What is a Dua List? Why do we need to make one and how to? What can be included in it? Please read on to find out more.
Making a list of things and chores allows us to focus on doing them completely instead of doing everything all together and ending up not doing anything!!
By making a Dua List of all our wishes and desires, aims and goals, we will not forget asking Allah again and again, consistently. It shows how eager we are to get them answered and fulfilled.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” [Bukhari]
When asking Allah, first of all we should realise WHO ALLAH IS? He is the Master of the Heavens and the Earth and all that is in it. He is our Creator and, EVERYTHING is in His Control. Nothing is difficult for Him to grant us.
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. (Surah Baqarah 2:186)
Call upon Allah by His Names. He is Al-Mujeeb, The Responder; Ar-Raheem, The Merciful; Al-Mutakabbir, The Majestic; Al-Ghaffar, The Repeatedly Forgiving; and so on.
When asking from Allah, start by Praising and Glorifying Him, thank Him for His immense and uncountable blessings on you, repent and seek His Forgiveness. Send Peace and Blessings on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.” [Tirmidhi]
The month of Ramadhan makes us even more punctual and regular in our Ibadah and we get a lot of oppurtunities for making Adhkaar and Duas like:
- Obligatory Salah five times a day
- Morning & Evening Adhkaar
- Salat-ul-Fajr, as everyone wakes up for Suhoor (Who wants to fast on an empty stomach!!)
- Taraweeh in the Masjid
- Saying Aameen collectively when the Imam makes Dua during Witr
- Duha Prayer,
- Last ten nights seeking the Night of Qadr, and so on
‘A’aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).” [Tirmidhi]
What to include in the Dua List:
Any thing and everything your heart desires like Self-Improvement, Best of Deen, Dunya & Aakhirah, a Blessed ending and grave, Repentance, Forgiveness, a righteous spouse/child etc. Also include Duas for specific goals like reducing anger, learning Arabic/Tafseer of Quran, new business, etc. Buildup on this list as much as you can.
- Write it down in a diary specifically for this purpose, titled My Dua List, or
- Type and take a print out, or
- Save it on your smart device; what ever is convenient for you.
Whom to include:
Usually, we make a generalized blanket Dua for everyone but we could also include specific names/groups for maximum benefit.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him said, “There is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother behind his back (in his absence) that the Angels do not say: The same be for you too. [Muslim]
The following is by no means an exhaustive list of who all we can make Dua for. It is just to give an idea and is in no particular order. You might want to add even more to this list.
Make dua for:
- Parents, Grandparents,
- Spouse, In-laws, Children
- Siblings & their Families
- Step-Parents & Half-Siblings
- Relatives , Extended Families, Friends
- Singles, those without children, Widowed, Divorcees, Single Parents, Orphans
- Seekers of Knowledge, Scholars, those involved in Da’awah
- Colleagues, Bosses, Rulers
- Poor, Sick, Jobless, Debtor, Lender, the deceased
- Those stuck in war zones/areas of conflict
- The oppressed and those being tortured at the hands of human beings who don’t even spare children as well as animals.
- Include those who are silently suffering from Pain, Sadness, Grief, Depression , Oppression, Misery, Helplessness.
- Muslim Ummah and Humanity
- Me and my family too, please
I would recommend the following books that have Invocations from the Quran and Sunnah:
- Fortress of the Muslim, &
- Supplications & Treatment with Ruqyah, both available from Dar-us-Salam Publications.
You may also compile your own collection of Authentic Duas from the Quran & Sunnah which you come across while reading the Quran, books or online.
Dua can be made in any language, not necessarily in Arabic.
Ask Allah anything and everything you want , no matter how big or small it may seem to you, or how difficult and impossible it is for you due to your limited knowledge and understanding, or how and in what manner it will be executed. Allah has His ways and plans and He WILL accept your duas as and when it is best for you. Everything is in His Power and Control. So whenever you ask Him, ask with sincerity and hope, without shaken faith or even an atom of doubt in the heart thinking how on earth can or will Allah make so-and-so happen, Naoodhobillah. Make Dua with assurance that it will be answered; not just mumbling carelessly the Duas you have learnt ages ago, and just repeating everyday as a habit. Focus on what you are asking, and really mean it instead of sitting with a wandering mind during your Ibadah. Ask Him, beg and plead with Him. He never gets tired of answering and responding to us.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Your Lord is Kind and Most Generous, and is too kind to let His slave, if he raises his hands to Him, bring them back empty.” [Ibn Majah]
Don’t keep your Dua List only for Ramadhan but you can keep it handy for the whole year round. Keep on adding more and more wishes and Duas and yes, don’t forget to cross out those which Allah Answers, in sha Allah 🙂
So, before closing this browser take out your pen and diary and open up your heart in front of your Lord.
May Allah answer all our Duas in a way that He deems the best for us. Aameen.
Have you ever made a Dua list? What else can be added in this List. Would love to hear from you in the comments section below so that we all can benefit.