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Du’a: The Weapon of the Believer

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dua.jpgRight now I’m in the middle of reading Sheikh Yasir Qadhi’s book Du’aa: The Weapon of the Believer. Masha’Allah, it’s an amazing book with a great deal to benefit from! I’ve learnt a great deal of fascinating ‘tips and tricks’ on how to perfect my du’aa and increase the factors that’ll lead it to be accepted (insha’Allah!)… and I’d like to share some of it with you.

May Allah reward Sheikh Yasir for his efforts, ameen!

What to do when making du’aa:

  • Focus on the du’aa, concentrate on the fact that you’re “talking” to Allah, and make sure that your heart is really into it.
  • Supplicate during one of the times of response.
  • Have a meek heart, full ofhumbleness, softness, an awareness of our smallness in the Presence of Allah.
  • Face the qiblah (direction of the Ka’bah).
  • Be in a state of wudhu.
  • Raise your hands to Allah.
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  • Start the du’aa with praise to Allah, exalting and glorifying Him, using His most perfect Names and Attributes (al-Asmaa’ al-Husnaa’)
  • Follow it up with salutations to the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
  • Repent and beg of Allah’s forgiveness for past sins.
  • Finally make your du’aa, being persistent in asking of Him what you wish, calling upon Him in a state of fear and hope, performing tawassul (as defined and outlined within the Shari’ah).

Examples of Tawassul:

  • Through Allah’s Names and Attributes – calling upon Him with them, knowing and understanding their meanings.
  • Mentioning one’s state – e.g. I am ill; I am old; I am in despair; I am poor; I am heartbroken, etc.
  • Through good deeds – remember the Hadith of the three men in the cave, who made du’aa and mentioned their deeds (preferring parents over rest of family; fearing Allah and abstaining from zina; giving the labourer his invested wages)?

Note: Please read the book for further details!

Some of the Times of Response:

  • After performing wudhu’.
  • When the adhaan is called; between the adhaan and iqaamah
  • During the salaah: After takbiratul-Ihraam; during the ruku’; after standing up from ruku’; during the sujuud (the moments when we are closer to Allah than we’ll ever be!); sitting between the two sajdahs, before the end of the salaah – i.e. after you’ve finished the tashahhud and before the tasleem.
  • After the salaah.
  • When the rain falls (this is perfect for those of us living in very rainy countries! :D ).

Other Points of Interest:

“One of the strongest factors that aids a person’s du’aa in being accepted is that he expects, in fact, being certain, that Allah will of a surety respond to his du’aa. When he expects the best from Allah, then Allah treats him in the way that he expects, and this is from the Perfection of Allah’s Nature, and an indication of His Beautiful Names.”

“Just ponder over the meanings of this one Hadith in order to get a glimpse of the vast treasures of the One whom you ask, for the Prophet (SAW) said that Allah Said:

O My servants! If the first of, and the last of you; if the jinno f you and the men of you, were to stand on one plain and ask Me, and I gave every single person what he wanted, then all of that would not decrease from My Kingdom, except like a needle (decreases the amount of water) when it is placed in the ocean (and then taken out).”

  • Do good deeds! The more you obey Allah, fulfilling the obligatory commandments and striving to do voluntary acts of worship, the higher your chance of getting your du’aa accepted!
  • A delay in the response of your du’aa can actually be a means of drawing closer to Allah, if you take the correct understanding and act upon it; i.e. you don’t give up in frustration saying, “Oh, my du’aa will never be answered!” – rather you realize that Allah withholds what it is you’re asking for out of His Divine Knowledge, Wisdom, and Justice – it may be that a thing you like is bad for you, and a thing that you hate is good for you.

Woah… this post is getting long… so I’ll finish off with that for now. Insha’Allah we’ll all benefit from this, and try to implement it in our daily lives!

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Zainab bint Younus (AnonyMouse) is a Canadian Muslim woman who writes on Muslim women's issues, gender related injustice in the Muslim community, and Muslim women in Islamic history. She holds a diploma in Islamic Studies from Arees University, a diploma in History of Female Scholarship from Cambridge Islamic College, and has spent the last fifteen years involved in grassroots da'wah. She was also an original founder of MuslimMatters.org.

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Hafsa

    May 9, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    Jazak Allah for sharing.

    the lecture series is available online:

    http://www.audioislam.com/index.php?subcategory=Worship

  2. iMuslim

    May 9, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Jazakallah khair Mousalicious. :)

    Is it ok if i hijack this thread, and point to my question on the best form of dua?

    Oops… too late. :P

  3. Amatullah

    May 9, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    About 75% of my sisters in Islam say that this book is their number 1 favorite book, mashaAllah. I absolutely loved the book as well as the audio set, and it’s really something you can’t get ‘bored’ of.

    SubhanAllah I remember after my brothers listened to the story of Jurayg, they went to my mom and apologized and asked that she never make duaa against them out of haste, wa na’audubillah.

