Understanding Quran and Salat: The Importance of Constant Contact

By Muhammad Khalid Khan

Sending Water From the Sky to Revive the Earth

Five years ago during a kidney failure I was not able to talk, walk, or breathe properly due to accumulated water in my lungs.  I was so weak, and at that time there was no hope of my recovery or of getting a transplant.  But, alhamdulillah, I was in constant contact with Allah (swt) through the Quran, prayers, zikr, and good deeds.

I came to understand the translation and commentary of this ayaat: And Allah sends water down from the sky, then he revives the earth with it after its death. Surely that is a sign for people who listen. (Al-Nahl, 16:65). And in another ayaat I read:  And when I am ill, it is who cures me. (Al-shuara 26:80)  This gave me a boost and assured me that Allah (swt) was with me. I had just to do what He ordered me to do and he would do the rest.

On Them the Angels Will Descend

Another ayaat which is very important, especially when your children are young and you are facing such circumstances, in which Allah (swt) said: Verily, those who say: “our lord is Allah” and then they stand firm, on them the angels will descend (saying):  “fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised! We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the hereafter.  Therein you shall have (all) that your souls desire and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask, a hospitable gift from the oft-forgiving, most merciful”. (Fussailat, 41:30-32).

Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) arranged everything possible for me to receive a kidney transplant in a safe and sound manner.  I could write many pages on my experience during dialysis and the transplant period; Allah (swt) helped me on each and every step.  The above ayaat strengthened my belief and alhamdulillah today I am completing more than five years with a transplanted kidney.

Serving Without Complaint

One more experience I would like to share is that during kidney failure I was thinking, Why am I the one who is suffering? Allah (swt) guided me in the following manner.

During the dialysis period, I was not able to walk a long way or go by car to Masjid.  The Mo’azzin of this Masjid was around 70 years old.  One day I asked him to pray for me as I was not feeling well; immediately he said, A’afak Allah (May Allah keep you in good health), and then asked me what had happened. I told him that my kidneys had failed and that I was on dialysis. He asked me for how long, and I told him for the last two weeks.

Then he opened his Thoub button and showed me his permacath (blood inlet-outlet for dialysis on chest) and told me that he had been on dialysis for the last three years. To hear this, I could not stop my tears and just bowed down and repented Allah (swt) for what I had done.  I was younger than him and he was coming to the Masjid in the early hours and remaining until the end, and on top of that he was calling us for prayer only for the sake of Allah (swt).

And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allah, and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims”. (Fussailat, 41:33).  This was a sign for me that I was not the only one, that there were other people who were older and weaker than me and suffering but who stood firm without complaint.

What is Constant Contact?

When I was in a cockpit (with special permission) during my flight from Karachi to Dammam,  I observed and got a briefing from the pilot that when an airplane is taking off from a runway its pilot is in contact with the control tower of the same airport all the time.  The control tower guides him to approach at the point where the airplane can be ready for takeoff.

When the plane is in the air air, the pilot is in direct and constant contact with the control tower.  While in the cockpit, the pilot has a route map on paper as well as on the radar screens in front him. Furthermore, when a plane enters by another airspace, the pilot keep setting up the frequency until it gets in contact with the other control tower so the pilot can know the altitude and traffic in that particular airspace. Likewise, the pilot is in constant communication with each airport’s control tower on the way until he reaches his destination in a safe manner.

Why is Constant Contact Necessary to Safety?

Have you ever heard news about an airplane crash? The first information given is usually that the communication between pilot and control tower has been lost and that the plane has disappeared from the radar.

Our communication with Allah (swt) also fails when we’re not even in contact with Him through Quran and prayer, and the result is that we are going astray, roaming around and passing our time in unproductive things without knowing our real destination in life.

My Action Plan for Remaining in Constant Contact With Allah (swt)

1)     Ask and seek help only from Allah (swt) through the Quran and Allah’s messengers (masnoon), following the supplications as described for each event or occasion.

2)     Read the biography of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and use it to guide and help you in your daily life.

