Du'a (Supplication)

In Islam, duʿāʾ (Arabic: دُعَاء‎, plural: ʾadʿiyah أدْعِيَة), literally meaning "invocation", is an act of supplication. The term is derived from an Arabic word meaning to 'call out' or to 'summon', and Muslims regard this as a profound act of worship.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

When the authentic teaching from the Prophet (SAWA) or Ahlul Bayt (AS) tells us to repeat reciting something, it means that we need to keep on focusing and concentrating on the meanings of it again and again because it will elevate our spiritual benefits as well as increase our reward and blessings. All the teachings of Islam are based on our benefit.  Similarly, repeating certain Dhikr or Du'a is for the same aim of benefiting us through repeating which makes us concentrate more on the great meanings of what we recite.

Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 3 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

It is permissible for you to recite supplications in English, if you wish. Of course, the ideal would be for you to recite them in their original language, as has been transmitted to us from the Ma'sumeen (a.s.), and memorising what you are able to. Along with this, you are able to look up the meanings, and the bonus for doing this is you are picking up wider vocabulary in Arabic language as well. 

With prayers for your success. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 months ago

Real Muslim prays for the good for every one. We should pray for those wronged us and did injustice on us to be guided to the truth and to leave wrong way to the right way.

'We don't curse any believer. We only curse the enemies of Allah (SWT), the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS) who are in fact the enemies of mankind.

'Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 months ago

Du’a al-Iftitah is one of the most important supplications narrated from Ahlul Bayt (AS). Our great scholars and pious believers recite it during the month of Ramadan.
1. It has been narrated in Kitab al-Tahtheeb by al-Shaikh al-Toosi in the Du’as of Month of Ramadhan, Hadeeth number 38 as a Saheeh narration from Ali ibn Ri’aab from Imam Musa ibn Jafar (AS).
2. It has been narrated also in al-Shaikh al-Toosi in his well known book Al-Misbaah ( Misbaah al-Mutahajjid).
3. Ibn Tawoos narrated Du’a al-Iftitah in his book al-Iqbaal from Kitab Abi Qurrah narrated from Muhammad Ibn Uthman the second Safeer of Imam Al-Mahdi (AS).
4. Ibn Tawoos narrated this Du’a in his book Muhammad al-Da’awaat from Imam Musa Ibn Jafar (AS).
5. The content and the structure of the words of the Du’a is a very clear evidence that it has come from the Infallible Imams (AS). 
Wassalam.

Muhammad al-Musawi

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 months ago

Quranic Du'a after Salawaat:

RABBANA HAB LANA MIN AZWAAJINA WA THURRIYATINA QURRATA A'YUN.

ربنا هب لنا ٬ترى أزواجنا وذرياتنا قرة أعين

RABBI LA TATHARNI FARDAN WA ANTA KHAIRUL WARITHEEN.

رب لا تذرني فردا وأنت ]بإي الوارثين

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 5 months ago

Bismhi ta'ala

The issue of over-analysing a specific scenario, or becoming scrupulous in matters of religion is not something new, and does unfortunately affect some people. 

If it is not tended to in its early stages, then it can only be cured by psychological help or medical treatment. 

If it is issues related to taharah/najasah, then you need to re-program yourself and corretly learn the ahkam, emphasising on the pleasure and spiritual benefit of 'ibadah, and not that it should be straining or negative. 

I would recommend watching this short presentation I gave a few years ago:

You can recite this dua:

أعوذ بالله القوي، من الشيطان الغوي، وأعوذ بمحمد الرضي من شر ما قدر وقضي، وأعوذ برب الناس من شر الجنة والناس أجمعين، وسلم، تكف مؤونة إبليس والشياطين معه ولو أنهم كلهم أبالسة مثله

Also, it is recommended to eat pomegranate, as hadiths say it removes waswasah, piece by piece, and in the morning before breakfast. 

With prayers for your success.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 5 months ago

I am not aware of any specific du'a in the transmitted Sunni or Shi'i sources for this, but I guess you could just do a regular du'a and ask Allah to increase your height. God knows best.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

It is better to do Du'a after each prayer as there are specific Du'a after Dhuhr prayer and after Assr prayer and after Maghrib prayer and after Isha prayer. You can also do Du'a after completing joined prayers if you wish.

Wassalam.

