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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Very rarely do I get the opportunity to devote this much time to religion, so I have decided to dedicate this night to Islam, where I will be asking you as many questions as come to my mind.
My questions revolves around Aayat-e-Karima, i.e. La Ilaha Illa Anta Subhanaka Inni Kuntu Minaz Zaalimeen. About 8 odd years ago, a relative taught me this and told me that its very effective, because a muslim is openly declaring that "Allah, you are the only one, the greatest and we are all the sinners". I adopted this aayat and started using it whenever I was stuck in any uncomfortable situation and alhamdullilah, miracles took place upon reciting this! Never once did it fail me.
However, a short while later, another person told me that this aayat should not be recited commonly, as it is very jalaali! Now, I don`t know what jalaali means, but the person told me that this aayat should be recited in a state of Wudu only and with a neeyat to complete a certain figure, 125,000 to be exact. It is usually recited in a group of people in one sitting and is generally for a definite purpose! If a person wants something desperately, he or she must recite it individually, in a state of wudu, and complete it 125,000 times within a defined period of time. She also said that if not recited properly, the opposite of what is being requested will happen. I don`t believe in all this but I need an authentic source for confirmation because I just cannot believe that Allah Subhana Wata Aaala can ever do the opposite of what you request.
I would like to know your view on this. Is all this true? Why cannot I recite this whenever I feel the need, without having to make wudu first? If I`m having my menses, why do I have to refrain from reciting this? My tongue is clean, isn`t it? And if this restriction is not there for any aayat, then why for this? Moreover, Inshallah I will be performing Hajj soon. May I recite this aayat while in Macca or Madina or is it forbidden? Please guide me.
Thank you once again for bearing with my comprehensive queries. God bless you
Your sister in Islam
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Statement: Very rarely do I get the opportunity to devote this much time to
religion, so I have decided to dedicate this night to Islam, where I will be
asking you as many questions as come to my mind.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 3634 Narrated by Abud Darda'
Kathir ibn Qays said: I was sitting with Abud Darda' in the
Dear and beloved sister in Islam, may Allah Subhanah increase you in your quest for seeking the knowledge of Truth from the Quran and Sunnah. In the above authentic hadith, the Messenger of Allah (saws) declares that those who strive to seek this knowledge of Truth are the heirs of the Prophets! May Allah Subhanah include you and us amongst those fortunate beings, and bestow upon you and us the wisdom and the courage to invest more time in seeking and following this blessed guidance.
Your Question: However, a short while later, another person told me that this aayat should not be recited commonly, as it is very jalaali! Now, I don`t know what jalaali means,
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verses 87-88:
87 And remember Zun-nun (Prophet Yunus (a.s.)) when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried through the depths of darkness "There is no god but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!"
88 So We listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those who have faith.
Dear and Beloved Sister, the Truth of the matter is that every single Aayah of the Quran is jalaali or full of wisdom, guidance, and power!
The beautiful and humble supplication of Prophet Yunus (a.s.) is indeed a powerful supplication for a believer to call upon the Merciful Lord whenever one wishes to call upon Him. It is Allahs Solemn Promise that whoever amongst His slaves calls upon Him in humility, and fear, and hope; He will accept their supplication and deliver them of their distress.
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!
Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, one may call upon their All-Hearing and Merciful Lord anytime and on every occasion one wishes, for the Lord loves nothing better than one supplicating to Him and asking from His Majesty and Grace.
Abu Hurairah reported, "The Prophet (saws) said, "Nothing is more dear to Allah than one's supplication to Him.''
Narrated by Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.
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."
Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban.
Your Statement: but the person told me that this aayat should be recited in a state of Wudu only and with a neeyat to complete a certain figure, 125,000 to be exact. It is usually recited in a group of people in one sitting and is generally for a definite purpose! If a person wants something desperately, he or she must recite it individually, in a state of wudu, and complete it 125,000 times within a defined period of time. She also said that if not recited properly, the opposite of what is being requested will happen.
Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, Allah Subhanah has guided the believers to call upon Him anytime one wishes to do so, and let no one tell you otherwise! Neither is one required to be in wudu to call upon the Lord, nor does one have to repeat the Aayah of supplication a particular number of times, nor is one required to recite this beautiful supplication in a group of people, nor in one sitting, nor for a definite purpose, etc.!!!
Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared no restrictions upon the believers who wish to call upon and supplicate their Merciful Lord; and no one has a right to put restrictions in the deen where Allah and His Messenger (saws) have put none! Whoever puts such restrictions or conditions on a believer, when Allah and His Messenger (saws) have not put any, has done so from himself and is no more than a confirmed liar!
The truth of the matter is that some unscrupulous people fabricate such situations and conditions themselves, and try to make it difficult for the sincere believers of Allah Subhanah to approach Him directly! They wish to enforce themselves in the loop without any right whatsoever, and from themselves invent conditions so that the sincere worshippers of Allah Subhanah would have to consult these unscrupulous people everytime they have to call upon their Merciful Lord and Creator!
The guidance of such unscrupulous people should be immediately rejected, and the best way to keep them away is to immediately ask them to provide their evidence from the Quran and Sunnah for their fabricated conditions, which they will never ever be able to provide! The people who strive to put such self-fabricated conditions are either misguided themselves, or criminals who try to make it difficult and cumbersome for the sincere believers to approach their Lord.
Your Statement: She also said that if not recited properly, the opposite of what is being requested will happen.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verses 74-78:
74 No just estimate have they made of Allah: for Allah is He Who is strong and able to carry out His Will.
75 Allah chooses Messengers from angels and from men: for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things).
76 He knows what is before them and what is behind them: and to Allah go back all questions (for decision).
77 O ye who believe! bow down prostrate yourselves and adore your Lord; and do good; that ye may prosper.
78 And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive! He has chosen you and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer give regular Charity and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector the Best to protect and the Best to help!
The unscrupulous and misguided people who without any right whatsoever scare and threaten the believers that if they do not follow their self-stipulated and fabricated conditions, Allah Subhanah will bring about the opposite of their supplication have really not made a Just Estimate of Allah Subhanah!
Our Merciful Lord is He Who knows perfectly well the condition of each of His believing slaves, and it does not behove His Mercy and Grace to punish those who call upon Him in humility and hope.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2257 Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri
The Prophet (saws) said, "Any Muslim who makes a supplication containing nothing which is sinful, or which involves breaking ties of relationship, will be given for it by Allah one of three things: He will give him swift answer, or store it up for him in the next world, or turn away from him an equivalent amount of evil." Those who heard it said they would then make many supplications and he replied that Allah was more ready to answer than they were to ask.
Your Questions: Is all this true? Why cannot I recite this whenever I feel the need, without having to make wudu first? If I`m having my menses, why do I have to refrain from reciting this? My tongue is clean, isn`t it? And if this restriction is not there for any aayat, then why for this?
Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, each and every one of the conditions and stipulations put by the person are absolutely false and baseless, and they must be rejected in its totality! You may recite this beautiful Aayah whenever you wish to call upon your Lord, as many times as you wish and is easy for you. Neither is one required to be in wudu to call upon their Lord, nor is a woman in menses restricted from this or any other supplication!
The only restriction Allah and His Messenger (saws) have put on the believing woman when in her menses is that she should not physically touch the Quran during this short period of impurity. But, even in the state of menses, the believing woman is allowed to recite as much of the Quran or supplicate her Merciful Lord as much as she wishes from memory!
Your Question: Moreover, Inshallah I will be performing Hajj soon. May I recite this aayat while in Macca or Madina or is it forbidden? Please guide me.
Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, you may recite whatever you wish from the Quran, or supplicate your Lord as much as your heart desires; regardless of whether you are in the Holy cities of Makkah or Medina or in any other part of the world! Our Merciful Lord is always available to answer the prayers and supplications of those who are willing to call upon Him in humility and in fear.
Hadith Qudsi 34
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that Allah, High and Exalted He is, says: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2339 Narrated by Abu Sa'id
Allah's Messenger (saws) said that the Shaytaan said, "By Thy might, my Lord, I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies." The Lord, Who is Great and Glorious, replied, "By My Might, Glory and Exalted Station, I shall continue to pardon them as long as they ask My forgiveness."
Your Statement: Thank you once again for bearing with my comprehensive queries.
Dear and Beloved sister in Islam, Allah is our witness, we seek absolutely no thanks or appreciation whatsoever for our service. If our humble and modest efforts have helped even one brother or sister get closer to Allah and His Deen of Truth, then we would consider ourselves indeed fortunate to have been given this opportunity by the Lord Most Merciful to serve in His Cause. We hope, beg, and pray the Merciful Lord accepts our humble and weak efforts, forgives us our shortcomings, and saves you, us, and all the believers from the torment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,