Stay Gold: A Dua For Rafeeqal ‘Ala

Bismillahirahman-nirahim.

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost

A novel that we had to read for school which I can never forget was ‘The Outsiders’ and it had the most profound words which have stuck with me all these years and expounding on it would hurt me because of the emotion involved with those words so the reader can google if he/she has not read the novel (and by the way I don’t recommend anyone to read it):

Johnny says to Ponyboy: Stay Gold Ponyboy! Stay Gold! [in reference to Robert Frost’s poem]

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O Muslim! Only Allah SWT’s Words are gold and can make you stay gold! Adorn yourself with them!

Only HIS Words…

can comfort you when your heart’s searing with pain…

and For those who remind others of His Mercy…

…this is my heartfelt prayer for them especially for the brother in this video

and so many Muslims out there in this dunia for whom this world is a prison either metaphorically or literally:

May Allah SWT bless you and your loved ones with Rafeeq-al ‘Ala! Umm Sulaim wishes to make it there and meet each and everyone of you, those who lost loved ones, those who submitted to Allah SWT just before they were about to commit a sin, to those who preferred Allah SWT’s Love over the love of any human/thing, those who experienced physical and emotional pain for His Sake, those who yearn for His Mercy in the dunia for the Akhira…I ask Allah SWT with all His Beautiful Names to especially call such Muslims and give them the shield of highest honor by granting them Rafeeqak ‘Ala in Jannatul Firdaus, where there shall be no fear nor any grief…no problem, no heartache – just peace…and only peace.

Ameen.

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When the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was dying, he kept repeating “bal al-Rafeeq al-’Alaa“, “the highest companionship,” and some narrations interpret this to mean that al-Rafeeq al-’Alaa is Allah azza wa jal, but Shaykh ibn Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) says that this refers to the station of the Prophets and Messengers in the hereafter based on the ayah, “And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!” (4:69). [Reference]

And how excellent these companions are.

… how excellent these companions are…

How very excellent… subhanAllah.

O Allah SWT! Do not let me die except that I am one of them.Ameen.

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