Now, dear reader, we begin an in depth study of a new work, Du’a: The Weapon of the Believer, by Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi. You can find a copy of the text here.

The book is about the status, importance and etiquette of du’a in Islam. It is the most comprehensive work on the topic in English and is itself based on a number of classical works in Arabic. It includes discussions of the excellence and benefits of du’a; its different types; pre-conditions for a du’a being accepted; recommended etiquettes and timing and the fascinating topic of the relationship between du’a and the Divine Decree (qadr).

All praises and glory be to Allah who tells us that:

“I have only created jinn and mankind to worship Me.” (Surah al-Dhariyat:56)

Know that the greatest and most noble form of worship is du’a. It is a plea from the heart of the believer directed towards Allah, who is As-Sami’, the Hearer of all things. It is an acknowledgement of our helplessness before our Creator and our need for His help and assistance. Du’a is an implicit affirmation of all of Allah’s Names and Attributes and a perfect recognition of His right to be worshipped. In this respect, it is the very essence of worship.

With this noble status in mind, it becomes obligatory on us as believers to become familiar with the concept of du’a, its importance in the religion of Islam and its etiquettes. What is du’a? What are its blessings? Why is one person’s du’a responded to and another not? What are the factors that prevent our du’a from being accepted? These are all the essential questions that we will be finding the answers to in the coming weeks inshaAllah. Please join me for the journey.

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