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The power of Dua
July 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

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

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