Dua is a form of supplication that Muslims make to Almighty Allah. It is a special gift from Allah to Muslims as it empowers Muslims to communicate with Allah and ask Him to fulfill their needs. It is also a form of worship as one turns to Allah with the belief that no other being in the World can help him and that Allah will never deny him of what he asks. To learn the Duas taught by the Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w.w.) please take an online course at Online Quran Lessons. We have highly qualified online Quran teachers for online Quran classes to help you learn Quran online and the Duas taught by the Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w.w). Our expert online Quran teachers can also help you learn Tajweed online. We also provide female online Quran teacher for female students. We offer online Quran Hifz course aswell. To view details of our online Quran learning course please visit our website and register now for our free online Quran learning trial classes.
The importance of Dua can never be underestimated. It is a weapon given by Allah Almighty in the hands of a believer, with the help of which we can turn any situation. It can change one’s destiny. When a person turns his supplication towards Allah, Allah shows His mercy and grants him with what his heart desires. It is said in the Holy Quran:
When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.
[QURAN 2:186] This verse clearly states that when we make Dua to Allah, He listens to us. Thus it is extremely necessary that Muslims should call out to Allah with the belief that He is close to us and will answer our supplication.
DUA AND WORSHIP:
Dua is a form of worship. When a Muslim makes Dua to Almighty Allah he surrenders to Allah’s authority and supremacy. He establishes a connection with the Almighty Lord. Submitting to Allah clears away man’s feeling of pride and arrogance. Therefore we can say the Dua is the ultimate form of worship. The Holy Prophet also said that:
“The most excellent worship is Dua.”
[Sahih Al Jami]
POWER OF DUA:
Dua is the most powerful weapon in the hands of a Muslim. It gives him strength and hope to face all situations. When he believes that he has the support of Allah he develops the courage to deal with all problems that life throws at him. This belief of his is admired by Allah and He helps His believer through all adversities.
The power of Dua can be witnessed from the life of Hazrat Nuh a.s:
The people of Noah denied and they belied Our Servant and said, ‘He is a madman’ and threatened him. He therefore supplicated (through Dua) to his Lord (saying), ‘I am overpowered! Assist me?’ We therefore opened the gates of Heaven, with water flowing furiously. (And) We caused springs to gush out from the earth, so that the two waters met in a quantity that had been destined.
[QURAN 54:9-12] We also see countless examples in the history of Islam when the Muslims were in jeopardy and they prayed to Allah for help. Indeed Allah helped them and helped them miraculously e.g. in the Battle of Badr, when only 313 poorly equipped Muslims came face to face with an army of 1000 well equipped non-Believers. The Holy Prophet spent the entire night in prayer and supplication and asked Allah for assistance and in return Allah granted Muslims with the greatest victory on the day of the battle.
The Holy Prophet has also advised the Muslims to make supplication in time of difficulty and in ease:
Whosoever desires that Allah answers his Duas in unfavorable and difficult conditions, he should make plentiful Dua in days of ease and comfort.
He has also told Muslims to make Dua for their relatives as it is equally beneficial for us too.
The Dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial Dua for his brother the appointed angel says, ‘Ameen. And may you also be blessed with the same.’
[SAHIH MUSLIM] What could be better for someone then an Angel making Dua for him in the Lord’s court?
BENEFITS OF DUA:
There are a number of benefits of Dua some of them have been summarized in the next few lines:
- When a person makes Dua he bows down to Allah’s supremacy and believes that he is nothing as compared to Allah, he has no power in the decisions of the Supreme Leader. This thought induces the feeling of humbleness and modesty.
- Supplication to Almighty Allah creates hope in a person. The thought that he has asked the Creator of the Universe and the belief that the Supreme God will help him, cheers him up and makes him optimistic of the upcoming situation.
- The Dua that is accepted by Lord has its own charm but the one that we think is not being accepted has its own rewards. Firstly, a person should never believe that Allah has neglected his supplication for it is against the nature of the Almighty to forget his people. If his Dua is not approved by Allah, then he mustn’t lose hope for Allah will surely grant him with something much better. Even if this doesn’t happen he should have a firm belief that in return, a great reward waits for him in the Hereafter.
“Whoever does Dua to Allah, Allah fulfills his seeking or in exchange averts misfortune until the Dua is not related to sin or breaking some relation.”
- Dua changes destiny. The Holy Prophet said:
“Dua turns away destiny and good deeds lengthen age.”
- Dua opens the doors of mercy. Holy Prophet said:
“For whoever the door of Dua opened, for him the doors of mercy are opened.”
[Tirmidhi] Dua is the complete submission of man to the will of Allah. It strengthens the faith that everything that happens is according to Allah’s master plan for us and that He can never write an ill-fate for us. Therefore Dua is the only hope for man in this World and one must not turn away from Supplication. Indeed Allah provides us with what is best for us.