Will you tell me the right way of praying (supplication)? What is necessary to read before and after the supplication?
Submitted by on Sat, 03/07/2010 - 13:34
Dear Brother / Sister,
Supplication (praying) is a form of worshipping. Our main principle in supplication should be the intention and aim of worshipping. It is wrong to see supplication as a petition that should be accepted.
Sometimes, we pray for something but what we want is not answered seemingly. However, we should not cease praying. If we get what we want and if God Almighty answers our prayer, it is wonderful. However, if it is not answered seemingly, we should not say, “my prayer was not answered.” On the contrary, we should say, “Allah answered my prayer for the hereafter or for something better in the world.”
We should not cease praying thinking, “the prayer was not in vain; I will receive its reward in the hereafter”; we should try and be motivated to pray more.
God Almighty states the following in the Quran: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer).” (al-Mu’min,60) Acting upon that verse, some people say, “since Allah says ‘Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer)’, why are our prayers not answered although we pray a lot?” Our scholars say unanimously that Allah says, “I will answer” not “I will accept”. When you go to see a doctor and say to him, “Give me this or that medicine”, the doctor will definitely answer you. However, if what you want is useless or harmful, he gives you some better medicine.
Similarly, God Almighty, who is the Perfectly Wise, answers our prayers. However, since accepting our prayers is subject to His wisdom, He sometimes gives us exactly what we want, sometimes better than what we want and sometimes does not give it at all, because He knows that it is harmful for us.
After this explanation, let us have a look at the conditions of the acceptance of a prayer. First of all, the prayer should be something acceptable. Then, one should pray with a sincere and sinless mouth. If it is possible, one should make wudu before praying (dua) and there should not be anything haram in his stomach. It is better, in terms of divine wisdom and mercy, to pray in blessed places, especially in mosques, at blessed times especially in the month of Ramadan and on the nights of Qadr (Power), Barat (middle of the month of Shaban), etc, after daily prayers (salahs), especially after the morning prayer for the prayers to be accepted. It will be a means of acceptance to utter salawat for the Prophet at the beginning and end of the prayer because salawat are among the prayers that are accepted. Prayers uttered between two accepted prayers are expected to be accepted
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