Prayers of the Pious
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Yā-man lā-tarāhu al-ʿuyūnu wa-lā tukhāliṭuhu al-ẓunūnu wa-lā yaṣifuhu al-wāṣifūna wa-lā tughayyiruhu al-ḥawādithu, wa-lā yakhshā al-dawā’ira, yaʿlamu mathāqīla al-jibāli, wa-makāyīla al-biḥāri wa-ʿadada qaṭri al-amṭāri, wa-ʿadada waraqi al-ashjāri, wa-ʿadada mā-aẓlama ʿalayhi al-laylu wa-ashraqa ʿalayhi al-nahāru, wa-lā tuwārī minhu samā’un samā’an, wa-lā arḍun When we deal with a hardship, we often ask ourselves the reason we are being subjected to that hardship. We are told it is because of the great reward that can come as a result of it, if we internalize and act upon it in the way that the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us to act in a time of hardship. You hear lessons of Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) showering people who have been through hardship and trials with the mercy that He does, and you start to wonder if this is the only way one can gain the pleasure of Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) ; as in the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that Allah tests those whom He loves. So can we only attain the love of Allah through severe trials and tests? This is the sentiment that would be present in the Hereafter, when the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘When ahl al-ʿāﬁyah (people who were spared from hardship) see ahl al-balā’ (people who were tested) being rewarded by Allah in the Hereafter, they would wish to be returned to the world so that they would cut their skins’. So Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) is the One who consoles and comforts, and Allah is the One who allots this immense reward for the struggles of the righteous. Hence the question: is there any way for us to attain a high position with Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) without going through severe hardship? And how do we reconcile that notion with the du ʿ ā’ in the Qur’an: Allāhumma lā-taḥrimnī khayra mā-ʿindaka li-sharri mā-ʿindī O Allah, do not forbid me from the good You have, for the evil I have.
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doing some secret good deeds that no one was aware of. Imagine how many good deeds apobec could have By reading this short work with an attentive heart, the reader can cultivate love for God and His Messenger and live life with gratitude and contentment. Allāhumma ijʿal khātimata ʿamalī ṣalāta al-fajri O Allah! Make my last deed in this life the performance of Fajr prayer. This du ʿ ā’ is about the covenant that we make with Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) . Few of the supplications are covenants that you actually make with Allah, and obviously when you make a covenant with Allah—when you take an oath upon Allah—it increases the severity and sometimes the sincerity of that supplication. It is narrated by Aswad ibn Yazid that ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd (may Allah be pleased with him) recited the verse and when he said that, ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd said that on the Day of Judgement Allah will say: ‘Whoever has a covenant with Me, then let him stand.’ The students of ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd (may Allah be pleased with him) asked him to teach them what to do with that, what to say about that. This is a situation where you actually have a Sahabi (a Companion) like Ibn Masʿūd teaching his students what to say. So this particular du ʿ ā’ has many blessings in that sense.O Allah, I was sincere to Your creation in public but cheated myself in private. Please excuse my disgrace because of my sincerity to Your creation. Omar Suleiman gives the context of each dua, when it was said and why each person made that dua. He then he explains the dua and how we can implement them in our lives. How we can benefit from them so he makes it really relatable to us. I love that he made it relatable as we often hear about these amazing Muslims and feel as though we can never achieve their greatness and it can make people feel as though they aren’t good enough and he shows us that we can be just like them" Thetsundokuchronicles Introduction There is a great scholar by the name of Muhammad al-Mukhtar al-Shinqiti (may Allah be pleased with him) who once made a very profound comment. He said that people had reached a point in their ignorance of Allah that they don’t even call out to Him anymore; they don’t know how to have a personal conversation with God. If you think about what a personal du ʿ ā’ looks like, the word in Arabic is munājāt (intimate conversation), Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) doesn’t care if it rhymes, or how it sounds, or even in what language you call out to Him. It doesn’t matter, what’s important is how sincere it is. Imam Ahmad (may Allah be pleased with him) was once asked, what is the distance between us and the throne of God? A pious prayer from a pure heart, was his reply, that’s how we connect to Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) . When we look at the Prophetic prescriptions of prayers, the best prayers and the best supplications are the ones taught to us by the Qur’an, by the Divine revelation and by the Prophet (peace be upon him) , who encouraged the people around him to learn to call upon Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) in a personal way. If you look at the Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) , they are essentially a generation of yaqīn, of certainty; they are a generation of being connected to Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) in their own unique ways. This book, Prayers of the Pious, developed out of a series of lessons that I recorded as part of the Yaqeen Institute during Ramadan in 2018. Each day, I took a prayer from one of our pious predecessors, mostly from the Companions, and taught how to call upon our Creator the same way that they called upon Him. By following this series on a daily basis each month, and by starting to record a personal du ʿ ā’ journal, writing down your own prayers following the same manner that the pious predecessors used, you can hopefully connect to Allah in the same way they connected to Him. So I hope that you will join me on this journey, and share the Prayers of the Pious and your own prayers with everyone that you know, and please remember to also keep us in your prayers. Omar Suleiman March 2019 on Justice: The Prophetic Voice on Social Reform is a book that explores the Islamic concept of justice. It discusses the different dimensions of justice and guides how to create a more just society. It is a timely and essential book, and it will surely interest anyone concerned about social justice.
