On November 20th, I wrote:
A couple of nights ago, I was reminded of the remembrance of Allah (God).
On the bus ride home, one evening, there was a guy who appeared to be saying something under his breath as he counted his repetitions with a string of beads. I thought perhaps it was a prayer bead, maybe he was also Muslim. Then and there, I googled the term “prayer bead” and like many web searches, Wikipedia had something to offer. I learned Islam wasn’t the only religion that used prayer beads. And the suspense killed me. I couldn’t help glaring at him every so often, as he went about his process. I almost didn’t approach him but thankfully, we were both taking the same connecting bus. I pushed myself and popped the question. To my surprise, he replied, “it is a rosary”. He briefly explained what it was and what he was using it for. I believe he said, he was saying reps of “God is good” and etc. In the 4-6 minutes we spoke, we covered so much ground. We touched up on the purpose of being created with a purpose and God’s Plan. I always knew we Muslims had a lot in common with some faiths but on that night, I was able to conclude just how much, first hand.
As the night passed, I thought to myself, when was the last time I made Dhikr(remembrance) of Allah. And like I mentioned in my Why I Stopped Praying post, remembrance at some point of my life was at a peak and now it’s just a mere recollection. I remember the Ramadan I started this blog, I took the initiative of studying Islamic Figures as listed in my Ramadan Checklist post. SubhanAllah, I recall the day, I learned that Imam Ibn Taymiyyah after Fajr prayer used to say in his place remembering Allah until sunrise. At my tender age, at the time, I implemented it and it changed my Ramadan forever. I remember taking the time to Glorify Allah 33 times, Praise him 33 times and magnify him 33 times and finish off with “There is no god except Allaah Alone, with no partner, His is the power and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things” in hope of reward and removal of sin. It didn’t take me more than 2 minutes, 5 times a day. It wasn’t a burdened but rather it was a portion of my day that I looked forward to.
I distinctly remember coming across new remembrances/duaas and their respective reward/protection/purification and being nothing but motivated. I was young and Mashallah on the hunt. Alhamdulillah, some duaas have stuck with over the years and I would love to share all of them with you. But for the sake of this post, I will end with one of my favourite duaas:
يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِى عَلَى دِينِكَ
Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, Thabbit Qalbi Ala Deenik
“Oh Turner of Hearts, keep my heart firm on Your Deen.”
and you can check my post: أذكار الصباح و المساء for more duaas, inshallah.