Hold your children tight, give them extra hugs and kisses because you don’t know when the good Lord might take them away. A brother from Chicago has a missing daughter. A young brother who knew the family writes about Sophia Khan, a bright, clever 9-year-old who just finished 4th grade.
Innalillahi wa inna elayhi rajioon-
I have a 9 year old who just finished 4th grade. She is one of my Lord’s most precious favors-my first born, my love. What would I do in that situation. I cannot imagine the pain, the anguish, the hopes dashed with every ‘official’ update and reborn with faith in Allah. Her life, her smile replaying every time you close your eyes. What do you do in a time like this?
Mufti Ebrahim Desai answers in askimam.org
Allah does whatever He wants according to His infinite wisdom. In such a situation focus on taqdeer and place ones trust in Allah and make dua. May Allah grant all of you courage.
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanavi writes in Munnajat-e Maqbool- a prayer whens someone is lost
إذا ضَاعَ لَهُ شيئٌ أو اَبِقَ؛
اللَّهُمَّ رآدَّ الضَّآلةِ وَ*هادِيَ الضَّلالةِ أنتَ تَهدي مِنَ الضَّلالَةِ اُردُد عَلَيَّ ضآلَّتي بِقُدرَتِكَ وَ*سُلطانِكَ فَإنَّها مِن عَطَآئِكَ وَ*فَضلِك
Oh Allah, the Returner of the lost and Guider of the misguided, you are the one who guides from misguidance, turn back towards me what I have lost with your Power and Authority because it was your own gift and bounty.
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي عَافَانِي مِمَّا ابْتَلَاكَ بِهِ وَفَضَّلَنِي عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِمَّنْ خَلَقَ تَفْضِيلَاً
“All praise belongs to Allah who has saved me from such a condition which is afflicted on you and favoured me over many creations”. The virtues of this dua is that the reciter will be saved from the difficulties he has seen.
The hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW):
The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.”