Mistakes regarding making Du’aa – Sunday 23rd Dec.2012
Abdullah ibn Mughffal (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that he heard the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) saying, “There will be people from my nation who will transgress in making supplications and in purifying themselves” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and An-Nasa’I and it has been authenticated by al-Albani]
How will they transgress in the Dua?
- Some people will add to the Dua that has been taught by the Prophet. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) has taught us duas and we should not add any wordings from ourselves.
- They may raise their voice. This is a kind of transgression.
- Asking something which is forbidden to ask.
- To be hasty in receiving the response such that a person says, “I invoked Allah but I didn’t get a response”. Saying this is a means of rejection of your dua. You have to be patient. Narrated Abu Huraira that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “”The invocation of anyone of you is granted (by Allah) if he does not show impatience (by saying, “I invoked Allah but my request has not been granted.”)” [Sahih al-Bukhari 6340]
The scholars say if you pray with a heedless heart than this dua is like a weak arrow. The dua with a heedless heart is like a weak arrow which has a weak effect.
- Invoking with a heedless heart. You ask Allah but you are thinking of other things and your mind is not with you completely. This dua is not accepted by Allah. You need to collect your heart when you invoke Allah. Someone might ask you to make dua but just a random dua with your tongue. This is not accepted. A heedful heart is required.
- When you ask Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) you should be certain of a response and you should be persistent and insist on your response. Being uncertain will cause your Tawheed to be deficient, it is as if you are saying “If you wish give me if you don’t wish don’t give me, I’m in no need of it”. You should ask Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) with determination; while you are sure Allah will give you. This indicates that you don’t magnify Allah and you feel self sufficient.
When you end the dua with “Insha Allah”or “Bi Idhnillah” you are nullifying your dua. Because there is no certainty. You have to pray with determination.
Shaikh Muhammed bin Abdul Wahhab (Rahimahullaah) mentioned a chapter at the end of Kitaab At-Tawheed to indicate that these kinds of words diminish the Tawheed. You need to invoke with assurance that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will give you.
La bas Tahoor inshaAllah <- There is insha Allah in this. This is not a dua, it is just informing him.
Whatever the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) taught us in the Sunnah is sufficient so stick with it.