2What is a dua? A special prayer "When my servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them) I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on Me. . .“ (2:186)
3Only ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala We can ask our parents for things we want or need but… they cannot give us everythingOnly Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala can do that
4Worshiping Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala The only reason Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala put us on Earth is to worship HimWhen we ask Him for something we want or need, we are doing what we are supposed to do..worship Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
5Before duaPraise Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala at the beginning of the duaYou can say:Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)Alhamdulillah (All Praise is for Allah)Recite Surah Ikhlas
6Have faith in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala Hadith: “When you ask Allah, ask with confidence.”Hadith: “None of you should say, ‘O Allah, forgive me if you wish… Rather you should be firm in your request for Allah does whatever He wishes and no one can force Him to do otherwise.”
7Be patientBelieve that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will answer your dua when it is best for youThe Prophet’s wife Aisha said:“No believer makes a dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated.”
8Repeat your dua Ask for the dua 3 times Hadith: “The Prophet loved to repeat his dua three times, and pray for forgiveness three times.” (Abu Dawd)
9Ask in a nice voice When making dua you should use: A voice that is just rightNot too quietNot too loudLet me hear your just right dua voice
10Having wuduIt is preferred (liked) to be clean and do wudu before making duaWhen we make dua we talk to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
11Face the Qibla When making dua we should sit and face the Qibla Qibla = direction we face during prayerOur Qibla is the Kaaba
12Ask Allah by His Names“And to Allah belongs the Beautiful Names, so call Him by them.”Can you think of some of His names?
13Raising the HandsHadith: “Surely, Allah… loves to hide the shortcomings of His slaves. If His slaves raises his hands, He does not let him go empty handed.”
14Stay away from haramAllah has told us to stay away from certain things.Can you name a few?If we are asking Allah for something, we should listen to Him and only do or eat what is halal
15Do good deeds Hadith: “Dua is elevated by good deeds.” What are some easy good deeds we can do before we make dua?
16Story“Three persons of a people before you were on a journey when they were overtaken by a storm so they took shelter in a cave. A rock slipped down and blocked the exit of the cave. One of them said, “The only way for deliverance is to ask Allah and mention a good deed he did only for Allah’s sake.
17One of them mentioned a good deed which they had done for Allah and asked, “O Lord, if I did this think seeking only Your pleasure, then do relieve us of the distress brought by this rock. The rock moved but not enough to free the men. So, the other two made similar duas while mentioning their good deeds until the rock moved enough to free them.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
18Ask when things are easy Hadith: “Whoever is pleased that Allah answers his prayers during hardships and difficulties let him make much dua during times of ease.” (Tirmidhi)We should ask Allah when things are good and when things are difficult.
19Best times for dua Middle of the night Hadith: “The gates of Heaven areopen at Midnight…At that time, noMuslim makes a dua but that isanswered except for a person whogathers money unlawfully.” (Sahih al-Jami)
20Best times for dua 2) Between the athan and iqamah Hadith: “A dua between the athanand iqamah is not refused, sosupplicate during that time.”(Ibn Hibban)
21Best times for dua 4) When it is raining Hadith: “Two kinds of dua are notrejected: dua at the time of prayerand dua during rain.” (Abu Dawd)We should say: Allahumma sayyiban nafi’an(Oh Allah, make this a good rain cloud)
22Best times for dua3) On Friday after Asr Hadith: “Friday has 12 periods. Among them is a period when no Muslim asks Allah for anything but He grants it to him. Search for that period late after Asr.” (al-Jami)
23Best times for dua A parent’s dua for his child Hadith: “Three types of dua areundoubtedly granted: a parent’sdua for his child, dua of a fastingperson, and dua of a traveler.”(Abu Dawd)
24Best times for dua6) While making sujood Hadith: “The slave is closest to Allah while in sujood, so ask Allah in that time.”
25Best times for dua7) Laylatul Qadr - The Night of Power. Hadith: “Whoever stands in Laylat ul- Qadr out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven." (Al-Bukhari)
26Make duas for othersHadith: “Whenever you make a dua for another believer and he is not present, an angel will say ‘and the same to you.’” Angels will pray for you if you pray for others!!
27Make duas for others Who are some people we should make dua for? Parents and familyProphet Muhammad salallaho alayhi wasalaamFriends
28Be careful what you dua for We should be careful what we ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for. Sometimes when we are mad we may say things we do not mean. We should only ask for what is good.
29Learn duasWe should learn duas that Prophet Muhammad salallaho alayhi wasalaam used to say. Saying duas helps us remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala throughout the day.