Excerpts From The Khutbah Of Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzaan 04/18/2014
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Be frequent in supplication and make your food and earnings halaal (permissible means), Allah will answer you duaa and He would accept it. Indeed Allah hears and He is close in knowledge, He answers the call of the caller whenever he calls upon Allah. Allah safeguards and shields him from evil, however with two conditions:
Firstly: Be sincere to Allah with supplication, Allah says:
وَأَنَّ الْمَسَاجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلَا تَدْعُوا مَعَ اللهِ أَحَدًا
“Indeed the masaajid are for Allah, therefore do not invoke anyone with Him”
(Al Jinn: 18)
Secondly: Eat halaal food (lawfully permitted) and stay far away from the haraam (impermissible).
How many impermissible affairs are present today from profit or gains which has entered upon the people, evils in the workplace whether it be concerning the positions and posts or actions or are present in buying and selling or are present in transactions and contracts or are just present in interacting with the people. So know if it is the impermissible (haraam) enters from any means, it prevents the supplication from being accepted and this is something extremely dangerous. If the door of supplication is blocked between you and Allah, then what is left for you?
Know that duaa is categorized in two categories:
Firstly: Duaa Al Ibaadah (supplication of worship) which is to praise Allah the Sublime with His praises.
Secondly: Duaa Al Mas’alah (supplication of asking) which is to request from Allah the necessities.
These two types of supplication (duaa) can be found in Surah Al Faatihah which we recite in every rakah (unit) of our prayer, whether it be the fard (compulsory) or nafl (voluntary). So in the beginning of Suratul Faatihah is the first type of supplication (Duaa Al Ibaadah or worship) which is to praise, glorify and exalt Allah as is mentioned in the Hadeeth Qudsi which is collected by Imaam Muslim on the authority of Abi Hurayrah that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said that Allah said:
“I have divided the salah”
the word salah is referring to reciting Suratul Faatihah as Allah names it from its numerous names ‘As Salaah’. So Allah says
“I have divided The Salah between Me and My slave into two parts, so when my slave says “Alhamdulillahi Rabil A’alameen” Allah says: “my slave has praised me”, when my slave says “Ar Rahmaanir Raheem”, Allah says “my slave has extolled me” when my slave says, “Maaliki Yawmi Deen”, Allah says “my slave has glorified me”, and when my slave says, “Iyaaka na’budu wa iyaaka nasta’een” until the end of Surah Al Fatihah, Allah says “this is for my slave and for my slave is whatever he asks for.”
So safeguard supplicating to Allah, may Allah give you understanding and success in your salawaat (prayers) in all times. Indeed you are in need of supplicating to Allah more than you are in need of food and drink, that is because your are poor to Allah, as he informs us:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ إِلَى اللهِ وَاللهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ
O people, it is you who stand in need of Allah; as for Allah, He is Self-Sufficient, Immensely Praiseworthy.
Translated by Abuabilmaalik Abdulhaqq Ibn Islaam 4th of May 2014 coinciding with 4th of Rajab 1435.