We are immersed in this materialistic world, we forget that material causes do not produce the desired effects independently of the will of Allah. A moral that has been forgotten today is Du’aa, a humble supplication of a believer to Allah. whenever it is remembered, it is not performed in the correct way and comes out weak. We can strengthen our Du’aa by fulfilling the conditions for its acceptance and observing the manners of its performance.
Virtues Of Du’aa Have Been Mentioned In The Qur’an and Sunnah.
1) The Quraan: Allah says:
وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ
“And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer): but those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves in Hell – in humiliation!” (Surah Ghaafir 40:60).
Allah also says:
ادْعُوا رَبَّكُمْ تَضَرُّعًا وَخُفْيَةً ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ
“Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds.” (Surah Araaf 7:55).
فَادْعُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ
“Call ye, then, upon Allah with sincere devotion to Him, even though the Unbelievers may detest it (Surah Ghaafir 40:14).
2) The Sunnah: Al-Nu`maan -bin-Basher relates Rasulullah (SAW) said “Du’aa is Ibadah (worship)” (Tirmithi)
Abu-Hurairah’s (RA) narrated Rasulullah (SAW) saying: “Anyone who does not invoke Allah, will cause Allah to be angry with him.” (Tirmithi)
3) For One’s Du’aa To Be Accepted, Certain Conditions Must Apply: Directing the Du’aa solely to Allah: Allah says:
قُلْ أَمَرَ رَبِّي بِالْقِسْطِ ۖ وَأَقِيمُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ عِنْدَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَادْعُوهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ ۚ كَمَا بَدَأَكُمْ تَعُودُونَ
“Say: “My Lord hath commanded justice; and that ye set your whole selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making your devotion sincere as in His sight: such as He created you in the beginning, so shall ye return.” (Surah Araaf 7:29)
Ibn-Abbas (RA) narrates Rasulullah (SAW) said: “If you ask, ask Allah and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.” (Tirmithi)
4) Performing The Du’aa In Conformity With The Shariah: Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whosoever innovates in this matter of ours something which is not part of it, it will be rejected.” Hence, the Du’aa has to be performed according to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (SAW). If a person is sincere but is not following the Sunnah, his worship is rejected. Similarly, if a person is following the Sunnah but his work is not sincerely done for the sake of Allah, his worship is still rejected.
5) Trust In Allah and Certainty of Reply: One must be certain that Allah does whatever he wishes, whenever he wishes. Allah says:
إِنَّمَا أَمْرُهُ إِذَا أَرَادَ شَيْئًا أَنْ يَقُولَ لَهُ كُنْ فَيَكُونُ
“Verily, his command, when he intends a thing, is only that he says be-and it is” (Surah Ya Seen 36:82).
One must believe with certainty that Allah possesses all treasures. Allah says:
وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا عِنْدَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلَّا بِقَدَرٍ مَعْلُومٍ
“And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures.”(Surah Hijr 15:21).
Abu Dhār (RA) narrated, Allah revealed through Rasulullah (SAW): “O my servants, were the first of you and last of you, the human of you and jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request from me, and were I to give everyone what they requested, that would not decrease what I have anymore than a needle decreases the sea if put into it.” (Muslim)
6) Presence of The Heart: Always make sure that your heart is mindful when you are supplicating because Allah does not answer a Du’aa from an inattentive heart. Ibn Rajab says: “This is the greatest condition for the acceptance of Du’aa.” Abu-Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Invoke Allah while you are certain to be answered and know that Allah does not answer a Du’aa from a heart which is inattentive and unmindful.” (Tirmithi) Therefore, one must supplicate with total concentration and avoid distraction.
