Ramadan Prep Tip # 6: Prepare a Dua List
Yes, this is a commonly doled out piece of advice.
So, what should you include in this dua list?
Short answer: Absolutely everything.
First, you need to start with the akhira (hereafter). Be ambitious and ask for the best.
Second, you need to write down all the halal dunya (worldly) things that you want. Why? Because Allah is the only one that can grant you these things. Don’t worry about how “little” it is. Just make sure that it is a halal thing and write it down.
[By the way, you’d be surprised at the amount of things that we want that we actually never ask Allah for. Write down the things that you’ve always wanted even if it was a childhood dream.]
Also, ask yourself: “Will this dunya thing help me in the hereafter?” If not, then why do you want it?
Third, remember all the people around you? Especially those that keep asking you to do dua for them? Write them down too. One’s parents come first obviously (but you do dua for them AFTER you’ve done dua for yourself).
Fourth, start asking. Try to observe the manners of dua.
Insha-Allah, I’ll write a short piece later on WHY we actually do dua because unfortunately many people are under the impression that it is their right to have their duas answered. Far from it.