بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Here’s Day 21.]
10. Many people don’t have a correct understanding of dua (supplication).
In this section, I’m not going to be focusing on the etiquettes of dua but rather some errors that people make with regards to dua. The reason for these errors is due to their lack of knowledge of Allah’s Names and Attributes and of His Rights.
a) Forgetting to do dua.
Unfortunately, this is a very, very, very common problem.
A couple of years ago, I had a Ramadan workshop and was talking about the importance of dua.
One of the sisters in attendance, came up to me at the end and told me that during the workshop, she realised that she hadn’t been doing dua. At all.
[Note: I do not teach anymore. I moved over to blogging.]
This was a bit shocking to me. How could people NOT do dua?
Subhan Allah, after that, I met so many people who had the same issue. Either they didn’t ask at all or they forget to do dua for things that they wanted!
One of my classmates was searching for a specific type of cat for her daughter and she was telling me the story. I asked her if she had done dua. No, she had forgotten.
Have you wanted something (halal) for a long time?
If the answer is yes, have you ever asked Allah for it? If you haven’t asked, then why not??
I repeat: ASK ALLAH.
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.