Wednesday, July 23, 2014

(Notes & Audio) Dua: The Weapon of a Believer


By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal


19 July 2014 / 22 Ramadan 1435 (Evening)
Notes typed by acceptruth  
Edited by AT6

- What is the definition of dua?
- Dua means supplication
- Dua is to ask Allah for something
- That is the definiton of dua

- There is no doubt that dua is the weapon of the believer
- Dua is an act of worship

Nu’man ibn Bashir (RA) narrated the Prophet (SAW) said, “The supplication is itself worship.” Then he recited. And your Lord says, “Call upon Me, and I shall answer you. Surely those who are too arrogant to worship Me, they shall enter Hell, disgraced.” (40: 60) [Tirmidhi (5/456) No. 3372, Abu Dawud (2/76) No. 1479, Ibn Majah (5/5) No. 3828, Ahmad (4/271) No. 18410]

- You are not allowed to offer your dua to anyone except Allah
- Allah refers to those who offer duas to other than Allah as kaafirs
- Allah labelled them as liars and kaafirs

Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allah only. And those who take Auliya' (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): "We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah." Verily, Allah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever. (Az-Zumar 39:3)

- Allah told us in the Quran that those who pray to the graves are worshipping the graves
- There should be no doubt in your heart that they are kaafirs

If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them. And none can inform you (O Muhammad SAW) like Him Who is the All­Knower (of each and everything). (Fatir 35:14)

- Allah says on Judgment Day they are going to deny their worshipping of them on the Day of Judgment.
- The Prophet said the grave is an idol that people worship

Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam from Ata ibn Yasar that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "O Allah! Do not make my grave an idol that is worshipped. The anger on those who took the graves of their Prophets as places of prostration was terrible." [Muwatta Malik (1/223) No. 570, Musannaf Abdur Razzaq (1/406) No. 1587, Musnad Ahmad (2/246) No. 7352]
- The reason why this lecture is called Dua, the weapon of the believer, is because dua changes Qadr.

"Nothing could change the Qadar except Du`a’." [Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 5, Hadith no. 277; Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 3, Hadith no. 139]

It was narrated from Thawban that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Nothing increases one's life span except righteousness and nothing repels the Divine decree except supplication, and a man may be deprived of provision by a sin that he commits."' [Sunan Ibn Majah (5/152) No. 4022, Musnad Ahmad (5/277) No. 22440, Mustadrak al-Haakim (1/670) No. 1814, Sahih Ibn Hibban (3/153) No. 872, al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Nasa'i (10/380) No. 11775]

- Another reason why this lecture is called Dua, the weapon of the believer, is because the prophet said that dua is the noblest deed one can perform

The third reason is because whenever you make a dua Allah gives you one of three things:

It was narrated from Abu Saeed (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: “There is no Muslim who does not offer any Dua in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allah will give him one of three things in return: either He will answer his Dua sooner, or he will store it up for him in the Hereafter, or He will divert an equivalent evil away from him because of it.” They said: “We will say a lot of Dua.” The Prophet (SAW) said: “Allah is more generous.” [Musnad Ahmad (3/18) No. 11149, Mustadrak al-Haakim (1/670) No. 1816, Adaab al-Mufrad al-Bukhari (1/264) No. 710, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba (10/201) No. 29780, Musnad Abi Ya'la (2/296) No. 1019, al-Mu’jam al-Awsat al-Tabarani (4/337) No. 4368]

The Prophet had said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a." [Sahih al-Jami` No.5268]

There is nothing nobler to Allah than Du‘a. [Recorded in Tirmidi, Ibn Maja, Ibn Habban and Hakim narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah. Also cited in Tahzib al-Kamil, Vol. 4, Page 309]
- If you make 1000 dua Allah will answer them.
- Why does Allah like dua?
- Because you need Allah
- You are expressing your weakness and tawwakul

