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Salam dear brother,
I wanted to ask you about this dua i came across. It's called the dua-e- Mashool and i wanted to know if it really is as amazing as some claim it to be.
I read a rough english translation and it seemed to be really nice and i started reading it but then some people told me it's a shia thing. Now i hate it when people refer to themselves as shia or sunni- muslim is what we all are, but just wanted to ask you for your take on this as your answers to most all my questions have been very helpful so far.
I can keep reading it, right? I really liked it and the meaning was really good i thought.
I'm attaching a pdf file with the dua in it so you can read it.
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Respected brother, first and foremost, as good as you may believe the ‘dua’ or supplication may be, we assure you that this ‘dua-e-Mashool’ is not related from the Prophet (saws), but is invented and created by someone after the death of the Prophet (saws).
Secondly brother, although the absolute majority of the terminology and implication of the related ‘dua’ is in line in with the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, there are a few terms in the dua which are not accurate….for example:
…O Thou that didst grant unto Khizr immortality; and
brought back for Yusha, the son of Nun, the sun after it had set…..
There is absolutely no evidence in the Quran or the Sunnah to claim that Hadrat Khidhr is immortal!....nor is there any evidence that Allah Subhanah brought back the sun after it had set for Hadrat Yusha ibn Nun!
Respected brother, there is absolutely no harm if one wishes to supplicate unto their Lord Most Gracious with any lawful supplication, as the Lord Most Gracious hears and responds to every lawful supplication made unto Him by His believing slaves.
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."
Narrated by Ahmad and Sunan.
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.
Respected brother, we reiterate again that one is in absolute liberty to supplicate unto their Lord Most Gracious any lawful supplication their hearts might wish and desire….but if one were to choose the best words to supplicate their Lord, without any iota of a doubt, it would be the terms in which the Noble Messenger of Allah (saws) supplicated unto his Lord and are related aplenty in the records of the authentic and established Sunnah.
The mother of the believers, Hadrat Aishah (r.a.) reported that the Prophet (saws) loved the short but comprehensive, meaningful supplications, more than others and the most favored amongst them was : “O Allah, give us all the good of this world, and the good of the life hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the Fire."
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,