Does solving a problem of another person become a means of the acceptance of a prayer (du’a)?

Details of the Question

Is there a hadith stating that solving a problem of another person who is in difficulty becomes a means of the acceptance of a prayer (du’a)?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

The hadith narration regarding the issue is as follows:

من أراد أن تستجاب دعوته ، وأن تكشف كربته ، فليفرج عن مُعسر

“If a person wants his prayer (du’a) to be accepted, he should solve a problem of another person who is in difficulty.” (Musnad, 2/22)

This hadith narration is sound. (see Munawi, Faydul-Qadir, 6/66, Hadith No: 8390)

That du’a reminds of verbal requests to Allah does not mean that it is a form of demand realized only with words. What makes a du’a real du’a, what virtually feeds it and enables it to be accepted are deeds.

The Prophet (pbuh) is a model for us in du’a along with all other things; he taught us to support verbal du’a with actual du’a (deeds). That is, he advised us to fulfill the necessary conditions and deeds for a request to happen before wanting it.

The hadith “If a person wants his prayer (du’a) to be accepted, he should solve a problem of another person who is in difficulty” attracts attention to this fact.

Thus, it is necessary for a verbal du’a to Allah to originate from the slave’s deed and to be supported by it. When we utter du’a, if it combines with a deed, it indicates that the result will be affected positively.

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