- You are showing that you believe Allah exists
- You are showing that Allah is the most merciful
- It shows you believe that Allah is kind
- If you beg Him to forgive your sins you show that you believe that Allah is the all merciful

On the authority of Anas (RA), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: "Allah the Almighty said: 'O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. [At-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal). Its chain of authorities is sound]

“Whoever does not call on Allaah, Allaah will be angry with him.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, Kitaab al-Da’waat, 1/426; classed as hasan in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2686)

- The munafiqun do not make dua
- They say Allah and His Rasool only make false promises

And when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease (of doubts) said: "Allah and His Messenger (SAW) promised us nothing but delusions!" (Al-Ahzab 33:12)

- Hypocrites today say paradise and hell are just a myth.
- They are the same now as they were before, they are found everywhere

- Allah likes when you call upon Him and ask for forgiveness

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger having said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.” [Sahih Muslim (4/2106) No. 2749]

- People in the city of Zaria were shocked when shaikh quoted this hadith

And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. (Al-Baqarah 2:186)

Allah blots out what He wills and confirms (what He wills). And with Him is the Mother of the Book (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz) (Ra'd 13:39)

- The tafsir of this verse is your dua wipes out calamities that are written to befall you
- There is no other tafsir
- You dua is so powerful it changes qadr and nothing else can change qadr



On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA), who said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth's sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: 'Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?'" [al-Bukhari (7494) (also by Muslim (758), Malik (619), at-Tirmidhi (3498) and Abu Dawud (1315)]. In a version by Muslim the Hadith ends with the words: "And thus He continues till [the light of] dawn shines."

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The closest that the slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so increase your du’aa’ [at that time].” (Reported by Muslim, Kitaab al-Salaah, Baab maa yuqaalu fi’l-rukoo’ wa’l-sujood. No. 215). And he said: “… As for sujood, strive hard to make du’aa’ in it, for it is bound to be answered for you.” (Reported by Muslim, Kitaab al-Salaah, Baab al-Nahy ‘an qiraa’at al-Qur’aan fi’l rukoo’ wa’l-sujood, no. 207)

- Can you make dua in English in sajda?
- This is only allowed in the sunnah prayers but not in the fard prayers.

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, Volume 2, Book 13, Hadith 57; Bukhari, Vol 2 Book 11 Hadith 59]

The most authentic of these is where Jâbir relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Friday is comprised of twelve hours. There is one in which a Muslim who asks Allah for something will have it granted to him. Seek it in the last hour after `Asr.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd (1048), Sunan al-Nasâ’î (1389) and Mustadrak al-Hâkim (1032)]

- 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)
- Allah knows best

Amr ibn Shu’ayb reported from his father who from his grandfather that the Prophet (SAW) said, “The best of supplication is the supplication on the day of Arafah. And the best of what I said - I and the Prophets before me is: لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ، وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ المُلْكُ وَلَهُ الحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ "Laa ilaaha ill Allah waHdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul Hamdu wahuwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadeer" (There is no God but Allah Who is Alone. He has no partner. To Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise And He is over all things powerful). [Sunan Tirmidhi (5/572) No. 3585]

- The day of Eid is 10 dhul hijjah

It was narrated that 'Uqbah bin 'Amir said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: 'Your Lord is pleased with a shepherd high in the mountains who calls the Adhan for the prayer and prays. Allah says: 'Look at this slave of Mine; he calls the Adhan and Iqamah for the prayer and fears Me. I have forgiven My slave and admitted him to Paradise.'" [Sunan al-Nasa'i (2/20) No. 666]  

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)]

Jaber (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: 'Zamzam water is for what it is drunk for.' [Ahmad Vol: 3 Hadith 357; Sunan Ibn Majah Volume 1 Book 25 Hadith 3062 & Book 25 Hadith 3178]. 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.

- The hadith that says that when you love Zam Zam you are free from hypocrisy is fabricated.