7) Determing and Perseverance In Du’aa: It is a requirement when supplicating, to appeal to Allah with determination. We must not make any exceptions by saying “O Allah forgive me if you wish.” Abu-Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “None of you should say “O Allah forgive me if you wish’, ‘O Allah be merciful to me if you wish” , but he must appeal to Allah with determination, for nobody can force Allah to do something against his will.” (Tirmithi)
The Reasons That May Cause Our Du’aa To Be Rejected Include The Following:
1) Haraam Conditions: Haraam eating, drinking and clothing are all strictly prohibited and are major reasons for the rejection of Du’aa. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good. Allah has commanded the faithful to do that which he commanded the messengers”, he said, “O you messengers, eat of the good things and do right;” “O you who believe, eat of the good things which we have provided you.” He then mentioned the case of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying: “O lord, O lord” while his food is unlawful and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered?” (Muslim)
Abu Bakr (RA) the 1st khalifah is a great lesson for us. His daughter Ayesha (RA) narrated that Abu Bakr’s (RA) slave brought him his meal as usual. It was not Abu Bakr’s (RA) habit to ask him where he got it from, as he was certain that it is from his own halal earnings. One day, as usual, he got him something to eat and Abu Bakr (RA) ate it without asking about its source. The slave asked: “Do you know what this is?” Abu Bakr (RA) replied “What?” The slave answered: “In my days of ignorance, I once did some acts of magic for a person, although I had no idea how to do it, but I managed to cheat him. Only now did he reward me for it, and I bought you something to eat from it.” Abu Bakr (RA) immediately put his hand in his mouth and vomited everything that he had eaten until his stomach was empty. (Bukhari) In another narration collected by Ahmad, it was said to Abu Bakr (RA) “May Allah’s mercy be upon you, you did all this although you have only eaten one bite.” Abu Bakr (RA) replied,: “If it will not come out except with m soul, I will get it out for I have heard the messenger of Allah saying “Everybody which is nourished with that which is unlawful, will be first in the fire” so I was afraid that my body was nourished with this bite.” Therefore, one must make sure that all his food, drink, and clothing are halal.
2) Hastiness and Abandonment of Du’aa: One must be patient for his Dua to be accepted, as hastiness is one of the causes for its rejection or disapproval. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The invocation of any one of you is granted (by Allah) as long as he does not show impatience by saying “I have invoked Allah but my request has not been answered” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Abû Hurairah (RA), Rasulullah (SAW) said: “A servant is granted his request as long as he does not haste.” It was asked: “O messenger of Allah how does one haste?” Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “He says I have invoked but my invocation has not been answered, so he gives up and abandons Dua.” (Muslim) One must not haste since they reply might be delayed due to: not fulfilling conditions or the delay might actually be in one’s favor. So, whenever you make Dua, either you are given the good of what you asked for or an equivalent evil is turned away from you.
3) Committing Sins: Allah says:
لَهُ مُعَقِّبَاتٌ مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ يَحْفَظُونَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ ۗ وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوءًا فَلَا مَرَدَّ لَهُ ۚ وَمَا لَهُمْ مِنْ دُونِهِ مِنْ وَالٍ
“For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah. Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) Allah willeth a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect. (Surah Al-Rad 13:11)
If a person’s condition is good, Allah will maintain it as long as they are grateful and do not disobey him. Similarly, if the condition of a person is bad, Allah will maintain if for them as long as they remain ungrateful and insist on disobeying him. So, one should always avoid committing sins, major or minor, and if he happened to become a victim of Shaytaan’s evil whisper, he must immediately repent and seek forgiveness from Allah.
4) Abandonment of Obligatory Deeds: Just as doing good deeds is a reason for the acceptance of Dua, similarly, abandoning good deeds is a reason for the rejection of Dua. Hudhayfah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “By him, in whose hand is my soul, you should enjoin good and forbid evil or else it is likely that Allah will send a punishment upon you and then you will invoke him and you will not be answered.” (Tirmithi) How could those who have constantly neglected and abandoned Fajr prayers in the Masjid except that their Dua will be answered? And how could so many of those who do not pay Zakah expect their Dua to be accepted?
5) Asking For a Sin, or To Break the Bondage of Kinship: Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Any Muslim who supplicates to Allah in a Dua which contains no sin breaking of kinship, Allah will give him one of three things: either his Dua will be immediately answered or, it will be saved for him in the hereafter, or it will turn away an equivalent amount of evil (from him)” The companions said: “So we will ask for more.” Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “Allah is more (generous).”(Tirmithi)
1) Correct Manners In Invoking Allah: Begin with thanking Allah and sending Blessings upon Rasulullah (SAW). Ibn-Âl Qayyim said: “There are three stages where a person is recommended to say blessings upon Rasulullah (SAW). In the 1st stage, one may say blessings upon Rasulullah (SAW) before beginning Dua and after thanking Allah. The 2ndstage, one may say blessings upon Rasulullah (SAW), before, during and after Dua. The 3rd stage, one may say blessings upon Rasulullah (SAW), in the beginning and in the end of his Dua and request his need in the middle of it.
2) Dua At Times of Trouble And of Pleasure: One must not make it a habit to remember Allah only at the times of trouble but he must constantly remember Allah in all circumstances. Abu-Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “(Anyone who is pleased) that Allah responds to him at the time of trouble and distress, (should) increase Dua at the time of calmness.” (Tirmithi) It is the characteristic of a believer that he turns to Allah prior to the time of distress. Allah says, regarding Yunus when he invoked Allah and Allah answered and saved him:
فَلَوْلَا أَنَّهُ كَانَ مِنَ الْمُسَبِّحِين لَلَبِثَ فِي بَطْنِهِ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ َ
“Had he not been of those who glorify Allah, he would have indeed remained inside its belly (i.e., the fish belly) till the day of resurrection.” (Surah Saffat 37:143-144).
3) Avoid Dua Against Your Family, Your Wealth, And Your Children:
Jabir narrated this hadith about a man who cursed his animal. Rasulullah (SAW) said “Who is this cursed his animal?” The man replied: “It is me O messenger of Allah.” Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Get down from it for a cursed one must not escort us. Do not pray against yourselves, do not pray against your children and do not pray against your wealth. It might coincide with a time when Allah answered what you asked for.” (Muslim)
4) Lower Your Voice In Dua: Invoke Allah in a tone as it is mentioned in the following evidences and it is also closer to sincerity. Allah says:
ادْعُوا رَبَّكُمْ تَضَرُّعًا وَخُفْيَةً ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ
“Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds.” (Surah Araaf 7:55).
Allah also tells us:
وَاذْكُرْ رَبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعًا وَخِيفَةً وَدُونَ الْجَهْرِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ وَلَا تَكُنْ مِنَ الْغَافِلِينَ
“And do thou (O reader!) Bring thy Lord to remembrance in thy (very) soul, with humility and in reverence, without loudness in words, in the mornings and evenings; and be not thou of those who are unheedful “(Surah Araaf 37:205).
Abu-Moosa Al-Ashari narrated: We were with the prophet in a journey so the people started raising their voice while making takbeer. Rasulullah (SAW) said: “O people calm down, you are not calling one who is All-Hearing, Near and he is with you.” (Al- Bukhari and Muslim) This means that Allah knows and sees all that you do.
5) Make Dua With Perseverance: We must attend to our Dua with perseverance, repetition and persistence. We should invoke Allah with his names and attributes as this is among the greatest means of having our Dua accepted. A hadith that provides evidence for the necessity of perseverance and persistence in Dua reported by Muslim where Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The man, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, spreads out his hands in the sky (saying) O lord, O Lord.”
6) Repetition: It is preferable to repeat your dua three times as it is more likely to be answered. An evidence of this is mentioned in the following authentic hadith narrated by Abdullah bin Mas’ood. “Once Rasulullah was offering salaat at the Kaaba. Abu-Jahl was sitting with one of his companions. One of them said to the others: “Who among you will bring the abdominal contents of a camel and put it on the back of Muhammed, when he prostrates?” The most unfortunate of them got up and brought it. He waited till Rasulullah (SAW) prostrated and then placed it on his back between his shoulders. I was watching but could not do anything. I wished I had some people with me to hold out against them. They started laughing and falling on one another. Allah’s messenger (SAW) was in prostration and did not lift his head up till Fatima (RA) (Rasulullah (SAW) daughter) came and threw (the camel’s abdominal contents) off his back. He raised his head and said three times: O Allah punish Quraish. It was hard for Abû Jahl and his companions when Rasulullah (SAW) invoked Allah against them as they had the conviction that the prayers and invocations were accepted in this city (Makkah). Rasulullah (SAW) said, “O Allah punish Abu-Jahl, Utba-bin-Rabia, Shaiba-bin-Rabia, Al-Waleed-bin Utba, Umayyah-bin Khalaf and Uqbah-bin-Abi Muait. And he counted the seventh whose name I cannot recall. By Allah in whose hands my soul is, I saw the dead bodies of those persons who were counted by Allah’s messenger in the Qalib (one of the wells) of Badr.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
7) Confess Your Sins With Regret And Gratefully Admit Allah’s Mercy Bestowed Upon You: When making Dua, confess your sins with sincere regret for your mistakes although Allah is aware of all your actions.it is worthwhile to acknowledge all of Allah’s mercy bestowed upon you.
