Why Bother With Dua ?

When people contact me with hardships and complaints I often tell them make dua and Allah will resolve this matter for you. They usually get a little annoyed when I say this until I explain a little to them about why.

Dua isn’t just a supplication or a “prayer” but it’s a deep connection with Allah that we have at any time or place that alleviates the heart from carrying all its pain, stress and worries around. Leaving your affairs to the One who created you is a very reassuring feeling.

1.The beauty of dua is that we Speak Only to the One Who Will Answer.

When we make dua we exert ourself in thinking about the sifat of Allah and using His names to call upon Him with pure tawheed and remember that nothing is comparable to Allah.

It is You we worship and You we ask for help. (Quran 1:5)

They said, ‘We worship idols and remain to them devoted.’ He said, ‘Do they hear you when you supplicate?’ (Quran 26:71-72)

And your Lord says, ‘Call upon Me; I will respond to you’ . . . (Quran 40:60)

And those you call upon besides Him are unable to help you, nor can they help themselves. (Quran 7:197)

2. Hope, humility and submission.

When we exert our tawheed and return ourself to Allah asking from Him with the most Perfect of Names and Attributes, we remember how weak and in need we are. We turn to HIM in Submission and humility realising how wrong we have been and neglectful yet we know from among His names is Al Ghafoor Ar Raheem so although we sin and forget Allah many times we remain hopeful he will answer us and forgive us.

So We responded to him, and We gave to him John, 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. (Quran 21:90)

Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors. (Quran 7:55)

3. Don’t be shy to

Allah demands constant with you any time of the day or night isnt a wrong time to be asking Allah for something, no matter what it is. Unlike us humans who get annoyed at constant calls or people knocking at our door or asking for things, Allah is not like his creation and the more we ask from Him and talk to Him the better He doesnt get annoyed with us.

One thing we should aleays remember is thay He’s not to be forgotten once He’s granted our request.

And when they board a ship, they supplicate Allah, sincere to Him in religion. But when He delivers them to the land, at once they associate others with Him. (Quran 29:65)

4. Honor Others Who Make Dua and remember Allah

Those who call upon Allah with their athkar and dua should be honoured and respected. If you want the respect of others Allah will place that in the hearts of the believers for towards those who turn to Him and call upon Him.

And do not send away those who call upon their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His countenance. Not upon you is anything of their account and not upon them is anything of your account. So were you to send them away, you would [then] be of the wrongdoers. (Quran 6:52)

5. Be sure and firm in your dua

Allah has told us to supplicate to Him in the Quran so we should do so with firm belief and trust in Allah.

They will say, ‘Did there not come to you your messengers with clear proofs?’ They will say, ‘Yes.’ They will reply, ‘Then supplicate [yourselves], but the supplication of the disbelievers is not except in error.’ (Quran 40:50)

6.Give Sadaqah

Prayer and charity form a strong relationship with strengthening our iman and increasing our reliance on Allah.

And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience]. (Quran 2:43)

7. Be patient and don’t expect the answer you want.

Sometimes we make dua for things but Allah knows it isn’t good for us or it’s just not decreed for us. Rest assured whatever Allah withholds from you is good for you and He does not deprive anyone of what is good for them.

Sometimes it is hard to not get what we asked for so when we make dua we should ask Allah for what is good for us if what we want isn’t and to make our hearts accept whatever He has decreed and give us patience in that.

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]. (Quran 2:45)

8.Gratitude and obediance.

There is no better feeling then when Allah the Most Merciful has replied to your supplication.

Just as we would thank our parents or our friends for listening to us and doing things for us out of favour we should thank Allah by either sujood ash shukr and increasing in good deeds and obedience.

And [recall] when Moses prayed for water for his people, so We said, ‘Strike with your staff the stone.’ And there gushed forth from it twelve springs, and every people knew its watering place. ‘Eat and drink from the provision of Allah, and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.’ (Quran 2:60)

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