An Urgent Petition to God!

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I am heartbroken that we are witnessing so many trials and atrocities committed against Muslim and non-Muslim peoples and we are seemingly helpless to stop it. We are protesting, begging, appealing, and threatening boycotts, writing letters to politicians, and asking the creation to help us, feed us, accept us, love us, tolerate us, befriend us, be just to us, to listen to us, send aid to us, to dialogue with us. Yet, the destruction continues unabated. The atrocities mount, the injustices continue by us, and against us. The annihilation and murderous rampage in Lebanon is just the latest in a long list of human savagery against its own kind. 

I believe that the matter is beyond us, that it requires intervention by One who never sleeps, who hears every prayer, who keeps every promise, who is Just, and commands justice and who has power over all matters. It is the way of Prophets that in times of urgency, they call upon Allah ; that they acknowledge their wrongs, and turn to Him. Starting with the Prophet Adam and his wife; "Oh our Lord, surely we have wronged our own souls and if you do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, then surely we shall be amongst the losers."1 The Prophet Jonah ; "And he cried out in the darkness, there is no God but thee, glory to Thee, surely I have been among the wrong doers."2 Thus Allah said of him; "And had he not been of those who glorify (Me) he would have dwelt in his belly until the day that they are resurrected."3 

And our Lord heard the cry of the pleading woman from above seven heavens: "Verily Allah has heard the word of the woman who argued with you regarding her husband and she complained to Allah, and Allah heard your discourse, surely Allah is the All Hearing and All Seeing."4 The Prophet Zakariyya , called upon His Lord and asked for a son in old age: "Oh Lord grant me from you a righteous progeny, verily You hear prayers; and the angels called him while he was praying in his niche (saying) verily Allah gives you glad tiding of Yahya as a confirmation and a word from Allah."5 

I am ashamed to my Lord that we seem to be asking for everyone's help, when we have a Lord who merely has to say "be" and it becomes a reality. I am suggesting that we suspend all appeals for a moment, and appeal to the One who hears all prayers, who knows all events and who has power over all things. For a moment, instead of press conferences, boycotts, and pleas, we should turn our attention to Allah . I am confident that if we show Allah that we are willing to change, that we put our trust in Him, and turn collectively, to Him for help, He will help us. If we demonstrate to Allah that we are patient with adversity, surely our Lord is a Good Lord; He will send glad tidings upon us. "So give tidings to the patient, those who when affliction befalls them they say; "Surely we are from Allah and surely to him we shall return, upon such are the salawaat from their Lord and such are those who are rightly guided." 

I swear by Allah, in whose hand is my soul, I believe that if we as a global Muslim community, call upon Him, He will answer our prayers. I am advising that we all repent to Him, and instead of collecting signatures, we collect trash from the street, sandwiches for the needy, money for the children in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Darfur, Watts, Harlem, and the ghettoes of Europe, Africa and Asia. Instead of political discourse during our Jum'ah prayers should we talk about Allah. We should glorify His Holy name, we should praise Him, call upon Him, pray together and beg him for mercy, for forgiveness, for change. Surely Allah hears those who praise Him

I was inspired to write the following supplication, and I am confident that if millions of us around the world, say this or something similar to it, with sincerity, we shall see a change in our condition very shortly. We have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Wa Allahu Must'taaan, a bihi tawfiq

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Quranic Notes:

  1. 7:23 Al-Aaraaf
  2. 21:87 al-Anbiyaa
  3. 37:144 As-Saaffaat
  4. 58:1 al-Mujaadila
  5. 3:37-38 al-Imraan

Duaa for Global Change

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that there is no God except You and that Muhammad is your Messenger, 

Yaa Allah, I have wronged my own soul and I beg for your forgiveness, 

Yaa Allah, we the Muslims have wronged ourselves and if You do not forgive us and have mercy on us, then surely we shall be of the lost.

