27 Jun Dua Journal
A few years back, I decided to nurture meaningful ibaadah (worship) routines and spiritual anchors. And one of them has been a dua journal / dua list.
Gradually, it developed into a labour of love: an intimate collection of my personal duas, family duas and dua requests from loved ones, colleagues, friends, and even complete strangers. Transcribes of scholars, teachers, and mentors duas. Duas that shook me to the core, moved me, left me changed, forever.
One of my favourite times on a Jumu’ah, is sitting down after Asr and paging through my dua journal: a complex, comprehensive timeline of networks and connections, poetry and prose, letters to my Lord, prayers about loved ones who’ve since moved on (Allah Yarhamuhum), new additions to the family, shared triumphs, personal growth and a fair deal of challenges. It is testament to a life lived in varied intensities of joy and sorrow, clouds of hardship and rainbows of ease, layers of light and veils of darkness. It’s humbling, to say the least. And eye opening. It reminds me of the rich tapestry of life that He has blessed me with. It reminds me that He is my only anchor, my only hope, my lifeline each time I stagger, stumble and fall.
There is still so much more to be done, for His Pleasure. Give me life, faith, health and sincerity to serve you, My Lord!