My Prayer

You listen to my prayer whenever I call You

Hasina-Khalil-ChampsiThe writer, Hasina Khalil Champsi (Toronto, Canada) is a mother of four whose goal in life is to empower individuals with skills following the Seerah of our Ahlulbayt (AS).


Sheikh Shomali writes in his reflections on Munajat e Shabaniyya

“This portion of the dua refers to the three possible states of a person who calls to Allah, and each is accompanied by a suitable type of calling:

  1. The caller is at a distance from Allah: the nature of calling is nida’ (a call from a distance).
  2. The caller is near to Allah: the nature of calling is du’a (a call from relatively near).
  3. The caller is very close, almost able to ‘touch’ Allah: the nature of calling is munajat (a whisper, from mouth to ear).
    These three states are dependent on the condition of the caller to Allah, and not on Allah. Allah is constant, He is always as He is, but His servants and creation experience different levels of closeness, and this affects the way they address Him. Prophet Musa once asked Allah: “Are You close so that I whisper to You, or far so that I call You?” Allah replied: “I am sitting next to the one who remembers Me”.

From this, we understand that as He is always close and sits next to those who remember Him, there is no need even to call Him, if people remember Him. Therefore, we have different ways to address Allah depending on our condition. Nevertheless, in all three we want His attention, His answer, and His acceptance.

Concluding with one ayah

Indeed, it is We Who created humankind and fully know what their souls whisper to them, and We are closer to them than their jugular vein.

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