Taken from ‘The Accepted Whispers (Munajat-e-Maqbul)’ by Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi rahimahullah translated by Khalid Baig (Open Mind Press publication)
Prayers and its Etiquettes
The Qur’an and Hadith Literature tell us about the extraordinary importance of praying to Allah Subhannahu wa ta ala for all our needs. They also teaches us its proper etiquettes. This is a brief selection.
‘And your Lord says: Call on Me; I will answer your (prayer): but those who are too arrogant to serve Me shall soon enter hell-in humiliation.’ (Ghafir, 40:60)
This verse uses the words du’a’ and ‘ibadah interchangeably, thereby affirming that du’a’ (supplication) is an act of worship.
‘And when my Servants ask you concerning Me, surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me in order that they may be led aright.’ (al-Baqarah, 2:186)
‘Or, who answers the distressed one when he calls upon Him and removes the evil, and makes you successors in the earth. Is there a god with Allah? Little do they reflect! (An-Naml, 27:62)
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radiallahu anhu narrates that the Prophet salalahu alayh iwa salam said: “Anyone of you for whom the door to du’a’ has been opened, the doors to mercy have been opened for him. And the thing that Allah likes Most to be asked for is ‘afiyah (health, security, protection).” (Sunan at-Tirmidhi and Ibn majah)
Abu Hurayra radiallahu anhu narrates that the Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam said: “Allah is angry with those who do not make supplications to Him.” (Sunan at-Tirmidhi)
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radiallahu anhu narrates that the Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam said: “Du’a’ is beneficial regarding calamities that have fallen and calamities that have not fallen. So, servants of Allah, devote yourself to du’a’.” (Sunan at-Tirmidhi and Musnad Ahmad)
It means that du’a’ can prevent a disaster that was going to happen as well as lift the one that has already happend.
Inshaallah more will be posted about the etiquettes of Du’a’ from this great work. I suggest everybody get this work. It has over 200 Du’a’s from the Quran and Hadith for Daily reading.