#25 Times and Situations when Du’a is Accepted


We are all in need of Du’a and for our Du’as to be answered. Allah (SWT) loves it most when we call on Him and ask Him for His assistance. This is why He (SWT) places us in difficult situations where we have no choice but to seek assistance from Him. These situations are an opportunity for us to build our relationship with Allah (SWT) and to get close to Him.

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Qur’an ‘And your Lord has said, ‘Call on Me and I will respond to you.’’  [Qur’an 40:60].

The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “When one of you makes a supplication, he should not say, ‘If you wish.’ He should be firm in asking and he should have great hope. Allah does not think that anything that He gives is too great.‘”  [Bukhari – Adab Al-Mufrad]

In order for Him to grant us our prayers, Allah (SWT) has given us specific times and situations in which Du’a is more likely to be accepted. We should all make note of these specific times and situations and endeavour to make much supplication when we find ourselves in these times.

In order to help us all, I have listed below some of these times and situations so that we can all benefit. Please make a special Du’a for those who have made the information below freely available on the internet for our benefit.

#01 At the end of the Obligatory Prayers

Abu Umamah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) was asked: “At what time does the supplication find the greatest response?” He(May Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, “A supplication made during the middle of the last part of the night and after the conclusion of the obligatory prayers.” [At-Tirmidhi]

#02 Between the Adhan and Iqama

The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “A supplication between the adhan and the iqama is not rejected.” [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

#03 The last third of the Night

Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Every night when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says: Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him? “[Bukhari]

#04 During prostration

The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’a then.” [Muslim & Others]

#05 When it is raining

The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “There are two which will not be rejected: du’aa’ at the time of the call (to prayer) and when it is raining.” [Abu Dawud]

#06 During the Adhan

Narrated Sahl ibn Sa’d (RA): The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Two (prayers) are not rejected, or seldom rejected: Prayer at the time of the call to prayer, and (the prayer) at the time of fighting, when the people grapple with each other.” [Abu Dawud]

#07 Special Hour on Fridays 

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslim makes dua in it, his dua will definitely be accepted.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

*Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer’s leader) enters the mosque on Friday’s prayer until the prayer is over (ie between the two khutbahs), whereas others have said that it is the last hour of the day (ie after the Asr prayer until the Maghrib prayer).

#08 The prayer of the parents

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There are three prayers that are not rejected: the prayer of a father for his child, the prayer of the fasting person and the prayer of the traveller.” [al-Bayhaqi]

#09 Prayers for your fellow Muslim

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother in his absence where the angels do not say, ‘the same be for you.” [Muslim]

#10 During the times of Calamity

Umm Salamah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “There is no calamity that befalls one of the Muslims and he responds by saying ‘Inna Lillahi wa inna ilahi raji’un, Allahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha (Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return; O Allah, reward me in this calamity and compensate me with something better than it),’ but Allah will compensate him with something better than it.” [Muslim]

#11 When going to Bed

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Whoever goes to bed at night and says La ilaha ill-Allah wa Allahu akbar wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah (There is no god but Allah and Allah is Most Great and there is no power and no strength except with Allah), then he says: Allahumma ighfir li (O Allah, forgive me), or he makes du’aa’, his prayer will be answered, and if he does wudoo’ and prays, his prayer will be accepted.” [Bukhari]

#12 Dua of a Sick Person

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Visit the sick and ask them to supplicate for you because the supplication of a sick person is accepted and his sins are forgiven.” [At-Tabarani]

#13 Saying Ameen with the Imam (in congregational prayers, after the Fatiha)

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When the Imam says ‘Ameen’, then recite it behind him (as well), because whoever’s Ameen coincides with the Ameen of the angels will have all of his sins forgiven.” [al-Bukhari]

#14 When drinking ZamZam

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Zamzam water is for that for which it is drunk.” [Ahmad]

#15 When Travelling

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There are three prayers that are not rejected: the prayer of a father for his child, the prayer of the fasting person and the prayer of the traveller.” [al-Bayhaqi]

#16 After praising Allah and sending prayers upon the Prophet

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “When one of you has prayed, then let him begin with praising Allah and Glorifying Him, then let him pray upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). After that, he may make any du’a that he wishes.” [Ahmad, abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi]

#17 During gatherings of Dhikr and Knowledge

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There are no people who remember Allah without the angels surrounding them, mercy covering them, tranquillity descending on them, and Allah mentioning them to those who are with Him.”  [Muslim, at-Tirmidhi]

#18 In the middle of the Night

Abu Umamah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) was asked: “At what time does the supplication find the greatest response?” He(May Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, “A supplication made during the middle of the last part of the night and after the conclusion of the obligatory prayers.” [At-Tirmidhi]

#19 Dua of the Fasting Person

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There are three prayers that are not rejected: the prayer of a father for his child, the prayer of the fasting person and the prayer of the traveller.” [al-Bayhaqi]

#20 After the completion of Wudu

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There is not one of you that makes wudu, and does it perfectly, then says: I testify that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allah. he is Alone, having no partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger’, except that the eight gates of Paradise are opened for him, and he can enter into it through whichever one he pleases.” [Muslim]

#21 Upon the death of a Muslim

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) entered upon Abu Salamah (after he had died) and his eyes were open. He closed them and said: “When the soul is taken, the gaze follows it.” Some of his family got upset and he said: “Do not pray for anything but good for yourselves, for the angels say Ameen to whatever you say.” [Muslim]

#22 The Prayer of the Oppressed

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Fear the prayer of the one who has been wronged, for there is no barrier between it and Allah.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

#23 Dua of the Children for their Parents

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “When the son of Adam dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, a righteous son who will pray for him, or beneficial knowledge.” [Muslim]

#24 Du’a after the sun has passed its zenith and before Zuhr

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn al-Sa’ib (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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.” [At-Tirmidhi]

#25 At the crowing of a rooster

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “When you hear the crowing of a rooster, ask Allah of His bounty, for he has seen an angel.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

 

 

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