1. Praise Allah at the beginning of du’a and then the sending of Prayers upon His Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasalam
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam heard a man supplicate in his prayer, without glorifying Allah and without sending prayers upon teh prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam said (to him)
You have rushed (your supplication) O worshipper
And then the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam heard a man pray; the man glorified Allah, praised Him and sent prayers to teh Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam. the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam said (to him)
Supplicate, you will be answered, ask, you will be given.
(At Tirmidhee graded Hasan. Graded sahih by AlBaanee
Ibn Mas’ud radiallahhu anhu related a similar narration. He said, “I was once praying while Abu bakr and Umar were with teh Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam. When I sat down, I began by praising Allah then sending prayers upon the Prophet sallalalhu alaihi wasalam. I then supplicated for myself. The prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam then said,
“Ask, you will be given; ask, you will be given.”
This is Insya Allah a good reminder for us to not be hasty in making our du’a. Praise Allah with His Beautiful names. He is the One who is going to answer to your prayer. It is of the best of manners that we praise Him before we seek His help.
The best of example of making du’a is taught to us by Allah in Surah Fatihah. The first three verses of Surah fatihah are praises to Allah before we make our du’a.
Also never forget to send solah to Prophet Muhammad sallalalhu alaihi wasalam.
Let’s try it.
Let’s look at this article on how we are to send salah to our Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam. HERE.
2. Asking Allah three times
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet sallalalhu alaihi wasalam loves to repeat his supplications three times, and pray for forgiveness three times. (Abu Dawud)
Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam said,
If you ask Alalh for the jannah three times, the jannah will say, O Allah, make him enter jannah. And if you ask Allah to protect you from hellfire three times, hellfire will say, “O Allah, protect him from hellfire.”
Repeating the du’a shows the persistence and the urgency of your need when you ask from the One who can Give.
Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“Chapter on repeating du’aa’s.” Then he mentioned the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made du’aa’ to Allaah and repeated the du’aa’, when the Jew Labeed ibn al-A’sam put a spell on him. ‘Aa’ishah said: Until one day, or one night, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made du’aa’, then he made du’aa’, then he made du’aa’… Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6391; Muslim, 2189.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Daa’ wa’l-Dawa’ (p. 25): One of the most beneficial of remedies is persisting in du’aa’.
In Kitaab al-Zuhd by Imam Ahmad (305) it is narrated from Qataadah: Mawraq said: I can find no other likeness for the believer except that of a man who is at sea, clinging onto a piece of wood, and saying, “O Lord, O Lord,” that Allaah might save him.
And Allaah knows best.
Insya Allah we will try our very best.
1. The Book of Manners – darussalam