The power of du’a (supplication).

Man, despite his pride, recognizes that fundamentally he is a weak and limited creature. At times of great despair and distress there is a deep-rooted primordial instinct in man to turn towards an omnipotent, all-hearing power who will help him. We call this power “God”, in Islam “Allah”. Examples of such times are if a man is drowning, or very close to death, or a loved one is sick and dying. Man, no matter how wealthy, successful, intelligent or proud he might be then realizes how powerless he is and turns to a greater power.

In Islam, praying as in the daily act of worship performed 5 times a day is called “salah”. The act of praying, as in supplicating to Allah and asking him for something is called “du’a“. However the act of asking the all-powerful one is something universal to all and usually done in times of great need.

According to Islam, Allah does not get tired of us turning to him, calling him for help. Humans however are the opposite. If we have a friend, no matter how close, they will eventually have some frustration if we constantly ask them for help.  Allah is the opposite, the more we ask him, the better. Du’a is an act of worship. It is an act which emanates from man’s realization that he is weak and limited and that the creator is not. Every time we turn towards him we are thus saying he is all powerful.

The Quran says: “And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer)!” ( Surah 40 Verse 60)

Anyone can turn to the creator and ask him in any language. However in Islam there are guidelines.

Best manner of du’a.

Islam tells us that the best way to do du’a is to raise your hands and to:

-Praise Allah and call him by his names in Arabic, i.e. “Ya Rahman” (Oh Merciful one) or “Ya Razzaq” (Oh provider)

-Ask for peace and prayers on his beloved prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

-To make the du’a three times. It is preferrable to do a du’a which the prophet himself (peace be upon him) did, but any du’a in any language is fine as long as it does not ask for something which is wrong.

- Then to finish the du’a by praising Allah and asking for peace and prayers on his prophet (peace be upon him) once again.

Best times for du’a

There are times or situations when du’a is more likely to be accepted or is stronger. These include

-  In the last third of the night, when pious Muslims often stay up engaged in prayer.

-  When one is a traveller.

- When one has been oppressed. The du’a of the oppresssed is very powerful, this is why in history many tyrants and mighty rulers have faced a humiliating end.

- When one is sick, or are visiting a sick person.

- After one has finished doing wudhu’ (ablutions to perform prayer).

- Between the time of the adhan (call to prayer) and the iqamah.

- When prostrating during prayer.

- Also du’a done in a group e.g behind an Imam after prayer is stronger than if it is done individually.

“Why is my du’a not answered?”

Du’a will only be accepted if a person’s income, the food he eats, and his clothing are not earned in a way which is against Islam. If a person sold drugs, which is against Islam, then his du’a would not be accepted.

Allah is the lord of the worlds, and the master of all. He is our master and we are his servants. He is not our servant and cannot be ordered by us. Du’a is not like going to a vending machine and putting in a coin and then getting a soft drink. This attitude is disrespectful to the lord of the worlds. Du’a requires humility and sincerity and at times can be likened to growing a plant. It will take time for the plant to come into full fruition, but we must be patient, water the plant and wait. If a person becomes impatient for his du’a to be accepted and even says “Allah does not grant my du’a” then his du’a will be rejected by Allah. If we are patient, and make du’a regularly and have trust in Allah and never doubt him and accept whatever his decision is, we will ultimately see the fruits of this and that du’a that we made will come to be, it will blossom as the trees do in spring.

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Allah may chose to:

1. Give us what we ask for.

2. Not give it to us, but give us something else – maybe that particular thing which we have asked for – instead in the next world.

3. Avert hardship or problems from us.

However there is no obligation upon the lord of the worlds to accept all du’as. For example if a man is abusive towards his wife, this is against the teachings of Islam which encourage tenderness and love between couples. Here are some sayings of the prophet, peace be upon him, related to this.

“Allah is not merciful to he who is not merciful to people “. 

“The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character, and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”

(Hadiths – sayings of the prophet, peace be upon him, from Bukhari and Tirmihdi).

Allah does not love anyone being abused, the prophet informed us of an incident when a woman from the children of Israel who was a whore was thirsty and went to a well to drink. After quenching her thirst she saw a dog which was thirsty like her, seeing this she felt moved and climbed the well, put water in her shoe and then climbed back out and fed the dog. For this act, the prophet (peace be upon him) told us that this woman was given paradise by the lord of the worlds.

So if a man is abusive to others, cheats, commits sins, and steals and then turns towards Allah supplicating towards him, then Allah may reject his du’a due to his sins.

Making your du’a stronger.

We can make our du’a stronger by mentioning something which Allah loves. For example on a human level we can make a request to a friend stronger by saying things such as “Do you remember when I helped you?” or “I am your brother’s friend”. We can do a similar thing with Allah and in Arabic this is called tawassul.

The three universally accepted forms of tawassul in Islam (this is a deep and complex issue in Islamic jurispudence) are:

1. To ask Allah by his names and attributes.

So we can say “Ya Allah (Oh Allah), Ya Rahman, Ya Hakeem (Oh merciful one, Oh wise one) and then make our du’a.

