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 How to Make Dhikr a Daily Habit (+ Free Online Dua/Dhikr Resources)

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by Rayeesa Tabassum (in collaboration with Team AYEINA)

الدعاء هو العبادة‏ 

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Du’a (supplication) is worship.” [Abu Dawud]

Dua – a beautiful word for “supplication” in Arabic. Its root words are د ع و Dal-Ayn-Waw ) which means to seek, desire, ask, demand, call upon, invoke, ascribe, cry out, call out to, pray, supplicate etc.
It is a powerful weapon of the believer. If his/her dua gets accepted, there’s khair in it. If it doesn’t get accepted, it could either be a source of source of salvation in the hereafter or a way to ward off evil from you.

In short, dua can result in the following:

1)  Allah will answer immediately.

2) Allah will postpone it for a better time and we’ll be rewarded for the patience in shaa Allah.

3) It will be rejected because Allah knows what’s best for us and it can help ward off harm in Dunya or Aakhirah (here or hereafter).

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whenever a Muslim supplicates Allah, He accepts his supplication or averts any similar kind of trouble from him until he prays for something sinful or something that may break the ties of kinship.” Upon this, someone of the Companions said: “Then we shall supplicate plenty.” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah is more plentiful (in responding).” [At- Tirmidhi].

 So, what are the secrets behind a dua that gets accepted?

1) Supplicate for others.

Make dua for others what you want for yourself. As a Muslim, we are supposed to feel the pain of other Muslims and pray for them. Life can throw us in the same situation where we might need duas from others.

“He who supplicates for his brother behind his back (in his absence), the Angel commissioned (for carrying supplication to his Lord) says: Amen, and it is for you also”.[Sahih Muslim]

You can ask people to make dua for you as well. This is a tacky situation sometimes as there’s a fine line between depending on Allah alone or thinking that someone’s intercession is divine. Please know that nobody can fulfill your wishes except Allah so asking others to make dua for you can simply be a way to connect. This does not mean that you go to a righteous scholar etc. with the intention that their dua will ALWAYS be heard. By the end of the day, if Allah doesn’t will, nothing can be done. He has a complete authority. But this does not mean that we can’t ask people to pray for us. We may not even have to ask people for a dua if we help them out, solve their problems, be of use to them. Duas may pour out directly from their hearts.

Right click the below image and click “save as…” to download the FREE Dua List Printable (without the watermark). If you print it, we’d love to see how you utilize it in shaa Allah <3 

And out of all the people, your parents’ dua for you is most likely heard.

2) Make duas mentioned in Qur’an & Sunnah

Most of us think that Allah knows what we want so we don’t make duas at all, but what we forget is that we have nothing to lose here. We don’t go empty handed when we make a dua. We get a reward or we get acceptance. 

If you don’t know whether you’re asking for the right thing or no, if it has khair or no, then pray Istikhara. As a matter of fact, pray istikhara for every small matter – asking Allah to put khair in whatever you ask from Him.

Making duas from the Qur’an and sunnah are the best way to cover all matters of your life in a compact form of words. As mentioned in our Hajj/Umrah article, THIS BOOK is a good compilation of the Qur’anic and masnoon duas.

Refer to the following links we’ve already done on the topic of dua:

Complete List of Qur’anic duas (poetic list of masnoon duas coming soon in shaa Allah), Dua for Protection of Children from Evil EyeQuranic Duas for Righteous ChildrenDua After Breaking Fast etc.


3) Ask during the accepted times

Allah (SWT) did not place a limit on the number or type of duas you can make. Show Allah your dependence on Him through constant supplications. Following is the list of best places and times to make duas (all references linked within):

1. Laylat al-Qadar

2. At the time of Tahajjud

3. After obligatory prayers

4. Between adhan and the iqama

5. At the time of rain

6. A certain time on Friday

7. While traveling

8. In sickness/ pain/ oppression (during calamity)

9. While prostrating

10. During Hajj (On the day of Arafah)

11. When breaking your fast

12. Whatever you drink Zamzam for

 

4) Give up a sin and do good instead

Begin supplication with the praise of Allah. Send peace and blessings upon Rasool Allah ﷺ.

Ibrahim bin Muhammad bin Sa`d narrated from his father, from Sa`d that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The supplication of Dhun-Nun (Prophet Yunus) when he supplicated, while in the belly of the whale was: ‘There is none worthy of worship except You, Glory to You, Indeed, I have been of the transgressors. (Lā ilāha illā anta subḥānaka innī kuntu minaẓ-ẓālimīn)’ So indeed, no Muslim man supplicates with it for anything, ever, except Allah responds to him.” [Tirmidhi]

While reciting this ayah, think of at least one sin that you committed and are willing to give up for the sake of Allah.

