Surat Ghaafir: 40
And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer)”
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2015.
Do’a – prayer to Allah Ta’ala – is an essential part of ibaadat and worship. Allah Ta’ala has commanded us in the Qur’an Majeed to beseech do’a: “call me in do’a and I will answer your prayer, those who are too arrogant to worship me will surely enter jahannam” (ud’uni astajib lakum innallazina yastakbiruna an ibaadati sayadkhuluna jahannama daakhireen – Surat Ghaafir:60).
Ja’farus Sadiq Imam SA said, “do’a is the best form of worship.” The Imam SA was also asked about two individuals who entered the Masjid at the same time, prayed namaaz at the same time, following which one recited Qur’an and the other engaged in do’a – which one of the two is better? Imam SA replied that they are both good and beneficial. The questioner persisted, but which one is better? The Imam SA answered, “do’a is best, have you not heard the ayat (quoted above) ‘and your Lord says, call on me and I will answer your prayer’.”
Our Hudaat Kiraam have always guided us to beseech Allah Ta’ala in prayer. After every namaaz we are directed to recite the ta’qeeb doa. Every morning we are encouraged to recite the do’as in the (roz parwani) hafti. In Shehrullah we are encouraged to pray bihori namaaz and do’a. In every Urus majlis we recite Sadaqallah do’a. In every wasila, we beseech the intercession of panjetan, a’immat and do’aat and pray to Allah Ta’ala. The do’as and Munajaats composed by our mawali tahereen enable us to pray in the best way. In times of happiness and joy and in times of difficulty and grief we naturally channel our energy into prayer.
In his wasila on the last Friday of Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS took the wasila of our mawali tahereen and beseeched do’a to Allah Ta’ala. He said that Rasulullah SA has instructed us that, “if you desire and pray for something from Allah Ta’ala then ask for a lot” (iza tamannayta fa akthir). Syedna also referred to Amirul Mumineen’s SA instruction to keep praying and beseeching do’a time and again, lest there be a time most conducive to our prayer being heard.
In the wasila, Syedna also said that a mumin’s sincere prayer is never unanswered. It may be in Allah’s wisdom to answer the prayer immediately or imminently, or it may be in His wisdom that the answer is delayed but it is given in the seeker’s lifetime, or it may be in His wisdom that the answer is given in Jannat. In this last scenario, the seeker is granted all that he desired and asked for and so much more that he wishes at that time that all his wishes were answered in the Hereafter.
Syedna Qutbuddin beseeched do’a, particularly in Shehre Ramadan in every wasila, in his munajaat and in every sajda. Syedna especially prayed for the safeguarding of Dawat, for aid and victory from Imamuz-zaman, and for the well-being of mumineen. A Da’i’s do’a is always answered. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA uttered these deeply meaningful words in Lailatul Qadar many years ago, “Khuzaima ni do’a mustajaab che.”
In these challenging times, as Syedna Qutbuddin appears in the Bombay High Court (see Announcement) we seek the wasila of our mawali tahereen and beseech do’a for the hifaazat of Dawat, for our Da’i and for the safety and success of all mumineen. We recite these abyaat by Syedna al-Mo’ayyad al-Shirazi and Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in prayer:
Ay parwardigar, our Lord, safeguard Dawatul-Haqq.
Safeguarding its frontiers in all lands.
أيَا رَبَّنَا ٱحْفَظْ دَعْوَةَ الْحَقِّ حَافِظاً
لِمَنْكِبِهَا فِي الأَرْضِ ذَاتِ الْمَنَاكِبٖ
يَا أمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَا
اِفْتَحِ الْفَتْحَ الْمُبِيْنَا
We sincerely beseech do’a to Allah Ta’ala that by the wasila of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat – especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA – may He give Nasre Aziz,ta’yeed, inspiration and yaari to the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Nasrun Minallahi wa Fathun Qareeb wa Bashsheril Mumineen.