FABRICATED: "Drinking one's fill of Zamzam water is a sign of being free of hypocrisy." [Mawdoo (Fabricated), Silsilah-Daeefah No. 2682]

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; Riyadh Us Saleheen Chapter 252 Hadith 1500] This time is after saying 'At-tahyat', and before making Tasleem (finishing prayer) 

- If you pray behind the imams of makka and Madina they will never make a dua after the tasleem.


Indeed, We sent the Qur'an down during the Night of Decree. (Al-Qadr 97:1) Sahih International

And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? (Al-Qadr 97:2) Sahih International

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months (Al-Qadr 97:3) Sahih International

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]    


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]

Narrated By Ibn Abbas: The Prophet sent Mu'adh to Yemen and said, "Fear the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah." [al-Bukhari (1496) and Muslim (19)]


Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger said, "Three prayers are surely answered: the supplication of the oppressed, the supplication of the traveller, and the supplication of the father for his son." [Sunan Tirmidhi (5/502) No. 3448, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/30) No. 3862, Musnad Ahmad (2/258) No. 7501, Sunan Abu Dawud (2/89) No. 1536]

“Allaahumma innee a’oodhu bika min sharri maa ‘amiltu wa min sharri maa lam a’mal (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the evil of what I have done and the evil of what I have not done).”“Allaahumma haasibni hisaaban yaseeran (O Allaah, make my accounting easy).”
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]

Amr bin Malik Al-Janbi narrated that he heard Fadalah bin Ubaid saying: “The Prophet heard a man supplicating in his Salat but he did not send Salat upon the Prophet, so the Prophet said: ‘This one has rushed.’ Then he called him and said to him, or to someone othat than him: ‘When one of you performs Salat, then let him begin by expressing gratitude to Allah and praising Him. Then, let him send Salat upon the Prophet, then let him supplicate after that, whatever he wishes.’” [Abu Dawud: (1481) Book 8 Hadith 1476 & (Book 8 Hadith 66), At-Tirmidhi: Volume 6 Book 45 Hadith  #3477] 

- When the prophet said let him send peace and blessings on the Prophet he was talking about the tasha'hhud and that you should make your dua after it.

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]

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]

حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ عَمَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا الْوَلِيدُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ الْمَدَنِيُّ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ أَبِي مُلَيْكَةَ، يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ، يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ "‏ إِنَّ لِلصَّائِمِ عِنْدَ فِطْرِهِ لَدَعْوَةً مَا تُرَدُّ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ ابْنُ أَبِي مُلَيْكَةَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عَمْرٍو يَقُولُ إِذَا أَفْطَرَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي
 It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘As that the Messenger of Allah said: “When the fasting person breaks his fast, his supplication is not turned back.” [Sunan Ibn Majah Volume 1 Book 7 Hadith 1753; Sunan Ibn Majah Book 7 Hadith 1825]

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. "Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maula (Patron, Suppor-ter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people." (Al-Baqarah 2:286)

Narrated Sahl ibn Sa'd: The Prophet said: Two (prayers) are not rejected, or seldom rejected: Prayer at the time of the call to prayer, and (the prayer) at the time of fighting, when the people grapple with each other. Musa said: Rizq ibn Sa'id ibn AbdurRahman reported from AbuHazim on the authority of Sahl ibn Sa'd from the Prophet as saying: And while it is raining. [Sunan Abu Dawud: (2540) & Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 14, Hadith 2534} & (Book 15 Hadith 64)]

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]

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Three men from among those who were before you, set out together till they reached a cave at night and entered it. A big rock rolled down the mountain and closed the mouth of the cave. They said (to each other), Nothing could save you Tom this rock but to invoke Allah by giving referenda to the righteous deed which you have done (for Allah's sake only).' So, one of them said, 'O Allah! I had old parents and I never provided my family (wife, children etc.) with milk before them. One day, by chance I was delayed, and I came late (at night) while they had slept. I milked the sheep for them and took the milk to them, but I found them sleeping. I disliked to provide my family with the milk before them. I waited for them and the bowl of milk was in my hand and I kept on waiting for them to get up till the day dawned. Then they got up and drank the milk. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from our critical situation caused by this rock.' So, the rock shifted a little but they could not get out."

