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BEST TIMES TO MAKE DU'A

Posted by: "Mohammad Usman" musman@kindasa.com usmankkkk

Date: Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:07 pm

 

 

Best Times to make Du'a (Supplication)

 

There are certain times dua (supplication) is more likely to be accepted

by Allah (SWT) as mentioned by Prophet (SAW). These times are as

follows:

 

1. The Last Third Of The Night

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: 'In the

last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah

(SWT)) descends to the lowermost heaven and says; "Who is calling Me, so

that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is

seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?."' [Sahih

al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi]

 

Amr ibn Absah narrated that the Prophet said: 'The closest any

worshipper can be to His Lord is during the last part of the night, so

if you can be amongst those who remember Allah at that time, then do

so.'[at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, al-Hakim - Sahih]

 

2. Late at night

When people are sleeping and busy with worldly pleasures Allah (SWT)

gives the believers an opportunity, or an answer hour if they can fight

sleep and invoke Allah (SWT) for whatever they need. The Prophet (SAW)

said: 'There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah

any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given

it, and this (occurs) every night.'

[Muslim #757]

 

3. Between Adhan and Iqamah

Anas (RA) narrated that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: 'A supplication

made between the Adhan and Iqama is not rejected.'

[Ahmad, abu Dawud #521, at-Tirmidhi #212, Sahih al-Jami #3408, an-Nasai

and Ibn Hibban graded it sahih (sound)]

 

4. An Hour On Friday

Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) talked about Friday

and said: 'There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while

offering Salat (prayer) and asks something from Allah (SWT), then Allah

(SWT) will definitely meet his demand.' And he (the Prophet (SAW)

pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands.[Sahih

al-Bukhari]

 

Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer's

leader) enters the mosque on Friday's prayer until the prayer is over

(ie between the two khutbahs), whereas others have said that it is the

last hour of the day (ie after the Asr prayer until the Maghrib prayer).

 

 

5. While Drinking Zamzam Water

Jaber (RA) narrated that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: 'Zamzam water is

for what it is drunk for.' [Ahmad 3: 357 and Ibn Majah #3062]. This

means that when you drink Zamzam water you may ask Allah (SWT) for

anything you like to gain or benefit from this water such as healing

from illness.... etc.

 

6. While Prostrating

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah's Messenger (SAW), said: 'The

nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so invoke

(supplicate) Allah (SWT) much in it. [Muslim, abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i and

others, Sahih al-Jami #1175]

 

When a Muslim is in his Salat (prayer) he is facing Allah (SWT) and when

he prostrates he is the nearest he can be to Allah (SWT) so it is best

to invoke Allah (SWT) at this time. It is said that while in

prostration, one should not ask for worldy needs (ie a nice car, a new

job, etc), but for the Hereafter.

 

7. When Waking Up at Night

Narrated Ubada Bin As-Samit that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: 'Whomever

wakes up at night and says La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shrika lahu

lahulmulku, wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ala kulli shai'in qadir. Alhamdu

lillahi, wa subhanallahi wa la ilaha illallahu, wallah akbir, wa la

hawla wala quwata illa billah

 

(none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (SWT) He is the only one

who has no partners. His is the kingdom and all the praises are for

Allah (SWT) All the glories are for Allah (SWT) And none has the right

to be worshipped but Allah (SWT) and Allah (SWT) is the most Great and

there is neither might nor power except with Allah (SWT) and then says,

Allahumma ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me) or invokes Allah (SWT), he

will be responded to and if he makes ablution and performs Salat

(prayer), his Salat (prayer) will be accepted. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

 

8. At The End Of The Obligatory Salat:

Narrated Abu Omamah (RA): that Allah's Messenger (SAW) was asked, O

Messenger of Allah, which supplication is heard (by Allah (SWT), he said

the end of the night and at the end of the obligatory Salat (prayer)

[at-Tirmidhi]. This time is after saying 'At-tahyat' , and before making

Tasleem (finishing prayer)

 

9. The Night Of 'Qadr' (Decree)

This night is the greatest night of the year. This is the night which

the almighty Allah (SWT) said about it, "The night of Al-Qadar (Decree)

is better than a thousand months." [Surah al-Qadr, 97: 3]

 

The Night of Decree is one of the odd nights of the last ten nights of

the blessed month of Ramadan. The angels descend down to the earth, and

the earth is overwhelmed with peace and serenity until the break of dawn

and when he doors of Paradise are opened, the worshipper is encouraged

to turn to Allah to ask for his needs for this world and the Hereafter.

