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By Asma bint Shameem
What if I tell you
that I know a way that will ensure that all your prayers are
answered, that none of your Du’aas will be rejected and anything
that you ask for will be granted?
Wouldn't you like
to know what that way is? Wouldn't you jump at the chance to
that way? How can we achieve all this and more?
The answer to
that, brothers and sisters, isn't anything secret or hidden. The
answer has been there for ages. Actually, it’s been there for
the last 1400 years... We just didn't look hard enough. We just
didn't pay much attention to it.
It is what Allaah
Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala
has promised His slaves every single day….every time he sits
down to break his fast.
The answer lies in
the hadeeth of the Prophet
(Sal Allaahu Alayhi
when he said:
"Indeed the fasting
person has at the time of breaking the fast a supplication,
which is not rejected."
(lbn Majah, Saheeh)
(Sal Allaahu Alayhi
“Three prayers are
not rejected: the prayer of a father (parent), the prayer of a
fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.”
In another hadeeth, he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
"There are in the
month of Ramadhaan in every day and night those to whom Allah
grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a
supplication which he can make and will be granted."
So Allah answers
the Du`aa of the fasting person at iftaar time.
But, alas, most of
us are either unaware of this great blessing of Allaah or are
too busy thinking about food at this time. Some of us are frying
‘samosas’ till the last minute, setting the table and preparing
‘hot’ food. Some are too busy talking, arguing about the exact
time to break the fast, or watching television (may Allah
protect us), reading the newspaper and some are even sleeping
until after the Maghrib adhaan has been called! And some are
busy filling up their plates even before the time to break the
fast has entered!
Allaah is promising us that He will answer our prayers and we
are too busy to respond?!!
What a waste of a
golden opportunity….a chance of a lifetime to have your
What is the matter
with us? Is food really the most important thing….the ultimate
goal of our lives?!! Is it food that Ramadhaan is all about?!!
Why do we not take
full advantage of this great gift of Allah? Don't you see?! Here
is your chance to earn Jannah!
Now is the time to
ask for forgiveness…for EVERYTHING you have EVER done….And He
will forgive you.
Ask Him for
guidance for you and your family and He will guide you.
Ask Him to solve all your problems, and He will find a solution for you.
Ask Him for this Dunyaa and He will grant it to you. And the Aakhirah….He will suffice you.
Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen
“Du’aa’ should be
made before iftaar (breaking the fast), at Maghrib,
because this combines weakness and humility, and because he is
still fasting. All of these are means of having one’s du’aa’
It is said that
the intelligent is the one who takes advantage of the situation.
So don't let this great opportunity pass you by. Know
that Allah listens to the fasting person’s supplication and
answers it. So finish all your work and preparations 5 minutes
before Iftaar time. Teach this to your kids and your families
and encourage them to do the same. Don't let the Dunyaa distract
you. Sit down peacefully, clear your mind of all thoughts, bow
your head and raise those hands. Go ahead and make use of this
precious…. precious time when you are breaking your fast to ask
Allah for all those things that would make your life easy in
this world and in the Hereafter.
And do it with full faith and confidence that Allaah will surely respond.
Why wouldn't He?? He said so and so He will.
May Allaah accept
all of our Ibaadah and all our supplications and grant us Jannah.
Dua of the Prophet
Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam)
at time of Iftaar:
(Sal Allaahu Alayhi
used to say:
ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله
al-‘zama’ wa abtallat al-‘urooq wa thabata al-ajr in sha Allaah
(the thirst is gone, the veins have been moistened and the reward is assured, if Allaah wills).”
(Abu Dawood, al-Bayhaqi; classed as hasan).
What NOT to say:
The hadeeth with the words “Allaahumma laka sumtu wa ‘ala rizqika aftartu….
اللهم لك صمت وعلى رزقك أفطرت
This is a da’eef (weak) hadeeth , as stated by Ibn al-Qayyim (Zaad al-Ma’aad), and so it is better to avoid it and stay with the authentic dua.
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