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Making our Dua in our Prayers (Salat)

Is it allowed to make Dua in our prayers / salat?

This post addresses the question whether one should make Dua within our salat (prayers).

Although there is some disagreement on this topic among scholars, many say that there is nothing wrong in making dua within the state of salat (prayers).

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

There is nothing wrong with saying dua during prayer, whether that is for oneself or for one’s parents or anyone else. Rather that is prescribed, because the Prophet (SAW) said:

“The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a lot of dua then.” …
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He continued and said:

So if he says dua when he is prostrating or at the end of the prayer, for himself or for his parents or for the Muslims, there is nothing wrong with that, because of the general meaning of these ahadith and others.

[Fataawa Al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 11/173,174]

According to a hadith, the Prophet (SAW) taught the Sahaabah the Tashahhud, then he said at the end of it:

“Then let him choose whatever supplications he wishes.”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhari, 5876 and Muslim, 402]

Ibn Abi Shaybah narrated in Al-Musannaf [1/331] that Al-Hasan and Al-Sha’bi said:

“Ask during your prayer for whatever you want.”

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It says in Al-Mudawwanah [1/192]:

Maalik said: There is nothing wrong with a man praying for all his needs in the prescribed prayers, for his needs in this world and in the Hereafter, when standing, sitting and prostrating. He said: Maalik told me that ‘Urwah ibn Al-Zubayr said: I heard from him that he said: I ask Allah for all my needs when praying, even for salt.

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It was also narrated from him, i.e. Imam Ahmad that it is permissible to make dua asking for one’s worldly needs and pleasures.

Al-Nawawi (RH) said in Al-Majmoo’ [3/454]:

Our view is that it is permissible to say dua in prayer for that which it is permissible to ask for outside of prayer, of religious and worldly matters. So one may say: O Allah, bless me with good (halal) earnings, and a child, and a house, and a beautiful wife, describing her, or: O Allah, set so and so free from prison, and destroy so and so, and the like, and his prayer is not invalidated by any of that in our view.

In Al-Saheehayn, in the hadith of Ibn Mas’ood (RA), it is narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said at the end of the tashahhud:

“Then let him choose whatever supplications he likes or wishes”.

And he (SAW) said,

“As for prostration, say a great deal of dua in it, because it is more likely that you will receive a response.”

Saying dua whilst prostrating is the best of dua, because the Prophet (SAW) said:

“The closest that any one of you may be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a lot of dua at that time.”

[Narrated by Muslim, 482]

So, let’s make a lot of Dua when we are in a state of prayers.

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