Dua

Be A Person From Paradise

How easy does Allah make it for every believer to be from the people of Paradise?  It’s only through Allah’s eternal mercy that we get these gems of faith.

Simply recite this supplication (dua) during the day and at night, and have a firm faith in it, it is the best way to ask for forgiveness, and if you die that same day or night, you will be from the people of Paradise.  Alhumdulillah (All Praise and Gratefulness are to God).

Oh 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 beg You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.

Shaddad ibn Aws (radiAllahu anhu) relates that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that he (Sayyid al-Istighfar) most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say (the above du’a). That “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” [sahih al-Bukhari; 8,75,318, at-Tirmidhi; 3393, an-Nasa’i; 5522, Ahmad; 16662]

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

Improve Your Worship

Do you want a way to make your worship (remembrance (dhikr), gratefulness, and prayer (salaat)) even better and more accepted?

Repeat this dua (supplication) at the end of every prayer:

Oh Allah, help me in remembering You, in being grateful to You, and in worshipping You properly.

Only Allah knows how you could improve your worship, so ask Allah for help, Allah will answer your request.

اللهم اعني على ذكرك وشكرك وحسن عبادتك
‘Alahumma a’innee ala thikrika wa shukrika wa husnee ibadatika.’
(O Allah, help me in remembering You, in offering thanks to You, and in worshipping You properly.)

“I advise you, O Mu’adh, say at the end of every prayer, ‘O Allah, aid me in Your remembrance, Your thanks, and in perfecting Your worship.” (Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Khuzaimah, Ibn Hibban and al-Hakim) 

Public Speaking

Do you ever get nervous before giving a speech?  Or doing a presentation?

Allah sent Prophet Moses on a mission to Pharaoh, to convey the message of Islam.  Pharaoh was the worst of mankind, he was a tyrant, a murderer, and merciless. How nervous would you be in front of such a man? Delivering a message that he surely does not want to hear?

Prophet Moses recited the following dua, revealed in the Quran. Prophet Moses was seeking Allah’s help before speaking.

We can recite this same Dua silently before speaking or giving a presentation, by Allah’s will, your task will become easy, and your mind will be at ease (ameen):

“My Lord, expand for me my chest (grant me self confidence, contentment and boldness), ease my task for me, and remove the impediment from my speech so that they may understand what I say” (Qur’an, Surah TaHa (20) Verses 25-28 http://quran.com/20/25-28)

Blessings of the Call

The Call to Prayer (Adhan) is one of the most blessed rituals of Islam. There are many “hacks” that can be accomplished just by listening and performing a few simple acts:

  1. Listen to the Adhan and repeat silently after the the caller
    When the caller says: Hayya ‘alas-Salaah (hasten to the prayer) and Hayya ‘alal-Falaah (hasten to salvation). Here you should say: Laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah (There is no might and no power except by Allah)
  2. After the call to prayer is complete say the following dua:
    Wa ‘anaa ‘ash-hadu ‘an laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu wa ‘anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasooluhu, radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bi-Muhammadin Rasoolan wa bil’islaami deenan.
    I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Muhammad as my Messenger and with Islam as my religion.
  3. Then invoke blessings on the Prophet (PBUH)
    Allaahumma Rabba haathihid-da ‘watit-taammati wassalaatil-qaa’imati, ‘aati Muhammadanil-waseelata walfadheelata, wab ‘ath-hu maqaamam-mahmoodanil-lathee wa’adtahu, [‘innaka laa tukhliful-mee’aad]
    Oh Allah , Lord of this perfect call and established prayer. Grant Muhammad the intercession and favor, and raise him to the honored station You have promised him, [verily You do not neglect promises].
  4. Then finally before the Iqama is called (the short call to prayer recited just before starting the prayer in congregation), make any dua (supplication) you desire for yourself, invocation during this time is not rejected.

