Scholars of dua always emphasize on taking actions when making dua and placing trust in Allah. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also advised us that we should do our part to the best of our ability and trust Allah for the best outcome. This is the law of life. We must work hard to excel in tests, jobs etc and place our trust in Allah that He will reward us with success for our efforts. The Quran also testifies for this- we have examples of Prophets who did their part and made dua to Allah, and Allah gave them miracles after miracles.
Not all prophets though. And similarly, not for all of us, not always. Prophet Yunus AS was swallowed by a whale, and the whale settled itself at the bottom of the ocean, on a dark, stormy night. Darkness of the night, the bottom of the sea and the stomach of the whale. What action could he possibly take? Could he scream for help? Knock the walls of the whale’s stomach to let him out? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Literally, in the ultimate sense of the word, there was NOTHING TO DO.
Every single of one us go through events in life where our hands are tied. There is practically nothing we can do, within the realm of our individual as well as human capacities. We are often stuck in the dark chambers of hardships, surrounded by walls of impossibilities and road blocks. There is no one to go to, and no one who is able to help. Sometimes the ordeal is such that even if the whole world were to gather together to help, it would still remain a futile effort. We are left absolutely alone and unheardIn his immense wisdom, Allah made sure to include the example of Prophet Yunus (AS) in the Quran, because He knows that we will need this counsel. Those of us who find themselves in such a situation, firstly understand that it is a sunnah of this great Prophet Allah has honored us with. Therefore it is only befitting that we follow example and learn from him.
So what did Prophet Yunus do? He made dua. His dua became his action. He kept on pleading to Allah to let him out and soon enough, Allah did.
Faith is in the heart. Sincerity is in the heart. Yaqeen is in the heart. These are unseen, unheard matters of the heart, of the soul. But not dua. Dua is action. It is very much an action that manifests from deep faith in Allah. When you are really serious about something, you will take out time from your daily life to make dua about it. You will spend hours every day to talk to Allah about your problems. You will wake up in the middle of the night only to make dua. You will do more good deeds to have your dua answered. You will do more istighfar to have your ways opened up by Allah’s mercy. You will help others so Allah helps you. If none of these are actions, then what is?
So never let anyone make you feel that making dua is not action. In fact, making dua is the most important action.