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This inspirational collection of prayers and reminders is the perfect companion for anyone who wishes to connect to the Divine. Shaykh Omar Suleiman provides us with thirty short prayers taken from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the early generations, each with a short reminder to deepen the impact of the prayer in our lives.Prayers of the Pious provides spiritual gems that serve as valuable wisdom and practical advice for the soul. By reading this short work with an attentive heart, the reader can cultivate love for God and His Messenger and live life with gratitude and contentment. Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman – eBook Details Muʿādhin ibni jabalin qāla: samiʿa al-nabiyyu ṣalla Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam rajulan yadʿū yaqūlu: Allāhumma innī as’ulaka tamāma al-niʿmati, faqāla: ayyu shay’in tamāmu al-niʿmati? Qāla: daʿwatun daʿawtu bihā arju bihā al-khayra. Qāla: fa’inna min tamāmi al-niʿmati dukhūla al-jannati wal-fawza mina al-nāri. Wa-samiʿa rajulan wa-huwa yaqūlu: yā dhaThere is a famous du ʿ ā’ where ʿUmar says: ‘O Allah! I ask you to be accepted as a martyr in your path, and let that martyrdom take place in the city of your Prophet’. For ʿUmar to think that he could be killed in Madinah is unusual, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) was obviously settled in Madinah and the Muslims were based in Madinah. So the idea of him being killed in the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) by a Muslim was very unlikely. Indeed, when he used to make that du ʿ ā’ , his daughter asked him how he could die a martyr in Madinah, to which he replied that if Allah wanted it to happen, it would happen. That this man, who one day went out to kill the Prophet (peace be upon him) and became Muslim, would be killed in the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and be buried next to him, shows that you never know the ending of a person. ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) also made this du ʿ ā’ , ‘O Allah, do not let my killing be at the hand of someone who ever prostrated to You, lest he uses that against me on the Day of Judgement’. ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) did not want to be killed by a believer or anyone who had the semblance of righteousness. He didn’t want to be killed by someone shouting Allāhu akbar or lā ilāha illa Allāh. In fact, when ʿUmar was stabbed, he was leading the prayer in the Mosque of the Prophet (peace be upon him) , and the ﬁrst question he asked was whether the person who stabbed him was a Muslim. When he learned that the killer was not a Muslim, he said Alhamdulillah that his ending didn’t come at the hands of a believer. It’s telling that ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) was so detached from this world and so attached to the gardens of Jannah that he had already included all of this in his supplication. He asked Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) that he should die in the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) , and the Prophet said whoever is sincere and asking for shahādah (martyrdom) could die a martyr even in their bed. So if a person sincerely asks for shahādah in his supplication, they will achieve martyrdom whatever the case and circumstance of their death might be. ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) also asked for shahādah in the Prophet’s city, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) had said, ‘whoever amongst you (the Muslims) can die in Madinah, let him do so’; meaning that spending as much time in Madinah longing for death there was possible because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said he would intercede for the one who has died in Madinah. Finally, in his care and love for this Ummah and his fear of having a believer contest him on the Day of Judgment, he asks Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) that the person that kills him not be a believer, and Allah granted him all of those unlikely circumstances. He is buried right next to Abū Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) and the Prophet (peace be upon him) , so do not underestimate the power of Allah (gloriﬁed and exalted is He) , as nothing is impossible for the Most Merciful.