Du’a – which is defined as ‘seeking the assistance of Allah in Worldly and other-Worldly affairs’ – is a central part of every Muslim’s spiritual experience.
It is the first resort at times of difficulty and hardship, when it seems that all doors have closed on you. Du’a is the product of the realisation that the door of Allah never closes.
Indeed, it is a sign of faith to call upon Allah and seek His bounty.
Rasulullah (saw) said,
“Du’a is the weapon of the Believer [as it repels calamities]” (Mustadrak of al-Hakim).
How should we approach Du’a?
The Prophet (saw) said, “Indeed Allah says: ‘I am as my Servant thinks I am, and I am with him when he calls upon Me” (Agreed upon).
Du’a to Allah should be preceded by sincere neediness from the seeker – realising the greatness of Whom he seeks from.
How do we improve our chances of prayers being answered?
To increase the chances of our prayers being answered, there are a number of things that we can and should do. Scholars throughout the ages have written a number of books on this, which we summarise in our helpful downloadable guide.
For instance, there is an order in which the du’a can be made which increases the chances of the du’a being accepted. Also, there are certain special occasions throughout the year in which du’a is accepted – such as the night of al-Qadr (power) as well as an hour on the day of Friday.
Do I have to be original in my du’a?
Although the purpose of du’a is to seek His help in your affairs, you are not required to come up with different supplications. Some of the best ad’iyah (plural of du’a) can be found in the Qur’an, Prophetic Hadith and Awraad (spiritual habits) of the scholars.
The Nawawi Centre has collected an incredible selection of etiquettes, benefits and wisdoms that will help you transform your Du’a experience.