8) Face the Qiblah: One of the good manners when making Dua is to face the Qiblah however, this is not compulsory. Abdullah bin Zaid narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) came to this place of worship to pray Istisqa for rain so he invoked Allah and prayed for rain. Then he faced the Qiblah and overturned his gown (Bukhari).
9) Raise your Hands In Dua: It is a recommended practice to raise one’s hands in making Dua it was done by Rasulullah (SAW) at different occasions. Abu Moosa Al Ashari narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) invoked and raised his hands and I saw the whiteness of his armpits.” (Bukhari) In another hadith, Salman narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Your lord Tabaraka-wa Ta`ala is living and generous. He is ashamed of his servant if he raises his hands to him to return them unanswered.” (Tirmidhi)
10) Make Wudhu Before Dua: Although it is not compulsory, one is recommended to supplicate Allah while he is in a state of wudhu (ablution). And evidence of this is in the narration of Abû Moosa when his uncle Ubaid Abi Amir, prior to his death, sent him to Rasulullah (SAW) after the battle of Hunain and instructed him to ask Rasulullah (SAW), to invoke Allah and seek forgiveness for him so the messenger of Allah requested some water, performed wudhu, raised his hands and said: “O Allah forgive Abi-Amir.” (Al- Bukhari and Muslim)
11) Cry In Dua With The Fear Of Allah: Abdullah-bin-`Umar narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) recited the verse in which Ibrahim (AS) is invoking Allah:
رَبِّ إِنَّهُنَّ أَضْلَلْنَ كَثِيرًا مِنَ النَّاسِ ۖ فَمَنْ تَبِعَنِي فَإِنَّهُ مِنِّي ۖ وَمَنْ عَصَانِي فَإِنَّكَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
“O my Lord! They have indeed led astray many among mankind; He then who follows my (ways) is of me, and he that disobeys me,- but Thou art indeed Oft- forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Ibrahim 15:36). Isa (AS) is invoking Allah:
إِنْ تُعَذِّبْهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ عِبَادُكَ ۖ وَإِنْ تَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ فَإِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
“If you punish them, they are your slaves, and if you forgive them, verily you-only you are the Almighty, the All-wise” (Al-Maa’idah 5:118). And Rasulullah (SAW) then raised his hands and said, “Allahumma Ummati, Ummati (O Allah, my nation, my nation)” then Rasulullah (SAW) cried. So Allah said: “O Jibraeel, go to Muhammed, although Allah is aware, and ask him “What makes you cry?” So Jibraeel approached Rasulullah (SAW) and asked him. So Allah’s messenger informed him of what he said, although Allah is aware. So Allah said to him: “O Jibraeel, go to Muhammed and tell him: “We will make you content with regard to your nations and will not mistreat you.” (Muslim) Rasulullah (SAW) gave us an example to sincerely cry when beseeching Allah during supplication.
12) Make Dua For Yourself Before Making Dua For Others: It is Sunnah in Dua to start with yourself prior to mentioning others as was collected by Tirmidhi in the narration of Ubayy bin Ka’ab that if someone was mentioned to Rasulullah (SAW) , he would invoke Allah for him but would begin with himself. However, it was also narrated of Allah’s Messenger that, on certain occasions, he would not begin with himself, (for example, when he supplicated for Ibn-Abbas, Anas and Um-Isma’eel, as was mentioned by Imam Muslim in his collection of authentic hadith).
13) Do Not Transgress In Dua: When appealing to Allah in Dua we should not get into much detail by asking for the different rewards of Jannah. If a person is granted Jannah, he will be granted Jannah and all that is present in it. It was reported of Abi Nu`amah that Abdullah-bin-Mughaffal heard his son palace on the right of the paradise if I were to enter it”. So he said, “Dear son, ask Allah for Paradise and seek Messenger of Allah saying, “There will come in this nation people who will transgress (or exceed) in ablution and Dua” (Abu Dawud)
13) Make Dua For Your Parents: It is good to mention one’s Muslims parents (dead or alive) in invocation for the great favor they owe us, a favor which can never be compensated. Allah says:
وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُلْ رَبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا
“And lower unto them the using of submission and humility through mercy and say, ‘My Rabb, bestow on them your mercy as they did raise me when I was young.” (Surah Isrâ 17:24).
