I remember making a certain dua a lot when I was small, the dua was
“O Allah, keep my tongue moist with your remembrance”
I probably learned it from my mum. I don’t know the wordings of it in Arabic cause I would always read it in English. And I also don’t know if the dua is from the sunnah or not (I will look it up at the end of this post insha’Allah)
But what reminded me of the dua was an amazing realization that struck me yesterday. And because I don’t keep a journal (cause at times I don’t understand my own handwriting) I thought I’d write it down here. I’m just going to pour out my thoughts, unfiltered, so be kind enough to excuse any grammatical errors (I’ll take care of the typos, I mean, auto correct will).
So back to the topic, I don’t know how many of you are aware of Hindu festivals, I wouldn’t be surprised if none of you are. But anyway, in the past two weeks they had a festival, I’ll skip the details cause it doesn’t concern us..As a part of their celebrations they set up huge, and I mean HUGE music systems at a distance of every 200 meters which they used for playing their religious songs/hymns from morning till night. I really don’t know how to explain how it felt having no choice but to listen to it all day, literally everywhere I went because they were all over the city.
It’s a blessing that I don’t understand the language the hymns were in, so it was kinda easier to ignore them but when you listen to something over and over it ends up getting stuck in your head which is very frustrating. So yesterday in the evening when I was home busy doing something I could hear it, inwardly cursing the fact that it was a lot louder at the time since it was the last day of their festival. But here’s the best part!…It suddenly struck me that perhaps doing some dhikr would help block out the sounds. So I did that. And Subhan’Allah it not only helped distract my mind but it also made me realize the importance of doing dhikr and how wonderful it feels!! I also realized how easily we tend to forget to do dhikr.
Most of us are aware of the many verses in the Quran that talk about the significance of rembering Allah Ta’aala:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيرًا
“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance.” (33:41)
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ
Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. (13:28)
Worship for us has become something monotonous done as a part of our daily routine. It’s been reduced to praying five times a day (it’s very sad that sometimes we don’t even pray on time or skip prayers due to work or other stuff). We get so caught up in wordly activities, in living our present life that we easily forget the afterlife. It’s not even there in the back of our minds. Instead our minds are literally filled with thoughts about trivial things like what dress to wear to school or work or trying to come up with new ideas to spend the weekend, places to visit and stuff like that. I hate to admit it but Satan’s doing an amazing job at distracting us from our real purpose in life. 😔
Remember what’s been mentioned in the Quran about Satan’s resolve to tempt mankind?
قَالَ رَبِّ بِمَا أَغْوَيْتَنِي لَأُزَيِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ
[Iblis (Satan)] said: “O my Lord! Because you misled me, I shall indeed adorn the path of error for them (mankind) on the earth, and I shall mislead them all. (15:39)
ثُمَّ لَآتِيَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ وَعَنْ أَيْمَانِهِمْ وَعَنْ شَمَائِلِهِمْ ۖ وَلَا تَجِدُ أَكْثَرَهُمْ شَاكِرِينَ
Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You).” (7:17)
Misleading mankind is his primary goal till the end of time. So whenever we find ourselves giving in to temptations, we should know that it is Satan that’s trying to lead us astray. Therefore we should immediately seek refuge in Allah,
وَإِمَّا يَنْزَغَنَّكَ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ نَزْغٌ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaitan (Satan) then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (7:200)
Also, when Satan said he will mislead mankind, Allah said,
إِنَّ عِبَادِي لَيْسَ لَكَ عَلَيْهِمْ سُلْطَانٌ إِلَّا مَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْغَاوِينَ
“Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves, except those who follow you of the Ghawin (Mushrikun and those who go astray, criminals, polytheists, and evil-doers, etc.) (15:42)
This verse gives me hope and comfort, and encourages me to be righteous and strive against evil. When I’m in a spiritual mood of this kind or on a spiritual high as some would say, I get upset with myself for being careless about my religious obligations, for being unconcerned about my akhira, for not even trying to be a good Muslim. But it is in these moments of realization that I feel truly grateful for Islam, for being blessed with eeman. I feel that with just a little more effort we can become better Muslims, stay away from temptations and sinning, and earn reward. Bi ithnillah.
Oh and this the hadith I was talking about earlier,
The Messenger of Allah ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “…Always keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime.”
(Sunan Ibn Majah 3793)
The Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) has taught us many beautiful duas to be recited in the morning and evening, after prayer, etc. We all should make a habit to recite these duas everyday seeking Allah’s Help, placing our complete trust in Him.
Here’s one of them,
اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّيْ عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ.
O Allah, help me remember You, to be grateful to You, and to worship You in an excellent manner.
Keep me in your prayers. ❤