Du’a: To Start with One’s Self

It is desirable, when we make du’a to ask  first for ourselves. This is recommended practice for a number of reasons. Firstly, we should desire all good for ourselves, so it does not make sense to pray for others and forget ourselves. Secondly, the fact that a person prays for themselves shows that what they are praying for is an important goal and objective. It ensures that what we desire for others, we desire for ourselves. Thirdly, it increases us in our sincerity within the du’a, because verily, we are weak, and it is possible that if our du’a is only for others, it may not be as sincere. This principle is demonstrated in a number of Qur’anic verses including:

“O Allah! Forgive us, and our brothers (in faith) who have proceeded us!” (Surah al-Hashr:10)

“And he (Musa) prayed: O my Lord! Forgive me and my brother, and enter us into your Mercy!” (Surah al-A’raf:151)

“O Our Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and all of the believers the day that the Account will be taken.” (Surah Ibrahim: 41)

“And seek forgiveness (OMuhammad) for your sins, and for the believing men and women.” (Surah Muhammad:19)

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