Du’as are the key to everything you need and want. It can change your life and bring you everything you need. Not to mention, even the Du’as that you don’t receive answers to will benefit you in the hereafter. At the same time, there’s an etiquette to making a Du’a that you should keep in mind. Don’t worry though, it’s not all that complicated.
You too can learn how to do dua to make it come true. Besides, it all concerns your Takwa and Dua etiquette, and utilizing the best times for making duas. Before we look at the etiquette, let’s look at how to prepare your mind and heart.
When you get ready to pray, remember that you should be humble in front of Allah’azza wa Jall. Stand with fear of His punishment and with hope of earning His reward! Besides, humbleness in dua comes from acknowledging the power and might of Allah.
Moreover, the more you realize that we are powerless without Him, the easier it will become to be subdued in Salah and Du’a.
In short, the essence of your Dua should be humbleness, sincerity, secrecy, fear and hope.
Yaqeen means a firm conviction or belief and to have Yaqeen in your Dua means to believe that Allah will answer your Dua. The secret here is to hold on to this belief no matter how long it takes. To do this, contemplate the phrase ‘ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِٱللَّٰهِ ’. What this means is that there is no power or strength except from Allah.
Did you know that as Allah ‘azza wa Jal creates new angels every day, the first words they utter are the above?
By saying this لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِٱللَّٰهِ we are internalising the truth that only Allah is worthy of worship and that we need him. Also, when this belief becomes firm in our hearts, it’ll be easier for us to hold on to our convictions.
Persistence in Our Dua
No matter what happens or how long it takes, remain steadfast and persistent in your Dua. Further, never stop praying and never stop asking for everything that you need and desire! It is often easier to give up, assume the worst and move on from it. While it may be easier, it is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Remember that if you want your Dua to come true, being persistence is paramount.
When it gets difficult, remind yourself of what the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him, He becomes shy to return them empty.” This is Hadeeth from At Tirmidhee that shows us why we should never stop asking. We don’t know what is written in our Qadr and that’s all the more reason to keep praying. After all, we can use our duas to even change our Qadr, with a few exceptions.
Let Go of Your Impatience
It is easy to feel that our Dua remains unanswered after a few days, weeks, months or even years. Allowing such thoughts to take over our minds will be our biggest loss.
When you feel like giving up read what our Prophet ﷺ has told us. “The du‘ā’ of every one of you is accepted as long as he does not grow impatient and says: ‘I made du‘ā’ but it was not accepted.’” (Muslim)
Supplicate with Du’as from The Qur’an and Sunnah
Undoubtedly, you are free to read Dua in your language or any language that you are comfortable and fluent in. In addition to this, focus on Qur’anic Duas and authentic Duas from the Hadeeth. They are more eloquent and are complete in a way that is difficult for us to achieve.
Leaving Sin, Consuming Halal and Remembrance During Ease
As you continue making dua, it is essential to leave out sins and haram. If you live in a country or a community where Halal is difficult to access, life might feel very difficult. At the same time, the more you struggle the higher your rewards will be.
Further, it is especially understandable if your job or work is touched with something Haram. Not many people can just quit especially when they have a family depending on them. Don’t let this bring you down as your Rizq comes from Ar Razzaq not from your employer! Always be dignified as is deserving of a Muslim.
Moreover, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Remember Allah during times of ease and He will remember you during times of hardship.” (Ahmad). Keep this in mind and continue your duas and Dhikr in times of ease and difficulties!
Have Your Duas Accepted
Once you have prepared your mind and heart in the ways mentioned above, you’re ready to make dua. What you need to know next is the best manners to follow to make Dua.
- Make sure your heart is present and not distracted.
- Make duas with Kushu and focus on Allah.
- Start with Wudhu, face the Qibla, and raise your hands in Dua. While it is true that you can make dua whenever and wherever, doing these things will increase the chances of making your dua come true.
- Moreover, set your intention, humble yourself, and submit to Allah.
- Start your dua by praising Allah by His beautiful name and attributes. You can mention the names and attributes that are relevant to your situation or Dua. Then, send Salawat upon the Prophet ﷺ.
- Also, ask for forgiveness and repent of your sins. Make the intention to never repeat them and ask for guidance!
- Go ahead and ask for whatever you want with love, fear, and most importantly, persistence. Ask for what you want and ask for more. Then, ask some more! Ask through His Oneness and His beautiful name.
- Give Sadaqah whenever you get a chance.
Moreover, you can learn more about this from Ibn al-Qayyim’s al-Jawāb al-Kāfī. Supplement your Duas with Quran recitation. If you’re not proficient in the Arabic language, you can improve through Quran tutors online.
Occasions When Du’a is Easily Accepted
Finally, make use of the best times to do Dua. Here are some of the times when Duas are readily accepted.
- Between the Adhaan and the Iqama, they are the best ones! If you’re fortunate to live or work near a mosque, you’re sure to hear the Adhaan. Respond appropriately to it, and make your Duas before praying Salah.
- Fard means compulsory prayers so you have 5 opportunities every day to make Dua. Remember it is a major sin to skip your prayers whether it is for work, sleep, or any other reason. Please make sure you pray on time! Once you’re done, ask for anything you want and your Lord will give you more.
- Additionally, the last third part of the night means Tahajjud prayers. While it is not compulsory, we have been told how valuable the Tahajjud prayers are. As everyone else is sleeping, be the one who is awake, worshipping Allah so you can ask for what you need.
- While you’re in Sajdah.
- While you fasting and when you open your fast.
- The day of Jumu’ah (Friday).
- Day of ‘Arafah.
- When drinking Zamzam water.
- When it rains.
- While travelling.
- Pray for someone else. This can be any of your family, friends, or anyone at all!
- While you are oppressed.
Lastly, the dua that a parent makes for their child is accepted too.
The secret to having your duas accepted is desperation, intention, steadfastness, and persistence. Make sure to unite your heart, mind, and soul every time you sit down to make dua. Moreover, learn Quran online or otherwise and make the Dua of Isthighfar regularly. Everything you need to know about Dua is in the Quran. All you need is a Quran teacher to become better at your recitations. If you’re a Quran beginner, work with Quran tutors online to learn from professionals. Further, check out Quraan Teacher and read Quran Online with our professional lessons, and you’ll know every Tajweed rule like the back of your hand.