People sometimes lament at the difficulties they encounter in their affairs. Why are these problems not going away?
Whatever it is, you will often hear Muslims getting pessimistic and constantly wondering how things will be solved. But, it’s amazing to see Allah solve our problems and more than that, just how easily and quickly Allah solves our problems.
Here are some common scenarios and the solutions that Allah uses to remedy them. I say Allah uses these, because the secret is that these ‘solutions’ cannot happen without the power of Allah and so all we can do is make dua and have tawakkul- trust in Allah.
Parents hating on their children practicing Islam: They decide to go for Hajj and have a religious awakening.
Extended family away from Islam: A family member passes away.
Marriage: Well, I think most people know how this happens. 😉
The commonly reoccurring theme is that our trust in Allah and our turning to Him is what brings Allah to answer our prayers and bring about these solutions or quite simply ANY solution, just like that. How do you know what will happen on that next phone call or in that next hour?
Again the key is tawakkul- trust in Allah and have a good opinion of him. Don’t become pessimistic and think that Allah has only bad things in store for you, because that is having a bad opinion of him. Have Husnuh Dhan (a good opinion or expectation) of Allah SWT.
Jabir ibn Abdullah (radiallahu anhu) heard the Prophet salalllahu alayhi wasalam say 3 times before his death:
La yamutan-aa ahadukum illa wahuwa yuhsinu dhan-naa bi Allah azza wa jaal.
Let none of you die unless he has good expectations from Allah.
And we could die anytime so we need to have that good expectation at ALL times! Have tawakkul in Allah!
Now, here are some tried and tested effective methods for having Allah fulfill our prayers quickly. I have found these to work in my own experiences.
1) Salat al Hajat: The prayer of need.
Abullah ibn Abi Al-Awfa Al-Aslami (radiAllahu anhuhim) relates that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, Whoever has a need with Allah, or with any human being, then let them perform ritual ablutions well and then pray two rakats. After that, let them praise Allah and send blessings on the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). Then recite the following dua:
La ilaha ilAllahul Halimul Karim. SubhanAllahi Rabbil ‘rshil adheem. Alhamdulilahi Rabbil ‘alameen. As’aluka mujibaati rahmatik. Wa aza’ima magh-firatik. Wal ghanimata min kulli birr. Was salamata min kuuli ithm. La tada’ li dhamban illa ghafartah. Wa la hamman illa far-rajtah. Wa la hajatan hiya laka ridan illa qadaytaha. Ya arhamar rahimin.
“There there no god but Allah the Clement and Wise. There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Tremendous Throne. All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds. I ask you (O Allah) everything that leads to your mercy, and your tremendous forgiveness, enrichment in all good, and freedom from all sin. Do not leave a sin of mine (O Allah), except that you forgive it, nor any concern except that you create for it an opening, nor any need in which there is your good pleasure except that you fulfill it, O Most Merciful!”
Ahmad has – on sound authority – reported from Abu ad-Darda’ that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘He who makes wudu’, and does it properly, then prays two rak`ahs, Allah will grant him whatever he may pray for, sooner or later.’”
Some Salafi scholars are questioning of this salat but if you do your research you will find MANY scholars like Imam an-Nawawi rahimullah agree upon it and hold it as a good deed.
2) Another method is to fast 3 consecutive days on a nafl fast, and on each day break your fast with as little food as possible. Progressively eat less during these days. Do this before the day on which you need Allah to help you and you’ll find it works. This is something the shuyookh of the past have prescribed and I found it to work.
3) Lastly there is nothing like good old fashioned making dua!!
If you have similar experiences or know of any other methods, post away!
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.