Allah Ta’ala declares: “Call unto me and I will answer you.” While the effect of dua is tremendously enhanced by fulfilling all the etiquettes (such as being with wudhu, facing the qibla, etc.) dua nevertheless can be made at any time and place. Indeed even while walking, driving or merely relaxing, or while a woman may be doing her cooking or other housework,  one could make dua directly from the heart — without raising the hands and without even moving the tongue. 



This “conversation” with Allah Ta’ala directly from the heart also strengthens the bond and connection with Allah Ta’ala. The complete awareness of Allah Ta’ala gradually becomes a constant condition. Thus dua, the essence of Ibaadah, should become an integral part of ever day of a Believers life.

When one has the opportunity to sit and make dua, the following etiquettes should be observed:

* Face the Qibla.

* Raise the hands upto the chest. Both palms should be open towards the face and held slightly apart.

* Commence the dua with the praises of Allah Ta’ala and followed by Durood Sharief upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

* Cry while making dua or at least adopt the appearance of a crying person.

* On the termination of the dua pass the hands over the face.

Among the things which prevent the acceptance of duas is the consumption of Haraam. It is also reported in a Hadith that Allah Ta’ala does not listen to the dua of an inattentive heart.

There are various special times and places when duas are readily accepted. Among the special times that are available to us daily is the time after the Fardh salaah and the last portion of the night.

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