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10 Powerful Duas That Will Change Your Life

All prayers are powerful but what makes them powerful? Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari offers a detailed explanation along with a list of 10 particularly life-changing duas we should all know.

10 Powerful Duas That Will Change Your Life


Our sincere thanks to Simply Islam in Singapore for this recording.

Who is Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad?

Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari is the founder and director of The Ihsan Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies. Currently based in the United Kingdom, Shaykh Ahmed was born into a family of scholars whose lineage goes back to the Prophet through his grandson Hasan ibn Ali. Learn more about Shaykh Ahmed here.

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Cover photo by Omar Chatriwala.

VIDEO: Are my prayers being answered? Adab of Du’a 25

Adab of Du’a (Prayers) 25

Allah Most High says, “I am near – I answer the call of the one who calls upon me” (2:186)

Yet, many of us wonder: Are my du’as being answered? Is there a certain du’a I have to read for each of my muslim-making-dua-by-the-oceanconcerns? Do my du’as have to be in Arabic?

In this series of short talks, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the reality of du’a (supplication) and how to turn to Allah. It is based on a classical text on the same subject by Shaykh al Islam Zakariyya al Ansari.

This video, Shaykh Faraz discusses the nature of Allah’s acceptance of du’as. He goes through the signs of acceptance, the various ways that du’a can be accepted, and the etiquette of asking from Allah.

The text is divided into the 11 concise, apt sections described below.

1. The reality of du’a
2. Our being called on to make du’a
3. The great virtue of du’a
4. The integrals of supplication, its wings, and its means
5. The conditions of supplication
6. Its proper manners
7. The times of du’a and the state in which it should be made
8. Signs of acceptance of du’a
9. Explaining the religious ruling of du’a
10. Some encompassing supplications
11. Explaining what the greatest Divine Name is

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Can I Make Dua In My Own Language and Not In Arabic?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani was asked if we may supplicate to Allah in a language other than Arabic, particularly as many are not fluent in the Arabic language.

His answer may surprise you – he says not only may we make dua in any language we are comfortable with, in fact, we should.

What Can We Learn From the Supplication of the Witr Prayer Regarding Our Relations With Non-Muslims?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

In one part of the supplication of the qunut (Hanafi) in the Witr prayer there is the line “we alienate and forsake those who disobey You”. I believe the Arabic is ونخلع من يفجرك. What is the meaning of this part, and what can we learn from it in terms of dealing with non-Muslims or non-practising family and neighbours?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

A superior translation of that line would be, “and we part and break off with all those who disobey You.” [see: What is the Preferred Method to Recite the Qunut Supplication?]

Imam Shurunbulali explains this line in his Imdad al-Fattah stating, “those who disobey You by denying Your blessings and worshipping other than You. We distance ourselves from them and their state by considering them to be non-existent out of supreme exaltation of You…we cast off their belief and their way, and we do not incline towards any of it.”

In those intimate moments of discourse, we affirm our belief in Allah Most High and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), and negate all meanings of disbelief and those who associate themselves with it, just as we do so, for example, by saying the testimony of faith during the sitting (tashahhud).

However, this is not the way we determine how to deal with our non-Muslim colleagues and neighbours, particularly as it is merely a phrase taken out of context. Rather, Allah Most High Himself tells us in the Qur’an how to deal with non-Muslims by saying, “and He does not forbid you to deal kindly and justly with anyone who has not fought you for your faith or driven you out of your homes: God loves the just.” [60.8]

For further discussion, please see: Is it Haram to Befriend Non-Muslims? and: Friendship With Non-Muslims: Explaining Verse 5:51

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is Your Neediness About You or About Allah? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives an extraordinary explanation of a line from the famous poem Prayer for the Oppressed (Dua al-Nasiri). The line is an expression of neediness to Allah. Shaykh Faraz explains the reality of people’s absolute neediness to Allah. He also cautions form the subtle inclusion of the self in the expression of neediness, where the self is the central focus instead of Allah being the central and only focus in one’s asking and expression of neediness.

The poem along with a collection of supplications could be found here.

This talk is part of the weekly gathering at SeekersHub Toronto, Circle of Light: A Night of Remembrance, Praise & Inspiration. Join us for free, in-person and online.

 

The Prayer for Drinking Coffee – The Power of Purpose and High Intentions

At SeekersHub Toronto’s weekly Circle of Praise, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explained the Smaller Fatiha for Drinking Coffee, of the noble scholar al-Habib Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Mihdar (Allah have mercy upon him).

This prayer and statement of intent have many lessons – listed to the podcast below.

Dua of Gratitude vs. Dua of Request, Surat al-Naml (verse 19): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

The Treasure of a Sound Heart, Surat al-Shu‘arā’ (verses 83-89): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

The Importance of a Truthful Life, Surat al-Isrā’ (verse 80): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.

Divine Life Insurance, Surat al-Fātiḥah (verses 6-7): Duas from the Qur’an Explained

You’re listening to a series of lessons on important duas found in the Qur’an, as explained by Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad Al Azhari – a distinguished master of the Qur’an and scholar in residence at Seekershub Toronto during Ramadan 2015.

All SeekersHub programming during this blessed month is freely available at the Ramadan Hub. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of knowledge in the coming year! This will serve as an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) so please donate today.