We can also see this in our daily lives, if we address someone by his title or role then we will get a better response, for example instead of “Dear Leader, please help us” we could say “Dear Leader, you are the one who is the defender of this nation and its values, please help us”.

2. To ask someone more pious than us.

We can go to a Muslim whom we feel is a good person and closer to Allah than us. For example if someone was a weak Muslim and would do things which were wrong he could ask someone to make du’a for him. In our own daily lives we see that a person in authority would respond to the request of someone they were closer to, than us.

3. To mention your good deeds.

In our du’a we can say things such as “Oh Allah, I pray regularly, please accept my du’a.” or “Oh lord, by my fasting in Ramadan, accept my du’a”. Whether it be praying, fasting, even smiling at someone (which counts as a good deed in Islam), helping an old lady across the road and so on, the mention of a good deed makes our du’a far stronger, as it would do in our daily lives.

Reading the Quran.

The Quran is the most extraordinary book in the history of mankind. There is no other book which is held in as much reverence as it is. No other book memorized by heart by as many people as it has. Despite all the conflicts, differences between Muslims, this book has been preserved for 1400 years and is the same all across the world whether it be from Morocco or Indonesia. Years ago a man mentioned how the Muslims are like a man in a forest looking for his way out, whilst he has the map in his pocket. The Quran is such a map. One’s du’a can be made far stronger with the reading of the Quran. Aside from du’a however, the Quran should be read and recited anyway. The Quran is only in Arabic and no other language, everything else is merely an attempt to translate the meaning. After reading the Quran one can make du’a, and one can make one’s reading of the Quran a form of tawassul. The true nature of the Quran is not understood by many. It is not only a book for reading and contemplation but it is also akin to medicine or a perfume from which a sweet and fragrant odour emanates. The reading of the Quran in a house revives the house, and where there may have been conflict, bitterness and strife before, the fragrance of the Quran brings in happiness, peace and tranquility if recited regularly.

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The recitation of the Quran bring in blessings to a home as we were informed by the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) when he told us that reading the second chapter of the Quran, i.e. Al-Baqarah led to shaytan being absent from the house for three days.

“Do not turn your houses into graves. Shaytan is barred from any home where Surah Baqarah has been recited.”

(Muslim).

So just as putting flowers or perfumes in our houses bring in a pleasant smell, the recitation of the Quran can be like an air freshener which removes or decreases the foul smell of sins. Every sin is something dirty and unclean. A child being rude to his parent, a woman not being respected by her husband, constant arguments and fights are all forms of sin and are all dirt. The way to end them if one is to turn to Allah and to do good deeds including the recitation of the Quran, especially Suratul-Baqarah (the 2nd “surah” i.e. chapter of the Quan).

The Quran is like a treasure full of precious jewels. There is a saying in the English language that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. The Quran is full of diamonds and other jewels and is far superior. It can be the best friend of those who recite it in times of need. Just as precious stones have their own special qualities and properties, so do the surahs (chapters) of the Quran.

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Fatiha

First Surah of the Quran, if recited properly can cure any sickness.

I myself read this surah once for a problem and soon after someone showed me a cure for a problem I had.

Yusuf

12th chapter of the Quran which is about the life of the prophet Yusuf  (Joseph, peace be upon him) and his trials and tribulations. It gives its reader happiness. It was revealed in what is called in Islam, “The Year of Sadness”, when the prophet (peace be upon him) saw both his wife and uncle, a supporter of the oppressed Muslims, die. I read it once whilst going through some problems and after a day or two inexplicably felt rejuvenated and happier.

Ya Seen

36th Surah of the Quran and can be used when there is some affliction or trouble which has befallen you. I have read it and it caused my problems to either lessen greatly or to be removed entirely.

Waqiah

56th Surah of the Quran. The prophet (peace be upon him) said of it:

“The one who reads Surah Waqiah at night will not face poverty.” 

(Bayhaqi)

I read it after a contract of mine had finished and I was looking for work. A few hours later I recieved a phone call regarding employment.

Ayatul Kursi (The verse of the Throne).

The Quran is the greatest book in the world, and ayatul kursi (ayah = verse, kursi = throne) is the greatest verse in the entire Quran and has huge power.

Ayatul Kursi, ‘The Verse of the Throne’.

Here is the transliteration: Allahu la ilaha illa Huwa, Al-Hayyul-Qaiyum La ta’khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawm, lahu ma fis-samawati wa ma fil-’ard Man dhal-ladhi yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnihi Ya’lamu ma bayna aidihim wa ma khalfahum, wa la yuheetuna bi shai’in-min ‘ilmihi illa bima sha’a Wasi’a kursiyuhus-samawati wal ard, wa la ya’uduhu hifdhuhuma Wa Huwal ‘Aliyul-Adheem

Translation:

 There is no god but He,
The Living, the Everlasting,
Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep,
To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth.
Who is there that can intercede with His, except by His leave?
He knows what lies before them and what is after them,
And they comprehend not anything of His Knowledge save as He wills.
His throne comprises the heavens and the earth,
The preserving of them fatigues Him not,
And He is the All-High, All-Glorious.

