اَللّٰهُمَّ افْتحْ مَسَامِعَ قَلْبِيْ لِذِكْرِكَ، وَارْزُقْنِيْ طَاعَتَكَ، وَطَاعَةَ رَسُوْلِكَ، وَعَمَلًابِكِتَابِكَ ـ

Allaahummaf-tah masaami’a qalbii lidhikrik(a), war-zuqnii taa’atak(a), wa taa’ata Rasuulik(a), wa ‘amalam biKitaabik. (‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib. Kanz al-‘Ummal #3655)

O Allah, open my heart to the hearing of Your remembrance. Grant me obedience to You and to Your Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) and (grant me) performance of deeds according to Your Book.

Open my heart: That is, when I perform dhikr by tongue or hear it from others, it should also reach the depths of my heart.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s transliteration, translation and commentary of du’aa #123 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)



Never Lose Hope

Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah said “Let none of you think that his Du’aa will go unanswered because of the sins that he knows of himself.

Indeed, Allah responded to the Du’aa of the worst amongst His creation; Iblees (Shaitan, the cursed one), when he said; ‘O My Lord! Give me respite until the Day of Judgement!’ He (Allah SWT) replied, ‘Then you are of those who have been reprieved.‘ (Surah al-Hijr 36-37).

So if the Du’aa of Iblees’ can be accepted, then surely the Du’aa of a sinner has more right than the devil himself!” And surely your Lord is never unjust…

May Allah accept our Du’aas and grant us the ability to continuously seek His forgiveness (through sincere repentance)… Ameen.

Do not despair of the infinite mercy of Allah

Say: My servants who have acted extravagantly against themselves still do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Allah forgives all offences; He is the Forgiving, the Merciful (Az-Zumar 39/53).*


Ibrâhîm ibn Adham (d.160H) – rahimahullâh – said, when he was asked about the verse: “Call upon Me and I will respond to you.” [Sûrah Ghâfir 40:60] They said: We call upon Allâh, but He does not respond to us. So he said:

“You know Allâh; yet you do not obey Him.
You recite the Qur’ân; yet you do not act according to it.
You know Shaytân; yet you continue agreeing with him.
You claim to love Allâh’s Messenger ‘alayhis-salâm; yet you abandon his Sunnah (guidance and way).
You claim to love Paradise, yet you do not work for it.
You claim to fear the Fire; yet you do not stop sinning.
You say, Indeed death is true; yet you have not prepared for it.
You busy yourselves with the faults of others; yet you do not look at your own faults.
You eat the sustenance that Allâh provides for you; yet you are not grateful to Him.
And you bury your dead; yet you have not heeded its lesson.” [3]

[3] Al-Hâfidh Ibn Rajab related it in al-Khushû’ fis-Salâh (p.62).


Caring for ourselves

Okay, so this is going to read a little messy perhaps but please bear with me.

Caring for ourselves is not as simple as we might think. We try, right? We take our vitamins, watch our nutrition, drink plenty of water, get good sleep, laugh a little, read a lot, volunteer our time and money to help others, raise our children, care for our pets, maintain our homes and cars, keep steady jobs, endure years of education, plan for our future, squirrel away money for retirement, plan how many children we want and where we want them to go, what we want them to become and how we want them to look… we do it, right? I don’t know about you but I slip up and as nice and neat as this list may seem, there are many heartaches, sicknesses, disasters, unplanned events etc. that just happen… but we get through it, right? We can only try, try and keep trying. No matter how much we try, we can never know what is to come, nor are we even fully able to appreciate what has come before. Every time we slip, we get back up and carry on. By now, we must recognize how difficult it is to even carry out the task of  caring for and maintaining ourselves – and I’m not talking about our infancy when it is practically impossible for us to do – I’m talking about now, the self we know sitting here reading these words. It is not an easy task to maintain ourselves, let alone others.

Okay, so with that in mind take a look around you the next time you find yourself in a park or out in nature – outside the four walls that keep a portion of His Signs out of sight. Think about that tiny fragile bird traveling immense distances, the trees that are hundreds of years old, the tortoise that was around before you, the caterpillar that turns into a butterfly, the creatures of the seas, and much, much more. How immense and impossible for us to care for, provide and sustain. Impossible. Nor is it possible for any one of us to do – regardless of wealth, family lineage and so forth – neither alone nor collectively, we are not capable of maintaining ourselves properly, and then everything else on this tiny planet and beyond.

Now read and think about this verse from Surah Al-Baqarah of the Holy Qur’an (Sahih International translation):

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (2:255)

And please, listen to the Arabic too:

Just something to ponder… peace.