Dua can change our life, perspective, and destiny. ua is a believer's most powerful weapon.
Once Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) went to a people who were suffering from some affliction.
Why do they not pray to Allah for protection? He said.
Considering all the suffering and tragedies faced by Muslims in different parts of the world, ua question can be asked to all of us today.
It is not that we have completely forgotten Dua. We refer to it regularly. But our concepts and practices of dua have become distorted. Often it is reduced to the level of a ritual. Generally, it is considered when all our efforts fail in the last attempt. It is belittled by actions and sometimes words. Is it any wonder that most references to today's dua are to indicate the hopelessness of a situation?
What a tragedy, because dua is a believer's most powerful weapon. It can change destiny, whereas no action of ours can. It is the essence of Ibadat or worship. With Dua, we can never fail; Without Dua, we can never succeed. In the proper scheme of things, dua should be the believer's first and last resort, and all his plans and actions come in between.
Dua is a conversation with Allah, our Creator, our Lord and Master, the All-Knowing, and the All-Powerful. Dua is of extraordinary significance. It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transformative conversation a person can have. We turn to Him because we know that He is the only one who can solve our sufferings and solve our problems. After describing our difficulties to our Creator, we feel relieved. We feel empowered after communicating with Allah. After speaking to Allah, we receive a new commitment to follow His path, which is the only way to success. We feel blessed with every such commitment
In all difficulties, our first action is dua, as is our last. We ask Allah (SWT) to show us the way to handle that difficulty. We seek His help to walk the path He shows us. We seek His help to make our efforts successful. When we are sick, we know that we cannot find the right doctor without His will. The best physician cannot diagnose our condition without his command. Without his permission, the best treatment plan cannot succeed. We make dua for all these. We make dua before seeking medical care while receiving it, and after it is dispensed. The same is true of all other difficulties we may encounter
Dua is the essence of ibadah. A person engaged in dua affirms his belief in Tawheed (monotheism) and shuns belief in all false gods. With each dua his belief in Allah grows. He beseeches Him, affirming his own powerlessness. A person seriously and sincerely engaged in dua understands exactly the relationship between himself and the Creator and affirms it through his actions. That is the essence of worship! Additionally, such a person can never become arrogant or proud, a logical result of true worship.
Dua is conversation with Allah … It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have.
Dua is our most potent weapon in all struggles of life as well as in jihad in the battlefield. During the battle of Badr, the Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam stood up all night in prayer seeking Allah's help in the battle between unequal armies that would follow the next day. In the decisive battles against the crusaders, Sultan Salatuddin Ayyubi was busy day and night. His days were devoted to Jihad. His nights were spent making dua, crying, seeking Allah's help. This has been the practice of all true mujahideen.
We should make it a point to make dua for all things big and small. It is the beginning of wisdom to realize that big and small are arbitrary labels that are totally irrelevant in this context. Nothing is too big for Whom we are asking from; nothing is too small for the one who is asking. That is why we have been taught to ask Allah when we need something as small as shoelaces. We should ask as a beggar, as a destitute person, for that is what we in reality are in relationship to Allah. At the same time we should ask with great hope and conviction that we shall be granted our prayers. We should remember the Hadith: "There is nothing more dear to Allah than a servant making dua to Him." On the other hand, a prayer lacking concentration and conviction is no prayer at all.
We should make dua at all times, not only during times of distress. The Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Whosoever desires that Allah answers his duas in unfavorable and difficult conditions, he should make plentiful dua in days of ease and comfort." Also he said: "The person who does not ask from Allah, Allah becomes angry with him."
We should ask for all of our needs: those related to this world as well as those related to the Hereafter. Those who only concentrate on the former are, in effect, announcing that they don't care for their life in the permanent abode. They should blame no body but themselves for the total ruin in that world that Qur'an assures us awaits them. Those who only concentrate on the later are also showing lack of balance, for we need Allah's help to lead a good life here as well.
We should make dua not only for ourselves but also for our parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children, relatives and friends, teachers and other benefactors, and destitute and struggling Muslims everywhere. We should pray for them for the good in this world as well as in the Hereafter. The Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "The dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says, 'Aameen. And may you also be blessed with the same.'"
In the dark ages that we are living in today, everyday brings fresh news about atrocities committed against our brothers in Palestine, Kashmir, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, and the list goes on. And what do we do? We can continue to just feel frustrated and depressed. We can petition the determined perpetrators or a fictional "International Community". We can just forget all this and move on to some other subject. Or we can stand up before Allah and pray for His help, who alone can help. The dua can change our life, our outlook, and our fate. It is the most potent weapon. But it works only for those who try sincerely and seriously to use it.