There is a very short verse at the beginning of Surat Maryam that I find beautiful, “When he called to his Lord a private supplication” (19:03). This is in reference to Prophet Zachariah supplicating to God and asking for a son. He was at very old age and his wife was barren, yet he made dua to Allah anyways. That is a lesson in itself, but maybe for another installment. I want to focus on the part about it being a private supplication.
One of the most beautiful things I find about Islam is the ability to have a one on one relationship with God. We do not need someone to speak to Him on our behalf. Each one of us possesses the same privilege of reaching out to Him as we need. It is really a sacred relationship which no one else can barge in on.
I would imagine it is the same for people who are married or who have a really close best friend that they only share certain secrets with. It makes that person so much more special to you than others. We get to have this same special opportunity but with the Master of the Worlds. Pretty legit if you ask me.
Note that worshipping God and remembering Him in gatherings and groups of people is also a great way to strengthen our relationship with God. We need to be there for one another to keep each other on the right path. So I am not advocating for constant isolation, but sometimes being alone with God is needed. You are not dependent upon others to establish your relationship with God; it is up to you.
Also, God is there for anyone anytime. You know how 7/11 is your go-to when you need that slurpee at 1am? Well God is there for you to talk to whenever. By the way I do not mean by any means to compare Allah to a chain store; it is just a way to bring levity to the discussion. I also like slurpees a lot.
Anyways, saint or sinner, He does not discriminate. If you turn to Him sincerely He will be there for you. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that you are not good enough to talk to Him. Remember that the best Muslims to ever walk this Earth were at one point drunks, buried their daughters alive, or did a slew of other things. Yet they turned to God sincerely when met with the message and brought in to His religion.
Whether you are the kind of person who loves being around people, or if you always find yourself alone, make sure to take time out to establish a personal relationship with God. It is a beautiful opportunity we have at our disposal, so take advantage.
Anyone is worthy to talk to him; don’t let sinning prevent you from keeping your relationship with Him.
In fact, those are the best times to turn to God.
Loved this reminder, JazakAllah khair. It’s really wonderful how you can turn to Him even when you are completely alone.
Zeyad why are you so amazing? Great articles mashaallah.
Agreed. Also, I loved the emphasis on how ANYONE can turn to Allah. I understand how some of us can feel intimidated or anxious about speaking to other people…but Allah is not anyone or even anything comparable. He is the Ultimate One who will listen. Plus, even if we do not share, He knows…so might as well share and open your heart to Him so you can reap rewards, Inshallah.
Jazzak Allah khair. Beautiful reminder