    Duaa is a real sweetness, that is very addicting :-)

    jazakiAllahu khayran for posting!

    (iMuslim, I posted on your blog)

  4. Abdul-Alim

    May 9, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    I agree that “Dua The Weapon of the Believer” is an amazing book. You might want to check out the five CD set also named “Dua The Weapon of the Believer”. This lecture series can be purchased from http://www.ilmquest.org. or 1-866-445-6783 toll free.

  5. Abu Bakr

    May 10, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Great review!

  6. mcpagal

    May 10, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    wow, i just realised that this is the book my teacher has been basing her lessons on for the past 6 months!

    jazakallah for that :)

  7. ibn alHyderabadee

    May 10, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    this is probably one my favorite books….I had planned on getting each and every person in my family a copy….

  8. abu ameerah

    May 11, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    I like the picture of the guy in the “making dua” pose. He is holding Zikr (Dhikr) beads which is always fashionable. He also has that rather stylish — yet understated — kufi on.

    Now the shirt on the other hand…that might be more of a fashion risk. I mean — we’re in Spring people! Let’s get our fashion seasons correct! I am thinking that he needs something a bit muted — possibly in Earth tones. Or maybe a color that would bring out his own skin tone. Taupe?

    Or, he might need a just a splash of color to show the world that he vibrant and youthful — yet confidant and mature. Perhaps a shirt with just a hint of color. Something a bit mauve-ish?

  9. Bint Bashir

    May 11, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Salaams

    Someone told me once ‘when you want to talk to Allah make du’a, when you want Allah to talk to you read Quran’.

    This book is ma sha Allah of real benefit, as we can forget the true meaning behind du’a and after reading this book it really reminds you of the power of du’a, the importance of du’a.

    May we all benefit from the advices given, and act upon them in our lives, Ameen.

  10. AnonyMouse

    May 11, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Abu Ameerah, you’re starting to scare me… you sound eerily like those dudes on makeover shows!
    :P

  11. nuqtah

    May 11, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    abu ameerah your bid’ah alarm didn’t go off! Dang.

    (disclaimer: sarcasm intended)

  12. ibn alHyderabadee

    May 12, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    cummon abu ameerah the brother in the picture is trying…give him a break……

    maybe he is new to the game…..70 excuses

  13. amatulwahhaab

    May 12, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    assalaamu alaykum, i bought this book last year and i never got around to reading it properly, same goes for listening to the lecture but subhaan Allaah after reading this and going through the comments, i do intend to in shaa Allaah finally start reading it seriously! jazaakillaah, anonymouse!

  14. Judge Dredd

    May 14, 2007 at 5:25 AM

    Sounds like a great book!

    I have a friend who knows someone who has a friend whoose friend knows someone who:

    After Salah, recites Ayat Al Kursi, performs sajda, performs dua, performs sajda.

    I will reccomend the book to all the friends and someones.

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  16. ibnmasood

    October 3, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    the link is broken for the picture source…

  17. AnonyMouse

    October 3, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Shukran for pointing that out; the pic is deleted.

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  19. Ashraf

    August 8, 2009 at 12:07 PM

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    August 8, 2009 at 12:09 PM

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  22. Ninz

    December 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Reading this book at the moment and I cant seriously put it down, it explains in easy language especially for those who do not know Islam in so much depth. It starts off with the basics of what types of dua there are etc and then it goes into detail about how to perform dua and why etc

    Great book for anyone.. reccommend it highly!!!

  23. Lynn

    February 14, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    Here is the Hadith for the Dua in the bottom Picture:

    The Book of Prayers (Kitab Al-Salat)
    Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 1671
    Ibn ‘Abbas reported:

    I spent a night with my material aunt (sister of my mother) Maimuna. The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) got up during the night and relieved himself, then washed his face and hands and went to sleep. He then got up again, and came to the water skin and loosened its straps, then performed good ablution between the two extremes. He then stood up and observed prayer. I also stood up and stretched my body fearing that he might be under the impression that I was there to find out (what he did at night). So I also performed ablution and stood up to pray, but I stood on his left. He took hold of my hand and made me go round to his right side. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) completed thirteen rak’abs of his night prayer. He then lay down and slept and snored (and it was his habit to snore while asleep). Then Bilal came and he informed him about the prayer. He (the Holy Prophet) then stood up for prayer and did not perform ablution, and his supplication included there words:

    “O Allah, place light in my heart, light in my sight, light in my hearing, light on my right hand, light on my left hand, light above me, light below me, light in front of me, light behind me, and enhance light for me.”

    Kuraib (the narrator) said: There are seven (words more) which are in my heart (but I cannot recall them) and I met some of the descendants of ‘Abbas and they narrated these words to me and mentioned in them: (Light) in my sinew, in my flesh, in my blood, in my hair, in my skin, and made a mention of two more things.

  24. Tabassum

    July 13, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum
    By the way has any one read “Sahifa Sajjadiyah” . You have in there a dua for every situation, in the most humble way with the most appropriate words.

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