Mindset when making Du’aa

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The term ‘du’aa’ means invocation. There is a certain attitude and mindset we should have when we are making du’aa to our Lord. When we are making du’aa, we should make sure we sincerely cement in our hearts and minds that we worship only Allah, and that only He can truly aid us. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him), and perform As-Salat and give Zakat and that is the right religion.” (Qur’an 98:5)

We learn from the above verse that when we are worshipping Allah and making du’aa to Him, we should worship him with sincerity and depend only on Him.

In our du’aa to Allah, we should also make mention of His other names. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who believe or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do.” (Qur’an 7:180)

Mentioning Allah’s many names and understanding the meaning of them will remind us of His power and mercy. We will feel closer to our Creator and feel more content.

In our du’aas, we should also be placing our complete trust in our Lord. We should not just say the du’aa and allow ourselves to hold uncertainty about it in our hearts. As Muslims, we believe that Allah has power over all things, so in our du’aas we should remember this belief. We read what our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:

“Ask Allah with certainty that He will answer your prayers, and know that Allah will not accept the supplication from an absent heart.” (Tirmidhi)

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) tells us that we should have certainty when we make du’aa to Allah. He also tells us that our Creator will not accept our du’aa if our heart is absent. If we make a du’aa and don’t believe from the bottom of our hearts that Allah will help us, we risk our du’aa not being answered by Him.

We should try to make du’aa to our Lord when we are facing in the direction of the Qibla and in prostration, because that is when we are the closest to our Lord. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“The servant becomes nearest to his Rab when he is in prostration. So, increase supplications while prostrating.” (Sahih Muslim)

In our du’aa, we should also ensure we recite Darood (sending salutations and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W). We read in a hadith that:

“Indeed, the supplication stops between the heavens and the earth. Nothing of it is raised up until you send Darood upon your Prophet.” (Tirmidhi)