There are some factors that will push our supplications to be answered. May Allah help us.
i. Dutifulness to Parents
One of the greatest deeds is dutifulness to one’s parents. This is a fact mentioned over and over again in the Quran and sunnah. Thos who are dutifull to their parents will always be guided to goodness. Allah will put the love for him in the heart of people and his supplications are most likely to be answered.
“The story of Uwais Al-Qarni was mentioned in Sahih Muslim as well as in other books. Now even though he was from the Tabi’een and did not see the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam], the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam] had advised ‘Umar ibn Al-Khatab [Radiya Allahu 'Anhu] that if he meets [Uwais] then he, ‘Umar, should ask [Uwais] to ask Allah to forgive him and to make supplication for him.
Asir ibn Jaabir radhiallahu `anhu narrated:
Whenever people would come from Yemen, `Umar radhiallahu `anhu would ask them, “Is Uways Al-Qaranee amongst you?” until, one year, he met Uways.
He said, “Are you Uways Al-Qaranee?” He said, “Yes.”
`Umar continued, “From Muraad, then Qaran?” He said, “Yes.”
`Umar then asked, “Were you once afflicted with leprosy and your skin healed except for a dirham’s area?” Uways said, “Yes.”
`Umar finally asked, “Do you have a mother (that is alive)?” He said, “Yes.”
`Umar then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam – say, ‘Uways ibn Aamir will come to you with the delegations from Yemen, from Muraad, then from Qaran. He was once afflicted with leprosy and his skin healed except for a dirham’s area. He has a mother, and he treats her kindly. If he was to ever swear by Allah (for something) Allah would fulfill his oath. If you can, request that he ask forgiveness for you.”
`Umar then requested from Uways, “Ask forgiveness for me.” And Uways Al-Qaranee did.
Another story from sahih hadith Insya Allah
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Three men from among those who were before you, set out together till they reached a cave at night and entered it. A big rock rolled down the mountain and closed the mouth of the cave. They said (to each other), ‘Nothing can save you from this rock but to invoke Allah by giving reference to a righteous deed which you did (for Allah’s sake only).’ So, one of them said, ‘O Allah! I had old parents and I never provided my family (wife, children) with milk before them. One day, by chance I was delayed, and I came late (at night) while they had fallen asleep. I milked the sheep for them and took the milk to them, but I found them sleeping. I disliked to provide my family with the milk before them. I waited for them and the bowl of milk was in my hand and I kept on waiting for them to get up till the day dawned. Then they got up and drank the milk. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from our critical situation caused by this rock.’ So, the rock shifted a little but they could not get out.”
“The second man said, ‘O Allah! I had a cousin who was the dearest of all people to me and I wanted to have sexual relations with her but she refused. Later she had a hard time in a famine year and she came to me and I gave her one-hundred-and-twenty Dinars on the condition that she would not resist my desire, and she agreed. When I was about to fulfill my desire she said, ‘It is illegal for you to outrage my chastity except by legitimate marriage.’ So I thought it a sin to have sexual intercourse with her and left her though she was the dearest of all people to me, and I also left the gold I had given her. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from the present calamity.’ So, the rock shifted a little more but they still could not get out from there.”
“Then the third man said, ‘O Allah! I employed a few laborers and I paid them their wages with the exception of one man who did not take his wages and went away. I invested his wages and I got much property thereby. (Then after some time) he came and said to me, ‘O Allah’s slave! Pay me my wages.’ I said to him, ‘All the camels, cows, sheep and slaves you see are yours.’ He said, ‘O Allah’s slave! Don’t mock me.’ I said, ‘I am not mocking you.’ So, he took all of the herd and drove them away and left nothing. O Allah! If I did that for Your Sake only, please relieve us from the present suffering.’ So, that rock shifted completely and they got out walking.” [Sahih Bukhari]
This hadith tells us about pious deeds and their effects. Three men got trapped in a cave whose opening got blocked so completely that if the rock hadn’t moved from its mouth the cave would have become their grave. At such times man forsakes all means and agencies and looks only to the Creator of the means and agencies.
From the example of the first man we see that there is no limit to kind treatment of parents as long as one does not commit sins in order to please them. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) tremendously rewards those peope who are kind and considerate to their parents.
From the example of the second man we learn the value of Taqwa. Taqwa is that a man refrain from sin only because he fears Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), although he has the means and ability to sin, is surrounded by a sinful atmosphere, and is not afraid of being caught or punished in this world. This man was able to put a check on his desire, although he longed for that woman, only because of being reminded of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). This is how Believers are: “When Allah is mentioned their hearts are filled with fear.” [Quran 8:2] As a result of this man’s Taqwa, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) removed the rock from the mouth of the cave a little more. Allah says: “And whosoever fears Allah, He appoints a way out for him.” [Quran 65:2]
From the example of the third man we learn that those people are very dear to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) who recognize the rights of their fellow men and give them their rights faithfully. As an employer, the man not only kept the wages of his employee safely but also invested them profitably although it was not binding on him to do so. He gave to his employee many times over the principal amount, an example of excellent dealings with a fellow-man. Can the greedy world present an example of such a character today?
