By Tasnim Nazeer
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
There are innumerable benefits in making duas and supplicating to Almighty Allah (st), not only during testing times but also to show gratitude or seek protection when things are going smoothly. There are many challenges in life, but our ultimate purpose in this world is to worship Allah (st) and work productively in doing good deeds with the hope of attaining Jannah. What better way to worship Allah than to trust in His decree and ask Him alone to fulfil our supplications? Our beloved Prophet (sa) said, “Dua is worship.” (at-Tirmidhi; sound)
Many of us underestimate the power of dua and fail to realise that by supplicating to Allah and putting our trust and faith in His decisions, we become closer to our Lord and one step closer to making a positive change in our lives with renewed hope. Dua is said to be the weapon of the believer and has the power to avert a calamity. The power of dua is unprecedented as the Prophet (sa) said, “Nothing can avert the decree of Allah except supplication…” (at-Tirmidhi; reliable). Following are the five benefits of duas.
1. The greatest benefit of dua is its fulfillment
As Muslims we know that ultimately we will receive whatever Allah has decreed for us. By putting our trust in the Almighty, our dua is most likely to become fulfilled and this is one of the greatest benefits of making dua; it gives us hope and strengthens the bond between the Almighty and ourselves. If the dua is not fulfilled, it may be accepted later on in this life or in the Hereafter, or it may be that Allah knows what is best for us and what is not, which we may not be able to recognise ourselves.
2. Dua is a gateway to Allah’s mercy
Dua provides an opportunity to seek Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. We are all human and not immune to having sinned. If we seek reformation and ask Allah for forgiveness through dua we can hope to be forgiven for our sins and gain His mercy. The Messenger of Allah (sa) said, “I certainly ask Allah for forgiveness seventy times a day.” (at-Tirmidhi; sound)
3. Dua is powerful enough to change your Qadr (destiny)
If you fear a calamity or make dua that Allah protects you from a misfortune, He may accept it. Such duas have the power to change your Qadr. One must remember that duas can change one’s destiny only in terms of minor aspects of life, such as protection from an enemy who may cause harm.
4. Dua keeps your heart humble
Dua keeps arrogance away from our hearts and promotes humbleness. When we make dua, we feel the Almighty’s power and our reliance on Him, and we recognise our own powerlessness. Some matters can only be solved by the Almighty, but our supplications and our efforts help us achieve our needs. Our daily supplications to Allah can refresh our hearts in remembrance of our Lord and make us aware that all sustenance, good and bad, comes from Him.
5. Dua results in blessings
Muslims are encouraged to make duas, and those who do so are rewarded by Allah. Our Prophet (sa) said, “Allah is extremely displeased with the person who doesn’t make dua to Him.” (at-Tirmidhi; sound) From this we can see that by making duas, we can gain Allah’s pleasure and His blessings.
Through dua we can seek His forgiveness, complete an act of worship, and strengthen our faith and our remembrance of the power of Allah. So go ahead, make dua today, and seek the benefits of this beautiful act of worship!
Tasnim Nazeer is an award winning Freelance Journalist/Writer and Author who has written for a variety of print and online publications including CNN International, The Muslim News, Your Middle East, Islam Channel and many more. She was awarded The Muslim News Award for Excellence in Media 2013 and is a UN Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace. For more information visit her website at www.tasnimnazeer.com or follow her on Twitter: @tasnimnazeer1
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