Download PDF: An Inappropriate Du’a (Story selected from the Masnavi of Rumi)

A Companion of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him, his Household and all his Companions – fell very ill.  He was not even able to get up on his strength.  The Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – went to his house to express his concern.  When the ill Companion saw him he felt lively all afresh and it felt as if a dead came back to life.  The Companion spoke up, “What a great blessing this illness of mine was which became a means for my house to kiss the blessed feet of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him!  Thanks to you, O my illness, my fever, sorrow and pain, and my restlessness at nights, for through your medium the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – has come to see me.”

After a while, the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – asked him, “Do you remember making an inappropriate supplication in your healthy state?”

He replied, “I cannot remember what Du’as I made.”

A little later he remembered the Du’a through His blessings.  He said, “I made a Du’a taking into account my negligence and shortcomings, ‘O Allah! Give me the punishment that you will be giving me in the hereafter, in this world, so I may be saved from the torment of the hereafter’,” I made this Du’a several times, until the time came when I fell ill with an ailment due to which my life became restless by its agony.  I even became unable to perform my daily prayer of Zikr, Salah and Wazaaif which I used to do in my healthy state.  I became negligent of everything and everyone.  Had I not seen your blessed face at this juncture I would have been completely ruined.  Your kindness and Mercy has revived the life in me once again.”

The Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – became displeased with this mode of Du’a and prohibited him from doing so, “Do not make such an inappropriate Du’a, for it is against the manners of servitude for one to ask his Master for his wrath and calamity.  Humans are like weak ants; so how can one gather the courage to withstand such a great load of trial.”  The Companion said, “I repent from the depth of my heart from repeating any such words in future.  May my parents be ransomed upon you!  Please guide me in future.”

He then advised him:

اَللّٰھُمَّ رَبَّنَا اٰتِنَا فِیْ دَارِ دُنْیَا حَسَنْ

وَاٰتِنَا فِیْ دَارِ عُقْبَانَا حَسَنْ

‘O Allah, our Lord, grant us virtues in the world and grant us virtues in the Hereafter as well.’

Moral:

  • Allah Almighty and His Messenger – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – become displeased by expressing ungratefulness towards Allah’s bounties.
  • It’s against the principals of servitude to make an inappropriate Du’a.