3 Ways to Do Dua

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3 Ways to Do Dua
3 Ways to Do Dua

The dua (from the Arabic duʿāʾ) is any form of supplication or invocation addressed to Allah. It is the essence of ibadah, the servitude and worship of Islam. Dua should always be the first and last resort for the believer, as it is basically a conversation with Allah. Views as to timing, presentation, and terminology used in dua may vary within the faith, but it is a consensus among all that one must approach the supplication with humility, clarity, submission, and the certainty that Allah will hear and respond.


Method 1 of 3: Choosing when to do dua

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Step 1. Offer the dua to begin or end each prayer (salá), or during the prayer

Different traditions within Islam have their own opinions as to the correct or ideal way to recite the dua. Some believers, for example, believe that it is more appropriate to invoke the dua during prostration in prayer (sujud).

  • Others prefer to offer the dua at any time during prayer, often starting or ending the room with it. Either way, any one of the five daily mandatory prayers is the perfect opportunity to do dua.
  • It is always necessary to do the ablution (ritual cleansing) and turn towards the Quibla (facing the Kaaba in Mecca) during the sala.
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Step 2. Wait for a moment when you are focused and free of distractions

It doesn't matter when you prefer to do dua, but it's important that your head is in the right place, without any distractions. Keep a single focus on the dua, remembering that you are talking directly to Allah.

The loss of concentration can be considered an insult to Allah, as it calls into question the sincerity of his offers and requests. This entails the displeasure of Allah

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Step 3. Accept humility, submission and certainty

Invoking dua is not about making demands or assuming you know what's best for you. Rather, it is an opportunity to submit to Allah's will with certainty and gratitude. Do dua only when you are confident you will be heard and get answers.

  • As a believer, rest assured and remember that Allah will never ignore a dua. However, accept that the answer may be different from what you assume is ideal for your situation.
  • It's possible that you don't even realize that Allah has answered your dua. If you don't receive something you asked for, it's a sign that Allah is responding even better for you.
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Step 4. Do dua when you are happy, sad or confused

It's okay to offer dua when you're happy and grateful for the blessings of your life. This is as appropriate as doing it in a time of trial when guidance is needed. In any case, remember the certainty that you will be heard and that you will never be forgotten.

As long as you can focus, be humble, be submissive and have hope, there's no wrong time to beg dua

Method 2 of 3: Hitting the invocation

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Step 1. Don't recite two you don't understand

There is disagreement between different schools of thought about whether dua should be done in Arabic only or whether it can be done in their native language. Regardless of the language used, it is important to fully understand what is being said, or your conversation with Allah will not be sincere and real.

  • For example, many people recite two acquaintances in Arabic without having the slightest idea what they are saying. If you want to speak Arabic, but this is not your mother tongue, study translations to find out what exactly you are saying.
  • Those who believe that dua can be recited in any language rely on the fact that Allah created all languages ​​and is therefore able to understand everyone.
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Step 2. Speak concisely, directly and humbly

It's tempting to think that a plea needs to be filled with flourishes, complicated terms, and complex sentences, but the reality is quite different. Focus on simple language, to the point and without verbal ostentation. Basically, the key is to get straight to what you would like to talk about.

  • Excessive or rhythmic prose can end up distracting you from the desired message. Always speak more simply.
  • Repeating the dua over and over, on the other hand, is a great way to improve focus and demonstrate persistence. The traditional recommendation is to repeat it about three times.
  • Speak in a normal tone of voice. No screaming to show off or whispering as if you were too embarrassed to be overheard.
  • It's normal for people to cry during dua. It's okay if that happens, but don't try to force a cry just to show yourself. Be honest about what you are feeling and always remember the consequences of disobeying Allah.
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Step 3. Invoke Allah's name to start dua

There are different ways to do this, depending on your language and different traditions within Islam. Still, most begin with "O Allah" as it is important to invoke Allah's beautiful name to make it clear that you are making a direct supplication to Him.

  • Always begin the dua by praising Allah, acknowledging His sovereignty and wisdom, followed by a thank-you for all He has given you.
  • Directing a dua to anyone else is prohibited. It must be directed only to Allah. It is neither possible nor necessary for another person to intercede for you.
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Step 4. Recite the Prophet's two (ﷺ) in addition to your own

Are you having trouble finding the right terms to express yourself? No problem. Recite both sayings by other faithful sages, especially the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The two offered by him can be found in the Qur'an and in the Hadith (the collection of his sayings). As the Prophet was gifted with brevity and clarity, the two sayings by him are perfectly focused and phrased.

  • Still, it is imperative that you fully understand the two recited ones, no matter if they come from the prophetic traditions or the Qur'an. Choose the ones that are best suited to the feelings and desires you want to go through.
  • You will find two beautiful Sunna notes that can be recited throughout the day, in situations such as: waking up, going to bed, entering or leaving the bathroom, before eating, sneezing and before marital relations.
  • In addition to the Prophet's two, search for two others suitable for other everyday situations on the internet, in Portuguese or Arabic.

