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ETIQUETTE OF MAKING DUA


BISMILLAH-IR-RAHMAN-IR-RAHIM

“And your Lord says. “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter hell [rendered] contemptible.” (Ghafir, 40:60)

“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them” (Al-A’raf, 7:180)

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Du’ā (supplication) is worship. Your Lord stated: ‘Supplicate to Me and I will answer you.’” (Abu Dāwūd no. 1481, At-Tirmidhi no. 2959, Ibn Mājah no. 3828. Declared sahīh by Al-Albāni in Sahīh Al-Jāmi’ As-Saghīr 3/150)

We should learn how to make dua properly to be able to have a meaningful conversation with Allah. عَزَّ وَجَلَّ 

Etiquette of making dua…

PRE-SUPPLICATION

Sincerity- Ikhlas. Believing that Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ is the only one who can help and you won’t turn your hand of need to anyone but Him.

Conviction. A level of conviction that Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ is listening. He is As Sameer (The All Hearing) Al Aleem (The All Knowing) So ask wholeheartedly. The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Make dua to Allah whilst you are certain of a response, because Allah does not accept a dua from a heedless heart’ (Tirmidhi)

Trust. Trust that Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ will respond to your dua’s, the way you don’t rely on your own abilities. Do not be impatient. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said ‘The dua of everyone of you is accepted as long as he does not grow impatient and says : ‘I made dua but it was not accepted’” (Muslim)

SPACE and TIME – BENEFICIAL TIME TO MAKE YOUR DUA.

Generally, dua can be made at anytime. but there are moments that are meritorious than others.

In Solitude. Preferably be alone by yourself. This brings the element of sincerity as people are not seeing you. There is less chance of your actions being for show-off. A moment between you and your Rabb – Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.

During Blessed times. Such as the middle of the night. When traveling, between Adhan and Iqamah, between Asr and Magrib on Friday. When fasting (especially before your break) when completing a good deed, when it’s raining. etc. (Feel free to add to it in the comment section below so that others may benefit.)

Face the Qiblah. Performing wudu and facing the Qiblah are not necessary but recommended and praiseworthy.

Raising your hands. Raising your hands to Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ reflect that you are begging Him. (Rubbing the hands over the face is not included. Rubbing the hands over the face was done by the Prophet ﷺ when he is making supplication before sleeping (Bukhari)

USING YOUR TONGUE

Praise Allah.  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There is none who likes to be praised more than Allah does.” (Bukhari). The Messenger of Allah once heard a person making du’a’ during prayer. He did not glorify Allah nor invoke salawat upon the Messenger of Allah. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: He was too hasty. He called him and said: When one of you makes dua, he should start off with praising and glorifying His Lord , and should then invoke salawat on the Prophet. He should then make du’a’ for whatever he wishes.’ (Abu Dāwüd)

Send salawat upon the Prophet. ﷺ A narration from Umar bin Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه,  goes thus: “Du’a is suspended between heaven and earth and none of it is taken up until you send blessings upon your Prophet ﷺ (Tirmidhi)

Seek forgiveness. Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ is Al-Ghafur (The Most Forgiving) and he loves to forgive.

Using Allah’s Names. “And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them” (Al-A’raf, 7:180) Relevant Names can also be called upon for specific requests. Such as ‘Ya Tawwab (O Acceptor of repentance) accept my repentance’.

Making the request. When you ask, make your dua in Arabic if you can (not compulsory). You can request using the Qur’anic and hadith dua’s. When you are making your request do not over-do it on the details for you do not know if what you are asking for is good for you. Ask Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ in general terms because He alone knows what is good for you. Express your dire need of Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ with humility and desperation, express your weakness as we are weak and in need of Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ for everything. Ask wholeheartedly and sincerely!

Repeat your request thrice. Repeatedly asking is a means of showing Allah  عَزَّ وَجَلَّ your desperation for Him.

Here’s a comprehensive guide with detailed and references on 23 Etiquettes of Supplicating to Allah. by Abu Khadeejah (حفظه الله). It is accompanied by a downloadable PDF which is free and handy to be kept on your phone.

Be patient for dua are answered in 3 ways:  Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Prophet, ﷺ said, “There is no Muslim who calls upon Allah, without sin or cutting family ties, but that Allah will give him one of three answers: He will quickly fulfill 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.” (Musnad Ahmad) So, do not be in a haste that you give up.

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4 thoughts on “ETIQUETTE OF MAKING DUA”

  1. Jazaakillahu Khairan for this, Sister. As always; Educative, Informative, Enlightening, and Assuring.
    However, I’ll like to add to item no 2. ‘SPACE AND TIME’. Prayers are also more effective in the following situations:
    1) When in Sujood: Allah ‘Aza Wajal said His slave is more closer to Him when in Sujood. So, whenever we’re performing Salah, we should pray fervently in Sujood before raising our heads.
    2) After the Azan, before the Iqamah: Prophet Muhammad said; there’s no ‘hijab’ (barrier) between a prayer that’s prayed after the Azan and Allah.
    3) When we have the opportunity to do something of evil, but we feared Allah and didn’t perform that evil, then, any prayers we made will be accepted because our Imaan as of that time is very high, and Allah hardly turns down a prayer of such people.
    4) Just before we break our fasting. This is very important for us to note. Last moments of fasting period should be left aside for diligent prayers.
    5) When we’ve finished reciting the Qur’an. Prayers are also effective at this moment.

    I think, these are the ones I could remember for now.

    May Allah in His Infinite Mercy make us firm on His path, and may He make Jannah our abode, and may He also unite us in Jannah with our beloved ones! Ameen.

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    1. Jazakumullahu Khairan for your input. A detailed addition to the post. 😁
      They are all valid and important for us to remember and implement. May Almighty Allah increase you in knowledge and understanding. Ameen 🤲🏾

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