Have tasted the sweetness of supplication (dua)?
Shoma Aroomi was a child hailing from a Negro family in Africa, who found their livelihood by grazing sheep. It took many years for Aroomi to be able to fulfill her desire to go to school with her friends and study. As she was responsible to graze a herd of sheep, she was able to go to school only thrice in a week. After finishing her schooling, she wanted money to go to the city for higher studies. Her grandmother promised to give her a rooster if she could water her vegetable field. She sold the rooster and got one shilling, the fees required to be paid in the college. After couple of days, she realized that the money is missing! She could not find it anywhere. One more day was there for admission and her studies would end, if she couldn’t find the money.
Shoma Aroomi had no solution in front of her but one; supplication (prayer). She closed all doors and prayed to God in seclusion. After long prayers, suddenly it flashed through her mind that she dropped the coins as she was playing with her friends. She rushed to the place where she was playing and found the coin gleaming in the mud. What Shoma Aroomi whispered at that moment was like this: “Thank you Almighty God, who is modest enough to peep inside a grass hut in Africa and to answer the prayer of this poor Negro girl!”
Supplication has a prevailing strength. Even when we believe that everything is lost and over, our prayers may open up news ways without we never knowing it. Even in the sorrowful moments of life and distressful experiences, prayer helps a believer to attain tranquility. Sura Furqan ends like this: “My Lord pays attention to you only because of your invocation to Him” (Al-Furqaan: 77). Attention from Allah is the aim of this life. As it is impossible to reach that aim without the presence of prayer, think how important it is!
Allah is merciful. Everything we experience and enjoy in this life is gifts from Him. Life and its resources are the benefaction from him. It is impossible to have a prosperous life in this world all the days. Along with the happy experiences of this life, there can be moments that will make our eyes wet. During tough phases of life, we raise our hands to Allah in helplessness. Prayer is a proof of our simplicity, weakness and insignificance. Our prayers depict that we are trivial in front of the greatness of Almighty. Supplication is an incomparable occasion where we beg in front of Almighty for our needs and desires that are impossible to attain with our abilities, knowledge, experience and skills- Allah is indeed the owner of all abilities and powers.
By uniting our minds and thoughts in seclusion, raising our hands and hearts to Him, then confessing our sins with wet eyes and trembling words, and begging for our needs…where else we will get the seamless feeling of becoming humble in front of Allah? Only a true believer can experience the vastness of the word ‘My Lord..’.
Islam is the religion which taught us to perform supplications at all instances of life. There needs NO curtain or mediator in Islam for a slave to pray to Allah, who is closer to him than his soul. He, who leads a darkened life with a multitude of sins, can also repent to the Lord who is most merciful. Allah likes it. Prophet (SA) once told that, in such occasions Allah will be more pleased than a person who found out his food and vehicle in a desert travel after it was lost. It is the belief in Allah’s mercy and love that inspires us for supplication. When we realize that our desires will be fulfilled and needs will be completed by His never ending kindness, our hands will raise; life itself will become a supplication.