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Shaikh Wahid Baali (may Allah preserve him) speaks about what to say when a person wants to do Ruqya on him/herself or on others to insha Allah be protected from any evil or harm.


Abu Hamed Al-Ghazali –May Allah have mercy on him- said:

Every slave [of Allah] who is asked about his condition is between either: being thankful, complaining, or remaining silent.

[As for] being Thankful, [then it] is an act of obedience.

As for complaining [about your condition to others], then it is an ugly sin [especially when it comes] from the people of Religion. And how can it not be so when you are [in reality] complaining about the King of Kings who in His Hands are all things.

It is thus more appropriate of the slave [of Allah] if he isn’t able to be patient over the trials and the divine decree [that has befallen him], and his weakness leads him to complaining, then let his complain be to Allah –Glorified and Exalted is He- for He is the one capable of relieving and dispelling that tribulation.

And indeed in the Humility of the Slave [of Allah] to his Lord is Glory and Honour, while in complaining to others is shame and disgrace.


[1] Al-Muhazab min Al-Ihyaa 2/288

قال الغزالي رحمه الله: وكل عبد سئل عن حال فهو بين ان يشكر او يشكو أو يسكت. فالشكر طاعة. والشكوى معصية قبيحة من اهل الدين وكيف لا تقبح الشكوى من ملك الملوك وبيده كل شيء الى عبد مملوك لا يقدر على شيء. فالأحرى بالعبد ان لم يحسن الصبر على البلاء والقضاء وأفضي به الضعف الى الشكوى ان تكون شكواه الى الله تعالى فهو المبلى والقادر على ازالة البلاء وذل العبد لمولاه عز والشكوى الى غيره ذل وإظهار الذل للعبد مع كونه عبدا


Supplicating hands

‘A’ishah narrated:

“Once, when I saw the Prophet in a good mood, I said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! Supplicate to Allah for me!”

So, he said: “O Allah! Forgive ‘A’ishah her past and future sins, what she has hidden, as well as what she has made apparent.”

So, I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into my lap out of joy.

The Messenger of Allah said to me: “Does my supplication make you happy?”

I replied: “And how can your supplication not make me happy?”

He then said: “By Allah, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.”


[1] Narrated by Al-Bazzar in his Musnad (2658), and Ibn Hibban in his Saheeh (7111), and was reported by al-Haythami in Majmaa’ al-Zawaaed 9/243-244

Reported in ‘Sahih Mawarid adh-Dhaman’ (1875), and it is in ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ by Al-Albani (2254) who graded it as Hasan.

[2] Translation obtained from:

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ أَنَّهَا قَالَتْ:ـ
لَمَّا رَأَيْتُ مِنَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ طِيبَ نفسٍ قُلْتُ يارسول اللَّهِ! ادعُ اللَّهَ لِي! فَقَالَ:ـ
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِعَائِشَةَ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنَبِهَا وَمَا تأخَّرّ مَا أسرَّت وَمَا أَعْلَنَتْ

فَضَحِكَتْ عَائِشَةُ حَتَّى سَقَطَ رَأْسُهَا فِي حِجرِها مِنَ الضَّحِكِ قَالَ لَهَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: (أيسُرُّك دُعَائِي)؟ فَقَالَتْ: وَمَا لِي لَا يسُرُّني دُعَاؤُكَ؟ فَقَالَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:ـ
(وَاللَّهِ إنها لدُعائي لأُمتي في كُلِّ صلاة)


Al-Bayhaqee narrated about Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on them both, that he used to supplicate in his prostrations saying:

Oh Allah, whomever from this Ummah not upon the Truth, yet thinks he is upon the Truth, then bring him back to the Truth so that he becomes from the People of the Truth.


Al-Bidayah wa Al-Nihaya by Ibn Katheer 10/443

ذكر البيهقي رحمه الله عن الإمام أحمد رحمه الله أنه كان يدعو في السجود: اللهم مَن كان من هذه الأمة على غير الحق، وهو يظن أنه على الحق، فرده إلى الحق ليكون من أهل الحق.ـ

Imam Ahmad said:

For everything there is an honor, and the honor of the heart is in being pleased with Allah (Exalted is He).