 

10. During The Rain

Narrated Sahel Ibn Sa'ad (RA): that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

'Two will not be rejected, Supplication when the Adhan (call of prayer)

is being called, and at the time of the rain'. [Al-Hakim 2: 114, and Abu

Dawud #2540, ibn Majah]

 

'Seek the response to your du'as when the armies meet, and the prayer is

called, and when rain falls' [reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm,

al-Sahihah #1469]. The time of the rain is a time of mercy from Allah

(SWT) so, one should take advantage of this time when Allah (SWT) is

having mercy on His slaves.

 

11. At the Adhan

'Seek the response to your du'as when the armies meet, and the prayer is

called, and when rain falls' [reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm,

al-Sahihah #1469]

 

In another hadith; 'When the prayer is called, the doors of the skies

are opened, and the du'a is answered' [al-Tayalisi in his Musnad #2106,

al-Sahihah #1413]

 

12. The One Who Is Suffering Injustice and Opression

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said to Mua'ad Ibn Jabal (RA), 'Beware of

the supplication of the unjustly treated, because there is no shelter or

veil between it (the supplication of the one who is suffering injustice)

and Allah (SWT)' [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

The prophet (SAW) declared, 'Three men whose dua is never rejected (by

Allah) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another

narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the one who is

oppressed.'[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

 

In another hadith; The Prophet (SAW) declared: 'Three du'as are surely

answered: The du'a of the oppressed, the du'a of the traveler, and the

du'a of the father/mother (upon their child)'. The One who is suffering

injustice is heard by Allah (SWT) when he invokes Allah (SWT) to retain

his rights from the unjust one or oppressor. Allah (SWT) has sworn to

help the one who is suffering from injustice sooner or later as the

Messenger of Allah (SAW) said.

 

13. The Traveler

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said; Three supplications will not be

rejected (by Allah (SWT)), the supplication of the parent for his child,

the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the

traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

 

During travel supplication is heard by Allah (SWT) if the trip is for a

good reason, but if the trip is for a bad intention or to perform

illegal things (making sins) this will not apply to it.

 

14. The Parent's Supplication for their Child

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said; Three supplications will not be

rejected (by Allah (SWT)), the supplication of the parent for his child,

the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the

traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

 

15. Dua after praising Allah and giving salat on the Prophet (SAW) in

the tashahhud at the end of salat.

Narrated Faddalah ibn Ubayd (RA): that the Messenger of Allah (SAW)

said: 'When anyone of you makes du'a, let him start by glorifying his

Lord and praising Him, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet

(SAW), then let him pray for whatever he wants'

[abu Dawud #1481, at-Tirmidhi #3477]

 

In another hadith; Baqiy ibn Mukhallid (RA) narrated that that the

Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: 'Every du'a is not responded to until one

sends blessings upon the Prophet (SAW)' [al-Bayhaqi]

 

In another hadith; Umar (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: 'Du'a

is detained between the heavens and the earth and no part of it is taken

up until you send blessings upon your Prophet (SAW)' [at-Tirmidhi #486]

 

After a person has finished his tashahhud and before saying the 'salam',

supplication at this time is one likely to be responded to.

Ibn Mas'ud narrates: I was once praying, and the Prophet (SAW), Abu Bakr

and Umar (were all present). When I sat down (in the final tashahhud), I

praised Allah, then sent salams on the Prophet, then started praying for

myself. At this, the Prophet (SAW) said:

'Ask, and you shall be given it! Ask, and you shall be given it!'

