Du’a has a grand status in Islam. It is the foundation for all worship. It is the greatest obedience and most beneficial way to draw close to Allah.
The Qur’an begins and ends with a Du’a. Allah says in the Qur’an: ((And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible.)) (40:60). There is also a well-known Hadith that “Du’a is (a form) of worship.” (Jama’i Tirmidhi)
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Du’a is an act of humility and a great need of the Son of Adam from cradle to grave.
When one’s Iman in the Names and Attributes of Allah increases, his need of Him increases and he calls on to Him in all circumstances. Du’a is the greatest blessing and most exceptional guidance.
Allah says in the Qur’an: ((So We responded to him, and We gave to him (Yahya), and amended for him his wife.
Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive.)) (21:90)
Allah loves those who call on Him. He loves to see them expressing their wants, even though He is not in need of their worship and obedience.
The reality of Du’a and Qadr (Pre-decree)
Allah, the Almighty averts pre-decree through Du’a. There is a deep connection between faith in Allah and faith in Pre-decree, good and evil.
The first and the last beliefs work like a thermometer. What is meant by this analogy is that the greater the body temperature the greater the rise in mercury. Greater the heart’s understanding of the Names and Attributes of Allah, greater will be the acceptance of Qadr which will eventually lead to the contentment of the heart and dependence on Allah only.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Nothing averts the decree except supplication and nothing but piety prolongs life.” (Tirmidhi) In another Hadith, it is mentioned “Caution will not benefit against predestination, but Du’a benefits (matters) that have occurred and those that are (yet) to occur, And indeed, Du’a meets with a calamity, and fights it until the day of Judgment.” (Narrated by Hakim).