Alhamdulillah for our last session where we had a fruitful discussion on Surah Balad. InshaAllahu ta’ala we will implement all we learned from it in our lives striving to better live the attitude of a believer.
We also did the following hadith and du’a. I will post these up also on the blog. For those of you who have not yet done so, please do subscribe by email to the blog so that you get posts there even if I forget to add you to the mailing list. The site is www.ramadan10.wordpress.org
InshaAllah our next meeting will be on the 22nd at 7 pm. I will confirm the location closer to the date. Inshaallah we will do Surah 91, another hadith and recite again the du’a. Please do try to make it.
The du’a is very special. It is called Du’a Nasiri written by Imam Muhammed al-Dar’ii. He died in 1085, but this is Hijri not Gregorian, my mistake, I got it wrong yesterday. Many great things have been said about this prayer. I will copy some of it below. You will be interested to learn the French occupiers of Morocco were so afraid of it, that they took the extraordinary step of proscribing its recital during the occupation. Sh. Hamza translated this prayer from the Arabic a few years ago and it is available for purchase now. Alhamdulillah, a beautiful recitation by the renowned Fez singers from Morocco is available to listen online as well. InshaAllah next session, we will listen/join the recitation as we read the translation (attached). Recitation here or copy paste the link below in another browser window.
Here is a youtube video of the same du’a but recited in a different style. –
And we know that Allah answers the prayer of the oppressed. In fact, the prayer of the oppressed is so powerful we are afraid of being in any way oppressive to anyone, lest they make du’a against us!
Please do make this du’a whenever you can. Especially for our brothers and sisters in so many parts of the world, especially Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain to name but a few. The Muslim Ummah is under great strife, internal and external and is in urgent need of good leaders, scholars, and strong Muslims. May Allah accept our prayer.
Here are some notes on why this prayer is so powerful –
The Power of this prayer of Imam Muhammad al-DarÏ lies in its simplicity, its purity, and its sincere supplication. It is essentially a plea to God that our transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled, rain restored, and bounties poured forth.
It is a plea to be freed from the aggression of foreigners in lands over which they have no right—a plea much needed in our modern world, rampant as it is with invasions and territorial occupations. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy, which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad (saw): “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds.
More information and purchase links here
Here is the hadith we covered yesterday
On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (may He be glorified) is that He said:
O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you, O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more that a needle decreases the sea if put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other that blame no one but himself.
It was related by Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).