Friday, April 4, 2014

D is for DUA #atozchallenge #Islam #Quran

The theme for the month is my first novel, six years in utero, healthy and thriving now in the cradle. It just made the second round of the ABNA competition.

At the moment, you can't read  JIHADI: A LOVE STORY -- it's making a national tour of elite slush piles -- but when you do, one of the things I hope you'll notice is that the protagonist's manuscript begins and ends with a supplication to God. In Islam, we call that kind of prayer dua.

This Arabic word dua literally means invocation, and it covers much of the real estate claimed by the English word "prayer." To "make dua" is thus "to call out (to God)" or "to "summon (God)."

Muslims regard dua as a profound act of worship. The prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to have said "Dua is the very essence of worship."  In a verse of the Noble Qur'an, Almighty God the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe and of All Systems of Knowledge commands the believers to make dua.

And your Lord says: "Call on Me; I will answer your (dua): —Qur'an, Sura 40 (Ghafir), verse 60

The Qur'an itself is an answered dua. In Sura 1 (below), which opens the Holy Book, God Almighty shares the Seven Oft-Repeated Verses, which form the core of practice and observance in Islam. These seven verses constitute a plea from humankind for guidance from Almighty God. Suras 2-114 (constituting the rest of the Qur'an) constitute the answer to that dua! All praise to God Almighty!