3)     Perform all obligatory prayers, with:

a)     Iqamat (congressional):  Perform prayer on time, in Masjid and in congressional manner.

b)     Mudawemat (consistency):  Perform prayers with consistency, with punctuality, five times every day.

c)     Muhafezat (protection):  Perform prayers with total submissiveness in its entire pillar (Qiyam, Ruku, Qouma, Sajdah, Jalsa and Taushhad) according to sunnah of Prophet (saw).

d)     Do not miss the Fajar prayer.

4)     Do dhikr (remembrance of Allah (swt)) with fikr (concentration).  This cannot be achieved until and unless we know the meaning of these azkar.

5)     Give charity (sadqat and khairat).  Make a principle that if you purchase a valuable item, immediately pay a certain amount (fee sabeel Allah) for the sake of Allah(swt) to protect the same from bad eyes.

6)     Always be positive and do excellent deeds (Ahsan Amal).  Excellent deeds are based on pure intention and procedure. Pure intention is to initiate from the individual self and the procedure should be followed from the sunnah of the Prophet (saw).

Muhammad Khalid Khan is a Pakistani national now residing in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He has been working as a Rig Coordinator (HR Department)  for Arabian Drilling Company of  Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for the last 17 years. 

22 Comments

  1. khairunnisa November 26, 2012 Reply

    asalam, very touching incident thats why it is said that, we have to see the people below our level and thank allah[swt] for whatever he has blessed for us.subanallaha good example of a pilot and control tower.and very good points to remain in constant contact allahamdulillah.pray that all of us should remain in constant contact with allah[swt]. ameen.

  2. Adnan Farooqi November 26, 2012 Reply

    Great article!

  3. Hamidah M Hamid November 26, 2012 Reply

    SubhanAllah. Stories such as this strengthens our Iman and brings us closer to our Creator, Allah s.w.t. It is with Him that all begins and with Him that all ends. Remember that we make du'a to Him in our times of our need and we make du'a to Him to thank Him for all His blessings upon us and our family and loved ones.

  4. Novaira Najeeb November 27, 2012 Reply

    A very heart touching article. May Allah always guide us and our family and keep us on right path. ameen

  5. Amatullah November 27, 2012 Reply

    As-Salamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

    Bismillahir -Rahmanir -Rahim

    Brother,

    My father was on dialysis for 13 years before he passed away. May Allah (Subhana Wa Tala) have mercy on his soul.

    It takes strong iman, and patience to get through these rough times. Just continue to say (Alhumdullilah) and be grateful that you are still here another day which will allow you to achieve more good deeds. Allah (Subhana Wa Tala) loves As-Sabireen/The Patient Ones.

    We do everything in this life for His sake and His reward. Insha-Allah, by the Grace and Mercy of Allah (Subhana Wa Tala), He will continue to give you endless patience, strength, and strong Iman to get through this journey. Life for the believers is like a prison, and for the non-believers, it’s like paradise.

    The herafter for the believers will be something much greater than one can imagine. Insha-Allah! Hold on to the rope of Allah (Subhana Wa Tala) and continue to smile. At the end of every dark tunnel, there is light, and my dear brother, the light is not that far.

    Salam,

    Peace upon All

  6. Khoiri November 27, 2012 Reply

    Simply-deep though, great article..

  7. Ajay Marath November 27, 2012 Reply

    Well expressed, well written article. Khalid Sb.

    Having been besides you these years as your colleague, I have witnessed your situation on a daily basis. We have seen you rise from your initial medical condition to the present individual that you are, thanks to your staunch belief in Allah.

    Khalid Sb, You are a living example of how one can submits completely to the Almighty and how He takes care of us and turns the tide for us… Alhumdullillah.

    We have always and will always appreciate your strong beliefs and your god fearing attitude. Believe me, I have learnt many qualities from you as a person.

    May Allah bless you and your family.

    Warm Regards from a believer
    Ajay Marath and family

  8. Abo Abdullah November 27, 2012 Reply

    Dear Abu Waleed ,

    Jazak ALLAH Khair for sharing your personal experience with us. I was an eye witness during those tough days & noe I am so glad to see you back to normal live with your wife & kids.

