Du`a’ (Supplication)

Saying ‘la illah illah Allah’ at death

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Du`a' (Supplication), Featured, Quotes, Reflections, Spiritual Purification, Uncategorized, With the Divine | 2 comments

Saying ‘la illah illah Allah’ at death

Many of us think we can live our lives however we want, and then at the time of death just say ‘la illaha illah Allah’. But at the time of death, the tongue cannot speak—except what the heart commands. Whatever is in the heart will come out. If that heart was full of only love of dunya, that will speak. If the heart was full of love of status, love of wealth, love of the creation over the Creator, it is that which will speak. If the heart was full of grudges, jealousy, hatred, that will speak. But if it was full of the love of Allah, that will speak. If in your life, your heart...

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Pain, Loss, and the Path to God

Posted by on Sep 14, 2010 in Du`a' (Supplication), Overcoming Hardships, Spiritual Purification, With the Divine | 0 comments

I still remember the desperation. In the deep disappointment which often follows self-reflection, I turned to my Creator to plead. I turned to plead – but not for what can be measured, bought, sold, or traded. It was desperation for a truer currency. With my flaws suddenly made open to me, I became desperate to be liberated from the tyranny of my own nafs (lower desires). I became desperate to be a better person. And so, handing my heart to Allah (swt), I prayed that I might be purified. And while I had always held to firm faith that God is the Hearer of prayers, I never imagined when...

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Why Aren’t My Prayers Being Answered?

Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Du`a' (Supplication), Overcoming Hardships, Spiritual Purification, With the Divine | 8 comments

Question: Why aren’t my prayers being answered? Answer: May Allah reward you for asking such an honest question, and may He guide us towards the truth. Ameen. I think what happens in this type of situation is that we mix up our means and our ends. When we make du`a’ for a good husband, for example, is that strong marriage a means or an end? I think many people take it as an end, which explains much of the disillusionment and disappointment that often follows (ironically in both cases: whether we get it or we don’t). Like everything in this dunya, marriage is only a means...

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