The Messenger of ALLAH [peace and blessings be upon him] said, “When you hear the adhan, repeat what the Mu’adhdhin says.” [Imam Malik – Muwatta]

Narrated by Yahya “Some of my companions told me that Hisham had said”, “When the Mu’adhdhin said, “Haiya alas-salah (come for the prayer).” Muawiya said, “La hawla wala quwata illa billah” and added, “We heard your Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saying the same.” [Sahih Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 11 :: Hadith 587]

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When you hear the Mo’athen calling for the prayer, repeat his words then ask ALLAH’s blessings upon me, because the one who asks ALLAH’s blessings upon me once will be rewarded ten blessings by ALLAH.” [Muslim, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 384]

Narrated by Jabir bin ‘Abdullah [may Allah be pleased with him ]: Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him] said: “Whoever after listening to the adhan says (dua is given above) then intercession for me will be permitted for him on the Day of Resurrection”. [Sahih Bukhari – Book 11:588]

The hearer should say after hearing adhan:
Wa ‘anaa ‘ash-hadu ‘an laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu wa ‘anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasooluhu, radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bi-Muhammadin Rasoolan wa bil’islaami deenan.
(And I also bear witness that there is no deity has the right to be worshipped but ALLAH alone, Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. I am pleased with ALLAH as my Lord, with Muhammad (peace be upon him) as my Messenger and with Islam as my religion.)
[To be recited in Arabic after the Mu’aththin’s Tashahhud or the words of affirmation of Faith]) [Muslim, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 386].

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Repeat the words of the Mo’athen and when you finish, ask ALLAH what you want and you will get it” [Abu Daawood, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 524. Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar graded the Hadeeth as Hasan and Ibn Hibbaan gave it a grading of authentic

( “Kitab As salat” Dawud :: Book 2 : Hadith 521) Narrated Anas ibn Malik: “The supplication made between the adhan and the iqamah is not rejected”.

Intercession

On a day (day of judgement) when no one and nothing could help you, the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) can intercede on your behalf.  How do we guarantee this intercession?  Repeat the following dua at the end of the Adhan (call to prayer) whenever you hear it:

Allahumma rabba hadhihi-d-da‘awati-t-tamma​ti wa-s-Salati-l-qa’imati, ati Muhammadan il-wasilata wa-l-fadilata (wa-d-darajata-r-rafî‘ati)​ wa-b‘ath-hu maqamam mahmudan illadhi wa‘adtahu (innaka la tukhliful mi’ad)

OH ALLAH, Lord of this most perfect call, and of the Prayer that is about to be established, grant to Muhammad the favor of nearness (to You) and excellence and a place of distinction, and exalt him to a position of glory that You have promised him.

Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As [ may Allah be pleased with him] reported: I heard the Messenger of ALLAH (peace be upon him) saying, “When you hear the Adhan, repeat what the Mu’adhdhin says. Then ask ALLAH to exalt my mention because everyone who does so will receive in return ten rewards from ALLAH. Then beseech ALLAH to grant me Al-Wasilah (which is said in the dua above), which is a high rank in Jannah, fitting for only one of ALLAH’s slaves; and I hope that I will be that man. If anyone asks Al-Wasilah for me, it becomes incumbent upon me to intercede for him.” [Sahih Muslim]

Getting close to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

Juma (Friday) is such a blessed day, we have so many opportunities (hacks) that Allah has shared with us.

Here’s one with MANY benefits (hacks).

Include as much blessings on the Prophet (SAW) as a part of our dua.

Doing this will at least:

  1. Get you closer to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on the day of Judgement
  2. Allah will take care of your concerns without even having to ask

Whoever sends blessings on the Prophet (PBUH), Allah will send blessings on him tenfold, and if Allah sends blessings on a person He will take care of his concerns and forgive him his sins.

Allah knows what we want, need and desire, Allah knows what is best for us, so why not use this hack as a way to put our complete trust in Allah and know that Allah will best fulfill our wants, needs, and desires.  We don’t have to make super long dua’s (although there is a blessing in that act), we can just send blessings on the Prophet (PBUH).

It was narrated (in part of the hadith) that Ubayy ibn Ka’b said:
I said: O Messenger of Allah, I send blessings upon you a great deal; how much of my prayer (dua) should be for you? He said: “Whatever you wish.”
I said: One quarter? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Half? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Two thirds? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Should I make all my du’aa’ for you? He said: “Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2457); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Al-Tirmidhi (484) narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
The closest of people to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who send the most blessings on me.” [Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb.]

Desires of this world or the next

Allah will fulfill your desires of this world or the next by reciting this simple dua 7 times in the morning or evening.

Allah will grant whoever recites this in Arabic seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from the world or the next: Hasbiyallaahu laa illaa Huwa ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Adheem.(Allah is sufficient for me, There is none worthy of worship but Him, I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne). [Abu Dawud]