There’s something about the Bayyinah phenomenon that pulls out large crowds of people on a cold, winter Friday night, to spend hours sitting on the floor – captivated by the speaker, holding on to every word, as he talks about the simple power of prayer.
In their latest installment, Bayyinah offered ‘Dua Night’ in Toronto – a talk on the beauty of calling out to Allah and connecting with practical spirituality. The session, conducted by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, was beautifully woven together with an introduction to one of the most powerful and meaningful duas of all time, when our beloved Prophet (pbuh) prayed for the people of Taif after being assaulted and injured as he left the city. Shaykh Abdul Nasir’s emotional rendition of that story transported the audience into the past, helping us feel the pain, distress, and sorrow of that moment. The beauty behind the dua really sunk in when our Messenger called out for Allah to have mercy on the same people that caused him immeasurable pain.
After committing us to the moment, Shaykh Abdul Nasir spoke on the simple concept of dua, and how it’s not just an extension, but instead, an advanced stage of worship. Through a set of ‘pro tips’ he explained a four step plan, which highlighted ways of making dua, and calling out to Allah in the best way possible. He also talked about a series of circumstances which would prevent a dua from being accepted, and then helped us understand the outcome of our supplications. In his finale, Shaykh Abdul Nasir shared his favorite dua from the Quran, Surah Ala’e Imran, Ayah number 8: “Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.” Truly something we all must reflect on, as we try to form a meaningful connection with our Creator.
After the session, in a one on one with Lanterns, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda shared more insight behind the reasons for Dua Night. When we asked him why this particular topic was chosen for his series of talks around the world, he simply said, “Dua is something I’m passionate about, so I love talking about it. But the reason Bayyinah chose to do a series on dua is because we need to inspire people before we educate them. If we want them to attain meaningful spirituality, we need to help them understand the importance of communicating directly with Allah.”
Lanterns then asked the Shaykh what he wanted the audience to take away from the evening’s lecture. And he replied, “If each person who was in the audience takes a quiet moment tonight to connect with Allah, to speak to Him directly with even a little bit of sincerity, I would feel like I did something right here tonight.”
After having experienced the brilliance of Bayyinah’s best, I can easily say that I couldn’t have spent a Friday night in better company. Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda truly knows how to captivate an audience, and send them off with a mission of self-improvement. Since that night, I have spent at least a part of my day connecting with Allah, opening my heart to express gratitude and calling out to Him directly. The Shaykh’s take home message was simple – make dua, and I, for one, love my new found ability to do so.
For more information on courses and talks held by Bayyinah, visit their website www.bayyinah.com. You don’t want to miss them the next time they are in Canada!
A special thanks to the organizers at Al Huda, who put together an amazing event, and allowed ISNA Lanterns the opportunity to sit with Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda for a one on one conversation.