By Asma bint Shameem (Taken from Al Huda Canada)
What if I tell you that I know a way that will ensure that all your prayers are answered, that none of your Du’aas will be rejected and anything that you ask for will be granted?
Wouldn’t you like to know what that way is? Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to avail that?
But…..what is that way? How can we achieve all this and more?
The answer to that, brothers and sisters, isn’t anything secret or hidden.
The answer has been there for ages. Actually, its been there for the last 1400 years.. We just didn’t look hard enough. We just didn’t pay much attention to it.
It is what Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala has promised His slaves every single day….every time he sits down to break his fast. The answer lies in the hadeeth of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) when he said:
“Indeed the fasting person has at the time of breaking the fast a supplication, which is not rejected.” (lbn Majah, Saheeh)
And he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) also said: “Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father (parent), the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.” (al-Baihaqi, Saheeh)
In another hadeeth, he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “There are in the month of Ramadhaan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and will be granted.” [Ahmad, Saheeh]
So Allah answers the Du`aa of the fasting person at Iftaar time.
But, alas, most of us are either unaware of this great blessing of Allaah or are too busy thinking about food at this time. Some of us are frying ‘samosas’ till the last minute, setting the table and preparing ‘hot’ food. Some are too busy talking, arguing about the exact time to break the fast, or watching television (may Allah protect us), reading the newspaper and some are even sleeping until after the Maghrib adhaan has been called! And some are busy filling up their plates even before the time to break the fast has entered!
Allaah is promising us that He will answer our prayers and we are too busy to respond?!!
What a waste of a golden opportunity….a chance of a lifetime to have your supplications accepted!
What is the matter with us? Is food really the most important thing….the ultimate goal of our lives?!!
Is it food that Ramadhaan is all about?!!
Why do we not take full advantage of this great gift of Allah?
Don’t you see?!
Here is your chance to earn Jannah!
Now is the time to ask for forgiveness…for EVERYTHING you have EVER done….And He will forgive you.
Ask Him for guidance for you and your family and He will guide you.
Ask Him to solve all your problems, and He will find a solution for you.
Ask Him for this Dunyaa and He will grant it to you. And the Aakhirah….He will suffice you.
Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
“Du’aa’ should be made before iftaar (breaking the fast), at Maghrib, because this combines weakness and humility, and because he is still fasting. All of these are means of having one’s du’aa’ answered.”
It is said that the intelligent is the one who takes advantage of the situation. So don’t let this great opportunity pass you by.
Know that Allah listens to the fasting person’s supplication and answers it. So finish all your work and preparations 5 minutes before Iftaar time.
Teach this to your kids and your families and encourage them to do the same.
Don’t let the Dunyaa distract you.
Sit down peacefully, clear your mind of all thoughts, bow your head and raise those hands.
Go ahead and make use of this precious…. precious time when you are breaking your fast to ask Allah for all those things that would make your life easy in this world and in the Hereafter.
And do it with full faith and confidence that Allaah will surely respond.
Why wouldn’t He?? He said so and so He will.
May Allaah accept all of our Ibaadah and all our supplications and grant us Jannah. Ameen.
Dua of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) at time of Iftaar:
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to say:
“Dhahaba al-‘zama’ wa abtallat al-‘urooq wa thabata al-ajr in sha Allaah
(the thirst is gone, the veins have been moistened and the reward is assured, if Allaah wills).” (Abu Dawood, al-Bayhaqi; classed as hasan).
The hadeeth with the words “Allaahumma laka sumtu wa ‘ala rizqika aftartu….
اللهم لك صمت وعلى رزقك أفطرت
This is a da’eef (weak) hadeeth , as stated by Ibn al-Qayyim (Zaad al-Ma’aad), and so it is better to avoid it and stay with the authentic dua.
And Allaah knows best.
Al Huda Institute, Canada