[at-Tirmidhi #593 - hasan, Mishkat al-Misbah #931]

 

16. The dua of a Muslim for his absent brother or sister Muslim stemming

from the heart.

The prophet (SAW) said: 'There is no believing servant who supplicates

for his brother in his absence where the angels do not say, 'the same be

for you'' [Muslim]

 

17. Dua on the Day of Arafat

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: 'The best supplication is the

supplication on the day of Arafat'. [at-Tirmidhi and Malik]

 

The day of Arafat is the essence and pinnacle of Hajj. On this great and

momentous day, millions of worshippers gather together on one plain,

from every corner of the world, with only one purpose in mind - to

respone to the call of their Creator. During this auspicious day, Allah

does not refuse the requests of His worshippers.

 

18. Dua during the month of Ramadan

Ramadan is month full of many blessings, thus the du'a of Ramadan is a

blessed one. This can be inferred from the Prophet (SAW) saying: 'When

Ramadan comes, the Doors of Mercy (another narration says Paradise) are

opened, and the doors of Hell are closed, and the Shaitans are locked

up' Thus, it is clear that du'a during Ramadan has a greater chance of

being accepted, as the Gates of Paradise and Mercy are opened. [Sahih

al-Bukhari #1899, Muslim #1079 and others]

 

19. Dua when the Armies meet

When the Muslim is facing the enemy in battle, at this critical period,

the du'a of a worshipper is accepted.

 

Sahl ibn Sa'd (RA) narrtaed the the Prophet (SAW) said: 'Two duas are

never rejected, or rarely rejected: the du'a during the call for prayer,

and the du'a during the clamity when the two armies attack each other'

[Abu Dawud #2540, ibn Majah, al-Hakim]

 

20. When Muslims gather for the purpose of invoking and remembering

Allah (Dhikrullah).

The Prophet (SAW) said: If a group of people sit together remembering

Allah, the angels will circle them, mercy will shroud them, peace will

descend onto them and Allah will remember them among those with Him.

[Muslim]

 

21. First Ten days of Dhul-Hijjah

The Prophet (SAW) said: 'There are no days during which good deeds are

more beloved to Allah than during these ten days'

[Sahih al-Bukhai #969 and others]

 

22. Dua when the heart reaches out to Allah and is ready to be totally

sincere

 

23. At Midnight

 

Abu Umamah (RA) said, the Prophet (SAW) was questioned; 'Which du'a is

heard (by Allah)?' He answered, 'At midnight and at the end of every

obligatory prayer.' [at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

 

25. Dua of people after the death of a person

In a long hadith, Umm Salamah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said,

when Abu Salamah had just passed away, and had closed his eyes, 'Do not

ask for yourselves anything but good, for the angels will say 'Ameen' to

all that you ask for. O Allah, forgive Abu Salamah, and raise his ranks

among those who are guided.' [Muslim, abu Dawud, Ahmad]

 

26. Dua of the one fasting until he breaks his fast.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said; Three supplications will not be

rejected (by Allah (SWT)), the supplication of the parent for his child,

the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the

traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

 

27. Dua of the one fasting at the time of breaking fast The prophet

(SAW) declared, 'Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are:

when a fasting person breaks fast (in another narration, the fasting

person until he breaks his fast), the just ruler and the one who is

oppressed.'[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

 

29. Dua of a just Ruler

The prophet (SAW) declared, 'Three men whose dua is never rejected (by

Allah) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another

narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the one who is

oppressed.'[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

 

30. Dua of a son or daughter obedient to his or her parents

It is well known in the story narrated in hadith os three men who were

trapped by a huge stone in a cave. One of them who was kind to kis

parents asked Allah to remove the stone, and his du'a was answered.

