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Published on February 25th, 2019 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 147

Power of Dua – Nouman Ali Khan – illustrated – Subtitled

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now the Ayah of Dua

Subhan’Allah! every word of this Ayah

we begin with the word [itha]

[Waitha sa’alaka ibadee] – right? so it begins with [itha]

[itha] means in English = “when”

“when”

there’s a difference in English and in Arabic between “when” and “if”

I want you to understand the difference between “when” and “if”

[in Arabic, we say “if”]

[“if”]

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala didn’t say “when” My slaves ask you concerning Me, He said “if” My slaves ask you concerning Me

so what’s the difference between if” and “when”?

let me tell you a story

there’s a mother

she sent – her son joined the army

and he went to war

now she’s missing her son

and she doesn’t hear back from him

no calls coming, no emails coming, nothing

he’s at war

when you talk to her about her son

does she say

“when my son comes back, I will be very happy?”

or does she say

“if my son comes back, I will be very happy”?

which one does she say?

she says, “when my son comes back, I’ll be very happy”
she does not say what?

“if my son comes back, I’ll be very happy”

because if she says “if my son comes back…”

then she has accepted that he will die

if she says “when” that she’s expecting him to come home

you understand?

when you lose someone

and you really want them to come back

and your heart cannot accept that they won’t come back

you don’t say “if” – you say “when”

Allah says “when My slaves ask you”

He does not say “if My slaves ask you”

why?

because He’s not saying “Oh, maybe they won’t ask”

Allah is expecting you to ask

He’s waiting for you to ask

it’s not just a possibility

it’s like Allah is saying “when are you gonna ask?”

Subhan’Allah! [itha]

there’s a توقع [tawaqqu]

there’s an expectation

there’s a طلب [talab]

there’s love inside the word [itha]

if Allah was talking about people He didn’t care about, then

whether they ask or not – who cares?

He would have said [in sa’ala] [if they ask]

He said [itha sa’ala] [when they ask]

then there’s [sa’ala] itself

[sa’ala] is فعل ماض (past tense)

you can say [itha yas’alooka] also

اذَا يطلع عليهم
[itha yutla alaihim]

[itha] comes with مضارع (present tense)
[itha] comes with ماض (past tense)

when it comes with the present tense, it means over and over again

meaning if My slaves ask you over and over again

that would have been [itha yas’alooka ibaadi]

but the Ayah says [itha sa’alaka]

[sa’ala] is the past tense

the past tense

يشير إلى المرة
[it indicates that it happens once]

المرة الواحده
[happens one time]

it’s one time

something that happens one time

meaning – I’m waiting for My slaves – if they – they can only ask about Me – how many times?

once – I’m not even waiting for a lot of times – I am expecting just one time ask

then He says [sa’alaka]

they ask you – meaning Rasool Allah ﷺ

Allah is waiting – some Sahabi says:

that I want to know more about Allah

who’s he gonna go ask?

Rasool Allah ﷺ

[sa’alaka ibaadi]

and then He didn’t say

[sa’alaka haa’ula] – these people

[sa’alaka allatheena amanu] – those who believe

[sa’alaka al-mu’minun] – the believers

[sa’alaka al-muslimun / as-habuk] –
none of these

He said [itha sa’alaka ibaadi]

My slaves

My slaves

and He didn’t even say [ibaadu na] or [ibaadu Allah]

He said [ibaadee]

the [ee] at the end of that means “I” – “My slaves”

Allah uses “My” in the Quran – you know sometimes Allah uses “He”?

sometimes uses “We”

sometimes uses “I”

you know that, right?

when does He use “I”?

