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Importance of Dua in Islam

Importance of dua in Islam
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that: The Prophet (SAW) said: “There is nothing more honorable with Allah [Most High] than supplication.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3370)

Dua/Introduction

Dua, which is an Arabic word, refers to the act of ”Supplication or Invocation”. It is considered to be a fundamental aspect of Islam, as it provides a means of communication with Allah (SWT). Through dua, We can express our gratitude, seek His help, and ask for His forgiveness. Dua is a beautiful and powerful form of worship that is highly valued in Islam. It strengthens our relationship with Allah (SWT) and helps us develop a deeper sense of humility, gratitude, and reliance on Him. There is always room to improve your dua practice and deepen your connection with Allah (SWT).


According to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah, dua (supplication) is a crucial aspect of our lives. It is a means of seeking Allah’s (SWT) help and guidance, expressing gratitude, and drawing closer to Him. Combining it with Tawakal (reliance on Allah) is the best way to make dua. There are no specific guidelines regarding when or where to make dua; it can be done at any time and any place.


Dua can be seen as a conversation with our creator, where we can express what we think and want. We can say anything and ask for whatever we need, whether for now or in the afterlife. In this blog, we will explore the meaning, importance, and benefits of dua in Islam. We will also provide some practical tips on making effective dua so you can get the most out of this beautiful act of worship.


What is Dua in Islam?

Dua is a term used in Islam that has different meanings and interpretations. Firstly, dua refers to praising Allah Almighty. Secondly, it involves seeking and imploring; thirdly, it consists of calling upon Allah (SWT). Dua is considered a form of worship and holds great importance in Islam. When we make dua directly to Allah Almighty for our needs and desires, our dua is answered, and we also receive rewards for our worship. We believe that Allah Almighty listens to and answers the sincere dua of His believers. Dua can be done individually or collectively in private or public settings. It helps us stay connected to Allah (SWT) and brings us closer to our Lord.


Why is Dua so important?

Dua is a means of communicating and connecting with Allah Almighty, and it is a vital component of worship. Through supplication, you can share your needs, problems, and everything with Allah (SWT). Only Allah Almighty decides whether or not to accept a prayer.


The potential of dua is vast and impactful in various aspects of life. It can ease difficulties, change destinies, fulfill needs, and much more. Therefore, it is an essential practice for every Muslim who wants to establish a strong connection with Allah (SWT).


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What does Allah (SWT) say about Dua in the Quran?

In the Quran, Allah (SWT) emphasizes the importance of dua in multiple verses, highlighting its significance in the life of a believer. Through these verses, Allah (SWT) encourages us to turn to Him in supplication and seek His guidance and blessings. The Quranic teachings make it clear that dua is a powerful tool that can help us connect with our creator and find solace in times of distress.

Surah Baqarah verse Ayat No 186

When My servants ask you, O Prophet, about Me: I am truly near. I respond to one’s prayer when they call upon Me. So let them respond ˹with obedience˺ to Me and believe in Me, perhaps they will be guided to the Right Way. (Surah Baqarah verse 186)

In other places Allah Almighty says;

Surah An-Naml verse Ayat No 62

Or ask them, “Who responds to the distressed when they cry to Him, relieving their affliction, and Who makes you successors in the earth? Is it another god besides Allah? Yet you are hardly mindful!” (Surah An-Naml verse 62)

Hadith About Importance of Dua

Islam prioritizes dua or supplication. Several hadiths have been narrated to highlight its significance, underlining the dua’s importance in the religion. These hadiths serve as a reminder to us about the importance of dua in our daily lives.

An-Numan bin Bashir (R.A) reported: The Prophet Muhammad (PBUM) said, “Du’a (supplication) is worship.”

(Riyad as-Salihin 1465)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R.A) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “A slave becomes nearest to his Rubb when he is in prostration. So increase supplications in prostrations.”

(Riyad as-Salihin 1498)

Hazrat Anas bin Malik (R.A) narrated that: The Prophet (SAW) said: “The supplication is the essence of worship.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3371)

Dua and Tawakal

Duas, or supplications, may not be immediately granted or fulfilled. However, it is important to maintain Tawakkul, or trust in Allah Almighty, and not lose hope. Persistently making dua and praying to Allah Almighty, firmly believing in His power, can help us change our lives.


It is crucial to repeat our dua without feeling worried and to remember the stories in the Quran of individuals who continuously sought Allah’s assistance until He saved them through His magnificent power.

Surah Al-Anbya Ayat no 84 highlight the relation between Dua and Tawakal

So We answered his prayer and removed his adversity, and gave him back his family, twice as many, as a mercy from Us and a lesson for the devoted worshippers. (Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 84)

What are the Benefits of Dua?

Making dua, which involves praying to Allah (SWT), has great importance and numerous benefits. Dua is not just meant for difficult times but can also be used to express gratitude or seek protection when things are going well. Despite the many challenges that life may bring, our ultimate goal is to worship Allah (SWT) and perform good deeds to attain Jannah.

Making Dua is a practice that has numerous benefits. Some of these benefits are explained below:


Arrogance Decreases

When we make Dua, we let go of arrogance. By asking Allah (SWT) for help, we acknowledge He is the creator of everything, including us. We realize how insignificant we are compared to Him and understand that Allah (SWT) dislikes arrogance. Therefore, we should avoid it.

