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Empower Oneself Through Dua
I want to dedicate this khutbah to two things,
one, just fixing a little bit, calibrating,
our thinking about dua itself.
The vast majority of the duas in the Quran
and the vast majority of the duas in the sunnah of the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam,
the common thing among them is
in some way or the other, you’re asking Allah
to give you better ability.
For Allah to give you strength,
for Allah to give you guidance, for Allah to give you forgiveness,
for Allah to give you gratitude.
“Auzi’niii an asykuro ni’matakallatiii an’amta ‘alayya.” (surah An-Naml ayah 19)
“Give me the ability, empower me so I can become grateful.”
Somebody was out at sea,
and their ship hit a rock, and the ship sank.
And this guy’s holding on to a piece of wood,
and he’s out in the sea, and he’s making dua to Allah.
Now at that point, you can make two duas;
“Ya Allah transport me from here to an island immediately,
make the rain stop, make the storm stop,”
or you could say, “Ya Allah give me the strength to overcome this difficulty.”
Now when he makes dua, “Ya Allah, send me a helicopter right away,
pick me up into the sky and get me to an island.”
And he makes dua over and over, “Helicopter, helicopter, helicopter.”
And no helicopter came,
and then he says, “Allah didn’t even send a helicopter.”
“I’ve made so much dua for one.”
“That’s not fair, forget it, I’m not making dua anymore.”
In other word he’s making dua, or for example he wants the ocean to turn into land,
“Ya Allah, you have the power to change anything into anything.”
“You made all of this,
so you can just convert this ocean into a land right now.”
“I mean you turned Ibrahim alaihissalam’s fire, you made it cool,
so you can do that for me.”
And it doesn’t turn, it’s still the ocean.
And you’re still drowning slowly, you know…
The point I’m trying to make is often times we think
the purpose of dua is to change the reality around us.
We focus on changing the reality around us.
But if you study the duas in the Quran,
and the majority of the duas in the sunnah carefully,
you’ll notice that the change actually you’re asking for is a change in yourself.
“Ya Allah I’ve met a difficult test, give me the ability to change the test.”
I give you a simpler example,
some students is about to go taking exams.
You can make two kinds of duas;
you make the dua, “Ya Allah, give me the ability to understand the subject matter,
let me concentrate.
Ya Allah give me the ability to not be nervous while I’m taking the test.
Let me not get lazy.”
Duas about yourself.
Or, “Ya Allah, I know it’s a medical school exam,
but convert it into a second grade math exam for me,
so I don’t have to have this problem.”
Either you wanna change reality or you wanna empower yourself.
For people that are weak in their faith,
they don’t think about empowering or changing themselves,
they just want to change what? Reality around them.
And they keep asking Allah to change reality around them,
and does it change? No.
And when it doesn’t change they blame Allah.
They turned to Allah and say,
“How come you didn’t change the world around me?”
“How come you didn’t turn everything on the silver platter for me?”
You want reality to submit to you,
you truly have to learn first to submit to Allah.
And you don’t come to Allah when you need something,
you don’t just come to Allah when there’s a problem,
you come to Allah all the time,
you’re submissive before Allah constantly.
Until that attitude is developed,
and by the way the will be a time when reality will submit around us,
and that time is actually when we meet with Allah.
“Lahum maa yashaaa’uun.”
“They’re going to have whatever they want.”
The problem is, we want whatever we want right now.
Unless it’s, “I’ll give you that, right now you’re going to experience sometimes of good,
and other times of tests.”
And the only reason He gives you a test,
is because He wants you to pass,
so you can qualify for that jannah.
He wants you to go through these trials,
because they will bring you closer to Him.
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