Allah says in the Quran: “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the supplication of the caller when he calls upon Me.” [Qur’an: 2:186]
In this noble verse our Lord informs us of His closeness to us and He promises us that He answers those who sincerely call upon Him. So, in this verse we can see how supplicating to Allah is from the greatest forms of worship, being from the most noble of acts, as it opens a door of closeness and intimate proximity with the Divine. For this reason, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is reported to have said: ‘Nothing is more honorable before Allah than the act of supplication.’ [Tirmidhi]
For this reason, we can say that any person given to sincere supplication is a person who Allah has blessed. For Allah would never have facilitated such supplication as a means for such a person, except that He wishes to grant him that which he asks for, whether it be decreed in this life, or stored up for him in the next. The power of such dua was alluded to by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) when he mentioned how sincere supplication can alter the course of the Divine decree itself, as he was reported to have said: ‘Nothing but supplication averts the decree.’ [Tirmidhi]
O Slaves of Allah: There are factors and means that help ensure our supplications are answered, these include persistence in doing alot of such supplication. For this would be consistent with emulating the way of the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all), whom the Qur’an praises by stating: “Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive.”[Qur’an: 21:90]
Likewise, if we make much repetition in our supplication, then this would be in emulation of our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who often used to make supplication by repeating that same supplication three times.
Also, from the means that enable our duas to be answered is that we call upon Allah with hearts full of reverence and awe of Him, in Arabic this is called Khashyah. This also entails that we always have within our hearts a good opinion of Allah, and that we be certain that He will respond in the best of ways to whatever it is we ask. For the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is reported to have said: ‘Supplicate to Allah whilst you are assured of being answered.’ [Tirmidhi]
Finally, from the best of means to aid our supplications in being answered is that we join our supplications with the doing of good deeds. For Allah says: ‘And their Lord responded to them, “Never will I allow to be lost the work of [any] worker among you…” [Qur’an: 3:195]
O Allah, enable us to be of those who make much sincere supplication of you, with hearts full of your love, and at all times throughout our days and nights. We ask for you acceptance in this supplication of ours, O Lord of all of creation. I say this and seek forgiveness for myself and for you, so seek His forgiveness for He is the most-forgiving.
Allah says in the Quran: ‘And when affliction touches man, he calls upon Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing.’ [Qur’an: 10:12]
Brothers and sisters, currently humanity at large, as a whole, is in a state of affliction with the current pandemic. It has engulfed all parts of the world, and it serves as a reminder to us all that we have really have no recourse except through a sincere turning to Allah. This is the time for sincere supplication, for sincere dua, done with hearts that have resolved to turn back to the One who created them. If we can do this, if we can enable and activate that heart of sincerity, sincerely turning to its Creator – then we will find an opening of closeness in the midst of such difficulty. And we will find that Allah will facilitate us to do that which is good, for good begets good. We will also find hope for the good tidings for this pandemic to be raised, and for the ultimate wellbeing of an Ummah connected to the Divine.
O Allah: Raise from us this pandemic and heal all of those afflicted by it. Heal us from all illness, be it inward and outward, and ultimately heal us from the illness and sickness of being turned away from You. Turn us to a life lived for You. Make us from those whom You love, those whose supplication is always answered, for indeed You are the All-Hearing, All-Seeing and All-Knowing, the One who answers those who call, whenever they call upon You sincerely. And send Your prayers and blessings upon all of the Prophets and Messengers, and especially on the seal of them, our master, our Prophet, Muhammad.
O Allah send Your peace and blessings upon him, and upon his family, his companions, all of them,