Powerful Ways to Receive Allah’s Mercy Through Dua

Whole family gathered around the dinner table while a child smiles and makes dua

One of the best ways to teach your children reliance upon Allah and to seek His Mercy is by asking Him and supplicating to Him. Supplicating to Allah (swt) is an aspect of Tawheed and a sign of emaan. It is to Allah (swt) we turn and to Him alone we ask for our needs and our wants. Our children should therefore familiarise themselves with the etiquettes of dua.  

 

Although dua can be performed at any time and in certain ways, many scholars have recommended the following etiquettes (based upon the sunnah) which would be ideal to teach your children with from a young age, so that their duas may be answered:

 

  1. Purify yourself with ablution (this is better but not necessary), face the Qibla and raise your hands with optimism, hoping for the mercy of Allah, knowing fully well that He alone can answer you. 
  2. Feel helpless and totally reliant without Him; call upon Allah (swt) while you humble yourself completely in His presence and calling upon Him in the presence of those close to you (e.g. parents) as well as in secret (highly recommended). “Call upon your Lord in humility and secretly; indeed, He does not like the transgressors” (Al-A’raaf 7:55)
  3. Begin your duas by praising and thanking Allah (swt) for his blessings and favours such as the dua below. This is because He has promised to increase for us when thank Him.

 سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه ورضا نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته 

“How perfect Allah is! I praise Him by the number (amount) of His creation, by His pleasure, by the weight of His throne and by the ink of His words”

4. Send peace and blessings upon the Prophet (saw). Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever sends blessings upon me once, Allah will send blessings him ten times.” (Sahih Muslim)

5. Ask for Allah’s forgiveness. Although children are free from sins, parents should encourage their child to get  into the habit of asking for Allah’s forgiveness while they are young. Done with humility and sincerity, this is one of the most noble actions. Get them to memorise the following dua:

استغفر الله  الذي لا إله إلا هو الحي القيوم . واتوب إليه

I seek the forgiveness of Allah, there is no true god except Allah, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting, and I turn to him in repentance.

 اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني

‘O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, You love to forgive, so forgive me’

6. Teach your children the beautiful and greatest names and attributes of Allah. Ask them to call upon Allah with those names while supplicating. It is more effective to use the more specific Names of Allah when requesting from Him a particular dua that. For example, Al-Ghafoor and At-Tawwab can be used when asking for forgiveness, Ar-Rahman can be used when asking for Allah’s Mercy, Ar-Razzaq can be used when asking for Allah’s provision, bounties or blessings etc.

7. Encourage your children to repeat each dua or request 3 times, especially if it is important or a priority. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to do this. 

8. Remind your child not to forget to pray for Paradise and ask Allah (swt) to protect them, their parents, family and all the Muslims from the Hell Fire. 

9. Teach them to supplicate more regularly during the periods of Istijaaba i.e. when the dua is likely to be accepted (although dua can be made at any time). Some of these times are:

  • Between the Adhan and Iqaama   
  • The last third of each night
  • These last ten nights of Ramadan (lailatul qadri) 
  • While fasting most especially before opening the fast  
  • After finishing tashahud in salah and before saying tasleem  
  • When you are in sujjood  
  • When the imaam sits during the two khutbahs on Friday
  • The last hour on Fridays i.e. before Maghrib 
  • Whilst travelling
  • Whilst sick or unwell

 

10. Teach them the Prophetic duas. For example:

 ربنا آتنا في الدنيا حسنة وفي الآخرة حسنة وقنا عذاب النار 

Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! 

Dua is the weapon of the believer and something that we should encourage and model to our children from a very young age. A sincere dua is a beloved dua to Allah.

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