August 12, 2012
Our prayers, however, will not be answered until they are substantiated by righteous deeds, as evidenced by God’s Saying in Sūrat Āl ‘Imrān (Qur’an 3:195):
And their Lord has accepted of them, and answered them. Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female. You are members of one another, those who have left their homes, were driven out therefrom, and suffered harm in My Cause. Those who fought and were slain: verily, I will blot out their iniquities and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing beneath, a reward from the Presence of God; for from His Presence flows the best of rewards.
To this fact refers al-Fātiḥa (1st chapter of Qur’ān): when the Believer asks God to show him the Right Way (verse 6), the following verse (7) confirms that such Way was taken by former people. Such are those on whom God has bestowed His Grace among the Prophets, the Sincere, the Martyrs and the Righteous. How best is such company!
Therefore, through observing the Day and Night Schedule of the Believer and joining the ties of kinship that God ordered to be joined, the Believer will have taken the Way of those on whom God has bestowed His Grace. Thus, he will have benefited from Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa, which enables him to make a step towards spiritual wakefulness. For Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa is meaningless in the absence of mutual love in God, good manners and righteous deeds.