AS-SALAAMU ALAIKUM, WA REHMATUL LAAHI WA BARAKAATUH,
All praise is due to Alláh, the Lord of all the Worlds; may the greetings and peace be upon the best messenger, Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and upon his family and upon all of his companions.
Praise is due to Allah who guided us to the righteous path, and indeed we wouldn’t have attained this state of guidance without Him Allah,
Brothers/Sisters in Islam, Learned Colleagues and Scholars,
The topic of our khutba today is Du’a in so far as people have generally forgotten the power of Du’a translated it means literally ‘calling’. Because, in this technology driven world, people have become too arrogant. They believe that, somehow, they have become masters over their own destinies. So today’s Khutba will concentrate on nothing but the concept of Dua.
This is despite the fact that Dua is the most beneficial type of medicine for healing. It is therefore enemy of illness and affliction and despite the fact that SAW has said, “Dua is the weapon of the believer, the pillar of the deen, and the light of the heaven and earth.”
There’s a saying that you’ll never find a disbeliever on a sinking ship. This is exactly the same message we find in the Qur’an; when man realises his weakness in the face of a mighty storm, then he knows only ALLAH (AZZA WAJAL) can save him.
Surah Luqman (31): 31 – 33
“Seest thou not that The ship sail through The Ocean by the grace Of Allah ? –
“and when any wave befalls them like mountains, They call to Allah, Offering Him sincere devotion, But when He has delivered them Safely to land, there are Among them those that hover Between (right and wrong, keeping to the middle course. )”.
The thing to bear in mind here is that from the Tafsir point of view every Ayaat in the Holy Quran has many meanings and moreover for all times, past present and the future. This whole ayat applies to all of us in this room. Because it goes on to say, “In it are signs for every patient grateful.
Look I’ll prove it. Don’t look at the literal words Ship sailing through. This could be interpreted as the Ship being you my brother, not thanking Allah when all is well and you are sailing through the ocean, the ocean being life in general. Lets look at the second portion of the Ayat, which says that when a wave covers them, They call to Allah, Offering Him sincere devotion, Life is often full of pain and tribulations. A child begins by calling on its Mother, who is often quick to respond. But later on in life, there are times when parents or friends are not there and who do you call on then ? That is the time that a person faces up to his weakness and unfortunately, that is the time when most of us remembers ASWT. “But” the Ayat goes on the say “when He has delivered them Safely to land, there are Among them those that hover Between (right and wrong).
When things are going well, most of us don’t thank ASWT even a small tiny example from our daily lives, the fact that we all had a good meal last night but did we thank Allah, for the inestimate or inestimable pleasures that is on our dinner table daily. You can’t blame the Nassaara or the atheist neighbours who live next to you because they don’t even know whom to thank. But you my dear brothers in this room, exactly how many of you say the Dua either before or after the meal.
So why has there been a despondency amongst many brothers because I have actually heard my own son say, “well the response to my Du’a seemed to be delayed”.
Perhaps you are not aware of the consequences that would result if Allah granted your wish and you attained what you desired, because what you seek might be to your detriment. In this state you are like a child with fever asking for an ice cream. Such is the wisdom of ASWT. We think short term whereas Allah’s thinking is long term and for your own good.
One must become abd meaning a slave of Allah and show utter humility, when making Dua. Allah (azza wajal) mentions repeatedly that you should work for His pleasure. But we do the opposite. The idea is to please ASWT and not yourself. If the Du’a has been slow it is because of our constant wrong doings and wrong actions. If, however, you open the door by developing Taqwa for Allah then the response (to your Du’a) would arrive quicker.
“0 Rooh, be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are says Allah azza wajal. And it maybe you will dislike something that is good for You”
Dua is also a cure for illness:
From the hadith of H. Aishah (RA) SAW said that,
“Dua benefits those things that have occurred and have not yet occurred. For indeed while the tribulation is descending the Dua meets it and they remain struggling with one another until the Day of Judgement.”
Now what are the Merits of making Dua:
Allah says in the Qur’an: Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2: Ayat 186
“When my servants Ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed Close to them: I listen To the Dua of every Dua maker when he calls on Me:
The place of Dua is so high to ASWT, that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has said
“There is nothing more noble in the sight of Allah than Du’a.” 
In fact, Allah remembers more those who worship Him than they remember Him. Under the verse Surah Ankaboot: 45
“And Allah’s remembrance is the greatest…”
In Islam, Du’a is considered to be the best act of Ibadah. It is a direct link between man and his Lord (Allah). This can be confirmed by another hadith: That : “The most excellent type of ibadah or worship is Dua.”
The Prophet SAW also said:
“Ask Allah for everything, even the lace of your shoes.
So make Du’a for everything you want, no matter how big or small.
And let no one say: “… my Lord won’t answer my Dua prayer, because of this and that.. or because of so and so..”. No! Indeed Allah is the Most Generous King. Is there anyone who met a king, and praised and glorified him, and then asked, yet the request was not granted? So what about Allah, the King of the Heavens and the Earth -Indeed, our beloved Prophet SAW had said: ” your Lord is so Generous, and when His servant raises his hands to Him in Dua, He is, shy from returning them empty. ‘Indeed, Allah is Shy and Beneficent. He is Shy when His servant raises his hands to Him (in a Du’a) to return them empty, disappointed! ‘ By the way you can find this Hadith in Ahmad, Abu Dawud #1488, at-Tirmidhi #3556, ibn Majah #3865 and others.
