Dua is a Muslim's way of asking God for His blessings for himself or herself and for others.
I have been to many Masjids and have asked others to make Dua as well.
There are many prayers that are missing from our collective Duas. I request you to make the following Duas as an expression of our concern for humanity.
For Prisoners and the Oppressed
Dua: May Allah give them the strength to deal with their ordeals. May He guide them to the Right Path. May He give them Sabr. May Allah give strength to Muslim leaders and civil right activists. May Allah protect all minorities who are caught up in an increasingly hostile and conflict-ridden world.
Facts: America has the largest number of prisoners in the world, many of them innocent. There have been more than 500,000 Muslims who have been interviewed, finger printed, detained, deported etc. Christian minorities in the Muslim world are also facing danger as ignorant people seek revenge from them for distant events. Unfortunately we are killing freedom at home while claiming to spread it around the globe.
For Pakistan’s flood victims
Dua: Ya Allah bless them sabr, patience and endurance to deal with the ordeal they are facing.
Facts: 20 million Pakistanis are suffering from the flood caused problems which is more than the last ten years of natural disasters together according to the UN.
For Iraqis and Afghans
Dua: May Allah give them strength to achieve self-reliance, freedom and democracy. May He give Sabr to those who continue to suffer.
Facts: More than a million Iraqi civilians have been killed due to the US invasion and civil war. No one knows how many Afghans have died as no scientific study has been done about this. There seems to be no end to the suffering of people.
For Muslims in China, Philippines, and India
Dua: May Allah give them Sabr to deal with their ordeal. May God put mercy in the hearts of neighbors towards each other.
Facts: These Muslims have increasingly been subjected to post-9/11 pressures and stereotypes that have further aggravated their lives. Many Muslims in these countries are poor and forced to adopt a non-Muslim sounding name to find a job.
For Palestine, Kashmir & Chechnya
Dua: May Allah give the innocent strength to deal with the oppression they face. May Allah give them freedom. May Allah change the hearts of their enemies. May He guide those who harm innocent civilians.
Facts: Like other freedom movements around the world, these people are suffering badly and no one is listening to their cries. Freedom movements have become synonymous with terrorism in the world today, giving free reign to the occupiers. Many civilians are being harmed as well, sometimes by the hands of the oppressed minorities, unfortunately.
For Muslims and America
Dua: May Allah open our hearts towards our neighbors and may Allah open their hearts towards us. May He cure our hearts of hatred and malice. May Allah protect us, our neighbors and all people in the global village. May He help all of us learn from the lessons of the past, in the way African-Americans, Jews, Catholics, Japanese-Americans, and other groups were mistreated. Ya Allah, help us learn from these mistakes and avoid committing or silently accepting injustice against anyone.
Fact: Hate continues to divide our country where even the mainstream media allows hatemongers free airtime. Muslims across the country are facing renewed hostility, with right-wing pundits and activists spewing their venom in mainstream media outlets, in advertisements on taxi cabs, and of course on their blogs and in their books.
Dua: Ya Allah, liberate me from fear. Give me the wisdom to think positively; give me the courage to stand by the truth; give me the openness to connect to those who avoid me; give me a smile, a clean heart and a winning attitude which conquers others; give me more of the world so I can spend in Your Path; give me the perspective that I need to remain satisfied with what You bless me with.
Ya Allah, forgive my sins and shortcomings and allow me to enter Jannah. Keep me on the Straight Path once You have guided me to it.
Fact: Despite enjoying many material blessings of God, Muslims in America are living in a virtual internment camp. We are afraid to participate, scared to donate, and worried about our future. Some of us are even changing our names or leaving the country. It is more important now for people to dedicate their lives to the cause of bridge building in their communities and connecting with their neighbors.
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