I have read this verse in times of need and Allah helped me on many occassions, for which I thank him.

Verse 9, Surah Yasin.

The transliteration is:

Waja’alnaa mim bayni aydeehim saddan wamin khalfihim saddan faaghshaynaahum fahum laa yubsiroon.

Translation: And We have put a bar in front of them and a bar behind them, and further, We have covered them up; so that they cannot see.

This verse is recited and then one blows into their hands and wipes over themselves. It makes others not notice you or oblivious to your presence. It is often used by practising Muslims with beards or hijab who encounter prejudice, hostile looks and so on.

 Taha

20th Surah of the Quran. Frequent reading of this, for example tens of times, with du’a can help one find a marriage partner for yourself or for members of your family.

To conclude du’a (supplication) universal to all human cultures across time and space and stems from a very fundamental awareness of man’s weak nature, his impotency and that there is one who unlike man is all-powerful. In our lives we are constantly asking and requesting for things, however the fundamental giver of all things is Allah. Whereas if we ask friends for something, if done frequently, then it can lead to annoyance. You are asking your friend to divert their own time and effort onto helping you, whilst your friend is busy with other things. Therefore we are accustomed to not asking too much. However with Allah it is different, every time we ask him something this counts as an act of worship, and the more we ask him, even if it be something as supposedly “trivial” as a shoelace (as mentioned in a statement of the prophet peace be upon him). Du’a has been described by the prophet (peace be upon him) as the weapon of the believer. With it he or she is able to overcome difficulties and hardships that he or she faces in this life, and this life is fundamentally a test. Du’a is something neglected by many Muslims and so is the reading of the Quran. The pious Muslims of the past would read around 20 pages of the Quran every day. For many of us, if we are new Muslims, or do not know Arabic this is difficult. However it should be done gradually, even if it’s just reading two verses every day for a year. With increased reading of the Quran and du’a we will see blessings flow into our lives and not just ourselves, but if many of us do this and pray for other suffering people we will see the state of the Muslim world and the world in general improve.

- Faatih.

59 Responses to “The power of du’a (supplication).”


  1. 1 Dukette January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Very good post! :)

    Did not Mutarrif ibn Abdullah also say,

    “I was wondering what the foundation for all good deeds could be. I found that good deeds are many, such as praying and fasting, and they are all in the hands of Allah. We have no access to what Allah has, except through asking him, so I realized that the foundation for all good deeds is Du’a.”

  2. 2 faatih January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Jazakallah khair Dukette,

    That was a very profound quote and once again highlights the huge role of du’a in our religion.

  3. 3 pakarfisika January 31, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Nice Blog mr. Faatih,

    Allah also say [say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call upon him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most beautiful Names. neither speak Thy prayer aloud, nor speak it In a low tone, but seek a Middle course between."] al-israa:110

    may Allah bless us for ever…amien

  4. 4 faatih January 31, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Thank you and Aameen.

  5. 5 Ceshune February 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Dear Faatih:

    Thank you very much for inviting me to your new blog.

    I enjoy reading your articles.

    Ceshune

  6. 6 faatih February 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

    You are welcome Ceshune.

  7. 7 Minaz Akbar June 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    faatih….

    Assalam O Alaikum……..read your blog……..very much peace of mind and heart….. will Inshallah surely read Surah Yousuf tonight as we are also facing some difficulties regarding job…..i learnt a lot from your article……i heartily appreciate you and thank you a lot for this….hope and expecting a lot to hear and read from your side…I alos thank allah for directing me to this blog…… may allah guide all we muslims in the right path…Ameen….was salam….Akbar

  8. 8 faatih June 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    You are welcome Minaz.

    May Allah help you with your problem regarding work.

    In terms of finding work, and “rizq” (sustenance, livelihood), some beneficial actions are:

    1. To do istighfar regularly as that wipes away your sins and increases your rizq.

    2. Read surah Waqi’ah.

    3. Give in charity, as Allah will give you even more than you donated to others.

    Be patient and make regular du’a.

  9. 9 Minaz Akbar June 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Faatih,

    Assalam O Alaikum…… Thanks for replying…. Alhamdulillah i always read surah waqi’ah,surah mulk, surak muzammil and last few verses of Surah bakhrah(aa ma nal rasoolullah…) every night…. in the morning after fazar i read surah Yaseen, surah Rehman and some other duas and tazbeeh….at other times i constantly keep reading “laa ilaha illa ann ta subhana ka inni kuntu minazzaleemin” ……….alhamdulillah we both husband and wife are charitable persons and give/help a lot to many…..i tried to find a lot what exactly istighfar is and what are the words of istighfar? ……… i will be very thankful to you if you write me what exactly the words of istighfar are? we always face difficulties even for our minor fault……. i am a very impatient person… and always try myself to keep my temper and patience under control….but sometimes is very helpless….. thanking you in anticipation….Wassalam……jazaa kallah khair…

  10. 10 faatih June 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Istighfar is to seek forgiveness from Allah.

