Dua means supplication, communication with deity. Dua is an incredible power so that many of us sometimes don’t fully know about it. If we know the power of Dua then we would do whatever is necessary to get our Duas answered. Sometimes our Duas are answered immediately and sometimes they take much longer than we expect. However, Dua can transform our lives and bring about miraculous results when it is made properly by heart.
We can make Dua in any language, Almighty Allah listens to us no matter in which language we are supplicating. Allah (SWT) stated in the Holy Quran: “And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible” (Quran, 40:60). Dua is essentially submission to the Creator and a demonstration of a person’s need for Allah. One can make Dua anytime there is no specific time or fixed place for making Dua. Dua can change destiny so try to make Dua in every situation because with Dua you will always get closer to Almighty Allah. It maintained a person’s belief in One Lord and it rejects all forms of idolatry.
Dua is communication with Allah Almighty, the All-Knowing and the All-Powerful. Dua or supplication is an act which is of extraordinary significance, Dua is the most uplifting, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have with his Lord. We turn to Allah Almighty because we know that He alone can lift our sufferings and solve our problems. We feel relieved after describing our difficulties to is our Creator. We feel empowered after making supplication or having communicated with Allah Almighty. When we make Dua we get a new commitment to follow His path for that is the only path for success. We feel blessed with each such commitment with the Lord.
Allah Almighty listens to us when we make Dua. We should always seek help from Allah. Allah (SWT) says about Dua in the Holy Quran: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me” (Quran, 2:186). The importance of Dua in front of Allah Almighty can be evaluated from this hadith in which our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Nothing is more honorable to Allah the Most-High than Dua.” (Sahih al-Jami)
We should not only make Dua for ourselves but also for our parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children, relatives and friends, teachers and other benefactors, and destitute and struggling Muslims everywhere. We should pray for them for the good in this world as well as in the Hereafter. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The Dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial Dua for his brother the appointed angel says, Ameen. And may you also be blessed with the same.’” (Sahih Muslim)
When making the Dua it is acceptable to ask for good in this worldly life and in the hereafter. Throughout the Quran, Our Lord encourages the believers to call on Him, He asks us to lay our dreams, hopes, fears, and uncertainties before Him and to be sure that He hears every word. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “A slave becomes nearest to his Lord when he is in prostration. So, increase supplications in prostrations.” (Sahih Muslim)
Criteria need to meet dua to be accepted
“Verily, Allah is pure and does not accept save what is pure. And verily Allah has commanded the believers with that which He commanded the messengers, for He Most High said, ‘O Messengers! Eat from those things pure, and do righteous deeds’” (Quran 23:51)
It is mentioned that in order for our dua to be answered certain prerequisites should be met:
- Your income needs to be lawful.
- Your food must be pure and halal.
- You must repent for your sins (make tawba).
- You should remove all the unlawful things from your life.
- Ensure you are performing the basics: praying five times a day, paying zakat, fasting in Ramadan, etc.
- You should make dua with sincerity and a focused mind and heart.
- You should feel with absolute conviction that Allah will answer your dua, and no one can answer it but Him. The Prophet PBUH said:
“Call on Allah while having the full conviction that He will answer, and realize that Allah does not answer the dua that proceeds from a heedless, inattentive heart.” (Tirmidhi)
- By giving the thing being asked, warding off the harm that would have otherwise afflicted a person, or as gifts awaiting the person in the next life (this is the best form of dua being answered as mentioned in Hadith Ahmed).
- To perform a good deed before your dua and mention it during your dua (as was done by the three men that were trapped in a cave by a large rock: each of them made dua and mentioned a good deed, and the rock moved a bit with each dua, until they could escape – Sahih Bukhari).
- To begin and end the dua with praise of Allah SWT.
- To send salutations and peace upon our Beloved Prophet PBUH. A companion once sat to make dua and started with praise of Allah and salutation upon the Prophet PBUH, to which he responded:
“Ask and you will be given. Ask and you will be given.” (Tirmidhi)
Generally to try and keep your tongue moist with the praise of Allah, for gratitude itself increases blessings. Allah Says:
“Indeed, if you show Me gratitude, I will surely increase you” (14:7). And the Prophet (SAW) highlighted this when he said, “The very best dua is Alhamdulillah (All praise is for Allah).” [Sahih Ibn Hibban]
- To pray salat-ul Haja (the prayer of need) when possible.
What Happen When You make Dua
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There is no Muslim who supplicates to Allah without sin or cutting family ties in it but that Allah will give him one of three answers: he will hasten fulfillment of his supplication, he will store it for him in the Hereafter, or he will divert an evil from him similar to it.” They said, “In that case, we will ask for more.” The Prophet said, “Allah has even more.”
Situations when your dua is accepted
The scholars have mentioned that if you find yourself to be in any of the situations below, it is ideal for your dua to be accepted.
- A person who has been wronged or oppressed.
- A person going through a severe difficulty after a calamity.
- A person who is traveling.
- A person who is fasting.
- A woman in labor.
- A person who is reciting or finished reciting the Quran.
- A person who is performing Hajj or Umrah.
- A person who makes dua for someone in their absence (when you make dua for someone in their absence, an angel says: “Ameen and to you”).
- A person who is in a state of remembrance of Allah constantly.
- A person who is a just ruler.
Times when your dua is accepted
All of these times are mentioned by scholars and are in the Sunnah of the Prophet PBUH for the best times when dua is accepted.
- The early morning hours (the last portion of the night until the start of fajr – divide the night between Maghrib and fajr into three parts).
- After the adhan.
- During the salah (when a slave is closest to his Lord in a state of prostration or before the end of salah after finishing the tashahhud).
- After the obligatory prayers.
- A period of time on a Friday (some scholars say it is when the Imam sits down between the two khutbahs, and some say it is the last period of time before Maghrib).
- When waking up at night, after performing wudu.
- Before drinking the waters of Zamzam.
- During the month of Ramadan.
- During laylat-ul-Qadr (The Night of Decree).
- While visiting the sick.
- When rainfalls.
- At places such as Mecca, Arafat, and Medina (when one goes for hajj or Umra).
Dua can change our life and our fate. It is the most compelling weapon, works only for those who try sincerely and seriously to use it. As a Muslim, we should never give up, because we have the ultimate weapon to counter our fears, depression, oppression, and adversity in the shape of Dua.
Source: Quranreading.com and muslimommy.com
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