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Duaa: Its Etiquette and Optimum Time

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Jul 05, 2018

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Could you tell me something about the etiquette pertaining to duaa and its optimum time?

Mufti

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Duaa: Its Etiquette and Optimum Time

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Etiquette of Making Duaa

1-Praising Allah and sending peace to His.

2-Admitting one’s sins and showing repentance.

3-During supplication, one should begin with himself.

4-Repeating one’s supplication three times.

5-Asking Allah with firm will and seriousness.

6-Using short rich expressions in supplication.

7-Observing humbleness and humility during supplication.

8-The voice of the suppliant should be neither so loud nor so low.

9-The suppliant should end his supplication with saying ‘Ameen’ meaning ‘O Allah! Accept my supplication!’

10-Gaining provision through lawful means.

 


A true believer never gives up supplicating to his Lord and imploring Him for guidance. Almighty Allah teaches us to call upon Him and seek His forgiveness all the time.

In the Qur’an, Almighty Allah teaches us: “Ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.”(An-Nisaa’ 4:32)

Also: “ And when My servant question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he cries unto Me. So let them bear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.” (Al-Baqarah 2:186)

In His Hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) guides us to the importance of duaa and says: Duaa is a weapon of a believer, a pillar of religion and a light of the heavens and the earth.”

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Would I guide you to what would protect you against your enemies and bring you provision?’ Supplicate to Allah by day and night, for supplication is the weapon of a believer.” (Al-hakim)

The Etiquette of Making Duaa

1-Praising Allah and sending peace to His Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

2-Admitting one’s sins and showing repentance.

3-During supplication, one should begin with himself.

4-Repeating one’s supplication three times.

5-Asking Allah with firm will and seriousness.

6-Using short rich expressions in supplication.

7-Observing humbleness and humility during supplication.

8-The voice of the suppliant should be neither so loud nor so low.

9-The suppliant should end his supplication with saying ‘Ameen’ meaning ‘O Allah! Accept my supplication!’

10-Gaining provision through lawful means.

 The Optimum Times for Making Duaa

Here are some optimum times for making duaa:

1-Between Azan and Iqamah. It reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Duaa made between Adhan and Iqamah is not rejected.” The Companions said: “What shall we say, O Messenger of Allah?” “Seek Allah’s grace in this world and in the afterlife”, replied the Prophet.” (Abu-Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)

2-In prostration. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) quotes the Prophet as saying: “The nearest a Muslim is to his Lord is while he is in prostration. So, make duaa in it.” (Muslim, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i)

3-While on travel and while being subject to oppression. The Hadith of the Prophet reads: “Three kinds of duaa are surely answered; the duaa of an oppressed, the duaa of a traveler and the duaa of a parent against his son or daughter.” (Abu-Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)

4-In the middle of the night. Also, Abu Hurairah quotes the Prophet as saying: “Almighty Allah manifests Himself at the first heaven, during the last third of night, and says: ‘Is there any suppliant so that I answer him? Is there anyone asking so that I fulfill his need? Is there any seeker of forgiveness so that I forgive his sins.’” (Al-Bukhari)

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




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