Why I Love Dua As A Muslima
This is part 1 of my 5-part Dua Series that I'm writing for busy Moms and Muslimas. I hope you'll follow and read all parts of this series to gain maximum benefit inshAllah.
I've come to depend on something as much as I rely on water to quench my thirst. For many years I would suffer the ills of my heart and mind as I didn't use the medicine that Allah has prescribed for us - the medicine of dua. Making supplication to the Most Merciful is a powerful anecdote that makes everything you do easier and blessed.
It's you, doing what you do, only so much better!
I've felt the barakah and relief that came from saying relevant duas to a situation I was experiencing. I've noticed (sometimes the next day) how things fall into place when I beg Allah through dua to guide and help me.
Allah SWT says:
Invoke Me and ask (Me for anything) I will respond to your invocation. (Quran 40:60)
And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. (Quran 2:186)
The Prophet ﷺ said:
Supplication is worship itself. (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)
Your Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, is characterized by modesty and generosity, and He is so kind to His slave that, if His slave raises his hands to Him, He does not let him take them back empty. (Abu Dawood)
Allah is Most Generous, and He dislikes to turn away empty the hands of His slave when he raises them to Him. (Al-Tirmidhi)
SubhanAllah, I now realize that duas are the way to success! I speak from my own experience when I say that my life has changed for the better by adding dua to my day. I knew about it before, but I didn't make time for it nor think it was important enough. I had to go through tough times which led me to understand that dua was the shield a believer needs. That's why I'm so excited to share the method I use and the duas I love in hopes that you too experience its wonder (if you haven't already)!
Remember, you can say your duas in the language you are most comfortable, actually, it is recommended to say it with the most understanding. Therefore, I say all my duas in English, unless they are ones I've memorized in Arabic and know the meaning. This also helps me say more duas in a shorter time span.
When I first began saying my duas daily, I did not say too many, I began with a few short ones because I was afraid I would find it tedious and not keep to it. Rather say a few duas every day, than many and get lazy to do it.
The Prophet ﷺ said,
The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small. (Bukhari and Muslim).
The Way I Make Dua
Immediately when I open my eyes I say my morning dua.
In the evening, when I get in bed I say my evening dua.
I say the shahadah as a conviction of my submission to Allah swt.
I make Istikhfar.
I praise Allah swt.
I send blessings on the Prophet (saw).
I say the duas for protection.
I say the duas for tribulation.
I say the duas for anyone who is ill.
I say my personal duas which I’ve written down.
Depending on whether I am going through a hard time and need more help, I say some duas of the Prophets (pbut).
Usually, I say most of my duas after Fajr salah, and some after Isha salah. I find I'm less forgetful when I attach a new habit to an old habit. There are days where I only say my duas in the morning as I'm an early bird, not a night owl, so at night I'm quite tired and forgetful. Then there are days I only say two or three duas due to time.
Don't become despondent if you miss any dua because that's what shaytaan wants you to do. Just carry on and take each day as a fresh start without looking back. Honestly, that has been the number one reason I've left some good habits in the past. You may also feel that these tips or the duas are too many or time-consuming to say twice or even once a day. However you'll see the more you say your duas, the more you feel refreshed and your time gains barakah subhanAllah.
We should also have no doubt that Allah will answer our dua because the scholars mention that Allah (SWT) only places dua on the tongue of His servant because He wants to give to that servant.
In the next segment part 2 of my Dua Series, "How To Get Your Dua Accepted" I will share the ways you can incorporate to help your duas get answered. This is very helpful when your need is grave or urgent (subscribe so you get the update when part 2 is published).
You can also pre-order my ebook "A Muslima's Journal of Personal Duas" with everything laid out in a handy printable book and includes a compilation of the duas I love as a Muslima, as well as some extras like my personal duas, all in a pretty floral design. This is convenient to read in print form or from your phone each day (as I do). You can also print specific pages from the book and frame your favorites duas to hang on your wall or workstation to remember.