Everything that happens on this Earth and everything that happens to us is decreed by Allah (s.w.t). We have to accept Qada and Qadar (destiny and fate) as Muslims, it is a pillar of imam. Therefore, when we find ourselves in situation of hardship and we are fearsome due to the lack of control we have : we need to remind ourselves of Qadar. We have to remind ourselves that everything has been predestined by Allah (s.w.t), the best of planners. Allah (s.w.t) is always with us, guiding our lost souls. Therefore if you find that your heart is not as ease, for whatever reason (may it be hardships in life, confusion, uncertainty), then bow your head and make prostration to Allah (s.w.t). Ask Allah (s.w.t) for guidance and pour your heart out through Dua (supplication). Only then, InsyaAllah, your heart will find peace.
Dua can be made at any time, at any place, in any language. That is the beauty of it. Whenever we need to find solace in Allah (s.w.t) or ask for forgiveness or to show gratitude, we can. Your dua is always heard by Allah (s.w.t) and he will always answer them. The answer is either yes, not now or Allah (s.w.t) has something better planned for you. Although you can make dua at any time, there are a few special times that are the best time to make dua.
- The Last One Third of the Night
It has been narrated in the hadiths that in the last one third of the night, Allah (s.w.t) descends to the lowest heaven. From there, He asks who would want to be forgiven, who is remembering Allah at this time. It is a great time for reflection and remembrance of Allah (s.w.t). The last one third of the night is done by calculating the time between Maghrib and Fajr, and then dividing by 3. For example, if Maghrib is at 7pm and Fair is at 4am, then the number of hours in between is 9 hours (the night is 9 hours long). From there, divide by 3. This means that the last one third of the night is 3 hours before Fajr, which would start at 1am (according to this example).
- During Sujood (Prostration)
Sujood, or prostration, is so important in Islam and being a devote Muslim. Sujood is a sign of reliance and surrender to Allah (s.w.t). In this life, only Allah (s.w.t) can decide and confirm what happens to us, therefore we must surrender to Him, The All-Powerful. If you remember the story of Iblis, where he refused to bow down to Adam when commanded by Allah (s.w.t). Iblis’s jealous consumed him, thinking that he was better than Adam. The jealousy was so bad that he disobeyed Allah (s.w.t). We bow down to Allah (s.w.t) to remind ourselves that He is the one true God and that he can make the impossible possible. We bow down to humble ourselves in His presence. And at this time, when you have accepted Allah (s.w.t) into your heart, is when your dua is pure.
- Time between Adhan and Iqamah
It has been said that any dua in-between the adhan and iqamah will not be rejected. This is also important because sometimes when the adhan is being recited : we do not focus. We continue to be on our phones or watch the television. But this time, let us listen and feel the adhan, respond to the adhan. Make your dua after the adhan and proceed with your obligatory prayers.
- After Obligatory Prayers
After completing your obligatory prayers, instead of just standing and walking away : take a few extra minutes to speak to Allah (s.w.t). Share your worries and concerns, then ask for forgiveness, ask for mercy and show your gratitude towards Allah (s.w.t). Surely Allah (s.w.t) will hear and accept your dua and your prayers.
There are other times where the dua is best made, some of them are listed below :
- During Rainfall
- When Breaking A Fast
- When Travelling
- After sending blessings on the Prophet (s.a.w) : Salawat
- Friday Prayers, from the time of the khutbah to the end of prayers
- Between Asar and Maghrib
- Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Decree)
- During Ramadan
- When visiting the sick