Making The Most of Ramadan: Dua

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Dua is one of the most powerful tools that we have. It is through dua that Qadr (divine decree) can be changed and the status of Dua in the sight of Allah shouldn’t be underestimated – the Prophet ﷺ said:

Nothing is more honourable to Allah Almighty than supplication.

Allah commands us to make dua, so the action itself is a form of ibadah and a means through which we can develop our relationship with Him. Furthermore, we should not despair even if it seems our dua is unanswered, when a servant of Allah calls upon Him “ Allah will give him one of three answers: He will quickly fulfil his supplication, He will store it for him in the Hereafter, or He will divert an evil from him similar to it…”

There are certain times or situations in which our duas are more likely to be answered, and this is something we can take advantage of:

  1. During the last third of the night [Abu Dawud]
  2. During prostration in prayer [Sahih Muslim]
  3. Between the athan and iqamah [Abu Dawud]
  4. While fasting [Tirmidhi]
  5. When it rains [Abu Dawud]
  6. The dua of the traveller [Tirmidhi]
  7. While drinking Zamzam water [Ibn Majah]
  8. A time on Fridays – scholars differ whether this is between the two khutbahs or the last hour before maghrib [Abu Dawud]
  9. Dua at the time of iftar [Tirmidhi]

When making dua, there are certain etiquettes that we should follow. We should be in a state of wudhu, if possible, and face the Qibla. We should begin by praising Allah and calling upon Him by his beautiful names, and send salutations upon the Prophet ﷺ as our supplication is suspended between the heavens and earth until we do so. We should be sincere in our duas and know that as Allah is the One who inspired us to raise our hands and ask, He wants to give. 

As well as making dua for ourselves and our loved ones we should make dua for the wider community and the Ummah. Whenever we make dua for others the angels reply with “Ameen may it be for you, too” so even through doing this for others, we are still benefiting. 

Here are a few topics of Dua:

  • Thanking Allah for your blessings
  • Remembrance of Allah Forgiveness 
  • Protection from harm 
  • Protection from the hellfire 
  • Entry into the highest rank of Paradise – Jannah al Firdaws
  • To receive the mercy of Allah on the day of judgement 
  • Duas from Qur’an and Sunnah
  • Your parents 
  • For others (family, friends, the ummah) 
  • Goals. 
  • Work & Rizq 
  • Health 

We have put together a Dua booklet which covers common daily Duas, different topics for Dua and an insightful overview of best times for Dua. Share this with your friends and family so that they may benefit from this (and make dua for you! )

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