Times When Prayers Are Most Likely To Be Answered

Below are some of the times mentioned in the Sunnah as the times du‘ā are most likely to be answered:

1. The last third of the night

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: "Our Lord, (ﷻ) comes down to the lowest heaven every night when the last third of the night is left, and He says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will ask Me for forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’"
(Al-Bukhaari, 1145)

2. Following the prescribed prayers.

It was said: “O Messenger of Allaah, which du‘ā is heard?” He said: “In the last third of the night, and following the prescribed prayers.”
(At-Tirmidhi, 3499)

There was some difference of scholarly opinion whether the phrase "دُبُرَ الصَّلَوَاتِ الْمَكْتُوبَاتِ" _dubur al-salawat al-maktubah(“following the prescribed prayers”) means before the salam or after it?

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymin said:

“What has been narrated of du‘ā following the prayer is before the salam and what has been narrated of dhikr following the prayer is after the Salam..."
(Kitab al-Du‘ā by Shaykh Muhammad al-Hamad, p. 54)

3. Between the adhan and the iqamah.

The Prophet (ﷺ)  said: "A du‘ā offered between the adhan and iqamah is not rejected."
(Abu Dawud, 521)

4. When rain falls.

The Prophet (ﷺ) : “There are two which will not be rejected: du‘ā at the time of the call (to prayer) and when it is raining."
(Sahih al-Jami’, 3078).

5. During the last hour after Asr on Friday.

 The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: “Friday is twelve hours in which there is no Muslim who asks Allaah for something but He will give it to him, so seek the last hour after ‘Asr.”
(Abu Dawood, 1048)

6. When drinking Zamzam water.

The Prophet (ﷺ)  said: “Zamzam water is for that for which it is drunk.” (Sahih al-Jami’, 5502)

7. When prostrating.

The Prophet (ﷺ)  said: "The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so make a lot of du‘ā then."(Muslim, 482)

8. When hearing the crowing of a rooster.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said :“When you hear the crowing of a rooster, ask Allaah of His bounty, for he has seen an angel.”
(Bukhari, 2304)

9. Du‘ā when getting up in the night.

The Prophet (ﷺ)  said: “Whoever awakens from the night and says:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ، وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ‏.‏ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ، وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ، وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي‏

La ilaha ill-Allaah wahdahu la sharika lah, lahu al-mulku wa lahu al-hamd, wa huwa 'ala kulli shay-in qadir. Alhamdulillaah, wa Subhanallaah, wa la ilaha illa Allaah wallaahu akbar wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa Billaah.

(There is no god but Allaah Alone, He has no partners, His is the Sovereignty, to Him belongs praise and He is over all things Capable. Glory be to Allaah, there is no (true) God but Allaah, and Allaah is Most Great and there is no power and no strength except with Allaah), then he says:

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِى‏

Allaahumma ighfir li

(O Allaah, forgive me)

or he makes du‘ā, his prayer will be answered, and if he does wudu and prays, his prayer will be accepted.”
(Al-Bukhari, 1154.)

10. The prayer of people after the departure of a deceased soul.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “When the soul is taken, the gaze follows it.”... “Do not pray for anything but good for yourselves, for the angels say Amin to whatever you say.”
(Muslim. 2732.)

11. Du‘ā for one who is sick.

The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ)  said: "When you visit a sick person, say good things, for the angels say Amin to whatever you say…"
(Muslim, 919)

O Allaah, help us remember You, to be grateful to You, and to worship You in an excellent manner.


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