When your heart wishes and yearns for something, the best thing you can do is to fall back and ask your Creator for it. Think about it – Allah is the King of the heavens and the earth. Not a leaf falls or sways except His permission. If He decides to grant you your wish, all of the universe will conspire for it to be fulfilled. This is the beauty and power of Dua. The Prophet (peace be upon him) repeatedly emphasized the importance of Dua and so did the Quran. Why? Because Allah loves it when you make Du’a, because Du’a is the heart and soul of worship.
The most interesting part of Du’a is that Allah WANTS to answer it. A hadith states that Allah, the Almighty is ashamed when His slave raises his hands up to Him and He returns those hands empty. SubhanAllah, what a graceful Lord He is. The question is, what happens if the answer to a Du’a is delayed? Well, Allah does not always answer your Dua the way you want it. Sometimes the answer to a Dua is delayed till Allah knows is the best time. Other times, the answer to a Dua is delayed till the Day of Judgement.
So what is the best time to make Dua? When is a Dua accepted?
When is Dua Accepted?
‘Aa’ishah asked the Prophet (peace be upon him): “If I know what night is Laylat al-Qadar, what should I say during it?”
He said: “Say: O Allah, You are forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.”
When you choose Dua over sleep in the last part of night, Allah, who has descended to the lowest heaven, sees you. He grants you the wishes of your heart.
After Fard prayers
Abu Umaamah narrates that on one occasion the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked which Dua is heard and he said, “in the last third of the night, and following the prescribed prayers.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3499.
Between the adhan and iqaamah
Abu Dawood narrates that “A dua between the adhan and iqaamah is not rejected.”
When rain falls
Do you despair when it rains? Don’t! Make Du’a instead.
A short span of time on Friday
The Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned Friday and said: “During it there is a time when a Muslim slave does not stand and pray and ask Allah for something, but He will give it to him.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 935; Muslim, 852.
When drinking Zamzam
One of the most amazing properties of Zamzam water is that it serves the purpose for which it is drunk.
You are closest to your Lord when you are in prostration, so make a great deal of Dua in it.
When hearing a rooster
“Whenever you hear the crowing of a rooster, ask Allaah of His bounty, for he has seen an angel.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2304; Muslim, 2729.
Dua for the sick
When you visit the sick, say good things for the angels say Ameen to whatever you say.
The prayer of the oppressed
Allah is with the oppressed. There is no barrier between the dua of the oppressed and Allah.
The dua of a father for his child, of a fasting person and the traveller
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There are three prayers that are not rejected: the prayer of a father for his child, the prayer of the fasting person and the prayer of the traveller.”
Narrated by al-Bayhaqi; see Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2032; al-Saheehah, 1797.
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