One of the strongest factors that aids a persons duaa in being accepted is that he expects, infact, be certain, that Allaah will of a surety respond to his duaa. When he expects the best from Allaah, then Allaah treats him the way he expects, and this from the Perfection of Allaahs Nature, and an indication of His Beautiful Names. Allaah says in the hadeeth qudsee: Allah says: "I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself, and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they, and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two out stretched arms nearer to him;and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running. "(Bukhari)

One of the ways that a person can increase this feeling in himself is to read the verses of the Quran that talk about Allaahs Power, so that he realizes that Allaah is indeed capable of all things. Allaah says: "Verily, His command, when He wishes to do something, is to only say, Be! and it is." (Q36[Yasin]:82)

A believer should realize that everything that he desires is with Allaah. "And there is not a single thing except that We have its treasures." (QI5[Hijr]:21) Ponder over the meaning of this hadeeth in order to get a glimpse at the vast treasure of the One Whom you asK, for the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said that Allaah says in another hadeeth qudsee: "Oh My servants! If the first of you, and the last of you, if the jinn of you, and the men of you, were to stand on one plain, and ask Me, and I gave every single person what he wanted, then all of that would not decrease anything from My Kingdom, except like a needle (decreases the amount of water) when it is placed in the ocean (and then taken out)." (Muslim)

So this hadeeth is an indication of the completeness of His Power and Kingdom. If Allaah were to give every single creation, from amongst men and jinn, all that they desired,that would not decrease anything out of His vast treasures and kingdom, just as when a person inserts a needle in an ocean and takes it out, the needle does not take away anything from the oceans waters. The Companions understood this concept of expecting the best from Allah, And that is why Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA) said, "I am not worried about wheather I will be able to make duaa or not. So if I have been guided (by Allaah) to make duaa, then (I know) that the response will come with it. "(Awayishah) Another scholar stated: "I do not have any example to give for the believer (and his hope for response) except that of a person, stranded in the middle of the ocean, clinging on to a plank of wood, crying out, Oh my Lord! hoping that Allaah might save him. (Ahmad)


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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