Once Moosa (AS) asked Allah Ta’ala: O Allah! You have granted me the honor and privilege of talking to you directly, Have you given this privilege to any other person? Allah Ta’ala replied, O!! Moosa during the last period I am going to send an ummat, who will be the Ummat of Mohammed (SAW) with dry lips, parched tongues, emaciated body with eyes sunken deep into their sockets, with livers dry and stomachs suffering the pangs of hunger- will call out to me (in dua) they will be much closer to me than you O Moosa! while you speak to me there are 70000 veils between you and me but at the time of iftaar there will not be a single veil between me and the fasting Ummati of Mohammed (SAW) O!! Moosa I have taken upon myself the responsibility that at the time of iftaar I will never refuse the dua of a fasting person!
Insha’Allah Ramadan will be here in only two days, this is an excellent time to make lots of dua’a for those in East Africa. Sometimes we forget the power of dua’a that Allah swt grants us so lets not lose this opportunity during this blessed month to make dua’a for those who need it most. Allah swt accepts the dua’a of a fasting person and what is a better way to increase our closeness to Allah by making dua’a for an absent brother/sister in Islam?
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The swiftest supplication to be answered is the supplication of someone for another person who is not present.”
SubhanAllah, its so easy to make dua’a, and you increase the blessings of your dua’a when you pray for another, and while you’re fasting? I’m no scholar and I know very little, but doesn’t it seem that the blessings only double when you make dua’a for an absent brother while fasting? Alhamdulillah, how beautiful is that?
So PLEASE make lots of dua’a for those in East Africa, as well as throughout the world. And if it is in your means please donate to help as there is blessing in charity during ramadan as well, insha’Allah. Islamic Relief currently is hosting a campaign to raise donations for East Africa to help with the crisis insha’Allah. Here is the link where you can help: (http://www.islamic-relief.com/Emergencies-And-Appeals/1-63-east-africa-crisis-appeal.aspx)
So, its not too much to ask for a little extra dua’a right? Its the smaller deeds that are done consistently that Allah swt loves, so why not make a little extra dua’a consistently insha’Allah?
Ramadan Mubarak :]
*This is a reminder to myself before anyone else.