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Making Your Du’a Game Super Awesome – 10 Steps!

Bismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

Du’a is an amazing act of worship in the fact that a Muslim benefits in two ways; by calling upon her lord and having her request granted and secondly, it’s also an act of worship meaning that you will be rewarded if done so correctly. It’s mostly the second part that many of us tend to neglect, the fact that calling upon Allah is an act of worship.

An-Nu`man bin Bashir peace be - male narrated that: The Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol said: “The supplication (Du’a), is worship.” Then he recited: “And Your Lord said, ‘Call upon me, I will respond to you. Verily, those who scorn My worship, they will surely enter Hell humiliated.’ “
[Jami At-Tirmidhi No. 3372]

Making Du’a manifests your Tawheed. But the question arises, how do we maximize this act of worship so beloved to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala?

Here are a few tips on how to do so:

1. Realising WHO you are calling upon

The first step is to realise WHO you’re calling upon. This isn’t just anyone or someone who may or may not be able to help you but this is Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala; Lord of the Heavens and the Earth! He controls everything and He can do anything He wants. It is Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala who can take away those tearful nights and replace them with moments of joy and happiness. It is Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala who can fulfil your request even if others think otherwise or frown upon you. When a Muslim realises who they’re supplicating to, it will improve the quality of their supplication and increase their faith, so never lose hope!

2. Mentioning your state of weakness
When requesting anything from anyone, if we show our humility, it increases our chances of having that request fulfilled. Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala has the greatest example. By mentioning your state of weakness or position of difficulty, you humble yourself to the Lord of the Worlds and the pride vanishes from your heart. It was the practice of the Salaf that when they needed a Du’a to be answered by Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala, they would roll around in the dirt until their clothes became messy to show Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala their dire need and desperation.

3. Golden opportunities for Du’a
When we look and analyse the Sunnah, the Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol mentioned specific times that if a person was to call out to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala sincerely, Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala would respond! Those times or places are:
☆ The last hour on Friday,
☆ Between the Adhan & Iqamah,
☆ Whilst drinking Zamzam water,
☆ In Sajdah,
☆ In the last third of the night,
☆ In the state of fasting,
☆ Whilst travelling and much more.

These are only a handful of times. I would recommend going back to the books that speak about the etiquettes of Du’a, finding out those special times and places and utilising them.

4. Using the Du’as of the Qur’an & Sunnah

The Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol would say before delivering a Khutbah, “The most excellent speech is the book of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad S.A.W honirific symbol”.
[Sahih Muslim No. 868]

Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and His messengers have taught us many supplications that we can find in the Qur’an and the authentic ahadith. These Du’as have a better chance of being accepted. Just to give one example, the Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol said,

“Whosoever calls upon Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala with the Du’a of Yunus (Alyhisalam) when he was in the belly of the whale, Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala will respond to that Du’a and remove that person’s grief.”
[Jami At-Tirmidhi No. 3505]

5. Waseelah (Gaining closeness to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala) – Through good deeds
The issue of Waseelah is one that many Muslims fall into mistake within. There are those types of Waseelah which are prohibited and those which are permissible. It isn’t correct to make Du’a to a grave or to a deceased person and claim that this is Waseelah because this is an act of Shirk, why? Because Du’a is the sole property of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and only He has the right to be called upon as He states in the Qur’an,

فَلَا تَدْعُوا مَعَ اللَّـهِ أَحَدًا
“So do not call upon anyone with Allah”
{Surah Al-Jinn 72: verse 18}

From the forms of Waseelah that are permissible within our religion is to use your good deeds. A person can call upon Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and ask Him to accept his Du’a because of good deeds that they have put forth. What is the evidence for this? Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala says in the Qur’an,

الَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَ‌بَّنَا إِنَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ‌ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ‌
“Those who say, ‘Our Lord, indeed we have believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the punishment of the Fire’”
{Surah Al-Imran 3: verse 17}

Also, within he Sunnah, we find the hadith of the three companions who were stuck in the cave. After they had entered, a big boulder blocked the entrance to the cave and they realised the only way they could get out was by asking Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala for His aid. So they decided to use their good deeds as a means of having their request fulfilled.

