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“Do not be impatient over the acceptance of Duas. In other words, don’t say: I’ve made Dua repeatedly but to no avail.”
[Bukhari & Muslim]
Anas bin Malik رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعنه narrated,
“The Messenger of Allah صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said,
‘When one of you makes dua, he should be firm in his supplication and should not say,
“O ALLAH (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى), if You wish then grant me (my request),” for indeed, there is none who can compel Him.’“
This hadith is recorded by Imam Muslim in his Sahih, and he in fact has a whole chapter in his book dedicated to this topic. It indicates towards one of the etiquettes of making dua, which is to have a firm resolve when doing so and to have full trust in ALLAH (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) that He will grant us our request. It teaches us that it is disliked to say things like “In-sha Allah” when making dua. Instead we should rather say “Aameen“.
Da’wah ALLAH (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)
Jerusalem is a city holy to the three largest monotheistic faiths – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Because of its history that spans thousands of years, it goes by many names: Jerusalem, al-Quds, Yerushaláyim, Aelia, and more, all reflecting its diverse heritage. It is a city that numerous Muslim prophets called home, from Sulayman and Dawood to Isa (Jesus), may Allah be pleased with them.
During the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ’s life, he made a miraculous journey in one night from Makkah to Jerusalem and then from Jerusalem to Heaven – the Isra’ and Mi’raj. During his life, however, Jerusalem never came under Muslim political control. That would change during the caliphate of Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second caliph of Islam.
During Muhammad ﷺ’s life, the Byzantine Empire made clear its desire to eliminate the new Muslim religion growing on its southern borders. The Expedition of Tabuk thus commenced in October 630, with Muhammad ﷺ leading an army of 30,000 people to the border with the Byzantine Empire. While no Byzantine army met the Muslims for a battle, the expedition marked the beginning of the Muslim-Byzantine Wars that would continue for decades.
During the rule of the caliph Abu Bakr from 632 to 634, no major offensives were taken into Byzantine land. It was during the caliphate of Umar ibn al-Khattab, that Muslims would begin to seriously expand northwards into the Byzantine realm. He sent some of the ablest Muslim generals, including Khalid ibn al-Walid and Amr ibn al-’As to fight the Byzantines. The decisive Battle of Yarmuk in 636 was a huge blow to Byzantine power in the region, leading to the fall of numerous cities throughout Syria such as Damascus.
In many cases, Muslim armies were welcomed by the local population – both Jews and Christians. The majority of the Christians of the region were Monophysites, who had a more monotheistic view of God that was similar to what the new Muslims were preaching. They welcomed Muslim rule over the area instead of the Byzantines, with whom they had many theological differences.
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