“And when my servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.” (Surat al-Baqara, 2:186)
Duas are like weapons and the goodness of the weapon depends on the person who uses it – not for its sharpness or power. “If the weapon is perfect and free of faults, and the arm of the person using it is strong, and there is nothing stopping him, then he can lay waste to the enemy. But if any of these three features is lacking, then the effect will be lacking accordingly.” (al-Daa’ wa’l-Dawaa’, p. 35).
While making a dua in the court of Allah, there has to be some way the Muslim Ummah needs to consider and follow. Allah indeed is merciful and will give His people the bounties and blisses they wish for.
“So, call you (O Muhammad and the believers) upon (or invoke) Allaah making (your) worship pure for Him (Alone) (by worshipping none but Him and by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allaah’s sake only and not to show off and not to set up rivals with Him in worship)” [Ghaafir 40:14].
Praise Him Before Making a Dua
Praise Allah and call Him by the beautiful names before you start asking Him for your wishes and favors. In the Quran, Allah says:
“Say: Call upon Allah or call upon, the Beneficent Allah; whichever you call upon, He has the best names; and do not utter your prayer with a very raised voice nor be silent with regard to it, and seek a way between these.”(Surat al-Isra, 17:110)
Remain Humble in Your Dua
When you are offering a dua, do not act as if you have the right to get what you are demanding…do not act proud. Make sure you show Him humbleness, for Allah is the Most Humble and the Most Gracious power.
“Call your Lord humbly and secretly. He does not love those who transgress the boundaries.”(Sura al-Araf: 55)
Be clear on what you are asking from Allah. This is the time between you and Him only. Tell Him what you want, for Allah has given His people the right to demand…the right to make a prayer. If you want Allah to give you your dream job, ask Him…be expressive and talk to Him.
Dua is a weapon – remember to use it properly and to use it in the goodness for your sake. May Allah make our prayers come true, Ameen!