(Below is an extract from the majlis of Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله in Beatrice Street on 8/3/2016. To listen to the full audio, please click here)
So many women complain after marriage that their husbands never speak to them. He says, “but Maulana she speaks about vanilla essence and rose essence…whereas I’m used to speaking about guns and sports with my friends! I just don’t know what to say to her.” However as the relationship matures, they learn how to communicate and eventually, they find that they actually have a lot to talk about.
So likewise, we have to learn how to communicate with Allah…how to talk, cry and build our relationship with Allah. Why? Because “Dua is the essence of worship”, in this state a person should showcase total need for Allah and total helplessness before Him. Allah understands all languages. He knows the deepest, concealed secrets of the heart. So submit your heart in sajdah before Allah, cry to Him!
Crying doesn’t mean we have to shed tears. Yes, shedding tears is a bonus. This is why Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم advised us to imitate a crying person (if we can’t cry), because Allah loves those tears so much. However, what matters most is that our heart cries before Allah. In other words, our heart is totally repentant and remorseful before the One who created it. So this is true crying, to cry from the heart.
Sometimes when Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه would reach the end of His Ramadan duas, rather than finishing the dua He would just start all over again, pleading and begging Allah again…He just couldn’t stop! Other times He would go completely silent in dua, saying no words, just sobbing. So we get two types of people. Some, complain they can’t cry. And others like Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه just couldn’t stop!
Why? Because Hazrat had a special bond with Allah, so there was so much to speak about. You must’ve noticed this. For example when you’re out with a friend and they come across an old friend or family member, now they know this person from years back! So they meet each other and they’re talking happily about old times. As for you, you’re just standing on the side thinking, when is this fellow going to finish so that we can carry on with our outing? You’re standing there bored, but this friend of yours is having the time of his life, going back to memory lane and catching up!
Why? Because your friend has a connection with this person. He has a relationship with him but you’re a stranger to him. Now take this example to assess your relationship with Allah. Are you going to remain a stranger in you relationship with Allah taala? Will you be the stranger? Or will you be the one who has a connection?
A believer makes dua to Allah in good and bad times. Like eating and sleep, he makes dua a permanent, unmissable feature in his daily routine. Everyday, regardless of what happens..He raises his hands before Allah! Thus, the day he falls in distress, then the angels notice. We sit on the floor making dua but Allah makes these duas echo in the heavens. Then the angels plead the case of this person to Allah. What an honour!
A young friend of mine said, “Maulana I don’t know how to make dua, I just don’t know what to say!” So I said, “Ok, take Hazrat’s English kitab on dua and read it for 5-7 minutes per day. However, don’t read it like a book or article, read it from the heart as a dua is read. Then once the time you allocated is up, stop reading and put a marker where you stopped. Then carry on tomorrow. Within a short while, Allah will open the locks of your heart. And you will begin to enjoy it.”
Because a lover of Allah wants to talk to Allah. When a husband goes abroad, he will obtain a calling card to speak to his wife and kids. He will ask the same questions…how are you? How are the kids? How’s the garden? Now usually, not much will change within 24 hours! But he asks because he gets an enjoyment speaking to his wife and children.
Likewise when we make dua to Allah, we often say the same things as the day before. Oh Allah forgive me, guide me, bless me e.t.c So we ask the same things…but for the one who loves Allah more than his family, there’s a far greater enjoyment. Allah listens to each one of us, He’s never too busy on whatsapp. He hears our call. So make this a daily habit and in a short while you’ll be saying 5-7 minutes is just not enough time with Allah…I have too much to say! I need to increase this time.
And what is better than a lover talking to the beloved? We are lovers and Allah is our beloved. So speak to Him, he’s listening.
“And your Lord says, call upon Me, I will respond to you!” (Quran, 40:60)
May Allah give us tawfiq Aameen
— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله