General

These are some basic guidelines for making dua. Many are not conditions (eg. wudhu) for acceptance, but recommendations for acceptance.

1. Dua (Supplication) should start with "In the name of Allah, Praise is to Allah, and the simple way is reading Al Fatihah.

2. Send Peace & Blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

3. Dua should be performed secretly & with a sincere heart. “ Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret, He likes not the aggressors” (7:55). This does not mean you cannot make dua in public.

4. Express your need with humility

5. Insist to Allah in your supplication by repeating your need many times

Read more: The Manner of Supplication


Ramadhaan 2011, Vietnam

 We make shukr to Allah that He gave us the opportunity to serve His deen in Vietnam during Ramadhaan 2011. The trip to Vietnam was carried out on the advice of our Beloved Sheikh & Spiritual Guide Moulana Ibrahim Mia (daamat barakaatuhu), Senior Khalifa of Hazrath Sheikh ul Hadith Ml Mohammed Zakariyya (Rahmatullaahi alaihi).

Vietnam is not a very big country & there is not a very big Muslim population. We were based in a place called Vanlam a village & suburb of Phang Rang.

There is basically 2 groups of muslims of Vietnam:

1. The Sunni Muslims i.e same as our belief structure
2.  The Bani tribe
The Bani tribe were the original Muslims in the country. During the communist rule they were put in this village by the government & told that they should give up their Islam & become buddhists.  Alhamdulillah they refused & practiced on the little deen they had. Today they are still practising on what they had at that time & they have no intention of changing any of their beliefs.
They were also told that they are the only surviving Muslims in the world, everyone had been destroyed including the Ka'bah, so there's no Makkah, no Medina & no Islam. Shukr they survived those times but now it's time we have to make an effort on their belief structure.

Read more: Vietnam Trip By South African Ulema, 2011

A Persian poet relates the story of a young man who was devoted to worship and who sincerely loved the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam). This young man wished to see the Prophet (Salallahu alayhi Wasalam) in his dreams. But, night after night, even though he prayed and hoped for it, he was not blessed with this vision. He decided to visit a wise shaykh he had heard mention of who lived on the far reaches of town and seek his advice.

He made his way to his home one evening, and the shaykh invited him in for discussion and tea. After explaining his situation to him, the shaykh nodded sagely and said, “Be my guest for tonight, and tomorrow morning I will give you some advice.”

That night, the shaykh served the young man dinner. Everything in the simple meal was covered with salt or was dry. Salty fish, dry, hard bread… and not a drop to drink. The young man craved water, but was offered none. His parched throat made him yearn to ask the shaykh for something to drink, but his manners kept him quiet. He ate the food without complaint, his thirst increasing with each bite.

After the Isha prayers the shaykh unfolded a mat, offered it to the young man for his night’s rest, and bade him good night.

That night, the young man dreamed of nothing but water. Cascading fountains, gushing rivers and streams, oceans full of pure, delicious, thirst-quenching water. He dreamed of it until he felt he was swimming in it, drinking huge gulps, until it filled his every pore. He woke before daybreak, one word croaking from his lips: ‘Water….’

Read more: Why we don’t have visions of Rasulullah (Salallahu alayhi Wasalam)

Shaikh Kurmani said, “There is nothing more virtuous than loving the Auliya-Allah because their love is a sign of love for Allah I.” This is why I especially advise you to establish a relationship with the Auliya-Allah and love them as much you can. I hope you will heed this advice.

Young Man! Listen to my advice
Because the youth in need
prizes the advice of the elders
more than his own life

The Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam) said:
On the Day of Judgment, a man will be with whom he loves. A Sahabi tasked, “O Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam)! A man loves a group, but cannot reach their level (or cannot meet them)?” The Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam) replied, “A man will be with whom he loves.” In another hadith a Sahabi t asked, “When is the Day of Judgment, O Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam)?” The Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam) asked, “What have you prepared for it?” He replied, “I have prepared nothing except that I love Allah I and his Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam).” The Blessed Prophet (Sallalahu alahyi wasalam) said, “You will be with whom you love.” Anas bin Malik says, “The Sahaba were never so joyful after hearing any hadith as much as after hearing this one.” (Mishkat)

Read more: Loving The Auliya-Allah

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