بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
So he invoked his Lord, “Indeed, I am overpowered, so help.” Then We opened the gates of the heaven with rain pouring down. And caused the earth to burst with springs, and the waters met for a matter already predestined. And We carried him on a [construction of] planks and nails, Sailing under Our observation as reward for he who had been denied. And We left it as a sign, so is there any who will remember? [Surat al-Qamar, 54:10-15]
A lot of times my du’a is lukewarm. “Ya Rabb please give me x”, “O God please give me y” through a monotone heart. It’s better than not supplicating at all, but it isn’t the optimum either. I tried to think of the psychology behind a lukewarm du’a. And two things came up: either we do not really want what we are asking for, or we do not think the One we are supplicating to can give it to us. And then we wonder why what we ask for has not come yet (there are other reasons, but I just want to focus on how we make du’a here).
Yet the verse above telling us the story of Nuh (peace be upon him) gave me chills. Nuh (as) said “I am overpowered, so help me!” That feeling of just having nowhere to go. That feeling of having done everything and not knowing what else to do. Combine that feeling with utter conviction that Allah answers. How powerful is that dua?
Allah shows us. He says “Fa fata7na abwaab as-samaa bi maa’in munhamir”. Allah uses “fa”, meaning straightway, right after that du’a, this happens: “We opened the gates of the heaven with rain pouring down.”
So don’t belittle that du’a. Pray for your local community, pray for people suffering, pray for Syria in this turmoil and anywhere else. Pray for the things that you want that are so difficult for you. Do so with the conviction that Allah is the Ultimate Possesor and EVERYTHING is in His Hands. See what happens, inshAllah.