How to make Dua? Dua is like a conversation with Allah Almighty in which we put our needs before Him and ask His help. Muslims seek help and protection when they suffer from afflictions by making Dua to Allah.
What is Dua?
Dua is an expression of faith in Allah and no one’s neediness. It makes our bonds strong to Allah. We should make dua because Dua is asking for help from Allah. Allah teaches us to pray, which means we have to offer gratitude before him.
Dua is an important part of the lives of Muslims because it helps us ask Allah for his blessings. With Allah’s help, we can go through the difficult times of our lives.
How to make Dua?
Dua is the most powerful weapon in all struggles of life. We should make dua at all times, not only during difficulties and stress. The Prophet Muhammad said: “Whosoever desires that Allah answers his dua in unfavourable and difficult conditions, he should make plentiful dua in days of ease and comfort.”
One of the most beautiful feelings about making dua is that we can do it anywhere at any time. There are no rules to make dua, but there are a few etiquettes that you must follow.
1. Perform Wudu
How to make Dua? One of the first you can do before making dua is performing Wudu. Purity and cleanness are important in Islam. Performing wudu is making yourself purr before communicating to Allah.
In Holy Quran, it is mentioned, “For God loves those who turn to Him constantly, and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean” (2:222).
2. Face the Qiblah
It is not compulsory to face the qibla when making dua. However, the Prophet (S.A.W) emphasize facing Qiblah when performing Dua.
Abdullah bin Zaid (RA) reported, “Allah’s Messenger (SAW) went out to this Musalla (praying place) to offer the prayer of Istisqa (a prayer for rain). He invoked Allah for rain and then faced the Qiblah and turned his cloak inside out” (Sahih Bukhari).
Raising your hands before dua is Sunnah with such a beautiful meaning behind it.
It is narrated from Abu Bakr (R.A.) that the Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Ask Allah with the inside of your hand palms and do not ask him (i.e., supplicate) with the outside of the hand palms.
4. Call upon Allah in the lower voice
Abu Musa Al-Ashari (RA) said, We were in the company of the Prophet (S.A.W) on a journey, and whenever we ascended a high place, we used to say Takbir (in a loud voice). The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “O people! Be kind to yourselves, for you are not calling upon a deaf or an absent one, but you are supplicating the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing” (Bukhari).
These hadith tell us that Allah always listens to us to make dua on any occasion. The purpose of making dua is that you are remembering Allah.
5. Have Faith in Allah
When you raise your hands for dua, have faith in Allah Almighty that he will answer your dua in the best way. Remember Allah’s kingdom is so vast that don’t restrict yourself while asking something from him.
He gave you the strength to raise your hands; now it is your turn to make dua for exactly what you want.
6. Don’t Be Hasty
You must be patient after making a dua. Hastiness is the cause of stress and rejection. Abu Hurairah (R.A) reported that the Prophet (S.A.W) said,
“The dua of any worshiper will continue to be responded to, as long as he does not ask for a sin or breaking the ties of kinship, and as long as he is not hasty.” It was asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, and what does it mean to be hasty? He responded, “A worshiper says, ‘I have prayed and prayed, and I don’t see that it will be accepted,’ so he gives up hope of being answered and leaves dua. “ (Sahih Al-Jami)
What Should We Include in our Dua?
After raising our hands, there is a correct manner of what we should say. Firstly, we should try to call upon Allah. Then begin your Dua by praising Allah for all of his countless blessings.
1. Begin With Praise
Before making dua, we should praise and thank Allah and send prayers to our beloved Prophet. The Prophet (S.A.W) said: “When one of you has prayed, then let him begin with praising Allah and Glorifying Him, then let him pray upon the Prophet (S.A.W). After that, he may make any dua that he wishes”.
2. To ask Allah by His Names
There are many names that you can call upon Allah. Select the relevant name according to your dua. If you are asking for mercy, you could use Ar-Rahim. In Holy Quran, it is mentioned, “And to Allah belong the beautiful names, so invoke Him by them” (7:180).
3. Ask for Anything you Need
Ask Allah for anything you need. Describe to him what is going on in your mind. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “When one of you calls upon Allah, let him hope for the greatest of things. Verily, nothing has any greatness over Allah”. (Ibn Hibban). Never limit your dua because no desire is too much for Allah.
5. Say, Ameen
After making a dua, say, Ameen, which means O Allah, please accept my dua. Saying Ameen is the common speciality of the nation. Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said, “The Jews do not envy you for any matter as much as they envy you for Ameen, and for giving salaams to one another” (Sahih al-Bukhari).
How to make dua? Dua is a way of asking for help from Allah. Don’t give up when you run out of things to say in dua. Allah is very kind and merciful. Ask whatever you need but ask with a pure heart and good intentions and follow the etiquette of dua.