Yaa Allah, we believe in You, and in Your Book that you have sent, and in Your Prophet that you have dispatched to mankind,

Yaa Allah we bear witness that we are all paupers compared to you and that You are without need.

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that there is no mercy except Your mercy. 

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that there is no safety except that which You grant, that there is no refuge except that which You give. 

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that there is no humanitarian aid except that it comes from Your khazaa'in (storehouses), send sustenance to our hungry for you are Khairul Raaziqeen (the Best Sustainer).

Yaa Allah we bear witness that no one has power greater than Your power, 

Yaa Allah, we bear witness than none is to be feared except You, yaa Rabbanaa, free us of our fear. 

Yaa Allah we reject the tyrants and believe in you; for you are the Just, and you command justice, send justice to our suffering.

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that no one holds our future in their hand except You, we entrust our affair to You, oh wisest of the Wise, free us from our dependence except upon you.

Yaa Arrahmaan You are the Guardian of those who believe, guard us, 

Yaa Haadi, You are the Guide and without You there is no guidance, guide us, 

Yaa Allah, make us so that we do not ask except of You.

Yaa Allah, it is You that hears every cry, make us so we do not beg except from You.

Yaa Allah make us so that we do not seek to be loved, except by those whom you love, and show us the path to Your love.

Yaa Muqallib al-Quloob, turn our hearts to You, and make our faith firm in Your Word and in Your promise for surely Oh Beneficent One, you do not break Your promise. 

Soften our hearts so we shall not be stingy, free us of greed, free us of consumerism, free us of our addiction to the marketplaces, free us of our attachment to this world.

Yaa Allah, make us so that we do not seek to be accepted by anyone except You, 

Yaa Allah, make us so that we see Your signs and believe in them, and make us not of those who turn a blind eye to Your signs

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that there is no life except that which You granted, and that no soul is taken except that You send for it, 

Yaa Allah, we bear witness that there is no glory except Your Glory, that there is no healing except Your Healing, heal us yaa Rabb, heal our hearts, heal our communities, heal our wickedness, heal our dependence on other than You, Glorious and forever Exalted be Thy Name. 

Yaa Allah, You are the Lord of the East and the West. 

Yaa Allah, you are the Lord of the righteous and the wicked. 

Yaa Allah, you are the Lord of the Arabs and the Jews, 

Yaa Allah, you are the lord of the Lebanese, you are the Lord of Israelis, 

Yaa Allah, You are the Lord of the Iraqis, you are the Lord of the Iranians, You are the lord of the Kurds.

Yaa Allah, You are the Lord of the Sunnis, you are the Lord of the Shiites, you are the Lord of the Christians, and You are the Lord of the Muslims.

Yaa Allah, you are the Lord of the British, you are the Lord of the Americans, you are the Lord of the French, and You are the Lord of South Africa, 

Yaa Allah, You are the Lord of Malaysia, You are the Lord of India, You are the Lord of Pakistan, you are the Lord of Chechnya,.

Yaa Allah, You are the Lord of Bosnia, You are the Lord of the Philippines

Yaa Allah, you are the Lord of Darfur, You are the Lord of New Orleans, You are the Lord of Indonesia, and You are the Lord of Afghanistan, 

Yaa Allah, there is no creature in this universe except that You are their Lord and Master and to this we bear witness, 

Yaa Rabbil Aalameen. Bring relieve to those who are suffering.

Yaa Allah, there is no man or woman who walks, crawls, rides, or flies upon this earth except that they will come before You on the Day of Judgment. 

Yaa Allah, change the hearts of those who kill the helpless, of those who persecute the blameless, and of those who imprison the innocent. 

Yaa Muntaqim, if you avenge the innocent, then You are the Lord of the innocent, if You punish the wicked, then surely they are Your servants, and if You forgive them for surely you are the Forgiving and the Merciful

Yaa Mutakabbir, rid me of my arrogance, rid us of our arrogance, for the arrogant shall not be granted entry into Your Garden

Yaa Malikul Mulk, you are the King of Kings, you give Your Kingdom to whomever you please, and You take it away from whomever You please, and You exalt whom You please, and you belittle whom you please and it is You who has power over all things.

