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Etiquette of Supplications

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If you get the chance to meet a King, a country’s president or a head of state, and had the opportunity to ask him whatever you may desire, how will you be prepared to meet him? Take a moment to answer this question. You will probably begin with taking a shower, dressing up with the best of your clothes, probably even buy a new attire just for the occasion, you will make sure that you choose the best of your words, to say the least! At the back of your mind, your excitement is almost out of control, because you know you’re meeting the man who will grant you what you desire from this world. Why else did he agree to meet you at the first place?

Alright, let’s get back to reality. What if you are to meet the King of all Kings, surely whatever you wish for will come true, but the question is, have you sought the proper etiquette of asking Allah SWT for what you need? Have you ever wondered why your supplications are not answered? Perhaps, you think that you are too sinful or feel that Allah SWT will not grant you what you asked for? 

Well…think again!

There are certain etiquette that need to be observed when one seeks Allah’s help and assistance in granting them what they need and desire. Some of those etiquette’s are spiritual, others are practical, and of course ritual.

Spiritual etiquette:

The first and foremost reason for not getting your prayers answered is not thinking well of AllahSWT.

“Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him” (An-Naml, 27:62).

Omar bin Al-Khattab RAu said, “I do not bear the concern of the answer, but I bear the concern of the supplication, whenever I am inspired with a supplication, I am certain of the answer”. 1

If we raise our hands to supplicate, but in our hearts, if we suspect that AllahSWT will not answer our prayers, then this is what we shall receive. Another reason for not receiving what you asked AllahSWT for is lacking patience.

The Messenger of Allah SAWS said: “The supplication of the servant is granted in case he does not supplicate for sin or for severing the ties of blood, or he does not become impatient. It was said: Allah’s Messenger, what does:” If he does not grow impatient” imply? He said: That he should say like this: I supplicated and I supplicated but I did not find it being responded. and thus he becomes frustrated and abandons supplication.” 2

Practical etiquette:

Committing sins without seeking repentance from AllahSWT can prevent our supplications from being answering. This is why it is recommended that we turn to AllahSWT with sincere repentance and seek His forgiveness before we ask Him anything.

It is also recommended that we praise Allah, and send peace, prayers and blessings on His messengerSAWS before we supplicate our needs to AllahSWT,

Once, the Messenger of AllahSAWS heard a man supplicating to Allah, heSAWS said, “This man has been hasty.” He then called him and said to him and others, “When one of you prays, he should begin with the praise of his Lord, Sublime and Mighty, and his exultation, and then send prayers (in one narration: he should send prayers) on the ProphetSAWS, and then supplicate as he wishes. 3

Another practical etiquette that we need to consider when supplicating to AllahSWT is to be eloquent and artistic in our supplications, seeking the Sunnah of the messengerSAWS in beautifying our speech with AllahSWT,

The prophet SAWS said, “I have been given words which are concise” 4

Also, seeking Allah’s beautiful names in its allocation of the supplication is a part of beautifying ones supplication, so for instance, when seeking Allah’s mercy towards something, then it’s best to seek Him through His names “Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem”.

Ritual Etiquette:

It is significantly important to seek supplications within certain ritual practices as part of the proper etiquette that result in the acceptance and response towards our supplications, such as preceding supplications with any acts of obedience towards AllahSWT. Ritualistic etiquette could be listed, but not limited, to the below list: 5

– Facing the Qiblah when supplicating

– Seeking the best times for answering supplications, such as in sujood, between the Athan and Iqamah, in Tahajjud and so on.

– Doing a charitable act before supplicating.

– Bringing cheerfulness to a fellow Muslim.

– Doing ablution before supplicating.