The Prophet added, "The second man said, 'O Allah! I had a cousin who was the dearest of all people to me and I wanted to have sexual relations with her but she refused. Later she had a hard time in a famine year and she came to me and I gave her one-hundred-and-twenty Dinars on the condition that she would not resist my desire, and she agreed. When I was about to fulfil my desire, she said: It is illegal for you to outrage my chastity except by legitimate marriage. So, I thought it a sin to have sexual intercourse with her and left her though she was the dearest of all the people to me, and also I left the gold I had given her. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from the present calamity.' So, the rock shifted a little more but still they could not get out from there."

The Prophet added, "Then the third man said, 'O Allah! I employed few labourers and I paid them their wages with the exception of one man who did not take his wages and went away. I invested his wages and I got much property thereby. (Then after some time) he came and said to me: O Allah's slave! Pay me my wages. I said to him: All the camels, cows, sheep and slaves you see, are yours. He said: O Allah's slave! Don't mock at me. I said: I am not mocking at you. So, he took all the herd and drove them away and left nothing. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from the present suffering.' So, that rock shifted completely and they got out walking.

[Sahih Al Bukhari: Volume: 3 Book 36 Hadith 472]

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]

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 Volume; 4 Book 54 Hadith: 522 & Muslim: Book 48 Hadith 112 & Book 35 Chapter 19 Hadith 6581] 


Narrated Abu Qatada Al-Aslami: Allah's Messenger said, "If anyone of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`at before sitting." [Sahih Al Bukhari (444) & Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 1 Book 8 Hadith 435]

O Allah, open for me the doors Your Mercy. (Muslim)

It was narrated that Fatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allah said:"Whenever the Messenger of Allah entered the mosque he would say: 'Bismillah, was-salamu 'ala Rasulillah, Allahummagh-firli dhunubi waftah li abwaba rahmatika. (In the Name of Allah, and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the gates of Your mercy).' When he left he would say: 'Bismillah, was-salamu 'ala Rasulillah, Allahummagh-firli dhunubi waftah li abwaba fadlika. (In the Name of Allah, and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the gates of Your bounty).'" [Muslim Book 6 Hadith 82; Sunan Ibn Majah Vol: 1 Book 4 Hadith 771]
Abu Usaid reported that the Messenger of Allah said: When any one of you enters the mosque, he should say:" O Allah! open for me the doors of Thy mercy" ; and when he steps out he should say: 'O Allah! I beg of Thee Thy Grace." [Muslim Book 6 Hadith 82; Muslim: Book 4 Hadith 1538]

by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
21st July 2014 / 23rd Ramadan 1435 (Evening)

NOTES typed LIVE by acceptruth
Edited and Formatted by AT5


The ulama brought evidence that Allah will answer the dua of the kuffaar

And when they board a ship, they supplicate Allah, sincere to Him in religion. But when He delivers them to the land, at once they associate others with Him (Al-’Ankabut 29:65)

These kuffaar when their ship was going to capsize, did not call upon idols
- they called on Allah Alone to save them
- they broke their word when they got back to land
- they worshipped idols
- this shows that Allah will answer the dua of a kaafir
- this comes with the condition that they do not worship other than Allah
- they did not call upon a false deity when they were on the ship

the scholars say that Allah answered the dua of iblees

He said, "My Lord, then reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected." [Allah] said, "So indeed, you are of those reprieved (Al-Hijr 15:36-37)


1) The dua of Adam (AS) when he approached the forbidden tree

They said, "Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers." (Al-A’raf 7:23)

- ‘They’ - means Adam and Eve

2) The dua of Noah (AS)

And Noah said, "My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant. Indeed, if You leave them, they will mislead Your servants and not beget except [every] wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever. My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction." (Nuh 71:26-28)

