Conditions of Supplication and Mistakes In Supplication

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Conditions of Supplication


One must know that only Allah (SWT) can answer his supplication and He is the only one Who can "bring good to him. Allah (SWT) said: "Is not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generation after generation. Is there any god with Allah? Little is that you remember" [27:62]. One must invoke Allah (SWT) alone and no others. Allah (SWT) said: "And the mosques are for Allah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Him"[72: 18].


One must be patient (Manners of Supplication).


One must think: positively of Allah (SWT), must have faith in Him and believe that He has the ability to do anything He wants. Narrated Abu Hurairah (R.A) Allah's Messenger (S.A.W) said: "Supplicate Allah with confidence He will answer you"[Reported by At-Tirrnidhi].


Mistakes In Supplication


Invoking other than Allah (SWT) such as prophets, pious people, stone, idols ... etc this is "Shirk" (polytheism).


Wishing to die. Some people when they get sick, and they do not heal soon, or they have some personal problems they start wishing for death.


Asking Allah (SWT) to hurry or give his punishment in this life.


Asking Allah (SWT) to break the bond of kind ship.(such as separating one from his parents).


Supplicating for sins to spread in the Islamic society.


The "Imam"(prayer's leader) making supplication for himself without including the followers in his supplication.(during group prayer "Attraweh in Ramadan").


Invoking Allah (SWT) to see if there is a response without a sense of genuine purpose.


Raising the voice during the supplication. It should be done secretly.


Saying (Allah willing) after the supplication. (Ex. 0'Allah forgive my sins if you will) Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A) the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said "None of you should say: 0'Allah forgive me if you wish 0'Allah be merciful to me if you wish but he should always appeal to Allah(SWT) with determination, for nobody can force Allah (SWT) to do something against His will. [agreed upon]


Invoking Allah (SWT) aggressively. (asking Allah [SWT] for impossible things such as asking Him to make you a prophet or immortality) .


Asking Allah (SWT) to harm a Muslim.


Asking Allah (SWT) to have a Muslim commit a sin or die as anon-believer.

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