For some people, the wordings of dua can make a huge difference. So if you feel awful and unproductive by dragging yourself through the guilt trip – by saying something like – ya Allah I’m sorry I didn’t pray. Instead, try making dua with the formation of words like – ya Allah I want to pray and I need Your help.

Regret sits on a fine line. As long as it encourages you to make a change, it’s good for you but if you think that shaitan will drag you into hopelessness due to the overwhelming amount of guilt, then try switching up the words you utter to yourself. And stick to what works for you. By the end of the day, the result we want to achieve is BETTERMENT.

5) Show gratitude

Be thankful for what you already have, no matter how meager it is, in order to receive more.

Allah says: “…If you give thanks, I will give you more….” [Qur’an 14:7]

If you want more wealth, give thanks for every dollar. If you need help in staying more grateful and positive (especially for the tiny things in your life that you usually take for granted), a gratitude journal catered for Muslims can be a great way to start this journey in shaa Allah.

When your dua is answered, say Alhamdulillah from the heart, make sujood, increase in your ibadah and decrease your disobedience. Show gratefulness through your actions and words both.

6) Be proactive

Along with prayers, make some effort as well. Do something about it. Do everything you can to make it possible. Show Allah you are working really hard. Consistent efforts combined with dua really does wonders. 

Make a vision board (as suggested in Visionaire Online) and visualize the steps on how you hope your dua to be accepted. You could assign colors to your specific duas – something that you want to make over and over, so whenever you see those colors, it may remind you to make that dua.

7) Hope for positive results

Ask and you shall receive. Have firm faith that your dua will be answered and your wish will definitely be granted. You have asked the King – for Whom, nothing is impossible. No matter, how big your need is, or how difficult you think your problem is, or how messy your situation is, it is a matter of Kun fayakun for Him.

 Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “A supplication should be made in full confidence and one should persistently express his desire (before Allah) in his supplication, for no bounty is too great for Allah to bestow (upon his slaves).” [Muslim]

If the dua leaves your lips without the feeling of excitement and hope of acceptance, then try tweaking your dua a little. Put anticipation in your dua. For eg: Instead of saying – “O Allah! Grant me, children”. Maybe you can ask “O Allah! Let me be a part of my Child’s wedding”. This may keep you more hopeful and excited every time you make this dua.

Don’t lower your standards, raise your DUA!

What is your experience with duas? What tips have worked for you? Do let us know in the comments below.

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NEXT: All about Istikhara

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Co-Author’s Bio: Rayeesa Tabassum is a Hyderabadi Muslimah residing in Jeddah, KSA. She loves reading, writing, public speaking, and homemaking. Her aim is to become an accomplished Muslim writer so that her writings can be a sadqah-e-jariyah for her. She blogs at https://reshuwrites.wordpress.com/

39 COMMENTS

  1. This. Thank you sis. It’s worth shareable… Will give the link to my little sister since she is now studying the beauty of Islam. AND I told her, I’m a great believer of prayers. Because that was what led me to Islam. I told her, Allah indeed answers… Even non-muslims. He is the God of mankind. This is a good detail I could share with her.

  2. “Asking Allah to put khair in whatever you ask from Him. Making duas from the Qur’an and sunnah are the best way to cover all matters of your life in a compact form of words.”
    “Don’t lower your standards, raise your DUA!”
    This post has so many gems, MashAllah… I love how this article tackles such a broad topic, yet makes it very comprehensive, thorough, and encouraging! Absolutely wonderful post. Bookmarked to read again later on as a reminder, InshAllah!

  3. Alhumdullilah aala kulli haal
    ALLAH سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى IS LISTENING US AND WATCHING US… SO BELEIVE AND PUT TRUST IN ALMIGHTY. ALMIGHTY ALLAH سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى ANSWERS EVERY DUA but do avoid to make badh dua for anyone. Indeed Almighty ALLAH سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى answers our duas. Alhumdullilah

  4. I’m grateful for this article because I’m a new Muslim and I don’t know how to ask Allah for help, I took my shahada a little while ago and me and my family have great needs and only Allah can help us, I’m afraid to ask Allah for help because I don’t know how to pray yet and I don’t want to offend him by not having said my prayers right, can someone make duwa for me and my family that we won’t be on the street this Saturday? Thank you sooo much and peace and blessings be upon you

    • Hello,

      I don’t believe there is any specific way of making a dua. It’s just you, and Allah. You don’t need a specific place, ritual or condition, in times of hardship and in times of ease, while walking, sitted, or laid down you can ask for help and guidance from Allah anywhere and everywhere. For example, as small and informal as this is, yesterday I was travelling and as I was waiting in the queue, I knew i had excess luggage and the person in front of me was being fined for having 3 kilo more than the baggage allowance, all I did was just close my eyes slightly and say, Ya Allah I leave this matter in your hands, I devote myself to you, please help me. I have never had a more smooth baggage claim, the lady did not even question my luggage or its weight. This might be a very small issue, but its a reminder that Allah is with those who turn to Him.

