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Hafiz ibn Katheer in his Tafseer mentions that there was a person in Damascus that used to rent his donkey and take people around to wherever they wanted.


One day, a certain person approached him and mentioned that he wanted to go to a certain place. As the person took his passenger along, he was told by the passenger to go to a certain road. The owner of the donkey mentioned that he was unaware of this road. The passenger insisted that this was a shorter route to where he was going.


As they travelled on this road, they came to a barren and dangerous looking valley. The passenger then jumped off the donkey and threatened the owner of the donkey with his dagger. The poor person then pleaded to him in the Divine Name of Allah Almighty to take the donkey and whatever was on the donkey but spare his life. The robber was not prepared to listen to anything.

The robber insisted that he would certainly take everything but he will not leave without killing the person.


The person then asked to be given a chance to at least read two rak’ah of Salaah which he was allowed to do. The person later recalls, “Due to the immense fear I was in, I had no idea what I was reading and I could not even remember any Surahs of the Qur’an. Suddenly, I began to the recite the 62nd verse of Surah Naml (27) which is:


اَمَّنۡ یُّجِیۡبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ اِذَا دَعَاہُ وَ یَکْشِفُ السُّوۡٓءَ وَ یَجْعَلُکُمْ خُلَفَآءَ الْاَرْضِ ؕ ءَاِلٰہٌ مَّعَ اللہِ ؕ قَلِیۡلًا مَّا تَذَکَّرُوۡنَ ﴿ؕ۶۲﴾


“Or He Who answers the prayer of the helpless when he invokes Him and removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a God along with Allah?! Very little do they ponder!”


While I was reading this verse, suddenly a rider appeared from nowhere and he was carrying a spear in his hand. He then stabbed the robber who fell dead on the ground. I then asked the stranger his name and where he had come from.He replied, “I am the servant of that Divine Creator who listens to the Du’a of the oppressed and removes their difficulty.” (Tafseer ibn Katheer)


There is no doubt that the Du’a of the oppressed and down-trodden are heard very quickly in the Divine Court of Allah Almighty.