Importance of Du’a or prayer

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Allah created man to be khalifa on earth. He created for all things that are earth and gave him the power of seeing hearing and understanding. He taught him speech and enlightened him with what is right and what is wrong.

In the holy Quran, it is said that with every difficulty there is relief. This means that whatever difficulties or troubles are encountered by man, Allah always provides a solution, a relief a way to lead to ease and happiness if we follow his path and show our faith by patience.

Despite all efforts there are some objectives which man cannot achieve without the grace and help of Allah. At such a stage, man instinctively turns to his creator, and seeks his help for the solution of problems. Such supplication and invocation is called du’a or prayer. It is the strongest and most visible acknowledgment of Allah’s sovereignty and man’s total dependence on him. It is the medium by which man can converse with Allah.

And the weapon of a believer. Another very importance saying of the prophet peace be upon him regarding prayer is “verily, your lord is shy of his servants when they raise up their hands to him in supplication to return them empty.”

Verse 186 of surah Baqrah says, “I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on me.”

And in verse 60 of surah Mu’min Allah says, “And your lord says call on me I will answer.” (Your prayer)

These two verses tell us that Allah listens to our prayers and answer them our supplication to Allah should therefore be made with full faith and confidence that it will be accepted.

A commentator of the holy Quran says: “true prayer is answered by god.”

Another commentator says: the god of Islam is the constant companion of his servants and a prop to those in need and distress.”

The most beautiful prayer taught in the holy Quran is surah faithah. It is an essential part of Allah Muslim worship public or private our prayers should be addressed direct to Allah who alone is able to answer them. Verse 56 of surah bani israle says that beings other than Allah whom people call upon have neither the power to remove their troubles nor to change them therefore praying to or asking for help from angles prophets or saints is strictly forbidden in Islam. An important point to remember is that we stand in need of Allah’s help, guidance and protection. Allah who is independent and absolute does not need our prayers are for man’s own spiritual education and consolation.

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saheem saheem One of the womensannex writer Kabul Afghanistan

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