Sunday 1 October 2023

O Changer of the Hearts! Strengthen my heart upon Your Religion (Supplication of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Making a supplication to Allah is the right of every Muslim and if he does so, Allah is much pleased with him, for he is asking his Creator, and no one else. However, while doing so, one has to be mindful of choice of words. There are number of supplications attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which provide us well worded formats of supplications, that not only speak the wisdom of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ but also tell us that when making a supplication, we must first address our Rabb and exalt Him is words suitable of His matchless Mighty personality. Remember, the opener should be in consonance with the following supplication. 

Herein under we share a supplication which connects the two parts of the supplication as mentioned above. This supplication is mentioned Jami` at-Tirmidhi  (32 - Chapters on Al-Qadar) كتاب   القدر عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم / Chapter # 7 باب مَا جَاءَ أَنَّ الْقُلُوبَ بَيْنَ أَصْبُعَىِ الرَّحْمَنِ) as Hadith number # 2140

'Anas narrated:
"The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) would often say: Ya Muqallibal-qulub, thabbit qalbi 'ala dinik('O Changer of the Hearts! Strengthen my heart upon Your Religion.)' So, I said: 'O Prophet of Allah! We believe in you and what you have come with, but do you fear for us?' He said: 'Yes. Indeed, the hearts are between two Fingers of Allah's Fingers, He changes them as He wills.'"

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا هَنَّادٌ، قال حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ، قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُكْثِرُ أَنْ يَقُولَ ‏"‏ يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ فَقُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ آمَنَّا بِكَ وَبِمَا جِئْتَ بِهِ فَهَلْ تَخَافُ عَلَيْنَا قَالَ ‏"‏ نَعَمْ إِنَّ الْقُلُوبَ بَيْنَ أَصْبُعَيْنِ مِنْ أَصَابِعِ اللَّهِ يُقَلِّبُهَا كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنِ النَّوَّاسِ بْنِ سَمْعَانَ وَأُمِّ سَلَمَةَ وَعَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو وَعَائِشَةَ ‏.‏ وَهَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ وَهَكَذَا رَوَى غَيْرُ وَاحِدٍ عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ عَنْ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ عَنْ أَنَسٍ ‏.‏ وَرَوَى بَعْضُهُمْ عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ عَنْ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ عَنْ جَابِرٍ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ وَحَدِيثُ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ عَنْ أَنَسٍ أَصَحُّ ‏.

It is none but Allah Who has the power to move hearts. We have seen some of the treacherous hearts melting when Allah accepts their repentance and some humble hearts solidifying when their faith lacks firmness and humbleness. Same is the theme oof the supplication being shared today. Even Prophet Muhammad ﷺ the most pious person who ever lived on the surface of earth, is seen here first exalting Allah and acknowledging that Allah alone can move hearts of His servants, and then making an earnest invocation to strengthen his heart on Allah's final Deen, that is Islam.
May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

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