It’s befitting for the individual that when he makes du’a, he starts with himself first.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen, Sharh Alfiyyah Ibn Malik (p. 43)
لاتتردد في العوده الى الله
مهما لوثتك الخطايا والذنوب
فالذي سترك وانت تحت سقف المعصيه
لن يفضحك تحت جناح التوبه
Do not hesitate about returning to Allah
Despite your mistakes and no matter how sinful you might be
For if He covered (protected) you under the roof of sin
He will not expose you under the wing of repentance.
We criticize people who might’ve been settled in heaven for more than 200 years!
Yayha bin Ma’een, Siyar a’lam an-Nubala (v. 13, p. 268)
Benefits of Dhikr:
- Repels Shaytan, and humiliates him.
- Pleasing to Allaah.
- Removes sorrows and heartaches.
- Brings happiness and optimism to the heart.
- Brightens the heart and face.
- Increases one’s sustenance and blessings.
- Causes one to grow closer in love to Allah.
- Opens up a door of dialogue between the servant and the Lord.
- When done in fortunate circumstances, it’s repaid by Allah remembering him in less fortunate circumstances.
- Causes its practitioner to be kind and loving to others.
Summary of Wabil as-Sayyib by Ibn al-Qayyim
Shaykh bin baz (may Allah have mercy upon him) says:
With a hardship there are 3 affairs;
• Being patient with it – It’s obligatory
• Being pleased with it – It’s Sunnah
• Being grateful for it – It’s most virtuous/best
[مجموع الفتاوى ١٣/٤١٣]
“Don’t abandon duaa. Don’t prevent yourself from making duaa because of what you know of yourself for Allah answered the duaa of Iblees and he’s the worst of creation”. ~ Sufyan bin Ayayna rahimahullah
I’ve learned that several people experienced acceptance of their du’as at the times of iqamah and when it rains.
||Imam Shafi’i, Kitab al-Umm (v. 2, p. 554, no. 591-592)