Conditions for ones Du’aa’s to be accepted – Sunday 30th Dec.2012
Ibn Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) mentioned in his book Al-Jawab al–Kafi, pg 9,“If the du’aa fulfilled the following conditions it will hardly ever be rejected:
- Invoke with a heedful heart. – Collect your heart on what you want to ask.
- Try to invoke in the granted times – like after the Adhaan, at the end of the obligatory prayer before Salam, when it is raining, during the granted time on Friday, during the last third of the night, etc.
Sometimes a mother could be praying for her child during rain, while she is fasting and in sujood! These are three granted times combined! Imagine how much this prayer could be accepted!
- Invoke with humbleness, submissive heart, showing humility to Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). – This point is very important! Remind yourself of your sins, defects, needs, incapacity, and how weak and in need of Allaah you are. You don’t have any means and Allaah who created you, is your Lord, who is hearing you, All-Wise, All-Knower, Ar- Razzaq the provider, the All powerful. Remind yourself of all this and for sure your heart will be humble to Allaah.
Prophet Musa (‘Alayhis-salaam) described his state to Allaah saying he is Faqeer. Allah loves you to show Him his need. The more you show humility to Allaah the quicker the response from Him. Don’t ask Allaah as if you don’t need. Show your humility to Him, that you are weak and in need, in order for your du’aa to be more deserving of acceptance.
See how the Prophets invoked Allaah in Surah Anbiya. See how Prophet Zakariya (‘Alayhis-salaam) asked Allaah, See how Prophet Ayyub (‘Alayhis-salaam) asked Allaah. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is telling us their state and their du’aa in order that we may take them as examples. Look at the Du’aa of Prophet Yunus (‘Alayhis-salaam)! This is very important. We have to learn how to make Du’aa to Allaah.
- Facing the Qiblah. This is recommendable.
- To be in a state of purity. To make Wudu.
- Raising the hands
- Start the Du’aa with praising Allaah. – For example “Allaahuma Lakaal Hamd…..”, etc. Don’t ask Allah first, praise Him first. “Anta Noor us Samawati Wal Ardh”, You are the One who knows everything, You are the Al-Mannaan (The Most Beneficent), “Ya Dhal Jalali wal Ikraam”. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) told us to always say these names, He is the one who honours and He is honoured. Anas (May Allaah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Recite frequently: ‘Ya Dhal-Jalali wal-Ikram! (O You, Possessor of glory and honour).”‘ [At- Tirmidhi]. So always start by praising Allah in your Du’aa.
Then, send Salat upon the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – just as you say in the second part of the Tahajjud.
- Ask forgiveness for your sins. – One of the reasons that our du’aa’s or deeds are not being raised to the heavens is our sins. It is like a barrier.
- Ask Allaah your request with persistence. – Repeat your request. From Abu Hurairah who said, ”The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said in a hadith, ‘No slave seeks refuge from the Fire seven times in a day except that the Fire says, ‘O Lord! Indeed your slave, [called] so and so, has sought refuge with You from me, so grant him refuge. And no slave asks Allaah for Paradise seven times in a day except that Paradise says, ‘O Lord! Indeed your slave, [called] so and so, has asked for me, so make him enter Paradise.’’ [As-Saheehah, vol. 6, pp. 22-23.]
And in another hadith it is stated 3 times as well,
- We need to ask Allaah for our needs with His names. – We can join this with point number seven. If we seek mercy, ask Allaah by Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem. If you want Rizq, ask Allaah Ar-Razzaq (The Provider) for righteous offspring.
- Give Sadaqah before your Du’aa. – The Sadaqah extinguishes the anger of Allaah. It is permissible to give Sadaqah to the needy and then go and make du’aa.
- Choose the comprehensive Du’aa’s taught by the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) .