Dua is a Gateway to Allah’s Mercy

The importance of Dua cannot be neglected as it is the Gateway to Allah’s Mercy. By making supplications, Allah (SWT) showers his servants with mercy. We are all human and not immune to having sinned. If we seek reformation and ask Allah Almighty for forgiveness through dua, we can hope to be forgiven for our sins and gain His mercy.

Narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira (RA):

Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “By Allah, I seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent to Him more than seventy times a day.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari 6307)

Finding Solace and Comfort

We often find solace and comfort in a particular practice that serves as a source of spiritual support, particularly when we are feeling distressed, sad, or facing difficulties in life. This practice seeks help and relief from Allah Almighty during hardship or adversity. It helps to provide a sense of calm and peace amidst challenging circumstances and offers a means of connecting with a higher power for guidance and strength.


Dua keeps your Heart Humble

Dua helps to keep arrogance away from our hearts and promotes humbleness. When we make dua, we feel the Almighty’s power and recognize our powerlessness. We understand that all matters can ultimately only be solved by the Almighty, but our supplications and efforts help us achieve our needs. Our daily supplications to Allah (SWT) can refresh our hearts in remembrance of our Lord and make us aware that all matters come from Him.

Hazrat Abud-Darda (R.A) reported that:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUM) saying, “Whenever a Muslim supplicates for his (Muslim) brother in his absence, the angels say: ‘May the same be for you too’.”

(Riyad as-Salihin 1494)

What is the Dua for Parents?

When we pray for our parents, we show gratitude, recognize their sacrifices, and seek their well-being. There is a dua for parents that is mentioned in the Quran.

(Surah Al-Isra verse Aayt No 24

And be humble with them out of mercy, and pray, “My Lord! Be merciful to them as they raised me when I was young.” (Surah Al-Isra verse 24)

When we perform Salah, we make a prayer (dua) for our parents. Praying for our parents during Salah is a complete act of seeking Allah’s pleasure. Allah Almighty has blessed us with the opportunity to pray for our parents during Salah, which is a great gift. Here is a prayer specifically for parents:

Surah Ibrahim verses 40-41

My Lord! Make me and those believers of my descendants keep up prayer. Our Lord! Accept my prayers. Our Lord! Forgive me, my parents, and the believers on the Day when the judgment will come to pass.” (Surah Ibrahim verses 40-41)

What is Dua Khair?

Dua Khair is a commonly used phrase among Muslim communities that refers to a supplication or prayer made to seek good things, blessings, and overall well-being. This prayer is versatile and can be offered to request positive outcomes in various aspects of life, such as health, wealth, relationships, or spirituality. Dua Khair is a powerful way to express gratitude and seek divine assistance in all matters of life, and it is often recited during moments of joy, sadness, or reflection.


The Blessed Times for Dua

There are specific times when the act of dua is believed to hold greater value and efficacy. These times include but are not limited to. Here are some blessed times for dua:


Last Third of the Night

“The last third of the night” refers to the final segment of the night, just before dawn. This time is significant for us, as it is during this period that the Tahajjud prayer is performed. The Tahajjud prayer is a voluntary prayer performed after the Isha prayer and before the Fajr prayer.


To read more about Tahajjud Prayer, click the Link: How to Perform Tahajjud Prayer.


Between Adhan and Iqamah

“Between Adhan and Iqamah” refers to the period in prayer when the call to prayer (Adhan) has been made, but the actual prayer (Iqamah) has not yet begun. During this time, we are encouraged to engage in supplication, recitation of the Quran, and other religious practices before the start of the prayer.


Click the link to learn more about Adhan: The Adhan in Islam.

Narrated by Hazrat Anas ibn Malik (R.A): The supplication made between the adhan and the iqamah is not rejected.

(Sunan Abi Dawud 521)

While Fasting

During the holy month of Ramadan, we observe a fast from dawn to dusk. This fast is an act of worship and devotion to Allah Almighty, and it is believed to bring them closer to our faith. At the time of iftar, which is the breaking of the fast, We engage in dua, or supplication, to express our gratitude to Allah (SWT) and seek his blessings. These duas are an important part of the Ramadan tradition, and they are often recited together with family and friends.


You can read more about Suhoor and Iftar in our Blog post titled Understanding Suhoor and Iftar: Health and Wellness in Ramadan.


During Rainfall

Hazrat Aisha (R.A) Narrated that: Whenever Allah’s Messenger (SAW) saw the rain, he used to say, “O Allah! Let it be a strong fruitful rain.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1032)

While Traveling

Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Three supplications are accepted, there is no doubt in them (about them being accepted): The supplication of the oppressed, the supplication of the traveler, and the supplication of his father against his son.”

(Jami at-Tirmidhi 1905)

Conclusion

We consider dua a vital aspect of our faith, as it enables us to communicate our desires, needs, and worries to Allah Almighty. Dua is a form of supplication that allows us to seek Allah’s guidance, forgiveness, and blessings. This act of worship is considered to be powerful and meaningful, as it strengthens the bond between us and Allah Almighty, deepening our reliance on Him. Dua is a means to request assistance and mercy from the ultimate source of help and support.

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