[1] Manaqib al-Imam Ahmad (p. 201)

قال الإمام أَحْمَدَ: إنَّ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ كَرَمًا وَكَرَمُ الْقَلْبِ الرِّضَا عَنْ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى

Abu Amr said:

Their is not an hour from the hours of this Dunia except that it will be presented to the slave on the Day of Judgement, day after day, and hour after hour.

Not an hour that passed in which he did not remember Allah –the Exalted- in, except that his soul would tear up in anguish out of regret. How then when hours after hours [pass], and days after days, and nights after nights [and Allah has not been remembered]?!


[1] Tahzeeb Hilyat al-Awliya 2/290

قال أبو عمرو: ليس ساعة من ساعات الدنيا إلا وهي معروضة على العبد يوم القيامة, يوما فيوما, وساعة فساعة. ولا تمر به ساعة لم يذكر الله تعالى فيها إلا تقطعت نفسه عليها حسرات, فكيف إذا مرت به ساعة مع ساعة, ويوم مع يوم, وليلة مع ليلة!؟

قال أبو حفص الطرسوسي: ذهبت إلى أبي عبدالله فقلت: رحمك الله يا أبا عبدالله, بم تلين القلوب؟

. فأطرق ساعة, ثم رفع رأسه فقال: يا بني بأكل الحلال

فمررت على بشر بن الحارث, فقلت له: يا أبا نصر, بم تلين القلوب؟ قال: (ألا بذكر الله تطمئن القلوب) [الرعد: 28] قلت: فإني جئت من عند أبي عبدالله, فقال: هيه إيش قال لك أبو عبدالله؟ قلت: بأكل الحلال. فقال: جاء بالأصل

فمررت إلي عبدالوهاب بن أبي الحسن, فقلت: يا أبا الحسن, بم تلين القلوب؟ قال: (ألا بذكرالله تطمئن القلوب) قلت: فإني جئت من عند أبي عبدالله

فاحمرت وجنتاه من الفرح, وقال لي: إيش قال أبو عبدالله؟ فقلت: قال: بأكل الحلال, فقال: جاءك بالجوهر, جاءك بالجوهر, الأصل كما قال, الأصل كما قال


تهذيب حلية الأولياء 3/144

Abu Hafs at-Tarsousi said:

I went to Abu ‘Abdullah [Imam Ahmad] and said: May Allah have mercy on you Oh Abu ‘Abdullah, with what do the hearts soften?

He remained silent for a while, then raised his head and said: Oh my Son, by eating that which is halal (i.e. lawful).

Then I passed by Bishr ibn al-Harith, and said to him: Oh Abu Nasr, with what do the hearts soften?

He said: “Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest” [Ar-Rad 13:28].

I said: I just came from Abu ‘Abdullah.

He eagerly said: And what did Abu ‘Abdullah tell you?

I said: By eating that which is halal.

He said: He came with the origin.

Then, I passed by ‘Abd al Wahhab bin Abi al- Hasan and said: Oh Aba al-Hasan, with what do the hearts soften?

He said: “Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest”.

I said: Well, I just came from Abu ‘Abdullah …

His cheeks reddened with joy, and he said to me: What did Abu ‘Abdullah say?

I said: By eating that which is halal.

He said: He came to you with the essence, he came to you with the essence, the origin is what he said, the origin is what he said [1].


[1] Tahtheeb Hilyat al-Awliyaa 3/144


Just as eating halal is a condition before a duaa’ (supplication) is accepted by Allah, Imam Ahmad –Rahimahu Allah- also saw it as a necessary condition needed before Remembrance could have an effect on one’s heart.

