Du’a: To Implore Allah Earnestly

To implore Allah and beseech Him to answer our request is also amongst the etiquettes of du’a.

This sense of urgency is demonstrated in the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, reported in a hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, that when the Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was afflicted with magic, he made du’a, then he made du’a, then he made du’a. This illustrates the sense of urgency and insistence that is needed when making du’a, the Prophet peace be upon him, didn’t just ask once, he beseeched Allah.

We find this characteristic in many of the du’as that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, used to make. He would pray:

“O Allah! Forgive me (my sins) that I have already done, and will do (in the future), and what I have done in private, and what I have done in public, and all (sins) that you know from me.” (Recorded in Muslim)

He, peace be upon him, could have just said ‘Forgive me all my sins’, and the meaning would have been the same. However, in this beautiful du’a there is a sense of urgency – of imploring and insisting on forgiveness, that would not be conveyed by a simple request.

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