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ASKING THE BLESSING OF GOD

Everyone asks for blessings from God, but he or she feels that it is a unilateral blessing; I have nothing to give God in return for His blessing. In such a situation, a person faces the questions: how to ask blessings from God, how to invoke God for His blessing towards him. When one reads the Qur’an with this mind, one finds a very relevant reference in the Qur’an. In one part of the Qur’an there are the details of the law of inheritance, how to apportion the bequest among relatives after the death of a family member. In this regard in chapter Al-Nisa’ (Women) Qur’an says: If other relatives, orphans or needy people are present at the time of the division, then provide for them out of it, and speak kindly to them. (4:8)

Here God Almighty laid a principle for man to give to not only to the deserving ones but also to those persons who do not deserve. So, one can make this a point of reference for prayer. One can say in one’s prayer that: ‘O God, bestow on me the same mercy which You have enjoined man to bestow on man.’ It is a way of praying to use some event as a point of reference for prayer. The above verse provides us with a very important point of reference: it is impossible that God Almighty asks man to give blessing to others and that He himself is deprived of this blessing. Certainly, God is in a position to bestow that kind of blessing a billion times more than a man, since man was created by God.

The Prophet once said that one who asks God with the reference of ism-e-Azam (the greatest name), his prayer will certainly be fulfilled by God. What is asking by referring to ism-e-Azam? It is that kind of prayer that can invoke God Almighty, and the above-mentioned prayer falls in this category. If one asks God by the way of invoking His attributes, one will certainly be responded to positively. Certainly, God is in a position to bestow that kind of blessing a billion times more than a man, since man was created by God. ‘To invoke’ literally means to make a request with special words for help to God Almighty. This kind of prayer by the way of invoking is the greatest prayer. And one, who can make such kind of prayer, will certainly find a positive response from God.

The above-mentioned verse of the Qur’an gives a person this kind of assurance regarding his prayer. There are two kinds of prayers: One, ordinary prayer or ordinary dua; the second, dua or prayer by the way of invoking God. The first kind of dua is simply a recitation of some words, but the second kind of dua is full of sentiments, full of spirituality, and full of the divine spirit. So, if the first kind of dua is a dua, then the second kind of dua is a super dua.

The first kind of dua can be made by only using the words of a dictionary, but the second kind of dua requires something more; that is, a deep realization of God, high trust in God, and great love and sentiments towards God. It is these kinds of qualities that enable one to make that kind of dua which is called super dua.

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