“The least you can do is duʿāʾ”
NO! The MOST you can do is duʿāʾ; the GREATEST you can do is duʿāʾ.
Never underestimate the power of duʿāʾ!
Duʿāʾ is not a series of blank, meaningless words uttered half-heartedly by the tongue; it’s when your heart is in sync with your tongue is in sync with your actions — that’s a recipe for a successful duʿāʾ.
As the great ʿOmar b. al-Khaṭṭāb used to say,
❝I’m not worried about receiving an answer but I’m worried about being able to invoke Allāh successfully.❞
Shortcomings in asking are our own, because Allāh has promised that He will answer.
﴾Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil…?!﴿ an-Naml:62
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)
“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)
Qur’anic Gem: In the last four verses of Surah al Imran, each verse starts with ‘Rabbana’ (O our Lord) followed by a request, thus each verse is in fact a du’a. What is the result? Directly after these four verses Allah says ‘And their Lord responded to them …’
Persist in your du’a, knowing that Allah will respond to you.
— By Shaykh Ahmed Eesa al Ma’sarawi
The scholars have said, ‘None distressed makes this du’a except Allah grants him relief:
la ilaha illa anta subhanak, inne kuntu min adh dhalimeen
لا اله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين
“There is no deity worthy of worship but You! Glory be to You! Truly I have been one of the wrongdoers.” [Quran – 21: 87]
Shaykh. ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-Qasim
Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen:
The first condition.
Sincerity to Allah.
The person is sincere in his du’a.
Knowing that Allah is All-capable to answer his du’a.
Expecting the response from Allah.
The person’s aware of his situation when supplicating.
That he’s in the most dire need, rather in the most dire necessity for Allah.
(Believing) that Allah’s the One who answers the call of the one in distress if he calls to Him and removes the evil.
As for supplicating to Allah and he feels he is independent of Allah, and that he’s not in necessity and he asks Him like this, a custom only, then this is not likely to be answered.
That he avoids consuming haraam.
For surely, haraam is a barrier between a person and the answer of du’a.
Source: Fatawa Noor ‘alaa al-Darb (no. 324)