The Importance of Making Duʿāʾ

The Importance of Making Duʿāʾ

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In the Name of Allāh, all praise is due to Allāh, praise and security be upon the Messenger of Allāh.

To proceed:

Allāh the Mighty and Exalted states explicitly that He created us for one noble purpose; to worship Him alone:

{And I did not create Jinn and Mankind except to worship Me}[1] [51:56]

So the sole purpose of our existence is to worship our Creator exclusively – that is it.

Although worship as a concept in Islām takes many forms, the essence of worship is duʿāʾ as al-Nuʿmān b. Bashīr reports from the Prophet [ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam] who said:

“Duʿāʾ IS worship.”[2]

Not only is duʿāʾ considered to BE worship, it is also the best form of worship you can do, because the Prophet [ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam] said:

“The best worship is duʿāʾ.”[3]

In fact, there is no act of worship which is more honourable in the sight of Allāh than duʿāʾ because the Prophet [ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam] said:

“There is nothing more honourable with Allāh the Most High than duʿāʾ.”[4]

Such is the status of duʿāʾ with Allāh that He has promised to respond to everyone who makes duʿāʾ to Him sincerely. Allāh says:

{When My servants ask you concerning Me, [tell them] I am indeed close [to them]. I answer the supplication of every supplicant when he calls on Me.}[5]

Allāh also says:

{Call upon Me and I will answer you}[6]

This is even more the case for the one who is fasting because the Prophet [ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam] said:

“Three duʿāʾs are never rejected: the duʿāʾ of the father, the duʿāʾ of the one fasting and the duʿāʾ of the traveller.”[7]

With all these assurances from Allāh that our duʿāʾ does not go to waste, it is not surprising that the Prophet [ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam] said:

“Indeed the one who does not ask Allāh; He becomes angry with him.”[8]

This is absolutely amazing, if you do not make duʿāʾ to Allāh, He becomes angry with you. Contrast this with the son of Ādam. If you were to continuously go to the same person for one thing after another, depending upon the level of patience this person has, he may respond to your request once or may be even twice or even three times if you are fortunate. But if you keep going to him he will eventually lose his temper, become angry with you and may even avoid you because you keep requesting things from him. However, Allāh the Mighty and Exalted would become angry with us if we did not continuously ask Him for His forgiveness and for our needs.

Do not restrict your duʿāʾ to just asking Allāh for matters that you deem to be of great importance such as marriage, business, work etc. The Companions of the Prophet [ṣallAllāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam] would turn to Allāh for all their needs. They would demonstrate their absolute poverty to Allāh and the fact that they cannot achieve anything with Him in their life. In fact ʿĀʿishah [Allāh be pleased with her] states:

“Ask Allāh for everything, even it is only a shoe-lace, because if Allāh does not make it easy, then it will not be possible.”[9]

That was how reliant and close our Righteous Salaf were in their relationship with Allāh. How far are we from this type of dependence?

And all praise is due to Allāh.

[1] [51:56]

[2] Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ, no. 3407

[3] Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1579

[4] Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ, no. 5392

[5] [2:186]

[6] [40:65]

[7] l-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1797

[8] Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ, no. 2418

[9] Al-Ḍaʿīfah, no. 1326. It is authentic as a statement of ʿĀʿishah.

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