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Du'a and Its Importance

By: Syed Abid Ali

Du'a is a supplication to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala. Du'a is when you ask Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala for something. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala wants to give us so many things. He also wants us to realize that He is there, so we must ask Him by making du'a. Du'as are to help us and guide us. There are a lot of reasons why du'a is important. Here are some of the reasons.

In a hadith Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam said: "There is nothing superior in the eyes of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala than du'a."

Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam also said: Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala gets angry on the person who doesn't make du'a."

Du'a isn't only for asking Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala to give us what we want. It is also to thank Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala for all the great things He has done for us, ask protection from doing anything wrong, ask for forgiveness and to ask for Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala to give us a happy life in this world and in the Hereafter. After all the more you thank Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala the more He gives you.

In a hadith it is narrated that Sayyidatina Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: "O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the Night of Qadr what should I say?" He said: "Say: O Allah! You are the embodiment of forgiveness and you love to pardon, so pardon me." (Tirmidhi)

When you are making du'a you have a direct connection with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala. So when you are saying your du'a you shouldn't be distracted, but instead you should be fully concentrated. The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam said in a hadith narrated by Hadrat Abu Hurairah Rady Allahu 'Anhu: make du'a and be assured of it being answered, and know that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala does not answer a du'a from a careless heart which is not concentrating. (Tirmidhi)

In a hadith narrated by Hadrat Anas bin Malik, Rady Allahu 'Anhu, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam says: Du'a is the essence of worship.

In the verse 2:152 in the Qur'an, Allah says:

"Then you do remember Me; I will remember you."

When an Imam in a mosque is saying du'a; the more people that are saying "ameen" after him, the more likely the du'a is accepted.

In a hadith the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam said: "The one who wants his du'as to be accepted in time of difficulty and hardship, should make frequent du'as in time of prosperity and peace."

In a hadith narrated by Hadrat Abu Hurairah, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam also said: Supplications (du'a) of three persons are not refused; a fasting person when breaking the fast, a just ruler and an oppressed person. (Tirmidhi)

A parent's du'a for the children also has a lot of effect.

When you are starting your du'a, you should always start by saying: Bismillah- ir- Rahman- ir- Raheem. Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam said: A du'a that doesn't have Bismillah- ir- Rahman- ir- Raheem at the beginning of it is rejected. A du'a should begin in the name of Allah, putting all trust and hope in Him alone. Describing Him as Kind and Merciful creates confidence that the du'a will not be rejected. The du'a should also contain salawaat (blessings) on Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam.

In a hadith Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam said: "Du'a is the weapon of a Muslim, a pillar for the Deen (religion) and Noor (light) of the heavens and the earth.

After making du'a you will notice that you feel good inside, that things are going good in your life and you will think of Allah more as a result of making du'a. May Allah help us realize the importance of du'a and appreciate it in our life time as much as we possibly can. Insha Allah.

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