The first one said, ‘O Allah! My parents were old and I used to go out for grazing (my animals). On my return I would milk (the animals) and take the milk in a vessel to my parents to drink. After they had drunk from it, I would give it to my children, family and, wife. One day I was delayed and on my return I found my parents sleeping, and I disliked to wake them up. The children were crying at my feet (because of hunger). That state of affairs continued till it was dawn. O Allah! If You regard that I did it for Your sake, then please remove this rock so that we may see the sky.’ So, the rock was moved a bit.
The second said, ‘O Allah! You know that I was in love with a cousin of mine, like the deepest love a man may have for a woman, and she told me that I would not get my desire fulfilled unless I paid her one-hundred Dinars (gold pieces). So, I struggled till I gathered the desired amount, and when I sat in between her legs, she told me to be afraid of Allah, and asked me not to deflower her except rightfully (by marriage). So, I got up and left her. O Allah! If You regard that I did if for Your sake, kindly remove this rock.’ So, two-thirds of the rock was removed.
Then the third man said, ‘O Allah! No doubt You know that once I employed a worker for one Faraq (three Sa’s) of millet, and when I wanted to pay him, he refused to take it, so I sowed it and from its yield I bought cows and a shepherd. After a time that man came and demanded his money. I said to him: Go to those cows and the shepherd and take them for they are for you. He asked me whether I was joking with him. I told him that I was not joking with him, and all that belonged to him. O Allah! If You regard that I did it sincerely for Your sake, then please remove the rock.’ So, the rock was removed completely from the mouth of the cave.”
[Sahih Bukhari No. 418]

6. Waseelah (Gaining closeness to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala) – Through His beautiful names
Another form of Waseelah is by making Du’a to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala using His beautiful names and attributes as He mention within the Qur’an,

وَلِلَّـهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا
“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them.”
{Surah Al-A’raf 7: verse 180}

When a situation of difficulty arises, call upon Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala using the name that corresponds to your difficulty. If you are need of provision, Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala is the provider and so supplicate, Oh the one who provides, provide for me’. If you have many sins and need forgiveness, then supplicate to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala, ‘Oh the one who forgives, forgive me’. If your suffering from a serious ailment, then know that ‘Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala is the curer; Oh the one cures, cure me’.

7. Istighfar
By constantly making Istighfar, a person’s heart will be attached to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and thus, their Du’a has a better chance of getting answered. When Scholars in the past would have difficulty in understanding a particular issue, they would make Istighfar and Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala would give them understanding. Istighfar eases the path and opens doors!

8. Raising hands
When making du’a to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala, it is from etiquettes to raise one hand as was established by our Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol. It is authentically reported that on the night before the battle of Badr, the Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol made Du’a to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala intensely and sincerely and he raised his hands so high to the degree that the whiteness of his armpits began to appear.

9. Praise & Salutations
It was reported that the Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol heard a man supplicating during the prayer without glorifying Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and not sending salutations upon the Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol.

The Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol said, “’You are in a hurry, O worshipper.’ Then he taught them. And the Messenger S.A.W honirific symbol of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala heard a man praying; he glorified and praised Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and sent salutations upon the Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol . The Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol said: ‘Supplicate, you will be answered; ask, you will be given.'”
[Sunan An-Nasai’ No. 1285]

10. Earning Halal

The Prophet S.A.W honirific symbol said, “O people, Indeed Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala is good and he does not accept but what is good. And indeed, Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala ordered the believers with what He ordered the Messengers. He said: ‘O you Messengers! Eat of the good things and do righteous deeds. Verily I am well-acquainted with what you do.’
{Surah Al Muminun 23: Verse 51}

And He said: ‘O you who believe! Eat from the good things We have provided you.’
{Surah Al Baqarah 2: Verse 172}

He said: “And he mentioned a man: ‘Who is undertaking a long journey, whose hair is dishevelled and he is covered with dust. He raises his hands to the heavens and says: “O Lord! O Lord!” Yet his food is from the unlawful, his drink is from the unlawful, his clothing is from the unlawful, and he was nourished by the unlawful. So how can that be accepted?'”
[Jami’ At-Tirmidhi No. 2889]

Earning through means of Haram prevents a person’s Du’a from being answered.

Having implemented these 10 points, always bear in mind that Allah knows best, for me, for you and for everyone. We may supplicate to him, but we may never receive an immediate response. That is because Allah knows that the thing we’re asking for may not be good for us or He  may delay the response till later out of His infinite wisdom or He may choose to not even give a response in this Dunya, but by His love, He gives it to you in the hereafter in better folds. Rest assure, you will always benefit when you raise your hands with hope!

“Muwarraq Al-‘Ajlee said: “I have been asking my Lord for something for over 20 years. Yet, I have still not received it, and nor have I given up hope.”
(Al-Adaab al-Shar’iyyah)

Jaabir (ra) said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “On the Day of Resurrection, when people who had suffered affliction are given their reward, those who were healthy will wish their skins had been cut to pieces with scissors when they were in the world.”
[Tirmidhi]
Evidencehttp://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/36/100

May Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala answer all our supplications and may He always keep us hopeful in him. Ameen.

Authored by Ibrahim Khan
Edited by Ibtahal Minhaj

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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