EVERY one of us has some problem or the other to deal with in our lives. But who amongst us stands before Allah, cries to Him and asks Him for help? We are so ready to cry out our problems to other people, who can do nothing for us except lend a sympathetic ear.
Why should we seek comfort with people when the Best of helpers is ready to listen to us? Allah said in the Qur’an: “And call upon Me, for I will answer your prayers.” (Qur’an, 40:60).
Several verses of the Qur’an and narrations of the Prophet (peace be upon him) encourage us, in fact command us, to make du’a to Allah, and to Him alone.
“And when my servants ask you (O Muhammad, peace be upon him) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near. I respond to the innovations of the supplicant when he calls on Me…” (Qur’an, 2:186)
Allah is close to His worshippers by His knowledge, aid and protection. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed your Lord is shy and generous. He is shy, when a man raises his hands to Him, to return them empty and rejected.” (Ahmad, 5/438, Abu Dawood, no. 1488, authenticated by Sheikh Al-Albani)
So, let’s not think twice before asking Allah. Let’s raise our hands, praise Him, send blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him), acknowledge our sins, cry with humility and fear, complain only to Allah, be determined in our request and expect the best from Him because He is the All-Hearing, Wise.
Let us also utilize the certain times (proved from the Sunnah) during which du’a is more likely to be answered like the third part of the night, the time when the Adhan is called, during Sajdah while praying Salah, on Fridays, while fasting and while visiting the sick. Apart from the recommended times, du’a is a great act of worship that can be done at all times.
Ask Allah in times of hardship and ease. Encourage your children to seek His help and put complete trust (tawakkul) on Him alone.
“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him…” (Qur’an, 65:2-3)
Numan bin Basheer narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Duaa is ibadat.” Then He read this ayat . (Tirmizi, Abu Dawod, and Ibn-e-Majah)
Abu Hurairah narrates from Rasool-Allah , “In the court of Allah, there is no greater thing than duaa” (Ibn-e-Majah)
Abdullah bin Umar narrates from Rasool-Allah ,” Among whatever has been descended and whatever has not been descended Duaa is beneficial of all. Oh people of Allah! Assume Duaa a must for yourselves. (Tirmizi)
Abdullah bin Umar from Rasool-Allah , “For whoever the door of duaa opened, for him the doors of mercy are opened. Whatever duaa is asked from Allah the best duaa is for well-being and safety among them.” (Tirmizi)
Abu Hurairah narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Allah is extremely displeased with the person who doesn’t do duaa to Allah“. (Tirmizi)
Salman narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Your Rab is modest and kind. A person raise his hands in HIS court and HE leave them empty, Allah shies from it.” (Tirmizi and Abu Dawood)
Jabir narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Whoever does duaa to Allah, Allah fulfills his seeking or in exchange averts misfortune until the duaa is not related to sin or breaking some relation.” (Tirmizi)
Abu Hurairah narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Do duaa to Allah with this confidence that HE will accept it and know this well that Allah doesn’t accept the duaa done with a negligent and careless heart. (Tirmizi)
Salman Farsi narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Duaa turns away destiny and good deeds lengthen age. (Tirmizi)
Umar narrates that, “Whenever Rasool-Allah raised his hands for duaa He did not put down them down until HE took both hands over his face.” (Tirmizi)
Aisha (Radi Allahu Anha) narrates that, “Rasool-Allah liked duaas that were inclusive and he left the rest.” (Abu Dawood)
Abdullah bin Umar narrates from Rasool-Allah , “Duaa for a person not present is accepted quickly by Allah.” (Tirmizi and Abu Dawood)