SYMPATHY THROUGH PRAYER

‘…My own way of thinking is that so far as the prayer is concerned, even the enemies should not be excluded from it. The more extensive the prayer is, the greater is the benefit derived by the one who prays…”

“You should remember that sympathy is of three kinds. One, physical two, financial and three, in the form of prayer. The third kind does not need money or strength to be used, but its beneficence is very extensive. So far as physical sympathy is concerned it can be shown only when one is strong enough to do so, for example, a weak wounded person cannot be helped by someone who is not physically strong. Likewise, unless a man has got money with him, he cannot help a helpless, penniless hungry person. How can such a person show sympathy. But so far as sympathy with prayer is concerned, it neither requires money nor physical strength. As long as a man is a man (i.e. he knows that he is human being) he can pray for the other and prove to be beneficial to him. The sphere of good that can accrue from this kind of sympathy is very wide and if a person does not make use of this sympathy, he is certainly very unfortunate.

I have said it that physical and financial sympathy has limitations but that is not the case with the prayer. My own way of thinking is that so far as the prayer is concerned, even the enemies should not be excluded from it. The more extensive the prayer is, the greater is the benefit derived by the one who prays. The more a person is niggardly in the matter of his prayers, the farther he gets away from God. The fact is that the man who limits the Bounty of God-which is very extensive – has a very weak faith. One of the great advantages in praying for others is that it prolongs the life. God has promised in the Holy Quran that those who do good to others live longer. He says:

Amma ma yanfa-onnasa f a-yamkoso fil-arz

The other kinds of sympathy being limited ones, it is the prayer that can be termed as a continuous charity.

It is with the prayer that we can be benefited most”.

(Malfoozat Vol. II, 73)

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