Often we find that people afflicted with calamities, sihr and constant blockages in life are so desperate that they would do almost anything to change their lives for the better. For those whom Allah have guided to ruqyah shar‘ee, Alhamdoulillaah. However we have to never forget that everything is in the hand of Allah alone.
Asking Allah alone and praying to Him is one of the most effective and successful means a person should adopt, not just when afflicted with sihr or calamities but generally… Who can give what Allah can give? Who will hear and answer in the best way? Allah says in His book in Surah an-Naml, verse 62, “Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and He removes the evil and makes you inheritors (of) the earth? Is there any God with Allah? Little (is) what you remember.”
أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاءَ الْأَرْضِ أَإِلَٰهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
In a narration of Muslim, ‘Aaishah (RadhiyAllaahu ‘anhaa) said, ‘He asked and asked and asked.’ [Sahih Muslim]. Al-Hafiz bin Hajar said in Al-Fat-h that it was the Prophet’s (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) habit to repeat his du‘a (invocation) three times as mentioned in the narration of Ibn Numair in Sahih Muslim, where he said, ‘He asked and asked and asked’.
In the relation of Wahb in Ahmad and Sa’d he said, ‘I saw him invoke Allah.’
An-Nawawi stated that it is preferable to supplicate to Allah when an evil thing befalls man and to repeat the supplication to Allah to drive away this affliction. He also added that the story of the Prophet’s (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) in dealing with sihr demonstrates the fact that he followed the means.
First, he relied on Allah to reward him for his patience with such affliction.
Second, when he was afraid that this would affect his worship, he resorted to cure and supplication; both attitudes are manifestations of utmost perfection [Fat-h Al-Bari-10/228].
Always seek the help of Allah through patience and prayer as Allah mentions in Surah al-Baqarah, verse 153, “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” The way to victory is patience and piety (taqwa) and having firm conviction that cure lies with Allah alone. He cures when He wills and to whom He will. We must turn to Allah in sincere du‘a with hope of Him accepting our supplication, showing Allah that we are in utter need of Him, surrendering to Allah, and believing (with hope) that truly it is only He who can get us out of our state. When we understand this, Allah will open up ways to the means of cure quickly because Allah will never forsake His servant in his hour of need. Afterall, He is Al-Mujeeb (The Responsive). The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) “Do not stop making du‘a, because nobody who makes du‘a is forsaken.” (Hakim)
If we can understand and apply this simple yet powerful act of supplication (du‘a) with firm conviction (yaqeen) that Allah alone does, we will gain so much, because the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “For whoever the door of du‘a opened, for him the doors of mercy are opened.” (Tirmidhi).
We hear people say things “I am doing ruqyah and doing my treatment, I ask and ask, I pray and pray and nothing ever comes right!”. Firstly that is a despondent and impatient remark, and Allah loves us to be patient and positive. Just as Allah is Al-Mujeeb, we must also know He is Al-Hakeem (the Most Wise). The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “The supplication of any one of you will be answered so long as he is not impatient and says, ‘I made supplication but it was not answered.’” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
The raaqi or means of help from Allah is exactly that. Just a means. Why only rely on a mortal man when we can directly ask Allah Himself?
Why would Allah not answer our prayers immediately? Are we sinning? If we are not, have we been standing night after night in Qiyaam-al-Layl (night vigil) begging Allah for what we want and need? If we are doing this even, then He is surely testing us to see how well we trust Him.
He may delay answering our du‘as for a number of reasons only He understands according to His infinite wisdom. And remember with every affliction or discomfort a Muslim feels, Allah is wiping his sins away, as mentioned in the hadith narrated by Abu Sa‘eed Al-Khudri and Abu Hurayrah (RadhiyAllaahu ‘anhumaa): The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that”. [Sahih al-Bukhari]. And yet another hadith from Bukhari shows us that tests are a sign of Allah’s mercy- Abu Hurayrah (RadhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) narrated: the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials”.
So do not despair, and always have trust (tawakkul) that Allah is the only One who will cure us and remove difficulty. Use the means of halaal cure that Allah has provided and continue asking and seeking nearness to Him. No condition remains the same and all conditions in this life, except the life in Hereafter, are temporary and subject to change according to the will of Allah, as He alone knows best.
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