Dua is a powerful weapon. A believer should make dua with all his heart because Allah loves His creatures calling upon Him.
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me—indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of every supplicant when he calls upon Me […]” (Qur’an 2:186)
Dua is more than just asking for something you want. It is a conversation between a man and his Lord; a conversation in which one can discuss and ask for trivial as well huge things. Dua shows a person’s faith in Allah without seeing Him and his trust in His capabilities. Dua can bring miraculous changes in life.
Dua should not be the last thing to do. Whatever you are doing, make dua at the beginning, during the process and also at the end. For example, you want to study a particular subject, you may ask Allah to guide you to opt for the right institution, good teachers, and satisfactory results. Stay connected with your Lord at every step.
Dua is an important worship. Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) said:
“There is nothing dearer to Allah than a servant making Dua to Him.” Tirmidhi
“Dua is the marrow (essence) of worship.” Bukhari, Tirmidhi
Things to keep in mind while making dua:
A believer has faith in Allah’s powers and knows that He is Al-Sami and Al-Qadir. Whatever the situation may be, he turns to Allah and asks for His help. Having firm belief in Allah and His might is the foremost requirement of making dua. You must not have any doubt as to whether He listens or is capable of fulfilling your wish. Also, if you do not get what you wish for, do not be disheartened, for no one but He knows what is best for you. Keep making dua for all your wants, big or small, for, as Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“Allah is extremely displeased with the person who doesn’t do dua to Allah.” (Tirmidhi)
Allah’s response to Duas:
“Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi)
This hadith clearly shows that Allah answers each of our prayers. But so many times, we pray for things we do not receive. Why is that so? Allah answers in either of the following ways to every one of the sincerely asked duas:
• You get what you wanted, in the way you desired.
• You might get it but later, at a time that is deemed best by Allah Subha na wa ta’ala.
• Some misfortune might be turned away from you.
• Your dua is saved and, in turn, you will be rewarded heavily on the Day of Judgement.
Whatever the answer might be, it will be in your favor. Never refrain from making duas. Duas bring a person closer to His Lord and make him among His favorites. Open up your wounds, desires and wishes to Allah and receive abundant benefits in return. Keep praying and stay blessed.