Yaa Allah, it is You who turns the night into day and it is you who turns the day into night and it is You who takes life from the dead and it is You who take death from the living and you sustain whomever You please without measure.

Yaa Allah, the sun and the moon is under Your command, the wind and the rain move by your decree, and the heat of the sun compares naught to the heat of the hell fire.

Yaa Rabb, save us from the torments of hell, from the pain of death and from the punishment of the grave

Yaa Allah, make us not a trial for those who do not believe in you and forgive us for our sins, verily You are the Knower and the Wise

Yaa Allah, join the hearts of the believers for if we spend everything that was on the earth, held a thousand conferences, and uttered a thousand slogans, it would not join our heart, but is You and only You, who joins hearts

Yaa Allah erect us as brethren in faith, upon pillars of light on the day when neither money nor our children will benefit us naught, except he who comes to You with a clean heart. 

Yaa Allah, our condition is bleak, we have disobeyed Your commands, we benefit from usury and withhold charity, we live in luxury and desert your houses of worship, we emulate the arrogant and despise the poor. 

Ya Allah, We have been fooled into believing that we can change our condition without changing ourselves

Yall Allah, guide our scholars, and blind the tyrants, for whoever is blind in this world, he shall also be blind in the next world. 

Yaa Allah, we have acknowledged our wrongs, we have repented for our actions and we have learned that it is you we must ask for help in our time of need, for surely You are the Hearer of all supplication.

Help us oh Lord of the worlds, guide us in our time of ignorance, and shower Your mercy upon the victims of unwarranted bloodshed for none despairs of Your Mercy except those who have gone astray.

Yaa Allah, disable the bombs of tyranny, the weapons of wickedness, and the car bombs that don't care, we seek refuge in you from the punishment of the grave, from the punishment of hell, from the trials of life and death, and from the trials of the Anti-Christ.

Yaa Allah, when thy servants ask us about You, we shall say that you are close, that You answer the call of the caller when he calls upon You, and we shall seek you, and we shall believe in You, that perhaps You will guide us aright.

Yaa Allah, extend Your peace and Your blessings to Your last Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah, the truthful one, and to his family, as You have extended such to Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. For amongst the entire universe, You are the Praiseworthy and the Majestic.

And our last cry shall be Praise to Allah, Lord of all the worlds

Your humble and needy servant, Abu Laith Luqman ibn Abdulkarim Muhammad Ahmad

 

Imam Abu Laith Luqman is freelance writer. He teaches a class on Spiritual Etiquette at Masjidullah in Philadelphia Pa. He can be reached at [email protected] or through his web site at: www.lotustreepublications.com


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  26 Comments   Comment

  1. from Guinea

    Praise be to All-Mighty Allah,who hath inspired such uplifting and healing words to a servant of His(Imam Abu Laith Luqman).

    I dearly appreciate the article and would like to request the Arabic translation of the 'Duaa for Global Change."

    May ALLAH protect the author and Islami City.

    Your brother inIslam,

    Ahmadou Tidane.

  2. maryam from traveller

    It is our duty to be closer to Allah. It is our duty to better ourselfs. It is our duty to ask Allah firstly. It is our duty to have hope and fear of Allah. Nothing will change in this world untill we change ourselfs and then Allah's assistance inshAllah be with us.

    AsghfirAllah alatheem

  3. Jean from USA

    I am not Muslim, I am Christian, but I want to express my love and concern for all God's (Allah's) people who love Him. I have Muslim friends and my heart goes out to the innocent ones who live by God's law. There are bad people of all faiths and that is a shame. The good ones should not be tainted in the eyes of the world because of very misguided ones. God loves us all, Christians, Muslims and Jews. I pray for peace among God's children. Hamdolillah.