[Sahih al-Bukhari 3:36 #472]

 

31. Dua immediately after wudu

Umar ibn Al-Khattab reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: 'There is not

one of you that makes wudu, and does it perfectly, then says: I testify

that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allah. he is Alone,

having no partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and

messenger', except that the eight gates of Paradise are opened for him,

and he can enter into it through whichever one he pleases' [Muslim #234,

abu Dawud #162, Ahmad, an-Nasa'i] Saying what has been mentioned in the

hadith that is directly related to it (ablution)

 

32. Dua after stoning the Jamarat at Hajj

The stoning of the small Shaitan (jamrat sugra), or the middle Shaitan

(jamrat wusta) pillars during Hajj. It is narrated that the Prophet

(SAW) would stone the small Jamarah (one of the three pillars that is

stoned in the last days of Hajj), then face the qiblah, raise his hands,

and make du'a for a long time. He would then stone the middle Jamarah

and do the same. When he stoned the large Jamarah, he would depart

without making any du'a. [Sahih al-Bukhari #1753 and others]

 

33. At the Crowing of a Rooster

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: 'When you hear a

rooster crowing, then ask Allah for His bounties, for it has seen an

angel, and when you hear a donkey braying, then seek refuge in Allah

from Shaitan, for it has seen a Shaitan' [Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim,

Ahmad, Sahih al-Jami #611]

 

34. Du'a made inside the Ka'bah

The Ka'bah is a sanctuary that has no comparison in the entire world.

The du'a of one who prays inside the hijr is considered as being made

inside the ka'bah, as it is part of the house (Baitullah). [This is the

semicircle to the right of the Ka'bah if you face the door, opposite to

the Yemeni corner and the Black stone wall.]

 

Usamah ibn Zayd narrated, 'When the Prophet (SAW) entered the House

(Ka'bah), he made du'a in all of its corners [Muslim 2: 968 and others]

 

35. Du'a on the mount of Safa or Marwah during Umrah or Hajj

It is narrated that the Prophet (SAW) would make long du'as at Safa and

Marwah. [Muslim #1218 and others]

 

36. Dua at any of the holy sites.

 

37. While reciting Surah al-Fatihah

The Prophet (SAW) said that Allah the Exalted had said: ' I have divided

the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant

will receive what he asks for. When the servant says: Praise be to

Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant

has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate,

the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. When

he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of Judgment, He remarks: My

servant has glorified Me, and sometimes He will say: My servant

entrusted (his affairs) to Me. When he (the worshipper) says: Thee do we

worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me

and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when

he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of

those to whom Thou hast been Gracious -- not of those who have incurred

Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says:

This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.

[Muslim 4: 395]

 

38. Saying 'Ameen' during prayer

After finishing the recitation of al-Fatihah, the saying of'Ameen' in

congregation. The Prophet (SAW) said: 'When the Imam says 'Ameen', then

recite it behind him (as well), because whoever's Ameen coincides with

the Ameen of the angels will have all of his sins forgiven.' [Sahih

al-Bukhari #780, Muslim #410 and others]

 

39. While visiting the sick, and dua made by the sick

Umm Salamah narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: 'When you visit the

sick, or the dead then say good, because the angels say 'Ameen' to

whatever you say [Muslim #2126]

 

Ali (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: 'When a Muslim visits his

sick Muslim brother in the morning, seventy thousand angels make dua for

his forgiveness till the evening. And when he visits him in the evening,

seventy thousand angels make dua for his forgiveness till the morning,

and he will be granted a garden for it in Jannah.' [at-Tirmidhi, abu

Dawud]

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May Almighty Allah guide all of us to the Right Path and give all of

us the courage to accept the Truth in the light of Qur'an and Sunnah and

to reject all things which are in contradiction to the Holy Qur'an and

Sunnah. (Ameen!)

 

With Kind Regards

Mohammad Usman, Jeddah-SAUDI ARABIA

 

* "O Prophet (pbuh) preach to them (the Truth), for preaching proves

beneficial for the Believers" <Adh-Dhariyat: 55>

** "O Messenger {Muhammad (pbuh)}! Proclaim (the Message) which has been

sent down to you from your Lord." <Al-Maidah: 67>

*** Accept the True faith, do righteous deeds, recommend the Truth and

patience to one another. <As recommended in Al-Asr: 03>

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