourself then you are in a great danger and you must submit yourself to Allah
The messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Indeed, he who doesn’t ask Allah, He gets angry with him”
So, is humbling yourself before Allah is a form of supplication?
Humbling oneself is not just a supplication
Rather it has an additional meaning
It is more than this supplication
Humbling oneself is calling upon Allah with extreme humility and humbleness
being in dire need of Him
For example, if you want to borrow someone’s car, you will go and ask him- there’s nothing weird about It
But if one person killed another one and sentenced to death, and an hour before the execution they came and said he had one last chance to ask forgiveness from the victim’s family
How would he ask them for it?
Is it the same as asking someone to borrow his car?
He would beg them as if he’d been drowning
Saying: “Oh please! Spare me, set me free! I have kids, I have business”
What is the difference?
This is a request of a desperate one not of someone who is affluent and well off
Will you give me your car?
O my Lord, save us!
No, humbling yourself in supplication means to acknowledge your weakness and need of Allah. It is associated with humility and humbleness
It is feeling that sense of brokenness and submission while calling on Him
You feel it in your heart
This is called humbling yourself before Allah
This is what Allah (Exalted be He) loves very much that He guarantees to answer the du`aa’ of such supplicant
Even if he is a disbeliever!
Even if he is a disbeliever
Allah says: “It is He who enables you to travel on land and sea until, when you are in ships and they sail with them by a good wind and they rejoice therein, there comes a storm wind and the waves come upon them from everywhere and they assume that they are surrounded, supplicating Allah, sincere to Him in religion, “If You should save us from this, we will surely be among the thankful.” (Yunus 10:22)
“But when He saves them, at once they commit injustice upon the earth without right. O mankind, your injustice is only against yourselves” (Yunus 10:23)
Exalted be Allah
Even though Allah knows that those who are humbling themselves in the time of hardship will return to their disobedience and disbelief after being saved, He (Exalted be He) saves them
“And when they board a ship, they supplicate Allah, sincere to Him in religion. But when He delivers them to the land, at once they associate others with Him” (Al-`Ankabut 29:65)
Exalted are You! How great is the matter of humbling oneself!
Indeed, as Allah said: “Is He (not best) who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil” (An-Naml 27:62)
Allah (Exalted be He) loves that you exhibit these feelings when you supplicate to Him
It’s not just an empty supplication, with no humbleness or humility
Not the supplication of the self-satisfied, no by Allah
Rather we have to exhibit humility to Allah and to no one except Him
That’s why the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to say this supplication: “There is no resort and no deliverer from (hardships) except You.”