Recently life has sent me many blows, one after the other, and seeking guidance and mercy from God became a daily action. It is often said that in ease we forget our worship and in hardship we turn to God. Unfortunately this is true for many of us. So during my hours of seeking relief and to ease my heart I came across very nice paragraphs in a book of supplications. I would like to share this with you now, hoping that you will also benefit from these points.
The well known scholar Ibn Al Qaiyim in his book of athkar mentioned many benefits of supplications. The process of prayer and dua drives away Shaytan, pleases God and replaces pain and sorrow of the heart with peace, happiness and contentment. It strengthens the heart and body, illuminates the countenance and heart, and leads one to prosperity. Thikr, or remembrance of God nurtures the love of Allah in the hearts of the believer and draws him or her closer whereby God opens the doors of understanding.
Thikr invigorates the heart, cleanses it, washes away transgressions, and it closes the gulf between the worshiper and the Creator. Worship and supplication cause a feeling of assurance and well being – sakinah- as the angles sit with those who quietly recite the praises of God…. There is a want and a need of the human heart that can not be satisfied except with Thikr. It brings order out of chaos, relieves the believer of the twin burdens of anxiety and wrong doing, relieves the indolent heart, and restrains the tongue from gossip and idle chatter. There is a knot in the heart which is undone by making supplication and giving thanks to the Creator and is a balm for the heart and a cure for its ailments. Nothing can bring blessings nor deflect affliction like it. It smooths out difficulties and eases hardship, lightens burdens and banishes fear and anxiety. Thikr, or remembrance of Allah nurtures confidence and reliance upon Allah and eliminates pessimism and cynicism. It supports the believer with the stamina and strength to do what would other wise be difficult.
Finally, thikr is a mighty barrier between the believer and the fire of Hell. The angels seek forgiveness on behalf of those who rehearse the praises of God. It is a mighty fortress against the trials and tribulations of this world and the hereafter.
Adapted from Al Wabil As-Saiyib, Ibn Al Qaiyim.