Manner of Making Duaa

Fadalah bin ‘Ubayd (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) heard a man making supplication in his prayer when he had not praised Allaah or said Salah upon the Prophet. The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: This man is rushing. Then he (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) called him over and said to him or to someone else: When any one of you supplicates, let him start by praising and glorifying Allaah, The Exalted, then let him send Salah upon the Prophet, and after that let him make supplication as he wishes."(Source)

‘Abdullaah ibn Masood (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said:
"When one of you wishes to ask (Allaah), then he should begin with praising and thanking Allaah with that which He deserves. Then he should ask Allaah to send His peace and blessings upon the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) then he should ask (for his need). For verily, that (the above method) is more likely to result in success."(Source)

Guidelines for Making Duaa

  • one should be sincere in Du’aa
  • one’s heart should be present in the Du’aa
  • while fearing Allaah
  • one’s food should be halal
  • one should make Du’aa with truthfulness
  • the Du’aa should be made repeatedly, persistently
  • humble yourself to Allaah
  • be consistent in Du’aa
  • increase in Du’aa during times of fear
  • Don’t leave off making Du’aa (even if you commit sins), for Allaah answered the du’aa of shaytan – worst of all creation – “grant me respite until the Day of Judgment.” Allaah said (what means): You are of those allowed respite. (Al-A’raf, ayah 15)
  • Keep in mind that Du’aa is ‘ibaadah (worship)
  • one should be fearful of being prevented from making Du’aa 
  • Do not say “my Du’aa is not answered,” while you yourself close the door by sins

Moving Lips While Making Thikr

Making Dhikr in Our Native (nonArabic) Language?

Source: Supplicating within the Prayer in other than the Arabic Language – Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen:


What is the ruling of supplication within the prayer in a language other than Arabic; specifically for a man who is not good in the Arabic language?


Supplicating in other than the Arabic language for a person who does not know Arabic is permissible, whether it be in the prayer or outside of the prayer. This is because this person who does not know Arabic, if he was made to supplicate in Arabic then this would be burdening him with that which is not within his scope. Allaah has said:

لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللّهُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا

Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. (Al-Baqarah 2:286)

If someone were to say: We will teach him; then we say: If you teach him the phrases but he does not know the meanings then what is the benefit? At any rate, it is permissible for a person to supplicate in his tongue (i.e., language); meaning, in the tongue of the one supplicating; in the Arabic language or other than the Arabic language. As for the Qur’aan, it is not permissible for anyone to utter it in other than the Arabic language, whatever the case may be (i.e., he understands or not). As for the statements of remembrance which have been narrated (i.e., in the Qur’aan or the Sunnah), then if one has an excuse for not learning them in the Arabic language then there is no harm in a person reciting them in his tongue. However, as you know the Name Allaah,[1] for example, it is not possible to change it to other than the Arabic language. If it is not possible then he can supplicate in other than the Arabic language.

So the categories (of statements within the prayer) are how many? Three:

The First: That which is not permissible except in the Arabic language. This is the Qur’aan

The Second: That which is permissible in Arabic as well as other than it for the one who does not understand Arabic, and it is to supplicate to Allaah with that which has not come (in the Qur’aan or the Sunnah).

The Third: Supplicating with that which has been narrated, such as the statements of remembrance or other than it. We say: If the person has the ability to say them in Arabic then they are to be in Arabic. If he is unable then (he may say them) in his language.

Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts

Supplicating to Allah in other than the Arabic Language
Source: via Supplicating to Allah in other than the Arabic language (

Q 1: How should we supplicate to Allah (may He be Exalted)? Is it permissible for a person to supplicate to Allah in Salah (Prayer) in any language? Will their Salah be valid?

A: The Muslim should supplicate to Allah (may He be Exalted) with humility and in secret without asking for unlawful things. A person may supplicate to Allah both during Salah and at other occasions, in whatever language they speak. Salah is considered valid even if the person supplicates to Allah (may He be Exalted) in a language other than Arabic. When supplicating to Allah (may He be Exalted) during Salah, a person should use the Du`a’ (supplication) that are authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) and recite them where and how the Prophet (peace be upon him) recited them so as to follow the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Many scholars wrote books on the Du`a’ and Adhkar (invocations and Remembrances said at certain times on a regular basis) of the Prophet (peace be upon him), such as (Al-Kalim Al-Tayyib) by Ibn Tayymiah, (Al-Wabil Al-Sayyib) by Ibn Al-Qayyim, and (Riyad Al-Salihin) and (Al-Adhkar) by Al-Nawawy. You can buy any of these books to know the authentically reported Du`a’ and Adhkar, and how and when they should be said. This is better and of great benefit to you.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!