Yes, we all have our times of distress.
So, what should we do in those times?
Do we turn into:
Unfortunately, most of us turn into sulks, and this is not what is required.
Believers get distressed but they don’t sit around and sulk. Proof? Read the stories of the Prophets (alaihimissalam) and the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum).
What did these great people do in times of distress? They turned to Allah, of course.
One of the ways that we turn to Allah is by doing dua.
Here’s an explanation of one of the duas that is said during the times of distress:
The dua for relieving distress, worry and sadness by Shaikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Abbad
I can’t believe it.
Can’t believe what, you ask?
I can’t believe that I forgot to share this wonderful book with all of you.
It’s called “Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Iman” and it’s by Shaikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Abbad (of “The Most Excellent Manner of Seeking Forgiveness” fame).
If you have to choose a book to read, then read this one. It really is quite wonderful.
Here you go: Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Iman.
Well, as the Month of Seeking Forgiveness is here, what is the best way to seek forgiveness?
Well, the best dua for that is the one called “Sayyidul Istighfar” (the best way of seeking forgiveness):
‘O Allaah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’
Here’s an excellent explanation of this dua: The Most Excellent Manner of Seeking Forgiveness by Shaikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Abbad.
He starts off with a nice introduction about repentance and its conditions., and then goes onto to explain the wording of the dua. Excellent stuff.
(All his books and his father’s books are excellent, by the way. It must be something in those genes.)
In my previous post, I mentioned why we should help those around us. Here’s a short but beautiful reminder about being a key to goodness*:
[*The author starts of with a hadeeth about this issue. I think we all need to take a deep breath, look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are keys to goodness or keys to evil. I know we all assume we are the former but the reality could be different, hence the need for us to take a good, hard look at ourselves.]
Be a Key to Goodness
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Indeed from amongst the people are those who are keys to goodness and closures of evil. And indeed from amongst the people are keys to evil and closures to goodness. So glad tidings for the one who Allah has made him a key to goodness and woe to the one who Allah has made a key to evil.” – [Narrated by Ibn Maajah, declared Hasan by Albaani]
That which is obligatory upon whoever wants for himself to be a key to goodness and a closure of evil, and its glad tidings:
1. Al-Ikhlaas – sincerity to Allah in all your speech and action. Indeed sincerity is the basis of all good, and the fountain of all virtue.
2. Du’aa – To supplicate and return to Allah in order that he may be given the guidance to be so. For indeed the Du’aa is a key to all goodness. Allah does not refuse to answer the supplication of His servant and He does not disappoint a believer after he has called Him.
3. Dedication to seeking knowledge – for indeed knowledge is a cause for virtue and lofty actions, and it is a barrier preventing all evil and indecency.
4. Al-Ibaadah – To turn to worshipping Allah, especially the obligatory acts of worship; particularly the prayer, as it prevents lewdness and evil.
5. Good Manners – to adorn yourself with good noble manners and to distant yourself from bad manners that are lowly.
6. Good Companions – to keep yourself amongst good companions and to sit with the righteous people. For indeed the angels lower their wings upon the gatherings of righteous people and the mercy of Allah descends upon such gatherings. Also, be aware of the gatherings of the disobedient and evil people.
7. An-Naseehah – to sincerely advise the servants of Allah when living amongst them, and dealing with them. This is done through keeping them busy with goodness and turning them away from evil.
8. Day of Recompense – to remember and recall the day when you will stand in front of the Lord of the Worlds, and that He will reward all goodness with His goodness, as he will recompense all evil with its consequences. As Allah said: “So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom shall see it.” [99:08]
Conclusion: All of the above is based upon the servant desiring goodness, and wanting goodness for others and wanting to benefit the servants of Allah. So whenever one’s desire is present, the intention correct and established and the resolve certain, as well as seeking the help of Allah in all of this and taking the relative means, he will – by the permission of Allah – be from amongst the keys to goodness and closures of evil.
And Allah is the One who protects and helps His slaves through His guidance, He gives victory to whoever He wants by the truth and He is the best of those who aids and gives judgments.”