The Du'a of Fir'awn


بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is said that Allah (s.w.t.) Granted the du’a of Fir’awn immediately because He Hated to hear his voice.  But He Withholds Granting them for His faithful because He Loves to Hear their voice.  However, we have to understand this in context.  It does not mean the wicked are rewarded, while the faithful are left bereft.

All du’a are Granted, since Allah (s.w.t.) is not in need of our asking for Him to Know our need and Address it.  Rather, He Gives regardless, and this asking is for our benefit, so that we have taqwa, Divine cognisance.  In the case of Fir’awn, he was once a good man, corrupted by his lack of need, to the extent that he though himself able to contend with Allah (s.w.t.).  Whatever he asked for, he saw it Granted immediately.  In the pious, it elicits awe and further piety.  In the corrupt, he further imagines he commands Allah (s.w.t.).  This is an example where having a direct connection with the Divine, and seeing our supplications immediately Granted is not always for the best.

The sincere supplicant is always in a state of need and wanting, but it is neither for this world, nor the next.  It is for the Divine Presence, and everything else is insignificant in comparison.  As such, they plead for that, and since what they ask for Infinite, they will be filled, but always wanting more, that thirst beyond thirst.



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