إِذْ نَادَى رَبَّهُ نِدَاء خَفِيًّا
قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي وَهَنَ الْعَظْمُ مِنِّي وَاشْتَعَلَ الرَّأْسُ شَيْبًا وَلَمْ أَكُن بِدُعَائِكَ رَبِّ شَقِيًّا
“When he called out to his Lord in a low voice. He said ‘O my Lord, indeed the bones in my body have become weak and my head has flared with white hair and I have never been hopeless in calling out to you, O my Lord” (Surah Maryam, Verses 3-4)
The above ayah relates to Prophet Zakariyyah (AS) and his dua to Allah swt. He makes a dua to Allah swt for an heir, in a low voice, mentioning his weaknesses (he is of old age and his wife is barren) asking for something that is impossible but has hope and trust in Allah that Allah can make it possible.
We learn from the above the etiquettes of making dua, that when we call out to Allah swt, we should do so in a low humble voice, to lower ourselves and glorify Allah swt. We should admit our weaknesses to Allah swt and have sincere hope that He will answer our duas.
اَدُّعَاءُ مُخُّ الْعِبَادةِ
“Supplication is the essence of worship” (Bukhari)
From the above Hadith, we can draw the following:
- By supplicating to Allah, you are fulfilling your obligation of calling on Allah. “And your Lord says, ‘Call on Me, I will answer you” (Surah Ghafir, verse 60)
- You abandon hope in everything else and turn your full attention to Allah with realisation that only Allah can fulfil your needs
- The result of the supplication is to attain reward from Allah
اللهم مصرف القلوب صرف قلوبنا على طاعتك
“O Allah! Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience” (Muslim)
Let us all come closer to Allah by increasing our supplications to Him during the early hours of the night with the hope of Allah answering all that we ask for in this world and in the hereafter.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.