• 10 Ways to Maximise Chances of Your Dua Being Answered On The Day of Arafah (For those not going for Hajj)

    It was narrated from Talhah ibn ‘Ubayd ibn Kurayz in a mursal report: “The best of dua is duaa on the day of Arafah.” Narrated by Maalik in al-Muwatta’ (500).  Below are 10 ways on how you can maximise the chances of your du'aa being answered on Yawm Al-Arafah.

    1. Fasting - The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah and he said: “It expiates for the past and coming years.” Narrated by Muslim (1162).

    It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three whose du’aa’ is not rejected: a just ruler, the fasting person when he breaks his fast and the prayer of the oppressed person…”

    2. Make dua following prescribed prayers. According to the hadeeth of Abu Umaamah, it was said: “O Messenger of Allaah, which du’aa’ is heard?” He said: “In the last third of the night, and following the prescribed prayers.”

    There is scholarly difference on what is meant by ‘following the prescribed prayers’. Some were of the view it is after salaam and some of the view that it is before the salaam.

    3. Make dua between the adhaan and the iqaama - It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “A du’aa’ offered between the adhaan and iqaamah is not rejected.”

    4. Make dua when in Sajda (prostration). The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’aa’ then.”

    5. Make dua after the sun has passed its zenith and before Duhr. It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Saa’ib (RA) that the Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) used to pray four rak'ahs after the sun had passed its zenith and before Zuhr, and he said: “This is a time when the gates of heaven are opened and I want a good deed of mine to ascend during this time.”

    6. Think positively of Allah and be certain of a response: It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Make du’aa’ to Allaah when you are certain of a response.”

    7. Be focused when making dua. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Know that Allaah does not answer a du’aa from a distracted heart.”

    8. Praise Allah and send blessings upon Prophet (pbuh) before asking for what you need. It is narrated that whilst the Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) was sitting, a man came in and prayed and said, “O Allaah, forgive me and have mercy on me.” The Messenger of Allaah (S) said, “You have been too hasty, O worshipper. When you have prayed and are sitting, praise Allaah as He deserves to be praised, and send blessings upon me, then call upon Him.”

    9. Face the qiblah when making duaa. It is mustahab to face the qiblah when making dua, as per the hadeeth of the dua of Prophet (pbuh) on the day of Badr when he faced the qiblah, stretched forth his hands and made dua.

    10. Be firm in your duaa. It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “No one of you should say, ‘O Allaah, forgive me if You wish, O Allaah, have mercy on me if You wish’; he should be firm in his asking, for Allaah cannot be compelled.”

    Remember, most of these apply to days other than Arafah as well so do not restrict yourself or your du’aas to the day of Arafah only.

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