7 STEPS FOR SUCCESS WITH DUAS (4 min, good read)

October 19, 2016 3 Comments

7 STEPS FOR SUCCESS WITH DUAS (4 min, good read)

How often do we supplicate to Allah swt and how? In his famous advice to his son (letter 31 in Nahjul Balagha) Imam Ali a.s. says “Think over it that by simply granting you the privilege of praying for His Favours and Mercies, the Merciful Lord has handed over the keys of His treasures to you. Whenever you are in need you should pray and He will confer His Bounties and Blessings”. Let the abundant rains of His mercy fall upon you.Whenever you call upon Him, He hears your call.

Holy Quran contains many verses where Allah gives us the words to use in our duas. Ahlulbayt a.s. have given us many useful tips on how to seek out the best from the jewels available in the divine treasures. Sahifa e Sajjadia is a monumental collection of amazing duas. Let us briefly look into the steps for supplicating in the best manner:

1. INVOKE: Says Imam Ali a.s. : “Invoke Him to grant you your heart's desire, lay before Him the secrets of your heart, tell Him about all the calamities that have befallen you and misfortunes which face you, and beseech His help to overcome them.” You may ask: “why pray when Allah does know what I want?”. That’s true but Allah wants us to pray so that we develop spiritually, become closer to Him, become aware that we are the needy and He is our Sustainer.

2. DO NOT HOLD BACK: Imam Ali a.s. advises us to “Ask Him to grant you from the treasuries of His mercy that which no one else has power to give….” Imam a.s. also says that we should not hold back on asking for things we perceive as impossible. Things being impossible is a concept that applies to us, the created ones. Nothing is impossible for the Creator!

3. EARN LASTING REWARDS: Imam a.s. adds: “Your request should be for things the benefit of which should be lasting and the burden of which should remain away from you”. Wealth is an example of something that will not last. It can neither prolong our lives nor will it accompany us to the grave. It can also become a burden if it causes us to develop spiritual diseases such as vanity and arrogance or if used in inappropriate activities for which we will be accountable on the Day of Judgement. A much better option would be to pray for being guided to spend what we can on good deeds that earn for us sawab e jaaria ( rewards that continue even after we die). 

4. PRAY FOR OTHERS: Much emphasis has been given to praying for others. Imam Ali a.s. has stressed the benefit of doing so by stating that if you pray for others with a sincere heart, you will not need to pray for your self.

5. DO NOT DESPAIR: We are told that “Delay in acceptance of your pleas should not disappoint you because the grant of prayers often rests with the true purpose and intention of the implorer.

  • - Sometimes the prayers are delayed because the Merciful Lord wants you to receive further rewards for patiently bearing calamities and sufferings and still believing sincerely in His Help. Thus you may be awarded better favours than you requested for.
  • - Sometimes your prayers are turned down, and this is also in your interest; because you often, unknowingly, ask for things that are really harmful to you. If your requests are granted they will do you more harm than good and many of your requests may be such that if they are granted they will result in your eternal damnation. Thus the refusal to accede to your solicitations is a blessing in disguise. 
  • - But very often your requests, if they are not really harmful to you in this life or in the Hereafter, may be delayed but they are granted in quantities much more than you had asked for, bringing in more blessings in their wake than you could ever imagine.”
6. BEAUTIFY YOUR DUAS: Ahlulbayt a.s. have also shown us through their own example of what to pray for and how. They have gifted us with the most amazing selection of duas which they used in their supplications and through which they have provided for us guidance for our journey towards enlightenment. A close look at these duas will teach us a lot about their structure and content e.g.:
  • - They normally start with praise of Allah swt, contain plenty of salawat, acknowledge and glorify the Might and Majesty of Allah swt on one hand and our wretchedness and weakness on the other ( O’ Allah, You are the Provider, and  I am the one in need..)
  • - Next comes our admitting of our sins, expression of regret and seeking forgiveness, thanking Allah swt profusely for His blessings and for the opportunity to seek repentance and then mentioning our needs
  • - And when grave things such as forgiveness of sins and safety from hell fire is involved, there is vigorous pleading, grovelling, and even insisting that our prayer be accepted (O’ Allah, this sinner has no refuge besides You. Where will I go if you do not forgive me! I have full trust in your Mercy. I seek refuge with You from Your wrath. How can you disappoint someone who has all his hopes in only You, who has never associated anyone with You….) 
7. ASCEND TO HIGHER LEVELS: Starting at the lowest stage of duas as a means to seek help and progressing through stages such as an excuse for a lover to converse with his beloved Creator to that high stage where one starts to reflect the Attributes of Allah swt in one's own actions (generosity, forgiveness and so on).
May we all benefit from these pristine examples by learning to formulate our own high quality and highly effective duas for our private, earnest supplications to our beloved Creator. Aameen.
These priceless gems are available to us free with a click on websites such as duas.org. We pray for all of you, our dear brothers and sisters in the global community of Ahlulbayt lovers. And seek your duas for the eAhlulbayt team.

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3 Responses


October 20, 2016

Very very nice……ameen


October 20, 2016

Jazakallah Bro Qasim. Yes, please share widely through your Facebook as well as other means.

Qasim Aga
Qasim Aga

October 19, 2016

Well written and to the point, Inshallah we will make full use of these tips. Could i share this on my Facebook?

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