Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
The other day my uncle advised me with words of wisdom that will inshallah benefit all who read and follow this advice.
He asked me, why do u think people's prayers are not answered by Allah (SWT)?
I told him i'm not sure..
He replied it's because people are go such a rush to just finish their salaah and get on with their worldly life, and also because we have become used to reading duaa instead of actually making the duaa.
We need to ask Allah Taala for things that we need in a manner similar to that of a slave asking his master for something that he wants. he will pleed with his master, and because Allah (swt) is so Rehmaan and Raheem he will bestow on his sevants whatever he asks for.
Any duaa that is preceeded by Hamd (praise) of Allah (SWT) and Durood will Inshallah be accepted. The Following Duaa is recited with it.
Abullah ibn Abi Awfa (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Whoever has a need with Allah, or with any human being, then let them perform ritual ablutions well and then pray two Rakats. After that, let them praise Allah and send blessings on the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). After this, let them say,
"La ilaha illallahul Halimul karim
Subhanallahi Rabbil Arshil Azim, Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin, Asaluka Mujibaati Rahmatika Wa Azaa'ima maghfiratika Wal Ghanimata Min Kulli Birrin, Was salamata Min Kulli Ithmin, La Tada' Li Zanmban Illa Ghafartahu, Wa la Hamman Illa Farrajtahu, Wa la hajatan hiya Laka Ridhan Illa Qadhaitaha, Ya Arhamar Rahimeen."
There there no god but Allah the Clement and Wise.
There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty.
Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Tremendous Throne.
All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
I ask you (O Allah) everything that leads to your mercy, and your tremendous forgiveness, enrichment in all good, and freedom from all sin.
Do not leave a sin of mine (O Allah), except that you forgive it, nor any concern except that you create for it an opening, nor any need in which there is your good pleasure except that you fulfill it, O Most Merciful!”
(Related by Tirmidhi and Ibn Maja. The Hadith has some weakness, but it is slight: such Hadiths are acted upon for virtuous deeds (fada’il al-a`mal) by general agreement of the scholars)
Hakim has narrated a tradition in his famous Al Mustadrak which states, 'Uthman bin Hunaif narrates that a blind man came to the Prophet (S.A.S.) and said, 'supplicate to Allah to grant me relief'. The Prophet said, 'If you wish I would delay this and it would be better for you and if you wish, I will supplicate for you'. The man said, 'Supplicate'. The Prophet (S.A.S.) then ordered him to perform his wuzu in a good manner, then perform two rakaats and supplicate with this dua. He said, say, 'Allahumma inni As'aluka ………….'
Having quoted this hadith, Hakim states, 'This hadith is sound (saheeh) and it is in accordance to the conditions laid by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, but they did not narrate it. (Al Mustadrak Vol. 1 Pg. 424). Imam Tirmizi has also recorded it and said, 'This hadith is good and sound). (Tirmizi).
The hadith shows that the man had a need and he was told by the Prophet (S.A.S.) to perform wuzu, perform two rakaats and supplicate to Allah in the words taught to him.
Also let me mention here that Allah Ta'ala says in the Quraan:
"When My worshipers ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the supplication of the suppliant when he calls to Me; therefore, let them respond to Me and let them believe in Me, in order that they will be righteous." [al-Baqarah 2:186]
And Allah Ta'ala Knows best.