  4. Noor from Bangladesh

    while its always a little nice reading all the duas and stuff, I dont think its going to change the condition of Muslims. After all, I dont think we are doing less ibada than any other group of people, yet we are under their subjugation.

    In The Final Testament God says that God does change the condition of people unless they themselves change or change it themselves. God is not going to come down here and change the conditions of so called Muslims, this is called SunnatAllah or way of God, the natural phenomenon. It is thru the will of God, our will come into being. But, ultimate truth is we strayed from the siratual Mustakim. ( straight path)and straight path.

    we strayed from the path of Abraham and Muhammad. And all the prophets and messengers. In the day of judgement, Prophets that you and I love, will only complain to God saying "My Lord my people abandoned this Quran."

    what I said here will sound like I am not a Muslim, and I dont care to be a Muslim. But, study the Quran and you will come to know that everything I said here is the truth from the Sustainer of the universe(s).

  5. heeb from UK

    Amine ya rab. What a powerful dua and may Allah hear all those Muslims you make it with a sincere desire to rid the world of the current tyranny, bloodshed and poverty which our brothers and sisters are being tested with today. Allah swt commands us to seek none but his help and mercy because without his mercy nothing and noneone can ever allieviate the ongoing pain and suffering of mankind today. I believe that a united power of numbers who mention this dua in a spirit of optimism will inchAllah be heard by the most high, the all hearer and the all seer. amine

  6. clement farhad Surajpal from USA

    As-Salaam-alai-kum,

    Dear Abu,

    Indeed a beautiful plea to the Creator to whom we should have been praying. As a remainder, can mankind help us? The Supreme intervention which we need so badly should herald to us that only Allah can do what no man can do! And to Him we need to address our pleas in whatever circumstance or fitna we face. I must commend you for asking not only the believers but also the non-believers in our work towards salavation. It would seem that Gog and Magog have been released!

    Our sufferings have arisen from our actions. And as you can see, mankind has taken the position that he is the telling voice. We are sadly mistaken! What a waste of the Lord's blessings showered upon us. There is no question in my mind that if mankind should so make that international plea you so desire, that Allah will respond. When, would another question.

    He is the Unseen, the Seer, the Hearer, and the Knower. Not even a leaf falls without His knowledge. Take heart, He knows whats in our minds! He will act when He thinks it necessary.

    Who else knows?

    Thus, we must pray! We must pray! We Must pray!

    Jazakamullah Khairan,

    Clement

  7. hala from usa

    Ameen ya Rabb el aalamin. HamdoulliLLahi Rabb el aalamin, "Allah doesnot change what's in people until they change what in themselves". All what we are good for now is go to streets and cheer randomly, staying at home and praying is much better for us in this life and in the next life. May Allah forgive us and show us the right way.

  8. Yasmine from USA

    Subhan Allah!! May every servant of Allah SWT take heed to these serious advices that Imam Abu Laith Luqman has given. May Allah SWT accept our du'as insha'Allah. Jazaak Allahu khairan.

    Yasmine Sayed

  9. Khalid from USA

    Thank you brother for helping our wounded hearts with a nice dua.

  10. Mohd Khalid from INDIA

    Assalamualaikum.

    I think its our biggest mistake that we ask other than ALLAH and we come to ALLAH after that also we are not doing the work of ALLAH that is 'To call people of ALLAH towords ALLAH'.

    MAY ALLAH MERCY ON US

  11. abdifatah suleiman musse from USA

    that is what I thought, we need to repent to allah

    and obay his messenger mohamed aleyhi salam, and may allah accept our prayer, all we need is allah, all power and honor belong to allah alone, yes please allways think outside the box all you need is allah, he only says be and its reality

    the guided one interacts with we us daily, we hear from him daily but we ignore it is must be problem too, we must repent to allah and obay his messenger mohamed aleyhi salam, asalamu aleykum warah matulah

