Every one who believes in Almighty Allaah should make it a habit of his (or her) to call on Him for his (or her) needs with all his (or her) heart and with unshakable faith in the Almighty Allaah and believing positively that prayer (Du’aa) will be granted. He (or she) must be sure in his (or her) heart that his or her prayer (Du’aa) shall never, never go to waste.
The Holy Qur’aan says:
“WA QAA LA, RAB BA KUMUD, OONEE, AS TA JIB LA KUM.”
And your lord says “Call on me” I will answer (your prayer – Du’aa).
In the Hadees it is related that the Messenger of Allaah (S.A.W.) said:
“Du’aa is the weapon of a believer (Muslim), a pillar of religion and the light of the earth and sky.”
To safeguard a believer from difficulties and calamities, Du’aa (prayers) is the most effective method. Therefore, the Messenger of Allaah (S.A.W.) has called Du’aa the weapon of a believer (Muslim).
It is generally known that Namaaz or Salaat, is a Pillar of Islam. The soul of Namaaz or Salaat is humility and humility is the manner of Du’aa. Therefore Du’aa (prayer) has been called the pillar of religion.
In the same manner making Du’aa excessively (often) is to confirm the Oneness of Almighty Allaah and that is the light which enlightens the Heavens and the Earth.
It is related in the Hadees that The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
“Whenever any person goes to sleep and lies down on the bed, immediately an angel and a satan (Shaytaan) approaches him. The Angel says: ‘O son of Adam! Complete (the day of Goodness)’. The Satan (Shaytaan) says: ‘O son of Adam! Complete (the day) with evil’. If he makes Allaah’s Zikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and sleep, then the angel protects him throughout the night, or else the Satan (Shaytaan) busies himself with that person.”
Many pious saints instruct their followers to seek repentance and Allaah’s Zikr (Remembrance of Allaah) morning and evening.
This Du’aa (Supplication) is to be read thrice daily after Fajr (Morning) and Magrib (Evening).
“BIS MILLAAHIL LAAZEE, LAA YA DURRU, MA’AA, IS MI HEE, SHAI-AUN, FIL AR DI, WA LAA FISSA-MAA-I WA HU WAS, SAMEEAUL ALEEM.”
In the name of Allaah with whose name nothing can cause harm from earth nor the sky and He is All-hearing and All-knowing.
The benefit of this Du’aa is that if a person recites it in the morning and evening he will be safeguarded from unexpected calamities, Inshaa Allaah.
This Du’aa is to be recited twice daily after morning and evening.
“AOOZU BIKA LIMAA, TILLAA HIT TAAM MAATI, MIN SHARRI MAA KHALAQ.”
(I seek refuge with Allaah through all His words from the evil of His creation).
The benefit of this Du’aa is that a person who recites it mornings and evenings, Almighty Allaah will save him or her from the evils of His creation, especially snakes, scorpions, etc. poisonous and dangerous animals.
Whilst laying on the bed, SURAH-E-FATIHAH and SURA-E-IKH-LAAS (QUL HU WAL LAAHU AHAD up to the end) should be recited.
It is related in a Hadees that if you recite Surah-e-Fatihah and Surah-e-Ikhlaas, while lying on bed, you will be safeguarded from everything except death.
A few ISTAGHFAAR (Repentance) to recite excessively (often).
“ASTAGHFIRULLAH, ASTAGHFIRULLAH, ASTAGHFIRULLAH.”
I beseech forgiveness, of Allaah, I beseech forgiveness of Allaah, I beseech forgiveness of Allaah,
Recite this Du’aa or ISTAGHFRAAR sincerely and concentrate on its meaning. It should be recited thrice or five times.
“AS TAGH FIRUL LAA HAL LA ZEE, LAA ILAA HA IL LAA, HU WAL HAY YUL, QAY YOOM, WA ATOO BU, ILAIH”
I beseech forgiveness of Allaah besides Whom there is no God (Allaah), the Living, the Eternal and unto Him I seek forgiveness.
