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The Position of Invocation in Islam

Invocation is the core of worship; it comprises invoking God for particular matters and needs, and for the sake of worship. The latter encompasses all acts of worship that bring closer to God, inward and outward. Thus, all acts of worship may come under the scope of invocation. Then,
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The Throne Bearers’ Invocation for the Believers

So long as man is incapable of knowing his own interests, God—Exalted be He—showed him invocations in the Qur’an and others in the Prophet’s Tradition. ...
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With what shall we pray? To whom shall we pray?

Among the signs of God’s Mercy upon His creatures is that He taught them how to invoke Him just as He taught them how to worship Him. The best of invocations are the ones formulated by His Words; they are the best invocations by which we turn toward God, for they are from Him to Him.
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Fruit of Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa

With such ritual invocation, the Believer feels to be a member of the Radiant Procession—the Procession of Faith and Jihad—from Adam (peace be upon him) until the Day of Resurrection. The Believer who prays to God with this ritual invocation enters thereby within the Blessed Community
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Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa and aṣ-Ṣuḥba wa’l Jamā’a

What Imām al-Bannā (God have mercy upon him) called Wird ar-Rābiṭa is none but a practical expression of the Pact of Brotherhood between the Believers. I deem ad-Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭ [that is, Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa] necessary to join the Believers in a community. When the feeling of association s
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Invoking God for your brothers is a sign of noble manners

The Companions (God be pleased with them) followed the pattern of the Glorious Qur’an and the Prophet’s Noble Tradition. They used to pray for each other in their absence, namely in the midst of the night. They considered such act as a token of good manners, for it is a si
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Prayers for the Believer in his absence are answered

When any of the Companions met with his brother, he would ask him to pray for him, especially if he were traveling to the holiest place on earth: the blessed city of Mecca. Muslim and Abū Dāwūd reported that Safwān bnu ‘Abdillāh bnu Safwān bnu Umayya bnu Khalaf, the husband of a
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On what foundation should invocation be based?

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,
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Some Manners of Invocation

Invocation has its proper manners. Ibn ‘Āṭṭā’ Allah as-Sakandarī said: Invocation has pillars, wings, means and appointed times. When it agrees with its pillars, it becomes strong. When it suits its wings, it flies in the sky. When it concurs with its prescribed times, it
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“… and to our bothers who embraced Faith before us”

The Believer should perform Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa preferably in the early hours of dawn when our Lord—Exalted be He—descends to the First Heaven and asks us if there is anyone who wants to repent, to have his prayers answered and to have his sins forgiven, or wheneve
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Invocation is a remembrance of the Hereafter

How transcendent is the condition of the heart that turns entirely towards God in those moments of intimate invocations! How close is the remembrance of the Hereafter through the daily mentioning and saluting of those pure souls! Indeed, the remembrance of the Hereafter during such in
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Presence and Humility

Among the lessons of the Prophet that may be drawn from day and night ritual invocations as well as those related to special occasions is that they do not include one invocation for one matter. Rather, we would find more than one invocation so that we may not recite the invocation wit
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