      I find that the more I WANT something and the urge of it and its sincerely being from the bottom of your heart, without a doubt in your mind that only Allah can help, Allah answers in miraculous ways. I have so many examples SubhanAllah, from very big situations that has changed the path of my whole life to everyday needs like the above example.

      Talk to Allah, remember Allah and devote yourself to Him with FULL devotion. (73:8)

      Just remember, that if our prays are not been answered straight away, it does not mean your dua has been rejected, as much as Allah wants us to make dua’s He also wants us to practice being patient. Be consistent and like this beautiful article says have hope that your pray will be answered. Don’t give up, carry on praying for it, working towards it and there is no doubt that Allah will answer you. But remember, this is from experience, that sometimes we want something and we keep on asking for it, but it does not specifically mean its good for us, and we end up very hurt, Allah warns us in different ways that this is not good for you, but you keep on asking not knowing the end result, so when asking for something make sure, like this article states, either say Allah put kheir in this thing for me, or Allah if this thing is not good for my life or my akherat take it away from me and grant me something better that has your blessing.

      You are in my prays sister, InshAllah with Allah help it will get sorted.

      ‘We removed from you your burden, which had weighed upon your back, and raised high for you your repute, FOR INDEED WITH HARDSHIP WILL BE EASE.’ (94:2-6)

  5. Thanks for the sharing.. But sometimes I feel like Allah has forgotten me.. I separated with my husband and have been praying to My lord to bring him back to me.. It been 4months praying but nothing has happened.. Is it that am forgotten or I should be a little more patient.. Am giving up

  6. Sister I’m sorry you have to go through that. But there is always wisdom in everything Allah puts you through. Have a little more patience and perhaps pray salahtul-istikhara and ask Allah for guidance, Insha’allah you will be shown a sign and be given what’s most beneficial to you. May Allah answer your Dua <3

  7. Aameen. Jazakillah khair for your kind words. The comment didn’t appear as a reply to her so she may not get to know, but may Allah reward you for your kindness 🙂

  8. Assalam u alaikum meali. Hope you’re doing well. Our duas can have following results:

    1) Allah will answer the dua immediately.

    2) Allah will postpone it for a better time and we’ll be rewarded for the patience in shaa Allah.

    3) It will be rejected because Allah knows what’s best for us and it can help ward off harm in Dunya or Aakhirah (here or hereafter).

    Have the best hope from Allah and may you be granted what you desire (with khair) 💖

  9. Assalam u alaikum Kato. Hope you’re doing well. First of all, congratulations on this new journey towards Islam. May Allah help you through your hard times. If you ever feel like reaching out, please don’t hesitate.

  10. Assalamualaikum. This is a beautiful article. exactly what I needed to read. I am praying for something for last 6 years, sometimes I feel like I am really close to getting it. But sometimes it feels like its never going to happen, because the situation I am in my dua seems impossible. Also my parents and relatives have told me that its impossible. But i keep on praying. I am a sinner like everyone else, but ever since this situation I am trying to make myself better, trying to please Allah. I ask all of you to please pray for me that I get what I am praying for, that even though everyone tells me its impossible as nothing is impossible for Allah, may HE put khair in it for me and grant me it very soon. ameen. also pray that I stay patient until get it.
    JazakAllah

  11. Slmz …. may ALLAH MAKE IT EASY FOR EVERYONE … and May ALLAHS MERCY N BLESSINGS N PROTECTION N GUIDANCE N FORGIVENESS BE WITH US …. MAY ALLAH SOFTEN OUR HEARTS … N GIVE US PATIENTS … N MAY ALLAH GIVE US LOTS OF BARAKAT AN ANSWER ALL OUR DUAS AMEEN SUMMA AMEEN ❤

  12. This was so beautiful Ma shaa Allah! I am doing my final year of university studies and I am hoping in sha Allah to get a first-class degree. If you could make dua for me so that our Rabb can answer with mercy, that would be amazing. I am praying for all of you in sha allah you will get what is best for you.