    Fi Aman ALLAH

  9. Minaaz Ansari, November 27, 2012 Reply

    Mashallah.May Allah give you good health in the year’s ahead.And may Aallah give us Hidayat to walk on Siratal Mustakeem Ameen

  10. Mukrram Qadri November 28, 2012 Reply

    Subhan Allah Kahlid Bahi, really its gives guide and strength. May Almighty Allah (s.w.t) bless and guide us to be on right path till last day of our life (Ameen) Syed A. Qadri

  11. Mwajuma Mbombe November 28, 2012 Reply

    subhannallah, lets depend on ALLAH s.w.t in each and every thing.

  12. Mudassir November 28, 2012 Reply

    Bismallah

    Brother Khalid

    Jazak Allah Khair – Guiding with such experienced as well as tips to remain in constant contact with Allah (S.W.T)
    May Allah (s.w.t) keep us & our family and all muslim brothers on right path in the light of quran and sunah with mudawemat specialy to understanding Quran message for us. What is the aim of Allah sending us to this world and what is the aim of our life in this world.

  13. Quazi Musharrefuddin November 28, 2012 Reply

    Brother Khalid,

    I am really impressed and glade to read this article, it is a complete guide with a number of hidden lessons and teachings. The way you explain the constant contact with Allah SWT by giving the real and practical examples are easy to understand the subject.
    Examples of Airplane is well written and incident with Mo’azzin of Masjid made me to stop and think that Allah will guide and will show us the lights whenever needed but this requires a deep thinking as mentioned by you that signs are there who believe.
    Your action plan for constant contact is really an ideal plan for every Muslim; we must seek help from Allah SWT with constant contact. May Allah SWT keeps you in good health.

    Quazi Musharrefuddin, Dammam KSA

  14. Ammad Raza November 29, 2012 Reply

    Very very well written Khalid bhai and one must admire the intent of the article and we all must learn from this how to rise when we are down and out. May Allah (WT) guide us all through our lives and help us being a good human and a good Muslim. May Allah Bless u and ur family
    Regards
    S. Ammad Raza

  15. Fauzia November 29, 2012 Reply

    Salaam, Subhan Allah, an emaan increasing story! May Allah bless you good health and long life!
    Brother I am also in need of Allah’s mercy. Can you tell me how many times to recite and what time of the day to read these ayaat, specially the last one from Surah no.41, you mentioned?Jazak Allah Khair.

    • Muhammad Khalid Khan November 29, 2012 Reply

      Wa Alaikum Assalam,
      Sister,
      You must read the translation and Tafsir (Ibn Katheir) of all the Ayaat mentioned in my article and then you will understand and learn a lot.
      Please note the following:
      Quran is a message of guidance, addressed to mankind to understand & implement it.
      Islam is a practical religion (Deen-e-Fitrat) and its first obligatory act is Prayer (Salaat).
      A constant contact/communication with Allah (swt) through Quran, Prayers, Zikr and good deeds plays a vital role to make our lives easier in this world and get salvation (Nijaat) in life hereafter.

      Jazakum Allah Khair

  16. Waqas Ahmed November 29, 2012 Reply

    Nice article Khalid sb. I am ashamed on myself as I am young and careless about namaz. may ALLAH (swt)give you heal and energy to do work for ALLAH (swt).

  17. Mahmoud Bakri December 2, 2012 Reply

    Great article , Thank you

  18. Majed Al-Anazi December 2, 2012 Reply

    Assalam Alaikum brother Khalid Khan..

    Going through your experince of ill and fears of the future and how allah lights your road. May Allah make you walk on the right path.

    regards,
    Majed Al-Anazi

  19. Azeemuddin Qureshi December 25, 2012 Reply

    Very informative, spritual and learning article from Muhammad Khalid Khan. I pray for his health, May ALLAH showered his blessing on him and his family. (AAMEEN)

  20. Bushra February 10, 2013 Reply

    Allah KaaShukar

  21. Mohamed Abd Elfatah May 12, 2015 Reply

    Abu Waleed,
    جزاك الله خيرا ابو وليد

    Alhamdulillah for your survival operation and ask Allah to give you a long life with full health and strong follow for Islamic rolls Quran And Sunnah. Really it is strong lesson for how to believe and trust on Allah promises, appreciated for great words you mentioned in your message and I think it is the most important thing in our life.

    Our communication with Allah (swt) also fails when we’re not even in contact with Him through Quran and prayer, and the result is that we are going astray, roaming around and passing our time in unproductive things without knowing our real destination in life

    M.A.Elfatah

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