The importance of Eating Halal is indicated in the following hadeeth (Narrated by Muslim):

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله تعالى عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : إن الله تعالى طيب لا يقبل إلا طيبا وإن الله أمر المؤمنين بما أمر به المرسلين فقال تعالى { يا أيها الرسل كلوا من الطيبات واعملوا صالحا } وقال تعالى { يا أيها الذين آمنوا كلوا من طيبات ما رزقناكم } ثم ذكر الرجل يطيل السفر أشعث أغبر يمد يديه إلى السماء : يا رب يا رب ومطعمه حرام وملبسه حرام وغذي بالحرام فأنى يستجاب له ] رواه مسلم

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah is Good and only accepts that which is good. Allaah commanded the believers to follow the same commandments as He gave to the Messengers. He says (interpretation of the meaning):

‘O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful) foods which Allaah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits)] and do righteous deeds. Verily, I am Well-Acquainted with what you do’ [al-Mu’minoon 23:51]

‘O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with’ [al-Baqarah 2:172]

Then he mentioned a man who has travelled on a long journey and is dishevelled and covered with dust; he stretches forth his hands to the heaven, (saying) “O Lord, O Lord”, but his food is haraam, his drink is haraam, all his nourishment is haraam, so how can he du’aa’ be accepted?”

Shaikh Mohammed Ibn Saleh Al ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah shower him with mercy) speaks about the times when it is recommended to recite Ayat Al-Kursi (Al Baqara 2:225).

Bismillah al Rahman al Raheem

Shaykh Khaled al-Wuhaybi narrates:

This is a story that has a lesson to be learned, it happened to me personally and was not conveyed to me (perhaps some of you have heard it from me before, but I repeat it as a reminder).

Here I am writing it to you as it occured, so that perhaps a reader may benefit from it …

Or it may find someone desperate, and send hope to his heart …

Or find someone who was haste, and stopped supplicating to his Lord!!

On Wednesday 22/4/1423 of the Hijri Calendar

During the time of Duhr (Noon) prayers, in the Holy Mosque in Mecca, I was standing close to the chamber of the Muezzin (one who calls to prayer), when a brother signalled to me to fill a gap in the row next to him after the Iqamah has been called. So I went forward.

After we completed the prayer, I went to the back a little to sit with my legs crossed and be more comfortable while I do my Tasbeeh (Glorify and Praise Allah). I looked at that man beside me, and he appeared as if his body is worn out like the poor of the Sacred Mosque. He had the appearance of stillness and humility, and had placed his hands on his thighs as he supplicated to his Lord with humbleness. I put my hand into my pocket reaching for the money which I had tied into groups of 1 Riyal, 5 Riyals, and 10 Riyals.

I took out 5 Riyals and placed it hidden in the palm of my hand and approached him, extending my arm to him to shake his hand. We shook hands and he felt the money in my palm, then pulled his hand quickly away without taking the money or even knowing how much was in my hand, telling me: May Allah reward you greatly

I said: Won’t you accept it?

He did not respond, so I felt that he is being modest, which is why he did not accept it.

So I placed it back in my pocket. I stood back a little, and performed the Sunnah, and noticed the man turning to me again and again as if he is waiting for me to finish my prayers!!

When I completed my prayers, he came next to me and greeted me, and then asked: How much was it that you were going to give me?

I said: I offered you and you refused to take it, so why would it matter if it was one riyal or a hundred?!

So he said: By Allah, how much was it that you were going to give me?

I said: Do not ask me by Allah, this matter between me and you has finished!

He said: I was supplicating to my Lord about my dire need for five Riyals, so How much was it you were going to give me?

I said: By Allah, who there is no God worthy of worship besides Him, the amount which I was offering you was 5 Riyals!

The man started weeping.

I asked him: Do you need more?

He said: no

Then he said: Subhan Allah, you were placing the money in my hand as I was still asking my Lord for it!!

I said: Why then did you pull your hand away without taking it?

He said: I didn’t expect the reply to come so quick

I said: Subhan Allah, Indeed Allah is All-Hearing, Close to those who ask Him, Answering their call; He will not come down to you Himself to give you what you asked, but truly he will facilitate for you one of his slaves to fulfill for you what you need!

I offered him the five riyals again, and he took it, and refused to take anything extra.

Indeed, Glory to Allah, the Great, who said of Himself: {And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me …} (Al Baqarah 2:186)

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