If only we knew the foolishness of not drowning our joys and sorrows in duas.
By Zohra Irfan
Here’s a question for you: Did Iblees make dua?
When Adam ate from the tree, his clothes were stripped off. Then he, realising that he had made a mistake, immediately called out to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) with one of the most beautiful duas:
رَبَّنا ظَلَمنا أَنفُسَنا وَإِن لَم تَغفِر لَنا وَتَرحَمنا لَنَكونَنَّ مِنَ الخٰسِرينَ
They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”
Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) accepted his repentance and forgave him.
Did you know that Ibless also made a dua?
When he refused to prostrate in front of Adam, he was cursed till the day of Resurrection. Seeing that he had no way out, he was forced to make a dua. He made a dua to Allah to give him respite till the last day.
قَالَ مَا مَنَعَكَ أَلَّا تَسْجُدَ إِذْ أَمَرْتُكَ قَالَ أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِّنْهُ خَلَقْتَنِي مِن نَّارٍ وَخَلَقْتَهُ مِن طِينٍ
قَالَ فَاهْبِطْ مِنْهَا فَمَا يَكُونُ لَكَ أَن تَتَكَبَّرَ فِيهَا فَاخْرُجْ إِنَّكَ مِنَ الصَّاغِرِينَ
قَالَ أَنظِرْنِي إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ
قَالَ إِنَّكَ مِنَ الْمُنظَرِينَ
[ Allah ] said, “What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?” [Satan] said, “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay.”
[ Allah ] said, “Descend from Paradise, for it is not for you to be arrogant therein. So get out; indeed, you are of the debased.
[Satan] said, “Reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected.”
[ Allah ] said, “Indeed, you are of those reprieved.”
Isn’t it strange that Iblees despite of his kufr recognised that if anyone is going to give him anything, it is going to be Allah.(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) He did not ask of an angel, a rock, anything but for Allah ! Yet, some of us are even more foolish than Iblees. We turn to everything before we realise the futility of turning to others besides Him and then finally turn to Him. When we turn to Allah in duaa’ after we realise that there is no other way out, we are being no different from Iblees. A believer is the one who constantly makes duaa’ to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)- in ease as well as in difficulty, in day as well as in the night.
Duaa’ is the weapon of a believer. So much so that Ayesha (رضي الله عنها) said that if our shoe lace needs to be repaired, even then we need to ask Allah’s help as if Allah does not wish to help us, it won’t happen.