i have a very handy book of dua and used it recently for a social get together has stuff like prayers refused and prayers answered does anyone know whether people use dua much i suppose most people do but how important is it to the religion islam is it as important as prayers or should both be included
Say, “My Lord enjoins justice. In every place of worship, set your faces (and attention) towards Him. Invoke Him with sincerity and devotion, by making faith His exclusive domain. You would return to life just like He created you (the first time).”
Al-Quran 2:187 "And when my servants ask you concerning me, [tell them] I am indeed near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls."
Al-Quran 40:60 "And your lord said, invoke me and I will respond to your invocation."
So, we should invoke ALLAH and we should make HIM our best friend by sharing our troubles and worries and happiness and desires and everything that we want to share with some friend.
There are several ahadith about making dua and its benefits. These ahadith does not only reflect the power of dua but also show us the importance of making dua. Few of them are given below.
"The dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says "aameen and may you also be blessed with the same". [Sahih Muslim]
" dua is the essence of Ibadah (worship)." [at Tirmdhi, Ahmad]
"If you ask, ask Allah and if you seek help, seek help from Allah." [at Tirmdhi, Ahmad]
"O my servants, were the first of you and last of you, the human of you and jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request from me, and were I to give everyone what they requested, that would not decrease what I have any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it." [Sahih Muslim]
"When a person dies, all his actions come to an end with the exception of three: 1) Sadaqa Jaariyaa recurring charity>, 2) Knowledge from which benefit continues to be reaped, 3) And the prayers of his pious children for him."
[Sahih al-Bukhari] ""The invocation of any one of you is granted [by Allah] as long as he does not show impatience by saying "I have invoked Allah but my request has not been answered."
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim]
"Ask and you will be given, ask you will be given" [at-Tirmidhi]
"the Prophet, salAllahu alayhi wasalam, was asked "which Du'a is more heard (by Allah)?" The Prophet, salAllahu alayhi wasalam, said, "The Du'a during the last part of the night and after the Fard prayers." [at-Tirmidhi, 3421]
"Aisha radhiallaahu anha said, "No believer makes dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated."