importance of du’a (supplications) in islam.

Today, I was discussing with one of my Muslim brothers about supplications. In the course of the conversation, he remarked that a believer’s life is incomplete without supplications. His words deeply compelled me to reflect on the importance of supplications, and this contemplation has led to the writing of this blog. In this blog, I will try to mention the importance of supplications in Islam. Inshallah (if Allah wills). I hope it will be beneficial for both myself and all of you. I seek refuge in Allah Almighty from all kinds of harm and pray that He makes my work easy. I also pray that He considers this effort a means of salvation for us in this world and the hereafter. Whatever is good in my writing is entirely a blessing from Allah Almighty, and any faults are due to Satan (Devil) and my own lack of knowledge. JazakAllah. (Thank you).

Introduction of Supplications

The Arabic word دعاء (Du’a) means supplication, prayer, to call, to beg, etc.

Definition of Du’a

 

Du’a refers to the act of calling upon Allah Almighty for help, guidance, or any need. It is a form of worship and a means of communicating directly with Allah. In simple terms, supplication (du’a) is asking Allah Almighty for help in all aspects of life. In our Islamic tradition, supplications can be made for various purposes, including seeking forgiveness, asking for blessings, guidance, or help in times of need.

By making supplications to Allah Almighty, we actually engage in another form of worship, which is remembering Allah Almighty. Because when we make supplications to Allah Almighty, it means we are consciously remembering Him. And this is highly commended by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala. Allah says in the Holy Quran,

You will find lots of verses in the Holy Quran besides these where Muslims are told to remember their Lord Almighty Allah. And surely by now you must have understood that making supplications to Allah Almighty is also one of the important ways of remembering Him. But remember one thing, every du’a (supplication) is dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty), but not every dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty) is a du’a (supplication). Because in making du’a (supplication), a servant not only remembers Allah but also seeks the well-being of both their worldly life and the hereafter. In contrast, dhikr (remembrance of Allah Almighty) involves solely recalling Allah’s attributes, majesty, and praise.

Importance of Supplications in Islam

I mentioned earlier that my brother had told me that a Muslim’s life is incomplete without supplications. But why? Why are supplications so vital in Islam? What is the hidden wisdom? Lots of questions. Here is the answer.

A believer (Muslim) who asks Allah for anything in their supplication also gains the virtues of dhikr. There are lots of Hadiths that specifically highlight the virtues and significance of du’a (supplication). Here is a brief mention of some of them:

I know it’s a very long Hadith, but believe me, this is one of the most important Hadiths in Islam, and I think you already understood the reason.

These were Hadiths. Now, we will look at the words of Allah regarding the importance of supplications (du’a). Allah says in the Holy Quran,

How many verses and Hadiths should I give you to make you understand the importance of supplication in Islam? You’re smart and intellectual people. I hope you already understood the importance of supplications in Islam. So let’s move on to the next section.

Prerequisites for the Acceptance of Du'a (Supplications)

We have seen that du’a (supplication) holds significant importance in a Muslim’s life. However, for our supplications to be accepted by Allah, there are certain conditions that have been set by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Now, we will discuss some of the key prerequisites for the acceptance of du’a (supplications).

Broadly speaking, there are three main conditions for the acceptance of du’a (supplications) by Allah:

Now let’s talk about the first condition, Halal Sustenance. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has clearly told us that our supplications will not be accepted by Allah until our sustenance is lawful (halal). Here’s a Hadith in this regard.

Supplication Exclusively to Allah: I told you earlier that supplications are an act of worship. And every act of worship must be done solely for Allah. If any act of worship is done for anyone other than Allah, it will never be considered acceptable by Allah. Moreover, if worship is directed to anyone alongside Allah, it will also not be acceptable. Worshipping anyone other than Allah is considered Shirk (associating partners with Allah). In Islam, Shirk is regarded as the greatest sin. Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran:

Following the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) Method:

We can understand the first two types, but often the third type of property {Following the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) Method} becomes difficult for us. This is because we fail to properly understand the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As a result, we perform many acts of worship that are not actually considered acts of worship. Sometimes, out of emotion, we perform excessive acts of worship which will not be accepted by Allah. This is because Allah has instructed us to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in every matter. Regarding this, Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran:

Besides the aforementioned verses, there are many more verses in the Holy Quran where the importance of following the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is emphasized. May Allah grant us all the ability to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Ameen.

Some Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pBUH) regarding Supplications

Besides these, there are more Sunnah of making supplications found in the books of Hadith. Please do your own research to know more. At each point above, there are pieces of evidence from the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions. I haven’t presented the evidence here because my blog post has already gone very long. So if anyone is interested, they can take the initiative to explore it further on their own.

Remember, Du’a (Supplications) can be performed at any time, in any language, and in any place, although there are certain times and situations that are considered more auspicious for making du’a, such as during the last third of the night, after obligatory prayers, or while fasting.

That’s enough for today. I Know this is a very long blog. Jazakallah (Thank you) for staying with Spreading Wisdom.

footnote

  1. Surah Ankabut, 29:42
  2. Surah Juma’h, 62:10
  3. Surah Ah’jab, 33:41-42
  4. Sahih Muslim, 2577 a In-Book Reference: Book 45, Hadith 70 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 32, Hadith 6246 (deprecated numbering scheme)
  5. Sahih Muslim, 2675 a In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 1 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 35, Hadith 6471 (deprecated numbering scheme)
  6. Sahih (Darussalam)  Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 3372 In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 3 English Reference: Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3372
  7. (This Hadith contains difference of opinion being authentic or weak.) Da’if (Darussalam) Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 3370 In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 1 English Reference: Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3370
  8. (This Hadith contains difference of opinion being authentic or weak.) Da’if (Darussalam) Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 2139 In-Book Reference: Book 32, Hadith 7 English Reference: Vol. 4, Book 6, Hadith 2139
  9. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:186
  10. Surah Mumin/Ghafir 40:60
  11. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:152
  12. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:172
  13. Sahih Sahih Muslim, 1015 In-Book Reference: Book 12, Hadith 83 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 5, Hadith 2214 (deprecated numbering scheme)
  14. Surah Luqman, 31:13
  15. Surah An-Nisa’ 4:48
  16. Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:31
  17. Surah Al-Hashr 59:7
  18. Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21
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