At the Islamic Booth at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, Ontario, information about Islam is freely available to those wanting to learn more. This would be considered Da’wah. Da’wah is an Arabic word which has the literal meaning of “issuing a summons,” or encouraging people to follow Islam through preaching. The importance of Da’wah has been emphasized many times in the Quran:
“So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive against them with the Qur’an a great striving.-[Qur’an :25 : 51-51]”
Included in this information given out at Dundas Square is the book ‘The Accepted Dua’. Dua means invocation or supplication in Islamic terminology.
Following are some quotes from this book. The embolden text is particularly interesting. A reoccurring theme in much of this material is supplication for victory over a disbelieving people.
“Du’a is a great act with great effects on our lives. The benefits are immense and amazing. None can know this unless they have experienced it. And that is the main reason for publishing the book.”
“I decided to title this book: The Accepted Du’a, since this is what the book is solely aimed for, to make the Muslim aware of what is needed to have his Dua’s accepted… Abdul Azeez al-Athari, 3 November 2010.”
“Introduction of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Hamad…
“Surely the Du’a is a great blessing and a noble favour which The Patron Mighty and Majestic has bestowed on His servants. Such that He commanded them to Du’a and promised them response and reward. The Du’a is immense in value, its benefit[s] are wide in the religion, surely nothing brings the blessings better than it…”
“In addition, if he is a (1)mujaahid (on the path of Allah) during that time how much is he in need of calling his Lord!? The One whom for Him victory is asked, the descent of tranquility and firmness during the duel. Not to mention, he asks his Lord for the humiliation of the adversaries and the descent of fear into their hearts, their conflict between themselves and their defeat.”
The Authentic Duas of the Quran and the Sunnah (Arabic and English translations)
“Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excessiveness [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
“Our Lord, do not impose upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy on us. You are the protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
“O Allah to You belongs the perfect praise, O Allah none can hold back what you give, and none can give what you hold back, and none can bring close that which You put afar, and none can make far that which You bring close, O Allah give us from Your blessings, Your mercy, Your bounties, Your provision. O Allah, I ask You permanent bounties that don’t change or end, O Allah, I ask bounties on the Day of hardship, and I ask You for safety on the Day of fear. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the evil of that which You have given us and what you haven’t. O Allah, make Eeman (true belief) beloved to us and adorn it in our hearts, and make us detest disbelief evil sins and wrongdoing, and make us from the guided ones. O Allah make us die as Muslims, and live as Muslims, and join us with the righteous ones without humiliation or turmoil. O Allah, destroy the disbelievers that deny Your messenger, and block others from Your path, and descend upon them Your punishment, O Allah, destroy the disbelievers who were given the Book [Jews and Christians]. You are the True God.”
1. Mujaahid-warrior on the path of Allah