    It is to say “Astaghfirullah”.

    When one does this profusely then it helps to remove sins and increase ones rizq. Some Muslims say this 100 times, other Muslims who are very pious will say this and other adhkar (plural of dhikr) continuously.

    Also remember that when you experience hardship and difficult then for a believer his sins are wiped off “like leaves falling of a tree”, we call this “kaffarah” (expiation).

    So be patient and you will see the fruits of your du’a in months if not weeks.

    - Faatih

    • 11 Akbar July 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Assalam…… Heartily thanks for the reply and for your kind co-operation….. as written supplications can also be done….” When prostrating during prayer”… can we supplicate during namaz sajdah? or specially do a sajdah for supplicating?……..read surah yusuf……both english translation and arabic….i thank for the valuable guidance…. allah hafiz

  11. 12 Sarah July 1, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Really good post and mashAllah a great blog.

  12. 13 faatih July 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Yes we can make du’a during prostration, “sajdah”, and in fact it is encouraged.

    It is said the closest a Muslim is to Allah is when he is doing sajdah. I do not know if one can do sajdah by itself and then supplicate but one can certainly pray 2 rakahs at any time one wishes and do du’a for a specific need e.g. finding a job, meeting a wife, overcoming a problem and so on.

    I myself recently had a problem which might have cost me a couple of hundreds of pounds and had to write a letter, before sending the letter I prayed 2 rakahs and thanks to Allah I was very fortunate in the outcome.

  13. 14 Abdul-Haq August 21, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Salamualaikum, great article.

    Is it permissible for a person to make Du’a for a Muslim non-mahram?

  14. 15 faatih September 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    It is permissible to make du’a for non-Muslim family or friends who are alive. We can ask Allah to bestow them with good such as health, safety and other things but of course the best thing to ask for them is guidance to Islam.

  15. 16 Mahmud Jemal September 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

    ‘assalam u alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa baakatuhu’

    I enjoyed reading your blog,
    It’s always good to get the same message from different angles..

    JAZAKALLAHU KHAIRAN :-)

  16. 17 mohrah September 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    AOA
    This is the first time I am writing to you inshallah i should get some sort of response.
    I have 26 yr old son who is finding it very difficult to find a marraige partner, find a job and is getting distant from his family members. He has had many proposals but nothing comes out of it. He is a graduate, good mannered, good looking but something is topping his progression.
    Could you please advice what dua to read or surahs to read from the quran that allah makes it easy for him.
    He is getting depressed and losing hope.

    I shall look forward toyour reply insha allah.
    A worried mother
    Mohrah

  17. 18 faatih September 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu dear respected sister in Islam and mother of our Muslim brother, Mohrah,

    It is nice that I can be of help to you.

    There are a number of things your son must do.

    1. Repentance.

    Bad things often happen to us because of our sins and they will not stop unless we end our sins or repent for them, even if we make du’a. If a thief prayed to Allah with powerful du’as but carried on stealing then his prayers may not be answered, and even if he stops thieving he must at least feel sorry in his heart for all the people he has stolen from.

    So the first thing that your son (and myself and all others must do) is to say “Astaghfirullah” regularly, ideally hundreds of times a day e.g. it only takes 1 minute to say it 60 times. Astaghfirullah for non-Muslim readers means “May Allah forgive me”. If someone wants to decorate their room and make it beautiful the first thing they must do is get rid of anything dirty and clean it. So the first thing someone wishing to succeed in life must do is to clean himself spiritually by washing away his sins. Your son must ask Allah for forgiveness for any wrong he has done and if possible ask anyone he has wronged to forgive him.

    To summarize he must say “Astaghfirullah” hundreds of times a day.

    2. Saying “Astaghfirullah” is also good for gaining rizq, (provision). There are other surahs for gaining rizq such as reading Suratul Waqi’ah. Your son should read that regularly.

    3. In terms of marriage he should try to read “Surah Taha” regularly every day for a month or two. There is also another practise which is beneficial. After praying Maghrib, he can say darood (salutations and peace) on the prophet (peace be upon him) and then say the Quranic ayah “rabbi inni lima anzalta illaya min khairin faqeer” 11 times and then darood again. He should try to do this for 40 days continuously. However “Surah Taha” is strongly advised.

    4. In terms of him being close to his family, your or he should read the whole of Suratul Baqarah in the house as it brings peace into a household for a while, and then it must be read again.

    5. Your son maybe a very good person but be the victim of hasad (jealousy) therefore he should read Suratul-Falaq and An-Nas regularly to protect himself from the jealousy of people. The prophet Yusuf peace be upon him was the victim of jealousy from his own brothers. He was a prophet of Allah but was imprisoned in jail and faced many tribulations.

