Accepted Supplication


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Etiquettes of making du’ā’ and times when it is accepted as authentically reported from our beloved Prophet ﷺ

Etiquettes

When we pray to Allāh Glory be to Him, certain etiquettes should be observed;

  1. Glorify Allāh Glory be to Him

    Prophet ﷺ advised a man and said:

    When you have prayed and are sitting, praise Allāh as He deserves to be praised, and send blessings upon me, then call upon Him – at-Tirmidhi 1

  2. Send blessings on Prophet ﷺ

    Every Du’ā’ is kept back until you send blessing upon Prophet ﷺ – at-Tabarāni  2

  3. Face towards Qiblah

    ‘Umar ibn al-Khattāb may Allah be pleased with him said: On the day of Badr, the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ looked at the mushrikeen, who were one thousand strong, and his companions numbered three hundred and nineteen. Then the Prophet of Allāh ﷺ turned to face the qiblāh, then he stretched forth his hands and started to cry out to his Lord – Muslim 3

  4. Raise your hands

    Prophet ﷺ said:

    Your Lord is munificent and generous, and is ashamed to turn away empty the hands of His servant when he raises them to Him. – Abu Dawood 4

  5. Call upon Allāh’s best names

    Allāh Glory be to Him said:

    And to Allāh belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. – Surah al-A’raaf 5

  6. Use medium voice

    Allāh Glory be to Him said:

    Say, “Call upon Allāh or call upon the Most Merciful. Whichever [name] you call – to Him belong the best names.” And do not recite [too] loudly in your prayer or [too] quietly but seek between that an [intermediate] way. – Surah al-Isra 6

  7. Ensure your food, drink and clothing is halāl and you’re nourished with halāl

    Prophet ﷺ mentioned a man who travels for a long distance, and we know hadīth that du’ā’ of traveller is accepted, and is disheveled and dusty, and stretches forth his hands towards heaven saying, “Oh Lord, Oh Lord” but his food is harām, his drink is harām, his clothing is harām, he has been nourished with harām, so how can he be responded to?

  8. Make du’ā’ at times of ease and difficulty

    Allāh Glory be to Him said:

    And when We show favour to man, he withdraws and turns away, but when evil touches him, then he has recourse to long supplications – Surah Fussilat 7

Times

  1. Between Adhaan and Iqamaah

    Prophet ﷺ said:

    Supplication between Adhān and Iqamāh is not rejected – Zad Al-Ma’d 8

  2. Pray for your offspring

    Prophet ﷺ said:

    Three supplications are answered, there being no doubt about them; that of a father, that of a traveller and that of one who has been wronged. – Abu Dawood 9at-Tirmidhi 10

  3. While travelling 11
  4. If you are being wronged  12
  5. At time of breaking fast

    Prophet ﷺ said:

    There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allāh raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.’ – at-Tirmidhi 13

  6. Just leader 14
  7. If you are being oppressed 15
  8. On Friday

    Prophet ﷺ said:

    The sun does not rise nor set, upon a day that is more virtuous than it. In it, there is an hour in which no believing worshipper makes a supplication to Allāh for good, except that Allāh answers it for him, and he does not seek Allāh’s aid for something, except that He aids him in it. – at-Tirmidhi 16

  9. Last part of night

    It was said to Prophet ﷺ:

    O Messenger of Allāh, which supplication is most likely to be listened to?’ He said: ‘(During) the last part of the night, and at the end of the obligatory prayers.’ – at-Tirmidhi 17

  10. At the end of obligatory prayers 18

Conclusion

May Allāh Glory be to Him grant us tawfeeq to worship Him as it’s due. Continue making du’ā’ and do not be despair from mercy of Allāh Glory be to Him for He is Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem and Al-Ghafoor

Notes:

  1. at-Tirmidhi 3476 — Classed as Saheeh by Sheikh Al-Albāni (Saheeh Al-Tirmidhi 2765)
  2. at-Tabarāni in al-Awsat 1/220 — Classed as Saheeh by Sheikh Al-Albāni (Saheeh al-Jāmi’ 4399)
  3. Saheeh Muslim 1763 — Hadīth continues with du’ā’ of Prophet ﷺ — Imām Nawawi commented on this hadīth: This shows it is recommended (mustahabb) to face towards qiblah when making du’ā’
  4. Abu Dawood 1488 — Classed as Saheeh by Sheikh Al-Albāni (Saheeh Abi Dawood 1320)
  5. Surah al-A’raaf 7:180
  6. Surah al-Isra 17:110
  7. Surah Fussilat 41:51
  8. Provisions for the Hereafter (Mukhtasar Zad Al-Ma’d), Darussalam Publications, Riyaadh, September 2003 p.195
  9. Abu Dawood Vol. 2, Book of Prayer (Detailed Injunctions about Witr), 1536 (1531) — Saheeh (Darussalām Publications)
  10. at-Tirmidhi Vol. 4, Book of Righteousness And Maintaining Good Relations With Relatives, 1905 — Saheeh (Darussalām Publications)
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. At-Tirmidhi Vol 6, Book of Supplications, 3598 — Saheeh (Darussalām Publications)
  14. Ibid.
  15. Ibid.
  16. At-Tirmidhi Vol 6, Book of Tafsīr of Qur’ān, 3339 — Saheeh (Darusslām Publications)
  17. At-Tirmidhi Vol 6, Book of Supplications, 3499 — Weak (Darusslām Publications) ── Please refer to Jami’ at-Tirmidhi, Darussalam Publications Volume 6 (November 2007), p. 214
  18. Ibid.