  13. Assalamu Alaikum, I am a muslim brother while the whole of my family are Christian, I have been praying to Allah for many years and seems like none of my prayers is accepted was in hardship for long…. while the remains of my family got everything easy at the instant time of their need I start thinking of joining them back to Christianity am confused. Please help me pray to Allah to start answering my duas, to ease my hardship and soften my burdens…, am always in tears and confused for that for long have did the most necessary things for duas acceptance but to avail.

    • Assalamualaikum brother….
      i have been through hardships may be not as difficult as yours … and there were times when i felt may be my dua is not getting accepted , may be i am not worth it… why do i things take a turn and cause me problem… but through all this i realised everytime i was in hardship i became more close to Allah … started praying a lot , cryng to him alone as i knew no one else could understand me , and no one else can help me accept Allah… I know how it feels when you keep on praying for quite sometime but then if you stop praying or if you turn away from Allah then who will help you , who will provide for you.
      let me give you an example whenever i think may be i should stop asking to Allah for certain thing one thought comes in my mind what if this time my dua will be answered ? what if Allah was about to give it to me but i turned away ? know Allah listens and know everything that you are going through and he will not burden you with something that you cannot handle … Keep your trust in him Inshallah things will work out for good… keep praying . Call out to Allah from your heart everytime ask Allah that he brings you closer to him and help you stay close to him.
      Also do know even the prophets were tested and had to face hardships that were way more difficult then ours . Read about the prophets how they suffered how they kept themselves intact by worshipping Allah alone and asking to him alone.
      please read this dua ” rabbi inni lema anzalta ilaya min khairin fakir’ – My lord, I am in absolute need of the good You send me.
      I will pray for you as well. Keep up your patience and do let me know if you want any kind of help. Keep your trust in Allah alone.

      JazakAllah Khair.

    • Assalamualaikum Brother AbuBakar,
      please bear with the long post . i hope it helps.
      i wrote a long reply for you and clicked on post turns out the comment was not posted and i lost the content. I will try to write the same things again hoping that i didnt miss out anything from before.
      I too am going through difficulties have faced humilaition and insults from my loved ones. i have been praying to Allah a lot. And yes there are times when i feel that may be what i am asking i won’t get it. may be i am not worth it. But all those thoughts are now gone. there are few things that i realised that helped.
      1. I think how matters could have been more worse but Allah helped in ways i can’t even recognize. i think that through these difficulties i have started praying a lot more , started crying out to Allah alone a lot more and that this difficulty brought me closer to Allah.
      2. whenever i used to get the thought that may be i should stop praying for this thing as people would always say that its not possible , i reminded myself that i trust in Allah and nothing is impossible for Allah , and i am asking him the one who is so merciful , so loving , i am asking to the one who just has to say things to be and it happens … why in the world should i listen to people who say that it is impossible your situation is so bad it’s impossible tol get what you want… Allah is there, he sees the heart of the seeker, he sees how much i want something, he sees and understands me like no one else can, not even i can understand myself the way Allah understands. So i keep praying and keep asking … and now i understand that my situation could have been a lot more worse but it is Allah who has held me and it is him who will give me when the time is right.
      3. Ask Allah to fill your heart with love for Allah and to help you stay close to Allah… i am saying this because when i had good times although i woulr pray to Allah but my prayers were full with distractions and i wouldnt mind if i missed Salaat at times. i would think that Allah loves me , basically i would take things for granted. But it is through difficulties that i realised that in ease or in hardship it is Allah who is always there for you so why in the world would you want to go away from him.

      I too am praying day and night for the hardships that i am in , at times i just feel so anxious , like nothing is moving ahead , nothing is happening days are passing by and my situation hasnt changed . i cry to Allah , i ask him , i ask him to fill my heart with love for Allah at those times so that i don’t get depressed . And through all the hardhsips i have realised how much i have grown , i understand others situations so much better and i can empathize with them …
      One of the dua mentioned above that Prophet Yunus (AS) prayed i keep praying that a lot .
      and another one is this “rabbi inni lema anazalta ilaya min kahirin faqir” – My lord, I am in absolute need of the good You send me .. and then always ask for whatever i want by saying that Allah you have power over everything and for any matter to happen you say it to be and it happens , please put your blessings in so and so and make it good for my religion , for this world and for the hereafter . just ask in whatever way your heart wants to ask. Put every shred of sincerity in your dua and believe that Allah is listening and he will answer.
      Also read about the Prophets , the difficulties they have gone through , when they have been tested and had to face so much hardships , you might start to feel that the difficulties that you are facing will become easy when you put your trust in Allah. And dua is the way to connect to Allah whithout it what hope will you and i have ? what positivity will people in hardship have . Stay strong and have patience and trust Allah. He is the best disposer of affairs.

      will pray for you ! May Allah help you and guide you!

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