    Your son should try to do all these actions of Islam but the foundation is to say “astaghfirullah” regularly and stay away from evil. After a few months insha’Allah you will find that he is married, has a good job, and is close to his family.

    Read Quran regularly and pray in the last third of the night. Also he or you should try to give some charity. So if instead of spending £50 on a piece of clothing, you should give this money to charity and then make du’a that Allah accepts this good deed and that he gives your son what you wish. This will help you.

    Insha’Allah after doing these things in a few months time you will find that your son is married, has a good job and is close to his family.

    Be patient.

  18. 19 Hamdalat October 21, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Salam aleikum, jazakumulahu khairan 4 d advice, may Allah reward u.

  19. 20 Sarah September 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Assalaamu’alaikum,

    I stumbled upon your blog while I am searching for some du’a for my sister who is not feeling very well. I really like your article for it not only remind me what to pray but also things that we should do / not do in order to have our prayers be answered in the best manner possible. My husband and I have been trying to conceive, we have been married for 5 years. Would you know of any possible surah and du’a for us?

    Jazaakallah bilkhair kathiiran for all your work and help. :)

    • 21 faatih September 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Asalamu ‘alaikum sister,

      There are different ayaat you can read along with your 5 times prayer. One ayah is

      “Waallatheena yaqooloona rabbana hab lana min azwajina wathurriyyatina qurrata aAAyunin waijAAalna lilmuttaqeena imaman”

      Surah Furqan: verse 74

      Translation: “And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqun”

      Also: “Hunalika daAAa Zakariyya rabbahu qala rabbi hab lee min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka Samee’u Ddu’a”

      3:38 There did Zakariya pray to his Lord, saying: “O my Lord! Grant unto me from Thee a progeny that is pure: for Thou art He that heareth prayer

      1. In addition to this you can pray Tahajjud in the early hours of the morning and make du’a then.

      2. Give lots of money to charity or help the needy and then make du’a to Allah to accept your prayer for a child based on this good deed.

      Be patient because for example the prophet Zakariya peace be upon him had a child a long time after this du’a. It could take you weeks, months or even a year or two.

      Be patient my sister was told for many years that she couldn’t concieve, now she has two boys.

      As for your sister recite Al-Fatiha then blow over her and make du’a for her well-being and also take the appropriate medical measures such as taking blackseed oil, looking at complementary medicine such as homeopathy, acupuncture and so forth.

      - Faatih.

  20. 23 samreen December 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    assalaamalaikum sister,
    i read your blog and got to learn a lot from it.. i am a married woman..its been 2 years of my married life and yet my husband doesn’t love me..i want me and my husband to be happy and loving towards each other but its just not happening…please suggest me what to read sister..waiting for ur reply..

  21. 24 faatih December 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Asalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu sister Samreen,

    This is a serious topic concerning someone’s life so I will give you a detailed response. I will first give you practical advice on steps you can take and then I will suggest that some du’as you can use. First of all du’a is not an instant solution to everything and sometimes we go through trials in order to improve ourselves, purify ourselves and become humbler.

    Practical steps:

    1. Ask your husband how he feels. Listen to what he says. Allah has given us two ears and one tongue and we should use them in that proportion. Listen to what he says and try to understand why he says this, how he feels. Then after patiently listening to him he needs to do the same and then discuss ways forward.

    2. Maybe there is a problem of communication and maybe one or both parties are misinterpreting certain things.

    3. Be patient and remember that even the prophet peace be upon him had marital issues and he was the best of creation. Try to find out what you can do to improve the situation, as well as what he can do. Marital problems are common these days and always have been so do not feel you are alone.

    Du’a:

    Read the following du’a in Arabic, translation “”Our Lord! Grant that our spouses and our offspring be a comfort to our eyes, and make us leaders of the righteous (and are conscious of You)” (Surah 25:74)

    Arabic: “walladheena yaqooloona rabbanaa hablanaa min azwaajinaa wa dhurriy-yaatinaa qurrata a’Åyuniw waj’Alnaa lil mut-taqiyna imaamaa ”

    Make this du’a regularly.

    2. Read the last two ayaat of suratul baqarah (the second surah of the Quran) in the morning and before sleep as this keeps the shaytan away from the house, as he is active in trying to cause problems and conflict. Do this every day.

    3. In addition if you can try to recite Suratul Baqarah even if it takes you a month to complete it (for some it can take a few hours, for some over a month depending on the person’s ability) as well as reading Surah Taha.

    4. Pray Tahajjud, even if it is just 4 rakaat half an hour before the start of Fajr.

    Be patient do this regularly and insha’Allah after a few weeks or months, or even earlier you will see a difference.

    If you have any more questions you can email me on: faatih1@hotmail.co.uk

    - Brother Faatih.

