(By : Moulana Khalid Dhorat)
Immersed as we are in this materialistic world, many of us forget that material causes do not produce the desired effects independently of the Will of Allah. We forget to achieve total reliance on Allah and we often neglect to implement the moral causes for achieving our goals. One such moral cause that has become forgotten today is Du’a, the humble supplication of a believer to Allah. Even when it is remembered, it is not performed in the correct way and comes out weak. We can strengthen our Du’a by fulfilling the conditions for its acceptance and observing the manners of its performance.
Many virtues of Du’a have been mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah:
1. “And when My servants ask you concerning Me, (tell them) I am indeed near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls” (Qur’an 21:187).
2. “And your Lord said, invoke Me and I will respond to your invocation” (Qur’an 40:60).
3. “Invoke your Lord with humility and in secrecy” (Qur’an 7:55).
4. “So invoke Allah making your worship pure for Him” (Qur’an 40:14)
5. Nu’man bin Bashir relates that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Du’a is Ibadah (worship)” [Tirmidhi].
6. Abu Hurairah’s narration of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): “Anyone who does not invoke Allah, will cause Allah to be angry with him.” (Ahmad)