The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:
“Oh Allah, make me one who often cries out to you.”
Narrated by Tirmidhi with a “Good and Sound” (Hasan Sahih) chain (Kitab Al Da’wat #102).
Similalry Ibn Abbas narrates, with the following wording:
“The Prophet used to supplicate thus: “Oh my Lord! help me and do not cause me to face difficulty; grant me victory and do not grant anyone victory over me; devise for me and not against me; guide me and facilitate guidance for me; make me overcome whoever rebels against me; Oh my Lord! make me abundantly thankful to You (shakkaran laka), abundantly mindful of You (dhakkaran laka), abundantly devoted to You (rahhaban laka), perfectly obedient to You (mitwa`an ilayka), lowly and humble before You (mukhbitan laka), always crying out and turning back to You (awwahan muniban)!….”
Our Propher (Allah bless him and grant him peace) prayed to Allah to make him one who is Awwahan Muniban. This was the characteristic of Sayyidina Ibrahim (Allah bless him) as described in the verse:
Verily, Ibrahim is Awwah and Aalim (9:114)
Imam Suyuti in his Tafsir Jalalayn states regarding this verse:
“إن إبراهيم لأواه” كثير التضرع والدعاء “حليم” صبور على الأذى
(Verily Ibrahim is Awwah) i.e. soft of heart crying out frequently in supplciation [to Allah]. (Halim) i.e. forbearing and patiently enduring harm.
In another verse Allah Most High states:
Indeed Ibrahim was Awwah and Munib (11:75)
Imam Suyuti stated regarding the description of Sayyidina Ibrahim as Munib:
“أواه منيب” رجاع
Always returning [to Allah] in repentance…
These are indeed the characteristics of the believer. Just as the Prophets (Allah bless them all) and the Righteous (Allah be well pleased with them) would return to Allah in supplication, praise, and worship so to should we when faced with any sort of hardship; And why only hardship ( ! ) when the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) would not take a single breath nor utter a single word unless coupled with some mention of his Lord.
My beloved Shaykh Faraz (May Allah grant him abundant ‘ilm and success), while explaining the verse, “Indeed in the rememberance of Allah do hearst find rest” (13:28), stated:
Imam Sha`rani explains in his Lawaqih al Anwar al Qudsiyya that its essential meaning is to have Allah in heart and mind at all times. Remembrance of the tongue and worship of the limbs is a means to this. Sayyidi ‘Abdul Ghani Al Nabulsi said:
“Be with Allah
You will find Allah with you.”
كُنْ مَعَ الله *** تَرَ اللهَ مَعَك
(Be with Allah) by loving Him, turning to Him in all your affairs, by obeying His commands out of love, thanks and servanthood. (You will find Allah with you) for He is “closer to you than your jugular vein,” and He does not let the efforts of those who seek Him go to waste.
May Allah grant us sincerity in turning to Him over and over, in times of need and otherwise.
Blessings on the Prophet, his family and his companions.