Regarding raising the hands when making du’aa:
It is important to note that du’aa’ is an act of worship, and every act of worship should only be done on the basis of evidence (daleel). The basic principle here is that the hands should be raised when making du’aa’, except when the du’aa’ is part of another act of worship, in which case raising the hands is regarded as an additional action (and should not be done). Examples of such acts of worship include salaah (prayer), khutbah (sermon), tawaaf (circumambulation of the Ka’bah), sa’ee (running between al-Safaa and Marwah), etc. Salaah includes du’aa’ at the beginning of the prayer, in rukoo’ (bowing), when standing up from rukoo’, in the two sajdahs (prostrations) and in the sitting between the two prostrations — but whoever raises his hands in these places is considered to have committed an act of bid’ah (reprehensible innovation). The same applies to raising the hands when making du’aa’ on the minbar, except in the case of istisqaa’ (praying for rain). And the same applies when making du’aa’ when doing tawaaf or sa’ee.
When there is evidence to show that it is permissible to raise the hands in certain situation, then there is no dispute. Any du’aa’ which has not been narrated in a report and which is not part of another act of worship is regarded as general du’aa’; in this case there is nothing wrong with raising the hands. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) spoke of a man who raised his hands to the sky and said, “O Lord, O Lord,” whilst his food was haraam, his drink was haraam, his clothing was haraam, he had been nourished with haraam, so how could his du’aa’ be answered?
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah feels shy to let His slave raise his hands to Him and bring them back empty.” — and other ahaadeeth.
With regard to raising the hands after a naafil prayer, if that is not a du’aa’ that is regularly offered, such as when a man is faced with some emergency, and he calls upon Allaah at that moment, there is nothing wrong with that. But if he regularly makes du’aa’ and raises his hands after praying an obligatory prayer, there is no clear daleel to support doing so.
Source: Mission Dawah
Today on the Dawah Stall in Middlesbrough:
A man approached us before the Middlesbrough match, and quite calmly said he had a lot of problems with Islam, the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and the Qur’an. His questions were:
1) Whats with you wanting to wage jihad on everyone, what is this Holy war?
2) Why did the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) marry A’ishah (ra) So young and why do people say you can do that now?
3) Why are trying to impose shariah law on us?
Alhamdulilah we answered all his questions and he walked away saying, why aren’t Muslims everywhere saying what your saying. Why are you the first Muslims I’ve heard say this. Shook our hands and walked away thinking better and actually agreeing with a lot of what Islam says.
This right here is dawah, in its simplest forms. Clarifying misconceptions about our religion and providing people with authentic Islam.
This is the importance of dawah. We should all be able to answer these questions in a effective and coherent manner. If anyone wants the answers to these let us know #ConveyTheMessage
I’ve written quite a few articles about making duas, that is, supplication, as a Muslim.
And I still get a lot of emails from people wondering why their duas aren’t getting answered or if they can make dua for this thing or that thing.
There are a lot of tips I can give you about making dua and they’re sprinkled throughout the website:
You’re hoping Allah will answer them instead of believing He will answer them.
Stop hoping. Start believing.
You’re Muslim, right?
You’re asking Him for something good, right?
You do believe that Allah hears and knows all things, right?
Then why wouldn’t He answer your duas? All you have to do is have true, strong belief.
This is so powerful and amazing. I really wish more Muslims would grasp this simple concept.
Most of us (and I’m speaking about myself also) we make dua like we have doubt. We don’t make dua and say Ameen and have that certain confidence that Allah is going to take care of us.
We make dua, say Ameen, and then act as if it may or may not happen. Like whatever we’re asking for is too difficult for Allah to handle.
I mean it. Seriously. Stop it.
When you ask Allah for something, know in your heart, in your inner being, with absolute certainty and confidence, that He’s going to take care of you.
Just look at Prophet Musa (AS). He’s ordered by Allah to go to this evil, murderous, yet powerful ruler (Pharaoh) and tell him to worship one God and let Banu Israel go.
Can you imagine being ordered to go up to Kim Jong Un (murderous ruler of North Korea), with no weapons, no army, and telling him he has to worship Allah and let all the Muslims in his land go?
You’d probably go crazy out of fear knowing this guy could kill you in a heartbeat.
But what did Musa (AS) do? Did he make some weak dua and hope for the best?
No! This is what he said:
My Lord, expand for me my breast. And make this job easy. And untie the knot from my tongue so that the people would understand me. And appoint for me a minister from my family. And increase my strength through him. And let him share my task so that we may exalt You much and remember You much, indeed You are ever-seeing of us.
Surah Ta-Ha, Verses 25-35
Now, does that sound like a man who has hope? Or does that sound like a man who has faith?
Moses (AS) is saying: “Allah, I’ve got a job to do. But I’m going to need these things in order to do this job effectively. So give them to me, and I’ll be on my way.”
That’s the kind of faith you’ve got to have.
By the way, do you know what Allah said after Prophet Musa made that great dua?
You have already been granted your request, O Moses.
That’s like saying, what Moses wanted was already on its way.