A hadith says that dua is the core of ibaadah. And in Ramadan Allah has given us a great opportunity to ask for whatever we feel like and all our needs and prayers will be answered if prayed for with good intention. Tirmidhi states that dua is the essence of worship. Allah says in the Holy Quran, "Call unto me, I shall answer you."
So, in Ramadan, make dua a regular part of your worship for it stands a great chance to keep us away from hellfire and open the gate of Jannah and make our worldly life peaceful in all aspects.
Regular recital of the various dua at their appropriate times instils the remembrance of Allah in our hearts.
Dua serves as a connector between the slave and his Master. The slave lifts his hands as begging bowls in an expression of begging as a beggar does. In all humility, with an attentive heart, having full trust in his Creator, Maker, Sustainer and Cherisher, one attracts the gaze of mercy of the Master Who feels shy in turning His slave away empty handed. With Him are the keys to His unlimited and unending treasures, and more importantly, Allah wants to share his bounties with all of us.
Dua in times of difficulty, accompanied by the shedding of tears is uplifting, invigorating, assuring, cleansing and refreshing, and provides solace and relief to a broken heart. The importance of dua in the eyes of Allah is so great that Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah's anger descends on him who does not ask Him."
So, it is necessary that all Muslims make regular dua and in order to make dua we should learn the masnun duas and success will be ours insha'allah.
All of us long for a better life: good health, decent job, wealth, nice family, recognition, respect, etc. There is a 24-hour hot line available to us where we can place a request, any time anywhere. This line is never busy and the caller's request is always granted. It is perhaps the most under used communication tool offered to us. It is the hot line to Allah — which is dua.
Abdul Nasir Jangda, a renowned American Islamic scholar, said, "Most people think salat is obligatory but dua is optional. However, many of us don't realise that Allah actually commands us to make dua. It is the core of worship, a practical spirituality. When we make dua, we are directly accessing Allah's mercy and wisdom that gives us stability in our thoughts and actions."
Umar Ibn Al Khattab, the second Caliph of Islam, had said, "It is my job to make dua, and Allah's job to accept. I don't have to worry about His job, I just have to do my job."
There may be some roadblocks to dua that stop it from being accepted. Impatience is one. Allah loves patience. Sometimes the effects of our dua can be seen in the long term. Like when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), after being rejected and stoned in the city of Taif, prayed to Allah in response to which Angel Jibreel came and offered to destroy Taif and its people.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was patient and said, "No, for I hope that Allah will bring forth from their progeny people who will worship Allah alone, and none besides Him." (Al-Bukhari).
The long-term effect of that dua was that the people of Taif became Muslims. Committing sins regularly or intentionally and earning from haram sources can all prevent dua from being accepted. Not surprisingly then, giving up our regular sins and pursuing a halal source of income can have remarkable effect.
In hadith we find that the Noble Messenger of Allah (PBUH) came across a community of people going through a tribulation. He advised, "Why don't they supplicate (make dua) to Allah for assistance? All the Prophets (peace be upon them), as we find in the Holy Quran, resorted to supplication as their ultimate 'weapon' to solicit Allah's help when all their efforts would fail while reforming nations in their respective hostile environments."
For duas to be accepted:
-- Abstain from haram food, drink and clothing
-- Abstain from haram livelihood
-- Do a good deed, preferably making a dua
-- Be in state of Taharah
-- Face the qiblah at the time of dua
-- Sit in a tahhiyat position
-- Send darud on Prophet (PBUH)
-- Plea to Allah with utmost humility
-- Raise the hands in line with the chest and keep them together, the palms should open
-- Abstain from using a singing style in duas
-- Abstain from creating deliberate rhymes in dua
-- Make dua for oneself, then for one's parents, families, relatives and then for Ummah
-- Be realistic in making dua
-- Do not be hasty, expecting the dua to be granted immediately
-- Make dua with conviction regarding its acceptance
-- Make dua with an attentive heart
-- Special circumstances for accepting of duas:
-- Between adhaan and iqamah
-- After every fardh salat
-- After recitation of the Holy Quran
-- At the time of finishing the entire Holy Quran
-- While drinking zamzam water
-- When fighting jihad
-- When striving in the path of Allah
-- During the entire day of Juma
-- During the last hours of the night
-- At the time of suhoor and iftar
These are all duas one asks for favours for himself or for others from Allah. Then there are duas for occasions and special circumstances. Like, for example, while sleeping, we need to say, Allahumma bismika amutu wa ahya (O Allah with Your name I die and I live); Dua for breaking fast, we say, Allahumma laka sumtu wa bika amantu wa 'ala rizqika aftartu (O Allah for You I fast, in You do I believe and with Your provision (food) do I break my fast); after drinking milk, we need to say, Allahumma barik lana fihi wa zidna minhu (O Allah bless us in it and increase it for us). Similarly, you have duas for so many occasions…. Thus our sleeping, waking up, going to market, dressing, etc., all assume the form of ibaadah.
So, dua is more effective than the sharpest spear and helps you in ways you want to live your life. Dua will not be accepted if one who sits at home and prays for increase in sustenance without making any practical effort.
The more we ask of Allah, the closer we get to Him and the more sincere our actions become.
Our trust in Allah increases and we realise that He is the only one capable of answering our needs and wants.