Method 3 of 3: Choosing what to ask for and what to offer

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Step 1. Confess your faults and your regret for your sins

Many people confuse the dua's intent, interpreting it as just an opportunity to make requests. Rather, it's a conversation with Allah, and it's the perfect time to let go of the weight of your sins and ask for forgiveness for them.

  • Acknowledge your sins, however small they may be, promising you will not repeat them and asking Allah for forgiveness.
  • For example, you can ask for forgiveness for the way you treated a friend, as well as asking for the strength to overcome your selfishness and learn to treat others with the respect they deserve.
  • It doesn't matter if you're making a confession or a request, remember to stay focused, humble, faithful and fearful, always using direct and concise language.
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Step 2. Ask for the desired blessings directly

You can simply ask for general blessings, such as wisdom and health, but you can also simply ask for more specific things. For example, you could say, "Oh Allah, help me do well on tomorrow's test, as I know I've prepared a lot for it."

All legitimate requests will be answered by Allah, and the answer will always be the best one for you, even if it is not what you expect

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Step 3. Also ask for blessings for others

It's okay to ask for health, well-being and wisdom for friends, loved ones and faithful in general. It is polite to even ask for blessings for your enemies. Praying for the benefit of others demonstrates humility and submission to Allah.

In many cases, you will find that requests for blessings for others will be reflected back on you. For example, if you frequently invoke dua to ask a friend who is sick for help, it's quite possible that the two of you will be blessed with more vitality

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Step 4. Never make negative requests, to yourself or to others

Using dua to ask for something bad to happen to others is extremely inappropriate. For example, don't ask your incompetent boss to be fired and get out of your way. Rather, ask him to be blessed with more efficiency and professional ability.

  • Also, do not make negative requests for yourself. If you are suffering, don't ask for death, but ask for healing or strength to surrender to Allah's will and bear his burden.
  • Asking for redemption from Hell (Jahannam) should be a regular part of every Muslim's diary.


You have to believe that Allah will answer your prayers. Don't pray without believing


  • Don't dream about Jannah. Do your best to reach paradise helping those in need and loving and believing in Allah. Don't listen to Shaitan.
  • Never recite a dua against your family and property. Also, don't pray for sinful deeds.
  • It is forbidden to seek mediation from the dead, as this is an act of shirk (fura) that makes the individual unbelieving. You can only ask for things from the living, and always according to their capabilities. For example, don't ask someone to grant you entry to Jannah. Evidence of this (translated into Portuguese):

    • An-Nu'man bin Bashir (may Allah be pleased with him) recounted: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Du'a (supplication) is worship." [Riyad as-Salihin Book 17, Hadix 1465] Therefore, to plead with one other than Allah is the same as worshiping him, being a grave sin.
    • "Should not sincere devotion be directed to Allah? When those who adopt protectors besides Him, saying, "We worship them only to draw near to Allah," He will judge them on such a difference., ungrateful." [39:3]
    • "But is there anyone more astray than the one who invokes, instead of Allah, those who will never heed him, not even on the Day of Resurrection, since they are heedless of their own invocation?

      And when humans are gathered, those invoked will be their enemies and will deny their worship.[46:5-6]

    • "Whoever invokes another deity with Allah, without proof for it, know that his accountability will fall to his Lord alone. Know that unbelievers will never prosper." [23:117]
    • "Surely you cannot make the dead hear, nor make yourself heard by the deaf (especially) when they flee." [27:80]
    • "Neither shall the living and the dead be equated. Verily, Allah does hear whom He pleases; yet thou canst not be heard by those who are in the sepulchres." [35:22]
    • "Mohammed is but a Messenger, whom other messengers have preceded. Were he to die or be slain, would you return to unbelief? But whoever returns to her will in no way harm Allah; and Allah will reward the grateful.." [3:144]
    • "It is quite true that you will die and they will die." [39:30]
    • "We never gave immortality to any human being before you. Would they be immortal if you died?" [21:34]
    • Quran 3 (Aal ‘Imran):169-171 and Quran 2 (Al Bácara):154 do not imply that martyrs can hear the outside world. Rather, they are in Jannah (Paradise), being rewarded.
    • "As for those whom you call upon instead of Him, they have not the least bit of power.

      When you call on them, they will not hear your supplication, and even if they do, they will not heed you. And on the Day of Resurrection they will deny your idolatry; and no one will inform you (o human) like the Omniscient One.

      O human beings, it is you who need Allah, for Allah is, by Himself, the Opulent, the Most Praised." [35:13-15]

    • "Know that mosques are (houses) of Allah; therefore call not on anyone together with Allah.

      And when Allah's servant arose to invoke Him (in prayer), they swarmed around him."

      Tell them: "I only invoke my Lord, to whom I assign no partner.


      Tell them (more): "Verily, I cannot deliver you from evil, nor bring you to true conduct."

      Say to them (still): "Verily none can deliver me from Allah, nor will I find any support outside of Him."


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