- he made the dua because he saw that no one was going to believe
- only 80 believed
- Allah told Noah their hearts were sealed
- then Allah sent the flood and destroyed them

- Allah told Nuh that no one else will believe in his message in the following ayah

And it was inspired to Nuh (Noah): "None of your people will believe except those who have believed already. So be not sad because of what they used to do. (Hud 11:36)

3) The dua of Abraham (AS)

i. When he begged Allah to bless Makkah and make it a city of safety and security

And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits - whoever of them believes in Allah and the Last Day." [Allah] said. "And whoever disbelieves - I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination." (Al-Baqarah 2:126)

- because of the above dua of Abraham there will be no bloodshed in makkah
- nor can the dajjal enter nor will the people there starve
- because Abraham begged Allah to bless them with prosperity and safety

Have they not seen that We made [Makkah] a safe sanctuary, while people are being taken away all around them? Then in falsehood do they believe, and in the favor of Allah they disbelieve? (Al-’Ankabut 29:67)

ii. When he begged Allah to bless the bloodline of Ismael

Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. (Al-Baqarah 2:128)

- who is ‘us’? Abraham and Ismael

iii. When he begged Allah to raise up a prophet in Makkah

Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise." (Al-Baqarah 2:129)

- by sending Muhammad (SAW); this is Allah answering the dua of Abraham

4) The dua of Musa (AS)

So he watered [their flocks] for them; then he went back to the shade and said, "My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need." (Al-Qasas 28:24)

Musa had to run away from Egypt
- Allah answered his dua
- it was a very simple dua but was answered
- this is a dua we should make, when you are in problems,
- always remember the dua of Musa
- Musa was living in the palace, he had to run away penniless
- Allah answered his dua promptly and provided him with a home, job and a wife
- when you are suffering all you have to do is make a dua
- but you don't make a dua, are you better than prophet Musa?
- he made a dua when he was in problems
- this is another famous dua in history

5) The dua of Yunus (AS)

And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, "There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers." (Al-Anbiya 21:87)

He was sent to the people of Nineveh (Mosul), Northern Iraq
- he was swallowed by the whale
- in the belly of the whale; he continued to make the dua
- then Allah told the whale to spit him out on the seashore

Abdullah Ibn Rafi', the freed slave of Umm Salamah said I heard Abu Hurayrah narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “When Allah wanted to keep Yunus in the belly of the whale, He revealed to the whale. He said, “Take him inside but do not eat his flesh nor break his bones.” When the whale went down to the depth of the sea, Yunus heard a voice, he said to himself, “What is this?” Then Allah revealed to him, while he was inside the whale’s belly, that it was glorification of the sea animals. Then while in that state, Yunus also glorified Allah, which was heard by the angels.
They then said, "O our Lord, we heard a very weak voice coming from unusual land.” Allah said, “That is My slave Yunus, he disobeyed me, so I detained him inside a whale in the sea.” They said, “Is he the pious slave from whom the good deeds ascended to You everyday and night?” Allah replied, “Yes”. So the angels then pleaded on his behalf, so Allah ordered the whale to throw him out on the shore.” [Tafseer al-Tabari (18/518), Tafseer Ibn Abi Hatim (10/3227) No. 18278, Musnad al-Bazzar (15/34) No. 8227 and Tafseer Ibn Katheer (5/367)]

And had he not been of those who exalt Allah, he would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are resurrected. (As-Saffat 37:143-144)

- the above mentioned ayat proves the power of dua
- had he not made the dua he would have remained in the whale until the Day of Judgment

6) The dua of the people of Nineveh

Then has there not been a [single] city that believed so its faith benefited it except the people of Jonah? When they believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in worldly life and gave them enjoyment for a time. (Yunus 10:98)

- Allah asked if there had been any people in history;
- besides the people of Nineveh who had repented when they saw Allah's wrath coming
- they are the only people in human history to repent
- they did not let their pride get in the way

