11 Reasons to Step Up in Making Dua from Quran and Sunnah
- It is the best act of worship.
It is such a blessed act that the Prophet equated it to worship itself.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Supplication (du’a’) is itself the worship. (He then recited:) ‘And your Lord said: Call on Me, I will answer you.’ [Abu Dawud]
- It is the easiest form of worship.
There are no prerequisites (shuroot) of making dua, as there are in other acts of worship. For example, before making salah you need to have wudu, your clothes and place of prayer needs to be clean and you need to face the qiblah. For fasting you need to be free from menses and you need to make an intention, and it needs to be at specific times of the day (from dawn till dusk). As for dua, there is no time or place, you can make dua in any situation you may be in. However, there are some things which prevent dua from having effect, such as earning in a haram manner.
- It is a sign of the strength of Iman.
If you know for sure that your boss likes you, and that his business is going through a highly profitable period, then you will ask him for a pay-rise. When you have a strong belief in the existence of the Lord, and in the truthfulness of the Quran and the Messenger, then you will definitely make dua, knowing that it is only He who can fulfill your needs, and He is all Powerful, He is able to do all things.
- It is a command from Allah.
Allah the Exalted said,
And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible. [40:60]
- It is a sign of humility.
The proof for this is the same ayah quoted above. Allah calls those who do not make dua ‘those who behave arrogantly’.
- Allah is near the one who makes dua.
Allah the Exalted said,
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. [2:186]
- It is a manifestation of the beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah
When we call on Allah for certain needs, we are asserting one of His names and attributes. When we ask Him for money or provision, we are asserting that He is ar Razzaq. When we are calling on the One who is above the Heavens from down here, we are asserting that He is al Aleem, as Sami’, al Baseer.
- It is a sunnah of the prophets and pious predecessors
It is clear from the life of the Prophet how much he used to supplicate, in every situation. Also, there are many examples in the Quran of prophets making dua, some of the examples are:
My Lord, prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me. And if You do not avert from me their plan, I might incline toward them and [thus] be of the ignorant. [12:33]
My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need. [28:24]
I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah [12:86]
- It is a signature of the Muslim personality
Allah praised Zakariyyah a.s. in the following ayah as being one who used to make dua.
So We responded to him, and We gave to him John, and amended for him his wife. Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive. [21:90]
- It is the weapon of the oppressed
The Prophet, when sending Mu’adh ibn Jabal to Yemen, told him: ‘Beware of the supplication of the oppressed; for indeed there is no barrier between it and Allah.’ [Tirmidhi]
- It is a stress reliever
When you express your problems and sorrows to Allah, you build a connection with Him. You start realizing that you don’t have any reason to feel stressed anymore, since you have told Him about it and now He will take care of it.