Best times to make dua: As human beings, our life will definitely experience different conditions. some of them will make us happy and some sad. By nature life has twists and turns, no one is granted a completely blissful life devoid of any troubles and none have a life full of misery with no moments of joy, life is a balance of both. Allah SWT wants to see how we fare if rewarded or face any difficulty. One of the best ways to as Allah SWT for help, or guidance, or assistance is Dua’a.
What is the Meaning of Dua’a?
The word dua’a is a verbal noun, which means to call out. The word dua’a is mentioned in the Quran in several places and signifies a number of meanings.
- Worship (Quran 10:102)
- The seeking of aid (Quran 2: 23)
- A request (Quran 40:60)
- A call (Quran 17:52)
- Praise (Quran 17: 110)
- Speech (Quran 10:10)
- A question (Quran 2:68)
Significance of Dua
It has become somewhat of a tradition when we run out of all the worldly options, our last resort is Dua’a which should have been our priority. Dua’a is a form of worship, the noblest of deeds, and a direct way to talk to Allah SWT and can do wonders such as:
- Brings the worshipper closer to Allah.
- Strengthens faith.
- It keeps us humble.
- Keeps arrogance away.
- Powerful enough to change your destiny.
- It is the gateway to Allah’s mercy.
- Results in pleasing Allah and gaining His blessings.
Etiquettes Of Making Dua’a
Want to make sure your dua’a gets accepted, but not sure how to make it? There are certain guidelines that need to be followed on how to make dua’a to increase the probability of it being accepted.
- Be in a state of Wudhu
- Avoid any prohibited acts that could negate your dua’a
- Face the Qibla
- Praise Allah before and after dua’a.
- Send blessings on the Messenger of Allah
- Believe that your dua’a will be accepted.
- Remember you are talking to Allah SWT, don’t lose focus
- Remember you are asking from the Lord of the universe who has everything, not limited resources like us human beings
- Do not ask from anyone other than Allah.
- Make dua’a for yourself first, then for everyone else.
- Ask for forgiveness while making dua’a
- Be thankful for everything you have been blessed with.
What Are The Best Times To Make Dua?
1 – Last Third Of The Night
From Maghrib till Fajr, divide the night into three parts, the last third of the night. Tahajjud prayer is recommended at this time by our Prophet Muhammad
Make a habit of observing Tahajjud prayer. It was the custom of the pious before you. It draws you close to your Creator, and keeps you away from sins”
2 – Between Adhan and Iqama
When Muazzin calls out the adhan from then till when imam stands for prayer. Yes, it might a very short span of time but very much preferred when making dua’a. It is easier for men to make dua’a as they are usually in mosques at this time, but women need to leave everything and sit down for a few minutes for dua’a.
Dua’a is not rejected between the Adhan and Iqama, so engage in dua’a .
3 – End Of Fardh Prayer
This time is after saying tashahhud and before making Tasleem (finishing prayer).
Allah’s Messenger ﷺ was once 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).
4 – Dua’a During the Month Of Ramadan
Ramadan is a month full of blessings and rewards. The chances of dua’as being accepted increases as the Gates of Paradise are opened. Allah’s Messenger ﷺ concluded:
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.
I would recommend that you also go through these Islamic Quotes on Sunnah Fasting & Its Benefits to make the most of your ibadah and duas.
5 – On The Day Of Arafah
9th of Dhul Hijjah also known as the Day of Arafah is one of the most powerful and blessed days of the year. It falls a day before Eid ul Adha to be more specific. It is a great opportunity to ask each and everything your heart desires. Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
The best supplication is the supplication on the day of Arafat.
6 – When It Rains
Rain one of the many blessings of Allah, while enjoying the rain do not forget it also one of those blessed moments to call upon Allah. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
Two will not be rejected, Supplication when the Adhan (call of prayer) is being called, and at the time of the rain.
7- During Travels
Surprisingly travel is viewed as a good deed in Islam if done with the right intention. Travelling strengthens our belief in in Allah as mentioned in the Quran
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation.“
It also one of the blessed times to call upon Allah and have Him listen to your dua’as. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ 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.
If you’re fond of traveling, I highly recommend that you go through this list of Halal Destinations For Muslims To Travel To.
8- In Sujood
Sujood the position in which you are closest to Allah. If you knew how powerful a sujood is you will never lift your head up. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:
The nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so invoke (supplicate) Allah (SWT)
much in it.
9- When Drinking Zamzam
The best water on the surface of the earth is that of Zamzam. Drink and ask Allah for what you want to benefit from. Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:
Zamzam water is for what it is drunk for.
10- After Sending Blessings On The Prophet ﷺ
Sending blessing on Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is a highly virtuous habit which everyone should try to adopt. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
When anyone of you makes dua’a, let him start by glorifying his Lord and praising Him, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet ﷺ, then let him pray for whatever he wants.
11- On Friday
Friday is the best of days. and holds many virtues one of them being that dua’as are accepted during this day. Some scholars have said that this hour is from the time the Imam 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). Prophet Muhammad ﷺ 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.’
Try to make dua’a an important part of your life something you can’t get by without. Dua’a is a safe haven for you when you have nowhere else to go. You can pour your heart out to the Almighty when everyone around you has tired of listening. Dua is an inspiration for those that have lost all hope.