7) The dua of Sulaiman (AS)
- when he understood the language of the ant

So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants." (An-Naml 27:19)

This dua proves the humility of Sulaiman (AS)
- he acknowledges Allah’s favor upon him, it proves he was not ungrateful
- he begged for Allah to let him use the favor in a good way

- Sulaiman made dua for his father David
- the dua proves; it is good for you to leave behind righteous children
- who can make dua for you while you are in the grave
- it is a barakah for you to have children like this

Abu Huraira (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "When a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: (1) A continuous charity, (2) knowledge by which people derive benefit, (3) pious son who prays for him." [Adab al-Mufrad al-Bukhari No. 38, Muslim (3/1255) No. 1631, Abu Dawud (3/117) No. 2880, al-Nasa'i (6/251) No. 3651, Tirmidhi (3/660) No. 1376, al-Darime (1/148) No. 559, Ahmad (2/372) No. 8831]

- it proves you should always beg Allah to let you be in the company of the righteous
- Allah told you the good company to keep

And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger - those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favor of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions. (An-Nisa 4:69)

- Allah did not leave it up to chance
- He recommended for you what company to keep
- He is spoon feeding you

Oh, woe to me! I wish I had not taken that one as a friend. (Al-Furqan 25:28)

Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous (Az-Zukhruf 43:67)

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “A man is on the religion of his friend, so let each of you observe whom he befriends.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/589) No. 2378, Sunan Abu Dawud (4/259) No. 4833, Musnad Ahmad (2/334) No. 8398]

Say, "What would my Lord care for you if not for your supplication?" For you [disbelievers] have denied, so your denial is going to be adherent. (Al-Furqan 25:77)

- the prophet used to seek refuge from four things

On the authority of Abu Huraira (RA) the Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to said: اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْأَرْبَعِ، مِنْ عِلْمٍ لَا يَنْفَعُ، وَمِنْ قَلْبٍ لَا يَخْشَعُ، وَمِنْ نَفْسٍ لَا تَشْبَعُ، وَمِنْ دُعَاءٍ لَا يُسْمَعُ "Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min al-'Arba'a min ‘ilmin la yanfa’ wa min qalbin la yakhsha’ wa min nafsin la tashba’ wa min du’a'in la yusma’" (O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: from knowledge that is of no benefit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard). [Musnad Ahmad (2/340) No. 8469, Sunan Abu Dawud (2/92) No. 1548, Sunan al-Nasa'i (8/263) No. 5467, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/11) No. 3837]


1) Maybe he is eating and drinking haraam and his clothes are haraam

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA) who said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: …“Then he (SAW) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying "O Lord! O Lord!," while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered?”[Sahih Muslim (2/703) No. 1015]

2) Maybe his niyah (intention) is wrong

So invoke Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, although the disbelievers dislike it. (Ghafir 40:14)

Umar ibn al-Khattab said, 'I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW), say, “Actions are but by intentions, and each person will have but that which he intended…” [al-Bukhari (1) and Muslim (1907)]

3) Maybe your Aqeedah is wrong
- Allah disgraced the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt
- because their aqeedah is wrong
- many times you see people fall from grace
- because they have the wrong aqeedah

What comes to you of good is from Allah, but what comes to you of evil, [O man], is from yourself. And We have sent you, [O Muhammad], to the people as a messenger, and sufficient is Allah as Witness. (An-Nisa 4:79)

4) Maybe you asked for something haraam

In a variant of Muslim, “The slave continues to be answered, provided he does not pray for a wrong action or severance of kin, as long as he does not become over-impatient.” It was said, “Messenger of Allah, what is over-impatience?” He said, "He says, ‘I prayed and I prayed and I did not find Him answering me,’ so he stops short at that and ceases making supplication.” [Sahih Muslim (4/2096) No. 2735]

