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Dua (Calling unto Allah)

In the past, man used to look for water and toil hard in search of it. He used to dig wells that derive their supply deep within earth from rainwater, moving after it from one place to another. Recite the glorious Qur'anic verse in which Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, says (what means):

"See you not, that Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and causes it to penetrate the earth, (and then makes it to spring up) as water-springs and afterward thereby produces crops of different colours, and afterward they wither and you see them turn yellow, then He makes them dry and broken pieces. Verily, in this, is a Reminder for men of understanding." (Az-Zumar, 39: 21)

In the past, man depended on these springs and wells to supply his need of water. If it happened that he went to the well or the spring from where he used obtain his water supply and he found none, he used to stretch his hands towards the heaven and cry, "˜O Lord." Then, civilization flourished and through tanks, the conduction of water to homes became possible. At home, you turn the tap on and water gushes, but on finding nothing, what would happen? Would you invoke your Lord? No, you would not, but you would think of calling the water company or the town council or the municipality to pump water into the building.

The same happens in all other human needs, civilization has solved man's problems. But instead of expressing gratitude to Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, Who empowered man with knowledge and provided him with the supply usually given by search, and instead of whispering to himself as the Noble Qur'an instructs us (what means):

"And Who sends down water (rain) from the sky in due measure. Then We revive a dead land therewith, and even so you will be brought forth (from the dead)." (Az-Zukhruf, 43: 11)

Man sees the blessings and remains blind to the Bestower, all because of his oblivion and ingratitude.

When we turn on the tap we have to bear in mind that the water company ds not create the water we drink but Almighty Allah is the One Who created it, originated it and send it down from heaven. We have to ascribe the blessing to the True Giver and thank Him for it. Instead, we adopt the causes and forget the Causer, Allah, same as we do in anything else.

If we review the modern means of transport: the airplane that makes us sails through the sky, the vehicle that transports us from one place to another easily and smoothly, the elevator that spares us the trouble of ascending and descending the stairs in high places, in all we must remember the True Giver, Allah, all praise and glory be to Him. Because such instruments of civilization are made of materials which Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, has created on earth. Realized through the work of the minds that Allah, The Exalted and Ever-Majestic, has endowed us with; minds prepared to work and think, and guided to realize what He, The Sovereign, willed to be.

The knowledge, the mind and the matter are all from Allah. Hence, the true Giver is Almighty Allah. But we benefit from them as things taken for granted!! We do not contemplate the bestowments that Allah has conferred upon us, and regretfully, the greater the bestowments the lesser the thanks given!!

Remembering Allah at every blessing is a must, and thanking Him when benefiting from it is also a must. Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, loves to hear the voices of His believing servants begging Him. He loves to hear them saying, "O Lord." He may delay the response, for them to continue supplicating and for Him to hear the sound of their supplications. But The Exalted and Ever-Majestic hates the voices of the disbelievers, therefore He may answer their worldly desires without delay not to hear their voices calling Him. Worldly gains are worth nothing in the Sight of Allah, all praise and glory be to Him.


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