Dua is the weapon of a believer. It will protect you from the evils of enemies. Du’a is the shield of a believer. It will increase your sustenance. Du’a is more forceful than a sword. Du’a replaces what has been destined and also creates that what has not been destined. Du’a is a form of ibaadat. Du’a removes both the present suffering and that which will come down later. Du’a and sufferings challenge each other until the Day of Judgment, and Du’a comes out victorious.
Whoever knocks on a door persistently will be allowed in. If you keep on knocking the door of Divine Mercy, sooner or later it will be opened for you.
Never get tired of Du’a, for Allah Ta’ala has attached much value to it. Allah Ta’ala says “Let My servants know that I have the power to grant My servant’s wishes.”
If Allah grants someone a chance of making Du’a, He will not deprive him of answer. A believer’s Du’a will increase his good deeds and reward him in the Hereafter as his other good deeds are rewarded. Praise Allah Almighty. Remember Him and thank Him for His blessings. Send Salaat upon the Prophet (SAW). Seek Tauba. Attain Taqwa. That is the right way for Du’a.
It may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you.
So we must make Du’a to Allah, then be patient, have faith in his unquestionable decision and trust His absolute wisdom. Never have this impression that Allah Almighty has opened the door of making Dua but has closed the door of answering it. Sometimes Allah delays answering the Du’a to give a greater reward and a further blessing. What a catastrophe it would be if Allah answered every prayer at the snap of your fingers. Do you know what would happen? Allah would become your servant, not your Master. Suddenly Allah would be working for you, instead of you working for Allah. Remember, Allah’s delay is not Allah’s denial. Allah’s timing is perfect. Patience and trust is needed.
If I were to summarize the whole concept of Du’a into one single statement, it would be this:
Du’a is a form of Ibaadat, such a powerful Ibaadat that it can create and alter Qismat.
So the moral of the story is that where there is du’a, there is hope. It should always be your pot of shining gold at the end of the rainbow, your hope in times of despair, your silver lining in every dark cloud…
If you want your wishes to come true, career progression, bonus , salary I suggest you throw your head in Sujud, and cry your heart out, asking ALLAH AZZA WAJAL, like you have never asked Him before: I suggest you ask for all the things which are missing in your life, ask him to remove your grief and sorrow, to give you what you always wanted. Above tell Allah that you love Him very much.
Believe me, it will not come all at once, but IA came. Ask from your heart. So in the 2nd Khutba we will recite another new dua from Imam Ghazali’s work:
Conclusion of the First Part of the Khutbah:
We make Duas to ASWT, so that he will accept all our Ibadat & forgive our sins.
Sit down & make a du’a yourself.
All Praise is due to Alláh, We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our own evils and our own bad deeds.
Anyone who is guided by Alláh, he is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him.
I bear witness that there is no god but Alláh, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad, SAW, is His servant, and His messenger.
“O my Allah! From abundance we desire the abundance of Your blessings
and from purity we desire its permanence
and from Your mercy [we desire] that we be included in all matters]
and from good qualities [we desire] their completion
and from your rewards [we desire] the reward which is the most common
and from your plenitude [we desire] the plenitude which is the sweetest
and from your favours [we desire] the favour which is the most plentiful
and from deeds [we desire] the deed which is the best
and from knowledge [we desire] the knowledge which is the most beneficial
and from the sustenance [we desire] the sustenance which is the most plentiful.
and of protection we desire its duration;
and of health we desire its attainment.
Of livelihood, we ask its increase and its comfort;
and of life; [we desire] its real success and its happiness
and of blessings its totality;
and fulfil for us our hopes beyond expectations.
and enjoin us with well-being and good health
and favour us with the removal of our faults.
In You is our trust and upon You our dependence.
O Allah, strengthen us on the road of sincerity
and righteousness and protect us
in this world from that which will be cause
for regret on the Final Day.
Lighten for us the burden of our sins
and bestow upon us the blessings of those
who had lived a life of Righteousness,
and be sufficient for us and avert
from us the evils of those who do evil.
O Most Mighty, Most Merciful, Most Generous;
the Veiler (of faults), the Gentle One, the Potent.
O Allah… O Allah… O Allah… O Allah…
O Merciful… O Merciful… O Merciful…
O most Merciful of the Merciful…
the First of the First and the Last of the Last.
The Possessor of unshakable Power.
The most Compassionate to the poor
and the destitute.
O most Merciful of the Merciful.
Surah No. 21, Surah Ambiya, Ayat 87)
“There is no God except You, Ya Allah so Glory be to You.
Indeed we are amongst those who have done wrong”
May the blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammmad,(SAW) his family and all of his companions.
Ya Allah, forgive all our Muslim men and women,
Forgive the believing men and women,
Those who are alive and those who died,
You are indeed the One who listens and accepts all supplications.
Ya Allah, accept our Ibadat and forgive us.
Ya Rabb, have mercy on us. Help us obey you and praise you.
Ya Allah, we stand before you having observed all the tenets of Islam, so lead us to prosperity and growth, to triumph and solidarity, to unity and wealth beyond our imagination.
Ya Allah, we beg for your MAGFIRATAK, and ask you for success, health and wealth for all the brothers who are present here and now in this blessed room.
Ya Rabb, increase our love that binds us together now, and in the future to come.
Ya Allah, accept all our duas, fulfil all our righteous wishes, fulfil our dreams,.
Ya Allah, may your rehma and safety encompass all our families, wherever they may be.
Ya Allah, grant these brothers who are present, here and now, SABR that is YUHIB HUM AS SABR.
Ya Allah, make the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) intercede or YASHFAAH on our behalf on YAWM A QIYAAMAH.
Ya, Allah, grant these brothers wealth, beyond their imagination, so that they may spend rest of their remaining life doing your dhikr and ibadah, praising you.
Dr. Zakir Kapadia