From this hadith we learn that man should turn to Allah when he is faced with difficulty, anxiety and trial. If he does this, the difficulty becomes a blessing for him, as he is rewarded for asking Allah and depending on His help. Some people do not turn to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) even in times of distress. This is a very dangerous trend and a sign that they have hardened themselves against the remembrance of Allah because of which “Allah has sealed their hearts.” [Quran 2:7] May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) protect us from this.
ii. To Perform good deed prior to supplication
Prior to supplicating, you should perform deeds that bring you closer to Allah. Can you give examples of deeds?
This also mean, immediately after performing a good deed, you should make a supplication asking Allah and beg him.
Performing good deed is an act that Allah loves. Allah’s love to His slave means He is please with him. He will give His help, His support and His answering the slave’s supplication.
Therefore if you pray, then supplicate, fast and then supplicate, treat people with kindness and then supplicate, you are more likely to have your supplication accepted and answered.
Allah knows best.
iii. Performing voluntary acts of worship after obligatory ones
When you perform voluntary act of worship over an obligatory acts, you pave the way to having your supplication answered.
Can you give examples of voluntary act of worship?
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Allah, the Exalted, has said: `I will declare war against him who treats with hostility a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary prayers or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) until I love him, (so much so that) I become his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me something, I will surely give him, and if he seeks My Protection (refuge), I will surely protect him”.
iv. Asking for one’s supplication to be answered by dint of previously performed good deeds
One increases the chances of his supplication to be answered when one mentions a previously performed good deed prior to supplicating.
Let’s read again the hadith of the three man in the cave.
v. Invoke Allah Persistently and Repeatedly
One step to improve the likelihood of supplication being answered is to invoke Allah with persistence, repeatedly making the same supplication over and over again. Showing humility and complete dependence upon the Lord.
Umar Ibn Al Khattab said,
“When the day of Badr came to pass, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam looked at the disbelievers, who were 1000 in numbers, while his companions were only 319 men. The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam then faced the qiblah, extended his hands, and then began to call out to his Lord, ‘O Allah, carry out for me that which you promised me. O Allah, bring to pass that which You promised me. O Allah if You destroy this group from the people of Islam, You will not be worshipped on earth.’ he continued to call out to his Lord, facing the Qiblah, and with his hands extended, until his robe fell from his shoulders. then Abu Bakr went to hom, took his robe, and flung it back onto his shoulders. Abu Bakr then hugged him from behind and said, “O rophet of Allah, sufficient for you is your supplicating and calling to your Lord, for He will complete for you what He promised you.
Then Allah revealed, ‘(Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): “I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession.” (Al Anfal 8: 9) So Allah helped him with the angels (Muslim, Ahmadand at Tirmidhee)
vi. Supplicate with an Alert and attentive heart leads to a person’s supplication being answered
When one invokes Allah with a heart that is awake and alert, he is more likely to have his supplications answered. This means that one should read invocations with a sense of fear, hope and humility.
Allah said in Surah Al Araf 7: 55-56
Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors. (55)
And do not do mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, and invoke Him with fear and hope; Surely, Allâh’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers. (56)
The Prophet ﷺ said,
”Ask Allah with certainty that He will answer your prayers.” (Tirmidhi)
vii. To Ask with determination and Resolve
When one invokes Allah, he should show a sense of determination and resolve. He should not make his supplication hinge upon Allah’s will. For instance saying, “O Allah grant me this and this if You will.
Instead one should show determination and be sure that Allah will answer his supplication. By being determined and sure in one’s supplication, one shows that he places his trust with Allah, that he is invoking th All Seeing and the All Hearing. That his Lord is upon all things able, and that nothing in the heavens and earth can weaken, thwart and defeat Allah.
Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,
“When one of you makes a supplication, he should be firm in the supplication and not say, ‘O Allah, if you like, give to me.’ Allah cannot be forced against His will.”
Some scholars say this means
- do not hesitate in asking
- do not be weak in asking
- think well of Allah being sure he will answer your supplication.
If you say, “O Allah give me this and that if you will,” it seems that he doesn’t really need either Allah to help him or the thing he is asking for.
Summary : For Supplication to be answered
1. Be good to your parents. This great action is commanded by Allah after obeying Him. Parents’ du’a for their children is also among the du’a accepted by Allah. So this is double bonus when you are good to your parents, and your supplication is answered.
2. To perform good deed. May this encourage all of us to perform more good deeds.
3. performing voluntary acts as prescribed in the sunnah.
4. mentioning to Allah about your previous good deeds. This mentioning of your good deeds should be mentioned only to Allah to ask for something, not to be mentioned to people reminding them of your favours to them.
5. Make du’a to Allah consistently without tire even of the supplication seems not answered.
6. Be humble, be submissive, have faith in Allah, think well of Him. Have fear of Him and hope of Him.
7. Be sure and certain in your dua’. Do not be weak in asking for du’a.
1. The Book of Manners – Darussalam