No No in Making Du’a

1. Transgression in One’s Supplication is Forbidden

Al Aaraf 7: 55

Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors. 

How does one transgress in supplicating? Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy on him) said, “Transgression in supplication occurs in different ways. A person becomes transgressors n his supplications if he does one of the following:

– he asks Allah to help him in something that is haram

– asking Allah to do things that Allah does not do such as he wants to live forever, to make him no longer require things that are necessary to human’s need like food and drink

– asking to do what Allah hates

Transgression is also interpreted to mean raising one’s voice as one is supplicating

Abdullah ibn Mughaffal heard his son say, “O Allah, for when I enter Paradise, I ask You for the white castle that is to the right of Paradise”. Abdullah said, “My son, ask Allah for Paradise, and take refuge with him from the Hellfire, for indeed the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasalam) say, 

“Verily there will be in this nation who will transgress in their purification and suplication.”

2. When one is supplicating, it is disliked for him to think up an invocation of rhyming words

One should not be extravagant or affected when he invokes Allah and concocting an invocation of rhyming words. True, some of the Prophet’s sallallahu alaihi wasalam supplications contain a sequence of phrases whose ending rhymes, when rhyming did occur, it was not intentional but rather from his (sallallahu alaihi wasalam) eloquence.

Ibn Abbas said to Ikrimah,

Watch out for rhymed supplications and avoid them, for I know that the Messenger salllalahu alaihi wasalam and his companions would do exactly that. (Bukhari)

3. Asking help for sinning or breaking off ties of relation, or being impatient for the answer to one’s supplication

The following prevents one’s supplication from being unanswered

i. One invokes Allah to help him perform an unlawful act

ii. One invokes Allah to help him sever ties with his relatives

iii. One becomes impatient in waiting for his supplications to be answered

Abu Hurairah related that Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam said,

A slave will continue to be answered (in his supplication) , as long as he doesn’t invoke for a sin (to be carried out) or for breaking ties of thw womb and as long as he does not rush. It was said, “O Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam, and what is rushing?” He said, “he says, “I supplicated and I supplicated,but I did not see my (supplication) answered; at that point he becomes weary and forsakes supplication.”

The answer to one’s supplication might be delayed due to the wisdom of Allah that is hidden from him. Allah’s choice for us is far better  than what we ask for ourselves. Be persistent in our invocation, in humility, he must not be impatient  when the answer of the supplication is delayed.

So even if we does everything that is required for us to to have our supplication be answered, we still might not get what we asked for.

Have trust in Allah. It does not mean that Allah does not love you. Alah does not give because he is stingy rather because he is saving for something that is far more better for you. he is the One who creates you and the One who is in control of His creation, and thus has full knowledge of what is good for you.

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