Fatwa: # 24696
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: United Arab Emirates
Date: 8th March 2013


Missing Du'aa after Salaah


As salam allai kum,
I offer salah 5 times a day even if not on time i do offer, but lately i have started skipping the dua after salah where as i was doing it earlier without missing it. now i dont feel like sitting for dua, please help me regarding this. i know making dua is very much needed.


Is this due to some waswasa or some effect of bala/jinnat


Jazak allah Khair


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Shariah emphasizes on the importance and significance of making Du’aa after Salaah.

Kindly refer to the following Ahadeeth:

1. Abu Umaamah (RA) enquired from Nabi (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam),

"Which du'aa is most accepted by Almighty Allah?" Nabi (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) replied, "The du'aa made in the last part of the night and the du'aa made after the fardh salaahs." (Tirmidhi vol. 2 pg. 187)

2. Anas (RA) narrates that Nabi (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned, "Whichever of the servants of Allah spreads their hands after any of the Salaahs and say, 'O Allah, my Deity and the Deity of Ibrahim, Ishaaq, Ya'qoob, Jibreel, Mikaaeel and Israeefeel (alayhim salaam), I beg of you to accept my du'aa because verily I am hard pressed, and to protect me in my Deen because I am afflicted and to take me into Thy mercy because I am sinful and ward off poverty from me because verily I am needy' except that Allah takes it upon Himself that He will not return those hands empty handed, i.e. Allah will answer those du'aas. (ibnus Sunni pg. 61)

3. Ka'b Ahbaar (RA) mentions, "Verily it is mentioned in the Tawraat that Dawood (alayhis salaam) swears by Allah, The One who split the ocean for Moosa (alayis salaam) that Dawood (alayhis salaam) used to recite after salah, 'O Allah, rectify for me my Deen. That which you have made a protection for me and rectify for me my Dunya (worldly affairs) that in which I live, and I seek protection from your punishment through your pleasure, and I seek protection from your chastisement through your pardon, and I seek protection in you from you. None can withhold that which you provide and none can provide that which you withhold.

4. Suhayb (RA) narrates that Nabi (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to mention the very same words upon the completion of salah. (Nasaaie; Tuhfatul Ahwazi vol.1 pg. 246)

5. Abu Ayub Ansari (RA) narrates, "Never did I perform salah behind Nabi (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) but would hear him upon the completion of salah say, 'O Allah, forgive my faults, sins and award me with the best of actions, and character. Verily none can guide to righteous actions nor can anyone cause one to turn away from evil actions but Thee.' (Mustadrak Haakim, Tuhfatul Ahwazi vol. 1 pg. 245)

6. Amr ibn Maymoon al-Awdi reports that Sa'd (RA) used to teach his son as a teacher would teach a child writing that Nabi (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to seek refuge using the following words upon completion of salah, 'O Allah, I seek refuge in you from cowardice, from feebleness in old age, from the trials of the world and from the punishment of the grave.' (Bukhari vol. 1 pg. 396)

The virtue and reward of making Du’aa after Salaah is evident and clear from the above Ahadeeth.

While it is meritorious and virtuous to make Du’aa after Salaah, it is not Fardh (obligatory) nor Wajib (necessary). Therefore if you leave out making Du’aa after Salaah once or twice, it is not sinful. However, one should not make leaving out of Du’aa after Salaah a habit and deprive oneself from the great merits of making Du’aa after Salaah.

You state that you don’t feel like sitting for Du’aa and would like some advice. Disinclination from good deeds is caused by committing sins and Ghunah’s. Sins darken the heart, while good deeds lighten the heart with the Nur (light) of Taqwaa and piety. Sins weaken the resolve and courage of the heart while good deeds strengthen the resolve and courage of the heart.

Hadhrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (Damat Barakatukum) has mentioned that all that is required is firm resolve, determination and courage. You should push yourself to perform good deeds including the Du’aa after Salaah.

You should also consider sitting in the companionship of some Buzrugh or Wali of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). Insha’Allah, with the effect of this Suhbat and companionship, your Eeman will increase and an inclination to perform good deeds will be created in your heart. The example of a person who sits in the Suhbat and companionship of the Sheikh is like that of a person who works in a perfume shop,  who will benefit from the fragrances of the shop.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best                                       

Ismail Desai,
Student Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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