Allah also says:
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِمَنْ دَخَلَ بَيْتِيَ مُؤْمِنًا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَلَا تَزِدِ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا تَبَارًا
“O my Lord! Forgive me, my parents, all who enter my house in Faith, and (all) believing men and believing women: and to the wrong-doers grant Thou no increase but in perdition!” (Surah Nuh 71:28).
14) Make Dua For The Believers: one is recommended to remember the Muslims and the Mu’min around the globe in his invocation. Allah says:
فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لِذَنْبِكَ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مُتَقَلَّبَكُمْ وَمَثْوَاكُمْ
“Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah, and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and for the men and women who believe: for Allah knows how ye move about and how ye dwell in your homes.” (Surah Muhammed 47:19).
15) Ask Allah Alone: Instead of complaining t people when stuck by calamity, one must make it a habit to ask Allah alone for refuge. However, there is no harm to mention your problem to people and share their opinion. In the hadith narrated by Ibn-Abbas (RA) Rasulullah (SAW said to him while Ibn-Abbas was riding behind him on the same mount: “young man, I shall teach you some words (of advice): Be mindful of Allah and you will find him in front of you. If you ask, ask only Allah and if you seek help, seek help only from Allah. And know that if all the nations were to gather together to benefit you, they would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and if they gather together to harm you, they would harm you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages are dry.”(Tirmithi)
There Are Special Times When Dua Is More Likely To Be Accepted:
1) Ramadhan and Lailat ul Qadr: One of the greatest times to invoke Allah is in the holy month of Ramadhan, particularly that last then nights and especially on Lailat ul Qadr. The preferred dua on Lailat ul Qadr is: “O Allah! You are pardoning and you love to pardon, so pardon me.” (Tirmithi)
2) After The Obligatory Prayers: Abi-Umamah Al-Bahili narrated that, it was said to Rasulullah (SAW): “O messenger of Allah, which dua is most likely to be heard?” Rasulullah (SAW) said: “In the depth of the last part of the night and after the obligatory prayers.” (Tirmidhi)
3) In The Last Part Of The Night: Abu-Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Our Lord Tabaraka-wa-Ta`ala descends every night to the sky of the world, when the last third of the night remains and he says, ‘Is there anyone to invoke me so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask me for something so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone to ask for forgiveness so that furthermore, Allah praised those who spend the last third of the night praying and in invocation, seeking forgiveness. Allah says:
كَانُوا قَلِيلًا مِنَ اللَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
“They used to sleep but little by night and in the hours before dawn they were found asking for forgiveness” (Surah Dhariyat 51:17-18)
4) Between Adhan And Iqama: One must try to make it a habit whenever he hears the adhan that he who immediately departs for the mosque is among the most fortunate who invoke Allah between Adhan and Iqama for their invocation is accepted. Anas-bin Malik narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The invocation is not rejected (when made) between adhan and Iqama, so do invoke.” (Tirmithi) Sahl-bin-Sa’ad narrated Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Two (invocations) are not rejected or rarely rejected; Dua at the time of ahadan (call for prayer) and at the time of distress and when (two armies) encounter each other.” In another narration, “at the time of rain” (Abu Dawud)
5) An Hour In The Day Of Jumuah: Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated Rasulullah (SAW) mentioned the day of Jumuah and said: “There is an hour which if met by a Muslim servant who standing in prayer and he requests anything from Allah, He will grant it to him.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
6) In Salah After At-Tashahhud: Invocation after finishing At-Tashahhud, prior to Salaam, is recommended as was the practice of Rasulullah (SAW). Abdullah bin Ma`ood narrated: “I was praying while Rasulullah, Abu Bakr and Umar were together. After I sat (in the last Tashahhud), I began (saying Dua’ by praising Allah then I sent prayers on the prophet and then I prayed for myself. Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Ask and you will be given, ask you will be given.” (Tirmithi)
7) When In Sujud: Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The closest a person gets to his Rabb is during Sujud (prostration). Therefore, increase Dua.” One must try to invoke Allah during Sujud, be it in Fajr (obligatory) or Nafl (supererogatory) prayer.
“Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us, Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against Faith. O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.Aameen Thuma Aameen”