Ways that AllahSWT answers our supplications:

The ProphetSAWS said: “There is no Muslim who offers supplication in which there is no sin or severing of ties of kinship, but Allah will give him one of three things in return for it: either what he asked for will be hastened for him, or (reward) will be stored up for him in the Hereafter or an equivalent evil will be diverted from him.” 6

Finally, seeking the best from AllahSWT and accepting His decisions are crucial while making dua. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. :)

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  1.   Al-Fawa’ed for Ibnul-Qayyim
  2.   Sahih, Muslim
  3.   Sahih, Abu Dawood
  4.   Sahih, Muslim
  5.   Reviewed and extracted by Sheikh Abdullah Ibn Jibreen
  6.   Sahih, Al-Albaani
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  1. skselimkhan.1@gmail.com'
    selimkhan

    yeah…really….in life Allah give us so many advantage…whatever we want he give us….but we don’t thank him…..we didn’t even say his prayer well…..he give us all the happiness yet we won’t respect him….from now I try to do all the good work. and…wishing god that he forgive my all sin and give me strength to face all the problem in life…..amen

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, brother Salim. Allah does not burden us more that we are able to do, in sha Allah, make your sincere dua towards Allah, and try harder to seek His pleasure in what he obligated on you as a Muslim, and surely He will answer your prayers in sha Allah.

      Jazaaka Allahu khairan for your contribution, I ask Allah to bless you and to grant you the best of this world and the hereafter. Ameen

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, Jazaakom Allahu khairan for taking the time to read the post, may Allah facilitate for you and I to serve the Ummah at large, and grant us the best of both worlds. Ameen

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, may Allah use us to help to ummah at large. JAzaakom Allahu khairan for taking the time to read and comment.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, this is from the grace of Allah on us all, Jazaakom Allahu khairan for your read and comment, may Allah use us to benefit the ummah at large.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, may Allah accept our small efforts and facilitate for us all to benefit the ummah at large. Jazaakom Allahu khairan for taking the time to read and comment.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Wa khairan jazaakom for taking the time to read and comment. May Allah shower you with His blessings in this Dunya and grant you the highest stations in the akhira.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, Wa khairan jazaakom for taking the time to read and comment, may Allah use us to always benefit other muslims. Ameen

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, it all because of Allah’s grace and favor on us all, may Allah use us to benefit the ummah at large. Ameen

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, may Allah accept your du’a and grant you the highest of stations in the hereafter. Jazaakom Allahu khairan for reading and commenting.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, wa khairan jazaakom for taking the time to read and comment. May Allah bless you with His favors in this dunya and grant you the highest of stations in the akhira.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Alhamdulellah, and may Allah grant you the best of both worlds. Jazaaka Allahu khairan for taking the time to read and comment akhi :-)

  2. mismerbah@gmail.com'
    Misbah

    as salaamu alaikum
    I am 23 yr old girl. I am not yet married . I am a graduate in B.com and its been three years since my graduation. I wana pursue higher studies in Islamic education… I have a lot if queries about it so would request you to help me. and also I came across the site of Dr. bilal Phillips… please reply me on my email.. I want a personal advice.

  3. Myself-nu@hotmail.com'
    Nuzooo

    Assalaamalaikum. I read the article about the etiquettes of making dua and it was very helpful. But I have a question regarding how we have to hold up our hands when making dua. I was told that there is a certain way to hold up our hands and when I do that my back hurts and I can’t make dua for long. Can u please clarify this for me. Thank u and may Allah bless u and all the Muslims.

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Assalamu alaikom, wa jazaakom Allahu khairan for taking the time to read and comment. as for your question, please note that raising hands is a sunnah that was done by the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in specific situations such as asking for rain and he used to raise his hands high above his head, which indicates that it is not an obligation to make a dua while raising hands always. For further details about when it is permissible to raise hands for dua, please refer the the following link.

      https://islamqa.info/en/11543

  4. bilqueesdar07@gmail.com'
    bilquees dar

    JazakAllahu khayr i really got to knw more about mercy of Allah by this Article n lot of my quries have been rectified Alhamdulilah ya arahmarrahimeen ya irhaam halaana

  5. sualihanazir@gmail.com'
    sualiha

    JazakAllah…its a very nice and informative article…we can add to above that..taking care of the food that we eat should be halal and paak..if we don’t take care of the food that we eat…our prayers will not be answered and this is one of the most important thing

    1. Hussein Alghouleh

      Wa khairan jazaakom, and yes jazaakom Allahu khairan for the addition, which is the most important, although this is not an etiquette, its an obligation to do :-). but nonetheless, many muslims today fail to observe that obligation as well. Jazaakom Allahu khairan for the highlight :-)

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