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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Vault of Fate

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When any one of you wants to have intercourse with his wife, let him say, ‘Bismillah, Allahumma jannibna ash-Shaytaan wa jannib ash-Shaytaan ma razaqtanaa.’ Then if it is decreed that they should have a child as a result of that, the Shaytaan will never be able to harm him.” [Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh]

The meaning of this Dua is: “In the name of Allah, O Allah, keep the Shaytaan away from us and keep the Shaytaan away from what You may bless us with.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) urged us to seek Allah’s protection from devils at all times.

Some people wonder what the use may be of making Duas. They say that since everything is preordained and the good and bad written in one’s Taqdeer will come to one anyway, why make Dua? But Taqdeer (Qismet/preordainment) should be understood as a vault, a very big safe deposit box. In that vault is one’s Paradise and Hell, good and bad. When we make Dua we ask for the good things in the vault to be given to us.

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim said to invoke Taqdeer to counter Taqdeer. Thus, if you have an accident, ask Allah for recovery from it. Since Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has kept every good thing stored for us in our safe deposit boxes, He gets angry if we don’t ask Him for any of those good things. To not ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) for things is to be ungrateful towards Him.

We can understand this from our own experience: Suppose you gather together all the things your children would love to have. Then you ask your children if they would like to receive these wonderful presents you got for them. Some of your children run to you happily saying “Yes, please!” and some of your children keep sitting indifferently, saying, “Well, if you got them for us, you’ll give them to us anyway.” Which attitude of your children would you be more pleased with?

Ask for the good that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has deposited in the vault for you, and ask Him to keep the bad in it away from you.

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