While I grew up in my teen days, I would always wonder what the fondly chewed statement of Pa meant. Whenever he said; “No matter the number of styled clothes you have, you can never have enough rags like the elders”. Most times, I would try to relate it to his usually displayed prowess whenever we tried repairing our old generator.
He would always beat me to discovering the fault. Regardless of me being in my third year of studying Mechanical Engineering in the university.
Puzzling though is that, I never seemed to get a satisfying answer to this mind-boggling statement of his. For I kept feeling, it must carry a meaning beyond what I could literally understand.
Fast forward to a few more years, when I had broadened my knowledge; Having had to relate with different people, of different cultures and levels of exposure. I can now countlessly fixate the meaning of that statement to numerous happenings in our society, today.
From the drop in the highly maintained self-morals to the day-to-day widening disunity of members of the society. And more astonishing as well as worrisome, the abuse of religion and its beliefs.
We have left the path laid down by our believing elders; who strived to uphold and convey to us the rightful ways of worship.
The most dwindling one, being the impending and growing negligence of the power and cure of Dua – supplication (prayer). We have forgotten the Iqmah – wisdom behind the existence of Duas gifted to us by Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’Allah) in His Holy Book, Al-Quran.
We have forgotten, the power of Dua as a weapon of the Prophet (PBUH) and his Sahabas. Including how Dua saved and elevated the Azhabu Kahf who were entrapped in the cave for years.
Not only that, the silent Dua of Maryam (AS) who was bestowed with the birth of Prophet Isa (AS). And many other recorded triumphs of the people of the Book; resulting from their dedicated clinging to the outstretched success rope of Dua.
Today, we are faced with numerous unimaginable disasters, in which majority were alien to our believing elders. The unfortunate genocidal activities witnessed in recent years.
The incessant terrorist attacks, economic recession, homosexuality and even the popular subject of sexuality are signs of unfortunate happenings. All these resulting from impatience and the negligence of ways set by the elders and directives from Allah through the Holy Quran to His Prophet (PBUH).
Allah said in His holy book;
“O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient” (Q2:153).
He also proceeded to say;
“Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give Zakat will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (Q2:227).
In the virtual age of today, people now find it hard to pray to Allah but would sometimes rely on others to do so on their behalf.
People forget the saying that, “Nobody can pray for you, better than yourself”.
It is impossible for another person to understand the underlying problems in your heart. Your everyday wishes. Your concerns. No one can show your penitence and readiness to submit to the Azza wa Jalla (Mighty and the Majestic) who is the only one to rely on in any situation we are faced with.
The mouth remains the most powerful and useful weapon we’ve got. It is what we summon when we want to ask for food, face an interview, express love to our partners or any other occurrences in our day to day life.
Why do we still delay in crying out to Him, to table our worries? We should call to Him using His wonderful names, seek His mercy and guidance through the uncountable Duas in His Holy Book.
Allah has promised us in His book saying,
“Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend in His cause out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, can expect a profit that will never perish” (Q35:29).
The reoccurring illness, meager and unsustainable salary, continued hardship, competitive economy and disunity in the society are all but timed occurrences which will fade in due time.
These hardships, should however not be a reason for you to encourage the worship of anything other than Allah. It shouldn’t be a reason to seek shortcuts to success.
The effective and advisable path as followed by our elders and people of knowledge remains holding tight to the rope of Dua. To have strong believe that in any situation we find ourselves; It is only Dua and total faith in Allah that can sail us through the ocean of adversity.
A lot of benefits await people who pray and continually supplicate to Allah.
The Prophet was quoted to say;
“Verily your Lord is generous and shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He becomes shy to return them empty”.
Allah considers Dua as a great thing, as made known in a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah that;
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “In the court of Allah, there is no greater thing than Dua”.
So, keep Faith; Delay not your daily prayers and supplicate to Allah wherever you find yourself. There are many prescribed Duas that has to do with our daily activities. From those to recite when eating, while traveling, in deep agony, seeking guidance on anything and much more beyond our imaginations. We have all the tools to get closer to our creator day by day.
In doing this, we would achieve a state of contentment, and acquire peace of mind in whatever provision He bestows us with. It cleanses our mind of any wrong thought and makes easy for us the worship of Allah.
So, I say Brothers and Sisters who believe, stay conscious of Allah in the morning and in the evening. Never for once lose grip of the outstretched rope of Dua, for it is the effective and confirmed way to achieve great success.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alabi Abeeb Opeyemi is a Mechanical Engineering finalist at the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB). He is a seasoned freelance writer, a poet and a Blogger. He is also a Programmer and a fast learning web developer.