Allah is the Supreme and the Provider for mankind. It is He who provides the humans and fulfills their needs and wants, therefore, it is imperative that a human realizes the need of invoking Him with the help of supplication. Under every circumstance a Muslim is to supplicate to Allah Almighty so that He might consider fulfilling the desire or need of the Muslim.
In Islam the word for supplication is Dua. Although Allah Almighty is the Lord and Supreme who can fulfill every Dua of the believer, however, as the strength and firmness in the belief of people varies so does the acceptance of Dua as well. Therefore, in His hadiths, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has given different tips pertaining to maximizing the chances of acceptance of Duas. While you can check the daily Islamic Duas, the lines below give some major tips in the light of such hadiths of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) that increase the chances of Dua acceptance.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in one of His hadiths:
“Three supplications are answered without doubt. The supplication of the oppressed, the supplication of the traveler and the supplication of the parents for his children.” (Tirmidhi)
From the hadith it is clear that a person who is traveling and during his or her travel if they make Dua to Allah Almighty, then the chances of their Dua getting accepted are imminent without any doubt. The possible reason that can be inferred pertaining to the acceptance of Dua of traveler can be the fact that during travel a person is in discomfort and away from his or her closed one, thus in such a situation Allah Almighty comes closer to the person so that he or she might not feel that desolated. Therefore, whenever the chance becomes available a traveler must supplicate to Allah for whatever he or she wishes or wants.
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From the same hadith that is mentioned above, it is clear that Allah Almighty also accepts the Dua of someone who is oppressed. When a person is oppressed it means that he or she has no one in humans who can rescue them or assist them in coming out of their plight, thus, Allah Almighty as a gesture of assistance grows closer to such a person and accepts and fulfills his or her Dua. Therefore, whenever one is feeling oppressed or in oppression, he or she must pray to Allah and ask for help. Moreover, this hadith also points to the fact that one must not oppress someone, else he or she might supplicate to Allah against that oppressor and Allah might than inflict punishment on the oppressor.
Parents For Their Children:
From the same hadith it is obvious that Allah Almighty accepts the Duas of parents which they make for their children. The Dua of parents for the children shows the love and sincerity which they have for their children, therefore, Allah Almighty accepts their love and sincerity and grants whatever they supplicate for their children.
In Later Part Of Night:
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in another hadith of His:
“Our Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the latter part of the night is left, and says: Who supplicates Me so that I may answer him? Who asks Me so that I may give to him? Who asks Me forgiveness so that I may forgive him?” (Muslim)
From the hadith it is clear that the chances of acceptance of Dua increase exponentially in the later part of the night. It is the part of night after which a quarter of night is left only and after which there is dawn. It is during this time that a person should supplicate to Allah for whatever he or she desires and Allah does answer to the call of a person at that time. Moreover, among other things which a person can ask Allah at that time, the special mention in the hadith is of forgiveness, therefore, any Muslim who seeks forgivenss for any particular sin of theirs or general forgiveness, should try seeking it in the later part of night when the chances of it increase substantially.
Supplicating For Another Muslim:
Prophet (PBUH) said in another hadith of His:
“The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a supplication for good of his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘Ameen! May it be for you too.’” (Muslim)
From the hadith it is clear that the supplication of a Muslim for another Muslim has greater chances of being accepted by Allah Almighty, compared to a Muslim supplicating for him or herself. In addition to increasing the chances of acceptance for another Muslim, the angel with the Muslim also supplicates the same Dua for the one who is making it for a Muslim brother. Therefore, a Muslim must try to supplicate for his or her mother as much as possible, which creates a win-win situation for all.
Complementing With Patience:
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in a hadith:
“The supplication of everyone of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: ‘I supplicated but it was not granted.’” (Muslim)
From the hadith it is clear that simply making a Dua is not enough, or one should limit his or her intentions to only making of Dua, rather the time after making the Dua is also of importance. Therefore, once a Muslim makes a Dua, then he or she should be patient regarding the fulfillment of Dua and eventually it will be fulfilled. The thing to avoid in this regard is becoming impatient and saying that the supplication was not fulfilled. If one resorts to patience, the Duas will be fulfilled in the right time.
When in Prostration:
Prophet (PBUH) said:
“A slave becomes nearest to his Rabb when he is in prostration. So increase supplication while prostrating.” (Muslim)
From the hadith it is clear that the position in which one grows closest to Allah Almighty is the position of prostration, therefore, logic demands that a person should supplicate to Allah when he or she is the closest to Him. Ergo, a Muslim should try supplicating to Allah by forming a posture of prostration whenever possible.
Dua After Adhan:
In another hadith, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Supplications at two times are never turned down, a supplication after the Adhan has been proclaimed, and a supplication during the battle combating the enemy.” (Abu Dawud)
Although the chances of a person being in a battle are far less, however, the chances of a person supplicating after Adhan are five times in every day. Every day Adhan is proclaimed five times a day, therefore, it is imperative that as soon as the Adhan ends, a Muslim should supplicate to Allah Almighty and increase the chances of that supplication being answered.
In short, supplication is one of the best weapons that a Muslim can utilize in difficult times and at the same time it can also help a Muslim extend the periods of joy and happiness. Therefore, it is imperative that firstly a Muslim should supplicate as much as possible and secondly the supplications should be done in such a time and in such a manner that increases the chances of supplication being answered and fulfilled.