Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
The month of Ramaḍān is nearly upon us now, and it is the month when all good deeds are increased. We are told to increase our du’ā’s as well, before we break our fast, and during the late parts of the night, and especially on the last ten nights.
Here is a beautiful ḥadīth that we can all use to help increase the power of our du’ā.
جاءت أم سليم إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، فقالت: يا رسول الله، علمني كلمات أدعو بهن، قال: «تسبحين الله عشرًا، وتحمدينه عشرًا، وتكبرينه عشرًا، ثم سلي حاجتك، فإنه يقول: قد فعلت، قد فعلت».Anas said that once his mother Umm Sulaym came to the Prophet ﷺ and said,“O Messenger of Allah! Teach me phrases that I can make du’ā using.”
So the Prophet ﷺ answered, “Say ‘Subḥān Allah’ ten times, and ‘Alḥamdulilah’ ten times, and ‘Allahu Akbar’ ten times, and then ask Allah whatever you need. If you do this, Allah will respond: ‘I have granted your request, I have granted your request.'” [Reported by al-Tirmidhī and declared authentic by Ibn Ḥajr].
This can be done at any time, but of course to combine various blessings into one (meaning: best time of du’ā, right intentions, best methods, etc.) only adds to the du’ā’s efficacy. Hence, during this Ramaḍān, increase the use of this simple and effective tactic: in a state of wuḍū, facing the qiblah, before breaking the fast (or late at night), in a penitent state, with full conviction that Allah hears your du’ā and will answer it, praise Allah in this manner with ten of each of these dhikrs, and then ask Allah with an optimistic yet humble heart, and ask the good of this world and the good of the next, then conclude your du’ās with the salawāt upon the Prophet ﷺ.
May Allah accept our fasts and good deeds, and answer our du’ās, during this blessed upcoming month!