5) Maybe you are not of the Muttaqeen
- Allah accepted the sacrifice of Abel but not of Cain
- Cain was not of the muttaqeen

And recite to them the story of Adam's two sons, in truth, when they both offered a sacrifice [to Allah], and it was accepted from one of them but was not accepted from the other. Said [the latter], "I will surely kill you." Said [the former], "Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous [who fear Him]. (Al-Ma’idah 5:27)

- your dua is ibadah
- Allah said in the above mentioned ayat He would only accept the dua of the muttaqeen

Abu Huraira (RA) narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “There may be a fasting person who gets nothing more from his fast than hunger and thirst, and there may be a person who prays qiyaam and all he gets from his qiyaam is a sleepless night.” [Musnad Ahmad (2/373) No. 8843, Sunan Ibn Majah (2/591) No. 1690, Sunan al-Darime (2/390) No. 2720, Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah (3/242) No. 1997]

6) You have no sabr (patience) when making dua you are too hasty

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Each of you will be answered as long as he does not become over-impatient, saying, ‘I called on my Lord and He did not answer me.’” [al-Bukhari (6340) and Muslim (2735)]

7) Maybe you are unkind to others

O you who have believed, if you support Allah, He will support you and plant firmly your feet. (Muhammad 47:7)

- you want Allah to be kind to you, but you do not want to be kind to others?

On the authority of 'Abdullah bin 'Umar the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfil his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection." [al-Bukhari (2442) and Muslim (2580)]

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA), that the Prophet (SAW) said: Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Resurrection. And whoever alleviates the need of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his needs in this world and the Hereafter. Whoever shields [or hides the misdeeds of] a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah will aid His slave so long as he aids his brother. And whoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that sakeenah (tranquility) descends upon them, and mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them amongst those who are with Him. And whoever is slowed down by his actions, will not be hastened forward by his lineage. [Sahih Muslim (4/2074) No. 2699, Sunan Tirmidhi (5/195) No. 2945, Sunan Ibn Majah (1/152) No. 225, Musnad Ahmad (2/252) No. 7421]

8) Maybe you were not hopeful when you made the dua

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA), who said that the Prophet (SAW) said: "Allah the Almighty said: 'I am as My servant thinks I am..." [al-Bukhari (7405) also by Muslim (2675), at-Tirmidhi (2388) and Ibn Majah (3822)]

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “None of you should say, ‘O Allah, forgive me if You will. O Allah, have mercy on me if You will.’ He should be firm in his asking. No one can force Him.” [al-Bukhari (6339) and Muslim (2679)]

In a variant of Muslim, “He should be firm and should have great desire. Nothing is too great for Allah Almighty to give him.” [Sahih Muslim (4/2063) No. 2679]

If you think Allah will answer your dua, He will answer it
- if you think He will not answer it, He will not
- you were pessimistic when you made your dua

O my sons, go and find out about Joseph and his brother and despair not of relief from Allah. Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people." (Yusuf 12:87)

- your Eman is wishy-washy
- you had no hope in your dua
- your tawwakul is lukewarm

9) You have doubts about your deen
- you doubt your faith
- you are not sure the Quran is the speech of Allah
- you are not sure about Judgement Day

In their hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie. (Al-Baqarah 2:10)

10) You did not enjoin the right and forbid the wrong

And fear a trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty. (Al-Anfal 8:25)

On the authority of Abu Umar who said: Allah sent two angels to destroy a township with a natural disaster, but when they got there they found a man praying in the mosque. They went back to Allah and said: 'O Allah we found a man praying in the mosque.' Allah said to the two angels: 'Go back and destroy the township with that man as well because not once did he ever frown when he saw the people indulging in haram.' [Ibnul Qayyim, al-Jawaab al-Kaafi (Vol. 1, pg. 46)]

- you kept Islam to yourself
- you did not tell your neighbour about Islam
- you did not tell anyone about Islam
- if you pray for a volcanic eruption to subside and it doesn't
- this is the reason your town got destroyed