Allah’s kindness is very
near to us. He hears all and answers our supplications. It is we who are full
of shortcomings, and so we badly need to be persistent in our supplications.
Boredom or hopelessness should never cause us to stop invoking Allah, nor
should one of us say: I prayed yet I have not been answered. Instead, we should
press our heads humbly on the ground and beg for help from Allah. The best way
to do this is to ask Him by His Perfect Names and Attributes. But until we are
answered, we must be persistent in asking Him.
(Invoke your Lord with
humility and in secret.) (Qur’an 7: 55)
A writer narrated this
A Muslim went to a certain
country as a refugee and he implored the authorities there to grant him
citizenship. All doors were shut before him. Despite his many efforts at importuning
others, all of his contacts failed. One day he met a righteous scholar, and he
gave him an account of his predicament. The scholar said to him, ‘Supplicate to
your Lord, for He is the One who makes things easy.’ The meaning of this
advice is found in the hadith:
"If you ask, then ask
Allah; and if you seek help, seek help from Allah. And know that if the nation
were to gather together in order to give you some benefit, they would not bring
you any benefit, except with what Allah has written for you.”
The refugee later related,
"By Allah, I stopped
going to people for help or for intercession, and instead, I began praying to
Allah in the last third of the night just as the scholar had told me to do.
Just before the break of dawn, I would call to Allah and invoke Him for relief.
Only a few days passed,
after which, I submitted an application for citizenship without using any
person of position to intercede for me. A few days passed and then suddenly, to
my astonishment, I was called to pick up my citizenship request papers. They
were stamped with ‘Approved."’
(Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves) (Quran