The benefit of this Du’aa or ISTAGHFAAR is that, it has been narrated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said:
“Whoever seeks forgiveness with these words (the above mention) will be forgiven though his sins be equal to the foam of oceans.”
The Messenger of Allaah (S.A.W.) said in a Hadees – Qudsi wherein Almighty Allaah says:
“O Children of Adam! Till whenever you make Du’aa (Supplication) and hope for forgiveness I will continuously forgive, you, as many sins there maybe and care not, O Children of Adam, if your sins reach from earth to the heights of Heaven (Sky) and you seek repentance from me, I will forgive you. O Children of Adam! If you bring the earth full of sins in My presence and if you will be presented to Me in such a state that you had never associated any partner to me, then I will bring a world full of forgiveness for him. “
According to Islam, (Ibaadah) service is divided into two distinct sections, viz:
(a) Huqoo Qullah – The Rights of Allaah.
(b) Huqoo-Qul-Ibaad – The Rights of Mankind.
In fact, our services can never be completed and acceptable to Allaah unless we
observe all the rights with equal attention.
The man who devoted himself only to the rights of Allaah is not a perfect man who devotes himself solely to the rights of mankind, without giving to God (Allaah) His proper share.
WHO IS A POOR MAN:
Abu Huraira (R.A) reported that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) asked the companions (R.A.):
“Do you know who is poor?:
The companions (R.A.) answered:
“He who has neither money nor property is poor in our eyes”.
The Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
“ The poor man amongst my people is he who shall come with an account of his prayers (Namaazes or Salaats), his fasts and charities on the day of Judgment, but who would have also abused this one, back biting that one, devoured (eat up greedily) the Property of this one and shed the blood of that one and beaten this one, then this one and that one will be given some of his good deeds. If his good deeds come to end before what is against him is recompensed (required), some of their sins will be taken and these (sins) will be thrown over him. Afterwards he will be thrown into the hell.” (Muslim)
A truly poor man is he whose good deeds will be taken away and given to others and who will receive sin of others in the next world on account of oppression (tyranny) back biting and disorderly conduct.
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ISLAM:
If people do not adhere to the rights of Allaah sometimes they will be forgiven, provided they repent and are not negligent in the future, but on the other hand, the rights of man will never be forgiven by Allaah unless they are forgiven by men.
Abu Hurairah (R.A) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said
“He who has done wrong affecting his brother’s honour or anything else, must ask forgiveness for it today, (in this world) before the hereafter (next world) comes. He will have neither silver nor gold coins (as compensation) making up for the loss suffered.” (Bukhari)
HOW TO OFFER DU’AA:
Du’aa should be made with confidence and from the depths of one’s heart. It should not be made in an absent-minded manner. One should face the QIBLA and sit in the Qaida (sitting position).
Praise and thanks to Almighty Allaah and sending salutations to the Prophet (S.A.W.) must be said at the beginning:
AL HAM DU LIL LAA HI, RAB BIL, AA LA MEEN,
AL LAA HUM MA, SAL LI, WA SAL LIM,
WA BAARIK, ALAA SAY YI DINAA, WA MAW LAA NAA,
MUHAMMADI W-WA BAA RIK WA SAL LIM.
and end the Du’aa.
ALLAA HUMMA, SAL LI ALAA, SAY YIDI NAA,
MUHAMMADI-W-WA ALAA, AA-LI SAY YIDI NAA
MUHAMMADI-W-WA BAA RIK, WA SALLIM.
Spread out both hands while making Du’aa, keeping them joined. Lift both hands (like a beggar) up to the shoulders and leave them open.
Du’aa should be made first for oneself, next for one’s parents, then for one’s relatives and lastly for all the Muslims. If a person is an Imaam then he should make Du’aa for all the brothers of the congregation, i.e. he should use the: “We” and “Us” instead of “I” and “Me”.
Du’aa should be made for all one’s need and necessities no matter how great or small it may be. At the completion of Du’aa, the face should be wiped with both hands.
ALLAAH KNOWS BEST