Du’a

Du’a: The Weapon of the Believer was one of the rare books I read twice, once by myself and another time during one of the book clubs I was blessed to part of. [A side not about book clubs, they are awesome! Those in the book club will highlight parts of the book that you may have glossed over thinking it wasn’t that significant, but it was actually mind blowing!]

But for those who have no idea what this book is about, in a few sentences, if you were to pick up this book, this is what you would walk away with:

  1. What is du’a?
  2. How and when can to make du’a?
  3. What you can/can not make du’a for?
  4. The state of mind and heart to approach du’a with
  5. Will Allah (swt) accept your du’a?
  6. The proper etiquettes of making du’a
  7. Du’as of the Prophets (as)
  8. Why some du’as are delayed
  9. How du’a connects to qadar (Divine Decree)
  10. Most importantly, you will develop a relationship with Allah through du’a that you never had before.

One of the super key takeaways I had from this book was that it rekindled my desire to make really amazing du’as. By really amazing du’as I mean those things that if you were to tell the average person “I’m making du’a for x, y and z”, they would most likely respond with: “Oh stop dreaming,” “You have to be a little more realistic,” “Not everyone gets what your asking for,” and my all time favorite “That’s impossible!” As Shaykh Yasir Qadhi so beautifully outlines in the book about asking Allah for A LOT, he says:

Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah stated that the Prophet (saws) said: “There is no person who asks Allah for anything except that Allah gives it to him, or keeps away form him a similar evil, as long as he does not ask for something evil or for breaking the ties of kinship.”

At this a person said to the Prophet (saws): “In that case, we will ask for plenty!”

The Prophet (saws) responded: “Allah (is even) more plentiful!”

Du’a: The weapon of the believer, page 52.

Imagine having a relationship with Allah (swt) where your programed to turn to Him for all of your needs, not as a last resort, but a first resort because you know how to make du’a, you understand the power of du’a and you seek from Allah (swt) through that.

When a person realizes that everything occurs is by the Will and Power of Allah, then he also realizes that the best way to achieve any goal is to ask Allah. After all, the wise man is he who makes the best plan to arrive at his destination, and uses the optimum means to achieve his goal.

So what wiser man is there than he who realizes that the goals of all of his desires lie with Allah, and that the means of achieving these goals also lie with Allah? Therefore, he takes du’a as his primary means of achieving the goal.

Du’a: The weapon of the believer, page 51.

There are one too many gems and takaways from this book to list them all. I actually plan on doing a few posts insha’Allah where I highlight different aspects of this book, yes it was THAT good, so be on the lookout for that!

If you’ve read Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s Du’a: The weapon of the believer, share your favorite takeaways with us in the comments below.

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