Wazifa or normal dua
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AssalamAlaikum. Brother Burhan.
I wanted to ask whether in hard times ,one should do some `wazeefa` as well or just go on with the normal Du`a and supplication ?
please reply as soon as possible.
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Unfortunately the term wazifa has taken on its own meaning, and today it means a legal supplication from the Quran or Sunnah, which has to be recited an x number of times to be called a wazifa!
One may choose any dua or supplication of the Prophets or the believers related by Allah Subhanah in the Glorious Quran; or any of the supplications used by the Messenger of Allah (saws) and the believers in the various circumstances of their lives, or even simply raise ones hands in all humility and hope and ask what one wills from the All Mighty, All Powerful Lord of the Worlds! It is expected that he will find Allah Subhanah close to him, and ready to accept his supplications.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186: And if My servants ask you, O Prophet, concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls on Me. So let them respond to My call and believe in Me. (Convey this to them), perhaps they may be guided aright!
Nu'man b. Bashir reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "Verily supplication is worship."
Abu Hurairah reported, "The Prophet (saws) said, "Nothing is more dear to Allah than one's supplication to Him.''
Salman reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "Your Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted One, is Modest and Generous, and He loathes to turn away His servant empty-handed when he raises his hands to Him in supplication."
Abdallah b. 'Umar reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "Hearts are like vessels, some more attentive and capacious than others. When you supplicate Allah you should be certain of being answered, and know that Allah does not answer a supplication that comes from a careless and inattentive heart."
But it would not be righteousness or correct if one took a chosen supplication and simply repeated or chanted it x number of times, simply because some holy man gave them this x number without any daleel or authority from the Quran and Sunnah! One may recite the dua or supplication any number of times one wishes to do so, without fixing a particular number, or a particular time, or a particular manner, etc. to it from himself!
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