By Sualeha Khan
Have you ever scrolled down your Facebook news-feed or a news app on your phone and found heart wrenching news about bombings, pellet guns and Muslims facing torture for their beliefs and their way of dressing, or pictures of injured young, helpless children and bleeding bodies on the floor in different parts of the world?
Unless you are living under a rock I am sure you have, and you must have felt the sadness and grief at least puncture your heart if not make you tear up.
If you have been through these emotional states of mind, you should be grateful to Allah Almighty for having blessed you with a soft heart. If after reading this, you wanted to have this feeling, don’t worry, you are almost there!
But it’s not just about getting sentimental; have you thought about what you can do for these people in trouble and whether you can even do something or not? YOU CAN. Yes, you can actually do something! You can make dua for them from the depth of your heart. The best time to do this is as soon as this grief overcomes you and your tear ducts go into production mode.
I cannot speak for anybody else but I have tried it and making dua after 2 rak’ah of prayer might just be the best way to relieve your sadness. However, I am also familiar with the feeling of waking up the next day, seeing another one of these saddening posts and entirely losing faith in your prayers the day before. But hey, read the following hadith and make dua with the conviction that it will be accepted.
“Verily your Lord is generous and shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty” (Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi)
Remember that Muslims all over the world need our prayers; don’t restrict them to those facing difficulties in Palestine, Syria, Kashmir, Kabul or Gaza. Making dua is a caring gesture- you pray for me and I for you! When someone says I’ll pray for you voluntarily, your heart melts and you feel that you are cared for and treasured. Imagine someone else feeling like this because of you.
Lastly, if all this was not motivation enough:
“The dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says “Aameen and may you also be blessed with the same” [Sahih Muslim]