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Tawassul is a matter which has been misunderstood by many Muslims now a days under the Wahabi propaganda which wrongly claimed it as a type of worship to other than Allah. Wahabi sect claims following Tawheed but their books prove that they do not understand the real meaning of Tawheed in Quran and authentic Hadeeth. That is why they accuse other Muslims to be Mushrik just because they don't follow the Wahabi misunderstanding of Tawheed.

'Tawassul is seeking the help of the most humble servants of Allah to get our needs. We believe that they (The Prophet and Ahlul Bayt (AS) are Servants of Allah and only do what Allah wants. There is no question at all of Shirk because Shirk means to believe that there is a partner or helper etc to Allah. 
Addressing the Prophet is absolutely right as he himself taught Muslims to address him in Tawassul as it has been narrated in Sunni and Shia books in the famous Hadeeth of the blind حديث الأعمى which is narrated by Othman Ibn Hunaif that a blind person requested the Prophet to help him get back his eye sight. The Prophet told him to tolerate but he said : I can not tolerate. The Prophet advised him to perform Wudhu and pray two Rak'ats of Salah and say in the last Sajda: O Allah, I seek from You by Your Prophet, the Prophet of mercy. O Muhammad; I am seeking from Allah through you to grant me my need.

'The blind did what the Prophet taught him and got back his eye sight. The Hadeeth is narrated in al-Tareekh al-Kabeer by al-Bukhari, and Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah and Nasaa'ee and al-Bayhaqi and Abu Na'eem in Ma'rufat al- Sahabah, and al-Tabaraani and Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani and al-Soyooti and many other well known Sunni scholars.

'We can address the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS) directly knowing that they only do what Allah wants, as well as addressing Allah directly with the Waseela Bihaqqi of Ahlul Bayt (AS). Both are good.

'Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 8 months ago

There are many Du'as for increasing the memory e.g.

1. Repeating Salawaat (ALLAHUMMA SALLI 'ALA MUHAMMAD WA AALI MUHAMMAD) as it is mentioned in many Hadeeths.

2. Repeating (LA HAWAL WALA QOWWAT ELLA BILLAH) as it is narrated from Imam Musa AL-Kadhim (AS).

3. Reciting this Du'a after obligatory Prayers ( SUBHANA MANLANYA'TADI 'ALA AHLI MAMLAKATIH, SUBHANA MANLA YA'KHOTHU AHLAL ARDHI BI ALWAAN AL ATHAAB, SUBHANAL RA'OOF AL RAHEEM, ALLAHUMMA EJ'AL LI FI QALBI NOORAN WA BASARAN WA FAHMAN WA 'ELMAN INNAKA 'ALA KULLI SHAY'IN QADEER.

سبحان ٬من لا يعتدي على أهل مملكته 

سبحان ٬من لا يأخذ أهل الأرض بألوان العذاب

سبحان الرؤوف الرحيم 

اللهم اجعل لى في قلبي نورا وبصرا وفهما وعلما

إنك على كل شيء قدير 

If you want a short Du'a for better memory, you can recite: ALLAHUMA EJ'AL LI FI QALBI NOORAN WA BASARAN WA FAHMAN WA 'ELMA INNAKA 'ALANKULLI SHAY'IN QADEER.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

Yes it is not only allowed but also recommended to feed people and gift the reward to the soul of the deceased. The Prophet (SAWA) himself used to feed on behalf on deceased Muslims as you can find it is Sunni and Shia books.

'Reciting Du;a is always recommended as well.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

1. Islamic amulets must be authentic , means taken from Quran and the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS). With out authenticity confirmed by trusted qualifies scholars, we can not call any amulet as Islamic amulet. Some people make their own fabricated amulets and claim it Islamic. Muslims need to be careful.

2. No doubt that having authentic Islamic amulets either by wearing or carrying or keeping at home or place of work is very useful and beneficial. Quranic verses tell us how the amulets are useful. The dress of Prophet Yousuf (AS), the remaining items from Aal Musa and Aal Haroon, the recitations of Jesus on the dead reviving him and on the seriously incurable  illnesses resulting in cure, are just few examples.

3. Carrying Du'a Jawshan as a necklace is very useful as well as reading it.

Reciting the Du'a with sincere heart and attention has great benefits.

Wassalam.