  22. 25 Amalia May 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

    Brother, May Allah reward you blessings and constant mercy for your effort sharing this great information.
    I have the most impossible dream (to human’s thought), which I believe is not a bad thing and I also believe that I don’t have any bad intention upon that dream. Through this dream I found my way back to try to get much closer to Allah, read many information on how to become a true muslim. And then I found out about how tremendous the power of dua to Allah. I try to do more good deeds, seeking guidance from Quran and try to follow the sunnah as best as I could. Bottom line is I’m trying to be the servant for Allah as best as I could.
    Then it across my mind, I have this huge impossible dream that no one in this whole world can help me except Allah. I feel insincere that I come closer to Allah with agenda so that Allah will make my dream to reality. But where else can I go to send all my hope?
    What do you think about this Brother? Jazakillah khairan katsiran

    • 26 faatih June 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Asalamu ‘alaikum sister Amalia,

      As long as your wish is halal (permissible) then that is fine, because you accept that only Allah has the power to realize your wishes. The holy prophet peace be upon him told us that we should make du’a even if it is for a shoelace. There is nothing wrong in asking Allah to help us with our material needs, and it is an act of worship, rather the more you ask Allah the better.

      May Allah help you in your journey to become a better Muslim and may Allah grant that to all of us.

      I am honoured that after your dream one of the things that happened to you was reading this blog.

      Peace and prayers be upon the final messenger, Muhammad alaihi wa salaam and his noble companions, family and ummah.

  23. 27 Laila May 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Dear Faatih,
    Is there any dua for my son who is in jail? What surah and what dua should I read so he can be released from jail? Please let me know for I am so so sad all the time

  24. 29 faatih June 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Asalamu ‘alaikum sister Laila,

    May Allah give you and your family Imaan and happiness and help you in this difficult time. Remember that the noble prophet of Allah, Yusuf (alaihi salaam) was imprisoned too and so were many others in Islamic history.

    You can do many actions such as pray, pray tahajjud, fast and give extra charity, but above all be patient. There are many surahs or du’as you can read. One is:

    Alladheena idha asabat-hum museebatun qaloo inna lillahi wa-inna ilayhi raji’oon

    Ula-ika ‘alayhim salawatun min rabbihim warahmatun wa ula-ika humu al muhtadoon

    Translation of the meaning:

    Who say: when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.”

    They are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Lord and Mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance.

    (Surah Baqarah, 156-157)

    Also you can read:

    Wa-alladheena idha fa’alu fahishatan “aw zalamu “anfusahum dhakaru Allaha faistaghfaru li dhunubihim wa-man yaghfiru adh-dhunuba “illa Allahu wa lam yusirru ‘ala ma fa’alu wa-hum ya’lamun

    Ulaika jaza-uhum maghfiratun minr rabbihim wa-jannatun tajri min tahtihal-anharu khalideena fiha wa-ni’ma “ajru al-‘amileena

    Translation of the meaning:

    And those who having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own souls earnestly bring Allah to mind; and ask for forgiveness for their sins,―and who can forgive sins except Allah?,―And are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the wrong) they have done.

    For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens with rivers flowing underneath an eternal dwelling; how excellent a recompense for those who work (and strive)!

    (Surah Ali Imran, 135-136)

    As well as:

    Alladheena qala lahumu an-nasu “inna an-nasa qad jama’u lakum fa-ikhshawhum fa-zadahum “imanan wa-qalu hasbuna Allahu wa-ni’ma al-wakil

    Fa in qalabu bi-ni’matin min Allahi wa-fadlin lam yamsas-hum su-“un wa-ittaba’u ridwana Allahi wa-Allahu dhu fadlin ‘atheem

    Translation of the meaning:

    Men said to them: “A great army is gathering against you, so fear them”: but it (only) increased their Faith. They said: “For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs.”

    And they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah: no harm ever touched them; for they followed the good pleasure of Allah: and Allah is the Lord of bounties unbounded.

    (Surah Ali Imran, 173 – 174)

    In addition there is:

    Wa Ayyooba idh nada rabbahu annee massaniya ad durru wa anta arhamu arrahimeena

    Fastajabna lahu fakashafna ma bihi min durrin waataynahu ahlahu wamithlahum ma’ahum rahmatan min ‘indina wa dhikra lilAAabideen

    Translation of the meaning:

    And (remember) Job, when he cried to his Lord “Truly distress has seized me But Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful.”

    So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him and We restored his people to him and doubled their number― as a Grace from Ourselves and a thing for commemoration, for all who serve Us.

    (Sura Anbiya, 83-84)

    Wadha annooni idh dhahaba mughadiban fathanna an lan naqdira ‘alayhi fanaada fee aldhulumati an la ilaha illa anta subhanaka innee kuntu mina aldhthalimeen

    Faistajabna lahu wanajjaynahu mina alghammi wakadhalika nunjee almumineen

    Translation of the meaning:

    And remember Dhu al Nun, when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no power over him! but he cried through the depths of darkness “There is no god but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!”

    So We listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those who have faith.

