Saturday, December 6, 2014

Both asked and not asked | Initiator of Creation

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Via Muwasala FB, I learned about Habib Umar's prayer based on the Name of Allah - Al-Mubdi' which means the Initiator of Creation. He initiated all this that we have around us. He's the Founder. It all originated from Him. He started all this.

By the way, the du'a that you see beneath the title of this blog, calling upon His Name Al-Hamid, is also from Habib Umar bin Hafiz. May Allah let us continue to benefit from his counsel.

It's interesting that in this du'a in relation to the Name Al-Mubdi', Habib Umar composed it as such:
O Allah, O Initiator of Creation, bestow abundant prayers and peace upon Your slave and beloved, our Master Muhammad, the Prophet with whose light You initiated creation and upon his Family and Companions, and by him give us what we have asked for and what we have not asked for from Your immense generosity, out of Your bounty and kindness.

Surely we have been asking Him for lots of things, there are also things that we wish for in our hearts but somehow we don't articulate it on the tongue. Plus, there are things that we never knew we should be asking for it. Imagine if we were to be given only the things that we asked?! Glory be to Allah, who gives great stuffs we never asked for. If we care to pause, observe and reflect, there are plenty of pleasant surprises He gives us on a daily basis. Also the unpleasant things which got averted by His Kindness. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

I don't know about you, but for the first time in my life I learned to ask to be given what I have asked for and what I have not asked for, from the One God who started it all - Al Mubdi' .

I also think that the best thing about making a petition for both 'what we have asked for and what we have not asked for', is that it puts us in a firm position to just ask for both and that leaves no room for maybes.

Before we ask from people, we think 'should I ask or should I not ask.' because our asking might turn them off. But with Allah, we are encouraged to ask and ask and ask, and now we should also ask for the things 'we have not asked for'.

Allah has no maybes either. He does not think "Maybe I give, maybe I don't." He gives all the time, even when He does not seem to be giving.


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