He only uses “I” when he has a lot of love or a lot of anger

there’s only 2 times

if you read an Ayah of the Quran that has “I” in it

it’s either Allah showing a lot of love

or He is showing a lot of anger – there’s only those 2 – there’s no normal situation

this is an Ayah of a lot of love

so He says [ibaadee], not [ibaadoona]

“My slaves”

“they are Mine”

you know, even when someone is distant from you, but they’re yours

my brother – my sister – my mother – my father

it’s not just you own them – you love them

when you say “my” to someone, it’s an expression of love

and they’re [ibaad] – now these people may not be worshiping Allah

but He still calls them [ibaad]

now who did they ask?

let me ask you if you’re paying attention

the people who ask about Allah – do they ask Allah or do they ask the Prophet ﷺ?

they asked the Prophet ﷺ

they asked the Prophet ﷺ

so what you expect is – now, I’ll say the English

“if they ask you about Me, then tell them I’m near”

but the Ayah does not say “tell them”

Ayah does not say “tell them”

here’s what the Ayah says:

[waitha sa’alaka ibaadi anni fa inni qareeb]

“when they ask you about Me”

“then I am near”

“then I am near” – what is missing?

“then tell them”

[faqul lahum]

[inni qareeb]

there’s no [faqullahum] – there’s no [tell them]

why not?

the people came to ask the Rasool ﷺ

somebody comes to ask the Alim about Allah – will Allah answer my dua?

I have a lot of mistakes

I missed a lot of salat

will Allah still answer my dua?

Will Allah put me in hellfire? He’s asking the Alim

in this case, he’s asking Rasool Allah ﷺ

and Allah says

He puts the Rasool ﷺ aside – and He answers him directly

He starts talking to you and talking to me

He’s not talking to Rasool Allah ﷺ anymore

He says [fa inni qareeb] – “I am near”

“I’m so near I’ll talk to you”

“I won’t even tell the Messenger ﷺ to talk to you”

“I’ll talk to you myself”

that’s the beauty of Quran

people came and asked Rasool Allah ﷺ

and Allah did not tell him

“you go tell them”

Allah said: “no, no, I’ll tell them myself”

“I am so near”

“you don’t believe me?”

why did I say you don’t believe me?

He said [inni] – [inna] is used in Arabic
لازالة الشك (To remove suspicion)

u know

المخاطب متردد حريب
(the addressee is in doubt)

so if someone is in doubt

then you use [inna]

Allah is saying: “don’t you ever doubt that I am near”

why are you doubting that I’m near?

why do you think I would go away from you?

you turn your back on Me, I don’t turn my back on you

you turned your back on Me

you disobeyed Me

you stopped loving Me, I never stopped loving you

you become distant – I stay near

and the word [qareeb] also

[qareeb] is اسم صفة (that describes the quality of a noun)
which means I’m always near

the sentence actually means:
certainly, I am always near”

“Let My slaves know”

now, the other thing is

how many names does Allah have?

at least 99

at least 99 – so many beautiful names of Allah

and the one – when the Messenger ﷺ is told
“when people ask you about Me”

when they ask the Prophet ﷺ about Allah

then the most important thing you need to tell them is which name of Allah or which description – that he is what?

“near”

that He is near

why?

because when He is near, it’s easier for you to talk to Him

when when someone is far, you can’t talk to them

when someone is near, you can talk to them

when someone is near, you can respect them

so if you’re in school

and the teacher walks out of the classroom

the teacher walks out of the classroom – do you behave the same way or no?

no, and don’t lie – you’re in the Masjid okay?

go outside in line – I am kidding -okay?

When the teacher is near – do you behave differently?

you do – don’t you

now you’re taking a test

the teacher walks by

he just walks by

do you cover your exam a little more?

you know – just a shadow made you like – Oh my God!

especially if he puts his hand on your desk

and he looks down at your paper

and he goes

hmmm…

hahaha … Malak ul Maut! (the angel of death)

I do that to my students because I really enjoy torturing them psychologically

it’s one of the great joys of teaching -you get to mess with students

Oh my God

Allah says: if My slaves ask you about Me tell them I am – what?

near – when you know someone is near you act differently

because He’s always near

[fa inni qareeb]

now,

if He’s so near

then what does He say?