    (Surah Anbiya, 87-88)

    So be patient, turn towards Allah, ask Allah to give you and your son Iman and to release him from prison, and if you are consistent with your du’a for a considerable time, then if Allah so wishes your son will be free.

    Peace and prayers be upon the final messenger, Muhammad (alaihi wa salam), the seal of the prophets, the trustworthy, the best of creation and upon his noble family, companions and ummah.

    - Faatih

    • 30 Laila June 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Jazaka Allah kul Khair brother! Thank you so so much for your wonderful post

    • 31 mehru June 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Assalam O Alaikum,

      How many times are you suppose to read each surah once, twice etc?

      • 32 faatih June 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        Salam brother Mehru,

        May Allah help you and your family in this difficult time. I am not an ‘Aalim so not an authority and I share the little knowledge that I have.

        My personal advice however is:

        1. Read Surah Yusuf everyday, if you can’t. Try and read it in parts until you are able to comfortably read it in one session. It contains the story
        of the imprisonment of Yusuf ‘alaihi salam, a prophet of Allah. It is also known as a Surah that gives happiness since it was revealed in the “year of sadness”, the year when the prophet’s uncle and wife died.

        2. Read Falaq and Nas every day and then blow on your hands and wipe over yourself and ask for protection for you and your family.

        3. Also pray Tahajjud.

        I will make du’a for your family.

        wa-salam

        - Faatih

  25. 33 Nazifa January 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Jazakallahukhairun. May Allah bless u̶̲̥̅̊ and grant u̶̲̥̅̊ AlJannal firdaus, Ameen.

  26. 34 seemashaheen January 29, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Salam
    I read two versions of Hazrat Moosa AS’s dua and don’t know if one is attributed to him and the other to another prophet and in what context were these two duas recited – pleas also give their translations and locations in the Quran, thanks:
    1. Rabbi inni maqloobun fantasir
    1. Rabbu inni massani-yadh-urru wa ‘anta arhamur-Raahimeen

  27. 35 mariam January 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

    This is fantastic!!! Thank you.

  28. 36 faatih January 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Allah yubarik feek, thank you. I appreciate your du’a sister and may Allah give you likewise. Ameen.

  29. 37 faatih January 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Mariam thank you. JazakAllah khair.

  30. 38 faatih January 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Ok sister Seema, I will try to respond properly when I can.

    Thank you.

  31. 39 Jiddah muhammad April 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Jazakallahu khayran. Vry nyc qoute may Allah reward us all. Ameen.

  32. 40 Sheiku December 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

    My Brother in Islam,
    May Allah SWT bless you and all your descendants for this work of spreading the good news of Allah SWT as well as giving people a sense of direction and relief during very difficult times through the spritual guidance from Allah SWT’s holy book.

    I must say I have read many blogs but this one gives me more required information and It kept me interested to the extent that I read all the posts till the end. I have learnt a lot Allahhamdullilahi Rabil Allahmin. It would have been good again if people would have shared their if they did followed your direction according to the Holy Quran and the outcome but I believe IsAllah their problems were solved by Allah’s grace.

    I am going through a very difficult time now and if Allah does not help it will affect myself and my family but I had been praying and asking Allah SWT for his help. I would like you and all the Muslim brothers and sister here for the sake of Allah to pray for me and my family so that Allah SWT will have mercy on us and come to our aid. Although I have read a lot of other suggestions you have made to other Muslims here which I will consider and use the steps and Duas for my prayers, I am also asking you for the sake of Allah to suggest any Duas or prayers, surah that I can perform to ask Allah for his Devine intervention.
    I thank you and may Allah bless us all for sharing and spreading the word of this our blessed religion.

  33. 41 Cawo December 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Asalamu Alaykum
    It is my first time I am writing to you and inshallah i will get a good response inshalah .
    I am 32 yris old and Gril and having difficult to find a marraige partner, and even i could’t get a good proposal . if some asked and saying some thing about marriage i will get angry.
    Could you please advice what dua to read or surahs to read from the quran that allah makes it easy for me to get proposal or to get married

    some times i get depressed and losing hope.

    Inshalah i shall look forward toyour early respond

  34. 42 cawo January 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Asalamu Alaykum

    thanks alot for your kind help as i read maney articles, am 32 years old gril i have a problem of getting married or proposal so is there any Ayah or Duca which can help me to get proposal or married

    thanks alot, looking your kind answer

  35. 43 faatih January 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Salam Sheikhu and Cawo, may Allah help you with your problems.

    Please read the other advice I have given before on this blog.

    Read the Quran, pray Tahajjud and give money to charity. I will personally make du’a for both of you.

    Hope to speak to both of you later.

    May Allah help you and give you blessings.

