The supplication of the spiritual bond [du’a ar-rabita] is a supplication for the righteous, past and present, whose primary purpose is to establish a strong spiritual bond and lasting relationship first and foremost with God, and with the role models whom one prays for, and to follow their example in the hope of being counted amongst them in the presence of God.
God says, “And those who will come after them say, ‘Our Lord, forgive us and our brethren who preceded us in faith, and do not place any rancor in our hearts toward those who believe. Surely, Our Lord, You are Kind, Merciful!’” (Quran 59:10)
In order to be most effective, it is highly recommended that such supplication of the spiritual bond be a daily practice for the following five main reasons:
- Our needs change and our challenges intensify as we grow up professional, personally, and spiritually. So, we desperately and incessantly need to supplicate daily to God to help us meet such needs and overcome such challenges.
- Supplication is a great way of being a true servant who is constantly near their Lord, “communicating,” feeling, and enjoying His presence, may He be exalted.
- We want to continue to remember and be inspired by the great works of the best of God’s creation. By praying for them on a daily basis, the bond with them will only grow stronger leading to becoming one of them.
- As our physical body needs daily nurturing through food and drink, our soul needs daily nurturing through means such as the supplication of the spiritual bond. We want to stay constantly bonded with God nurturing our heart, mind, and body with the continuous flow of His Light.
- Most importantly, God says: “And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.” (Qur’an 2:186)
And in order to ensure a true presence with and concentration on God, it is not recommended to write or copy such supplication and read it. Instead, it is better to compose one’s own depending on their special needs, and let it come naturally and sincerely out of their heart. What is highly recommended is to learn, understand, memorize, and include supplications from Qur’an and sunna.