[ujeebu]

[ujeebu]

[ujeebu] in Arabic means

[ajaaba] means = to respond

to give an answer

but there’s another word in Arabic

which is [istijaba]

كما يقول القرآن في موضع آخر”فاستجاب لهم ربهم”
as the Quran says in another place : “their Lord answered them”

“Fastajaba lahum

لم يقول “اجاب لهم” – قال” فاستجاب لهم”
He did not say [ajaba lahum], He said, [fastajaba laum]

He said [He responded to them] –
[their Master responded to them]

so there’s 2 words in Arabic:

[ajaba] and [istijaba]

there’s [ajaba] and [istijaba]

now, [ajaba]

هم افعال
[they are actions]

it’s actually immediate

when you answer somebody immediately without any delays, that is called [ijaba]

when you take time to answer

you don’t answer right away but you answer over time, then it’s called [istijaba]

Allah says [ujeebu]

He says, [I respond] – when?

[immediately]

[I respond immediately]

some people make dua and they say
“when is Allah going to respond?”

“when is the help of Allah coming? I’m sick, when is Allah gonna make me better?”

“I can’t find a job, when is Allah gonna give me a job?”

“you know, I can’t get married – when is Allah gonna get me married?”

my mother keeps turning all the rishtas (marriage proposals) down”

“when is Allah going to change her heart?”

you know

“I can’t get married! my mother is killing everything”

“Ya Allah! when is my mother going to…”

you make dua to Allah

Allah says: “I will respond…” – when??

“immediately”

and by the way, these are the Ayat of Ramadan, yes?

so if you really really want immediate answers, when do you make dua?

Ramadan, man!

and if you really want Allah to be close, get close to Allah: first recite a lot of Quran and then make dua

then recite Quran and make dua

then recite Quran and make dua

that’s what you should do in Ramadan

oh man! you’ll enjoy Ramadan

if you make lots of dua, you start enjoying Ramadan

you don’t make lots of dua, you won’t enjoy Ramadan

the joy of Ramadan is in dua

so He says [ujeebu]

“I respond”

then He says: [da’wata al-dda’i]
such powerful words!

He says “I”

by the way, “I” is used when? when did I say –
“I” and “We” and “He”?
when is “I” used?

too much love, too much anger –
which one is this?

too much love

“I respond”

“I myself respond”

“immediately respond”

now, respond to who?

you might think Allah responds to someone who makes a lot of dua

“I only make dua like once in a year”

when you have exams “Ya Allah! I have an exam”

“Ameen”

now if someone makes a lot of dua, you use the word [du’a]

if someone makes dua one time

just one time, you call that [da’watun]

[da’wa] with a ة at the end –
the ة it’s used for مسطر مرة [ruled as once]

it’s used for the words in Arabic that happen one time

Allah says: [da’wata al-dda’i]

“I respond to even the one call”
the guy only made dua how many times?

one time – Allah does not say to him:
“where were you all year?”

“you never made any Salah”

“you only make one dua to me your whole life?”

“forget you”

“you only remember me one time?”

you know – if you are an employee

and you only show up to your job one time in the whole year

you don’t have a job

they’ll say “who are you?”

“I work here”

“what! when?”

“I got my job last year”

“what are you doing here?”
“you know I was… uh…”

“I don’t know.. but I’m here now at least”

“Can we start all over again”
is your boss gonna say “yeah sure”

oh, right away sir, please – why don’t you get a promotion” – NO!

he’s not gonna offer you that

Allah is giving you – in the word [da’wa] he’s saying “I will even answer the person who never makes dua – only made dua…”

“one time” – even they should say
ya Allah – He will answer”

Don’t say to yourself man – “I don’t even have a beard, Allah is not gonna answer my dua”

I only have a mustache – Allah is gonna – you know”

“I just watched like 3 movies…

“before Ramadan because I figured I’m not gonna watch in Ramadan –
now, I’m gonna make dua?”

yeah, Allah will still answer your duas – but don’t watch movies

but don’t expect – never think Allah will not answer
even the guy who makes one dua

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