    - Faatih

    • 44 Cawo January 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Jazakalahu khayr

      • 45 Sheikh Ahmed Tejan January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

        Hi Faatih,
        Thanks a lot for your response! May Allah continue to bless you and all your family for this wonderful sacrifice you are making for the sake of Allah. Thanks a lot for the dua may Allah accept our duas.
        I have been following all your blogs and will continue to do so Ish Allah.
        Will keep you inform how things are going on Ish Allah.
        May Allah bless us all…..Ameen

  36. 46 Believe Only ALLAH January 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Dear Brother,
    Assalamualaikum. I feel so good reading posts in this blog.
    I would like to share my personal problem with you and would really be grateful for any suggestion and duas.
    I have been living abroad for 5 years, my husband is still back in the country and waiting for his immigration. I completed my studies but to find a job has become the hardest and most distressful thing in my life. My children are also upset and at some point I feel they are not confident because of my failure. I am staying at my brother’s house and thats also causing a great deal of problems. I dont know what to do, I believe ALLAH (SWT) will listen to my prayer and do whatever is best for me. But in some distressful moment I kind of loose all hope (Astagfirullah)..which is a great sinful act. PLease tel me how I can appease ALLAH swt and get a sustainable good life. Thank you. Jazakallah

    • 47 faatih January 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Insha’Allah may Allah help you with your situation and bring your husband over to Australia.
      There is a reason why all this is happening. This is a test from Allah just like prophet Yusuf
      ‘alaihi salam was tested when he was betrayed by his brothers and was in prison and then slavery.
      Be patient and read suratul waqiah to get a job, read surah yusuf regularly to get happiness or overcome
      sadness and do regular Tahajjud for your husband to come over. Insha’Allah eventually all this will happen,
      maybe some months, maybe a year or two.

      May Allah accept your du’as.

      Ameen.

      • 48 Believe Only ALLAH January 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        Assalamualaikum Brother. Thank you for your reply, your kind words really means a lot for me. I am in such a situation where the near & dear ones seems distant…these words gave me a great strength. Thank you so much.
        Jazak ALLAH Khair

  37. 49 bibi aisar February 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    asalaam alay kum
    i visited this website by chance and found a lot of answers to my questions.
    shukran

  38. 50 bibi aisar March 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Asalaam alay kum,
    I am without a job for 2yrs and I have applied for vacancies ,gone for interviews and every single job application gets rejected.i am very dispondent at this point in time in my life as now i have to depend on others to support me financialy.Any suggestions what should i read ? Advise wil be highly appreciated.
    Kind Regards
    Bibi Aisar

    • 51 faatih March 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Salam sister,

      Read suratul Waqiah every day for a few weeks and then get back to me.

      - Faatih

      • 52 aisarbibi@gmail.com April 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

        Asalaam alay kum!

        Shukran for advise.

        I have started reading the Surah and will contact you in a months time.

        InsahAllah Allah will accept my duas and appeal for a job.

        Kind Regards

        Bibi
        Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

  39. 53 saira May 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    dear brother fatih,

    i found your website very useful. brother can i read Surah Taha to marry someone i like or to have husband of my choice? If yes, than can u tell me how to read this? i mean, how often i should read. do i have to read the whole Surah or few verses of this Surah and what are those verses and how many times. please let know

    • 54 faatih June 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Salam Saira,

      I am not a qualified Aalim but your Ip seems to show you are from Bangladesh. There are many scholars in Bangladesh whom you can ask, or you can ask someone to ask for you. As far as I understand:

      1. Recite the whole of Surah Taha every day, I cannot say for how long. Some may say 40 days, some may say months, Allah knows best.

      Some people do lots of prayer and read lots of Quran whereas others read little but their du’as are accepted easily as they have clean hearts and not wronged people.

      2. Another action which is recommended is to recite after praying Maghrib, say darood (salutations and peace) on the prophet (peace be upon him) and then say the Quranic ayah “rabbi inni lima anzalta illaya min khairin faqeer” 11 times and then darood again. Then to make du’a for marriage. It is recommended to do this for 40 days. This being accepted may also be conditional on how many sins a person have, there is no instant guarantee or “magic formula”. This is disrespectful to the lord of the worlds and we must be patient and pray as much as we can.

  40. 55 bibi aisar May 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Asalaam Alaykum ,

    I am continuing to read Surah Wayqiah and I am patiently waiting o find work.
    InsahAlah I am sure a job will come along. I suppose all of us have to go trough trials and tribulations in life before you finally achieve something.
    Please remember me in all your duas.
    Shukran

    Bibi Aisar

  41. 57 mehru June 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Assalam O Alaikum,

    Thank you for this post that you took the time to write. It refreses ones faith! I have a question, and I hope you may be of some help. What can one do for Allah to hear our dua’s. What surah can I read for imprisonment and for the realse of an innocent? We have been dealing with a family member who has been wrongfully convicted. its been a year and 4 months the trial took 6 months and the jury found them guity only by knowing the other person, there is now evidence. People are telling us there is no hope. That they will serve 25 years. We are still praying for a miracle, What can I do, what can we read? Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thank you very much

  42. 58 Soldier of ALLAH November 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    As salaam Alaykum


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