  12. khan from World

    Unless

    1)We unite as one ummah-MUSLIM(forget sects, shias-sunnis, ethnicity: arab-asian-european-american,) and has one VOICE,

    2)We form an Islamic union (like NATO,UN,G8,)and make rules/policies and chapters/guidelines per Islam to control our economy, trades, resources and defend us first as one ummah,

    3)We establish islamic financial Institutions and and use our own one currency (boycotting western currencies and Financial institutions),

    4)We follow Islam and Hadith (true democracies in arab nations, not arab made rules that hijacked true Islam),

    5)We have democratic leaders(not employees or puppets of western govts.) and write our own constitutions and laws according to Islam with the help of true Alims and scholars,

    6)We have our own Industries(military and non-Military) to stand on our own feet and do not depend on other countries on food-water and everyday's commodities.

    7)We see our prophet as a role model and follow his teachings including the QURAN(stop imitating as westerners and stop adopting their cultures, values and their version of freedom and liberty),

    8) so on and ....

    till then we have to beg and cry.. and they will not listen as they want us to live in poverty, underdeveloped, and give our resources to them at cheap rates...

    They invade ,destroy us and our countries(their defence companies make fortune) and rebuild again and their building and companies make fortune(this cycle goes on "DESTROY and BUILD" Making money in both ways?).

  13. Nasser from USA

    Veryly with Hardship commith Ease.

    Think not of them as being dead. They are but alive with up.

    Allah has grant the muslims his mercy, so we will experience some hardship in this DUNYAH.

    Be patient in times of hardship.

    Sallam brothers and sisters.

  14. Riel Bilto from USA

    This is a wonderful article with terrific points. I think we should all remember that if we pray for others Allah has promised that he will gives us the same thing... but double.

  15. Tahir Khan from pakistan

    Assalam alaikum,

    Thank for for such anice and truely informative article with full full devotion and sincerely. my best wishes to all of us. God bless all of us and accept our efforts. ammen

    Tahir. Pakistan

  16. ahmed asgher from bahrain

    an excellent suggestion even though a lengthy doa which is hard for an old man like me to remember. this is my personal doa and it comes from all my being: Ya Allah: do to me what YOU KNOW is good for me. (Alla'humma e'mal bi ma anta ahluh)

  17. Mohammad Azam from USA

    God has told us in the Quran that he helps that Nation who helps itself. So if Muslims need help from God they need to take the right course of action on individual and national basis and that in my view is only and only excelling in education, getting rid of poverty, getting rid of terrorism.

    Look at Iraq -- 99% people killed there are from the hands from insurgents !! Is that not still eye opening!

  18. dr aisha abdullahi from united kingdom

    At a time like this when so many people(including muslims in particular) have the wrong perception of Islam, it is refreshing to my soul that the true spirit of Islam remains untainted in the hearts of some people. May Allah reward you for spreading this message; may it inspire all who read it. Ameen.

  19. huma from saudi arabia

    your article's very touching.We should think seriously and deeply about the text, its very guiding.....indeed we should continuously assess ourselves, correct our errors and pray for a guided life. And as the article goes we should have faith in Allah and ask and expect for help only from Him.

  20. Shoban from USA

    Very well written and true to the point. We as Muslims must seek Allah's help and protection and forgiveness, if we want to change the miserable condition we are in. I was recently giving someone a historical update to the Palestinian/Israeli problem and realized that since the time the Arab Muslims joined the British and turned against their own Muslim Caliphate, the Ottomans, during WWI and destroyed the longest lasting Islamic dynasty, they have never seen peace in that region and Allah has allowed Israel & the West to enslave them. It is of dire importance that we as Muslims repent for turning our backs to the commands of Allah (SWT) and beg for His forgiveness, and remove the love of this life and fear of death from our hearts; otherwise the non-believers will continue to pillage and destroy us as easy as eating dinner from a plate.

    Also, a note of correction. It was Prophet Yunus (Jonah) and not Prophet Ayub (Job) who was in the belly of the fish.