Improve Your Dua Effectiveness
We all want duas (supplications) that work. We want to know that the things we ask Allah for will be answered or that He will give us what’s best.
One of the most appealing things about Islam for people who convert to Islam, is its simplicity. I’ve heard many recent converts (or reverts, if you will) to Islam describe how simple Islam is. They just love the fact that it just makes sense.
And this is definitely true. Islam is a very simple faith. You don’t need to warp your logic or go through a bunch of hurdles to be a good Muslim. All you have to do is follow a few simple commandments and abstain from evil.
Unfortunately, for many Muslims this just isn’t good enough.
Some Muslims can’t seem to grasp the fact that Allah wants ease for us and not difficulty. They just can’t accept that Islam is meant to be easy and simple.
So they go through all sorts of strange rituals and shenanigans in an attempt to get closer to Allah or get their prayers answered.
But the truth is, you don’t need any of that.
If there’s anything you want as a Muslim, all you have to do is ask Allah for it.
Yep. It’s really that simple.
However, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting your duas answered. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has taught us many things we can do to make our duas more effective.
So I’ve compiled a pretty big list of things you can do to help get your duas answered. Keep in mind though, none of us can make Allah do anything that is against His will. Therefore, don’t get discouraged if you pray and pray for a certain thing and it doesn’t happen.
Just put your trust in Allah and accept it as His decree (Qada).
1. Make Dua While Traveling
2. Make Dua If You Feel Oppressed
3. Make Dua For Your Children
The Messenger of Allah () said, “Three supplications are answered without doubt. The supplication of the oppressed, the supplication of the traveller, and the supplication of the parent for his son.”
4. Make Dua In The Last Part Of The Night
Our Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the latter part of the night is left, and says: Who supplicates Me so that I may answer him? Who asks Me so that I may give to him? Who asks Me forgiveness so that I may forgive him?
5. Make Dua For Another Muslim
The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘A meen! May it be for you, too’.
6. Do Not Lose Patience With Your Duas
The supplication of every one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: I supplicated but it was not granted.
7. Do Not Ask For Something Sinful
The supplication of the servant is granted in case he does not supplicate for sin or for severing the ties of blood, or he does not become impatient.
8. Praise And Glorify Allah In Your Duas
9. Pray For Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) In Your Duas
The Messenger of Allah heard some one supplicating after his prayer without praising Allah and without supplicating Allah for the Prophet (pbuh). With regard to him, the Messenger of Allah () said, “This man rushed.” Then he called him and said, “When any one of you have performed Salat (prayer) and wants to supplicate, let him praise Allah first then glorify Him in the beginning and then he should supplicate Allah for me. Then he may supplicate for whatever he likes.”
10. Make Dua While Prostrating
A slave becomes nearest to his Rubb when he is in prostration. So increase supplications while prostrating.
11. Earn Halal (Permissible) Provisions, Eat Halal Food, Wear Halal Clothes
He then made a mention of a person who travels widely, his hair dishevelled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky (and thus makes the supplication):” O Lord,0 Lord,” whereas his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothes are unlawful and his nourishment is unlawful. How can then his supplication be accepted?
12. Make Dua On Fridays
The Messenger of Allah () said while talking about the merits of Friday, “There is a time on Friday at which a Muslim, while he (or she) is performing Salat and is supplicating, will be granted whatever he (or she) is supplicating for.” And he () pointed with his hand to indicate that this period of time is very short.
13. Make Dua Between The Adhan And Iqamah
14. Make Dua While Fighting The Enemy
Supplications at two times are never turned down (or said, “Are seldom turned down”), a supplication after the Adhan has been proclaimed, and a supplication during the battle combating the enemy.
15. Make Dua With Confidence And Do Not Say “If You Wish”
When one of you makes supplication, he should supplicate with confidence and should not say: O Allah, confer upon me if You wish, for Allah will do as He wishes.
16. Make Dua After Obligatory Prayers
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was asked: “At what time does the supplication find the greatest response?” He (pbuh) replied, “A supplication made during the middle of the last part of the night and after the conclusion of the obligatory prayers.
17. Do Not Make Dua While Looking Towards The Sky
People should avoid lifting their eyes towards the sky while supplicating in prayer, otherwise their eyes would be snatched away.
18. Make Dua While Raising Your Hands
He saw the Messenger of Allah at Ahjar Az-Zait praying for rain and raising his hands, making supplications.
19. Make Dua During Obligatory Prayers
Yahya said that Malik was asked about making dua in obligatory prayers and he said, “There is no harm in making dua in them.
Muwatta Imam Malik
20. Make Dua On The Day Of Arafa (Yawmul Arafah)
The best dua is dua on the day of Arafa, and the best thing that I or the Prophets before me have said is ‘There is no god but Allah, alone, without any partner.’
Muwatta Imam Malik
21. Make Dua While Facing The Qibla (The Direction Of The Kaaba)
Abdullah b. Zaid al-Ansari reported that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) went out to the place of prayer in order to offer prayer for rainfall. And when he intended to make supplication he faced Qibla and turned round his mantle.
22. Make Dua With Sincerity
He who supplicates sincerely for martyrdom, it will be granted to him even though he is not killed on the battlefield.
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