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Be Determined When You Ask Allah for Something

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

One of the most important etiquette procedures that must accompany the performance of du’a is to be determined in one’s request.

Anas ibn Malik narrates that the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said:

“When one of you makes a du’a, then let him be firm and determined in his du’a, and let him not say, ‘O Allah! If You will, then please forgive me’, for there is no one who can force Allah to do anything” [Narrated by Al-Bukhari (#6339), Muslim (#2678 ), Ahmed and others]

Therefore, what is desired is that a person be firm in his du’a, asking from Allah in a determined manner. If, on the other hand, a person says, “O Allah! Grant me my du’a if you wish”, this goes against the firmness and resolution that is desired, for it is as if he is saying, “O Allah! If You answer my du’a, then I thank You, otherwise I do not ask You of it”. This shows a degree of arrogance towards Allah, all Glory and Praise be to Him, and implies a sense of self-sufficiency on the part of the person making the du’a. A person is always in need of Allah’s help and aid, and as such should always ask of Allah in a manner that shows his poverty for Allah’s support.

It should be pointed out that it is allowed to use this phrase when the person does not know if the matter he is asking for is for his good or not. So, it is permissible to pray: ‘O Allah! If you know that such-and-such a matter (related to this world) is good for me, then grant it to me’. What is prohibited is to use this phrase in matters that one needs without a doubt, such as Allah’s Forgiveness, or Mercy, or Blessings, etc.


Quoted from "Du'a, the weapon of the believer" by Yasir Qadhi

Categories: Manners & Soul Purification

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