Making dua is one of the greatest bounties Almighty Allah has given us. Through it we may get anything we desire by sincerely asking Allah for it. Of course, there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled for dua to be accepted. But dua is an act of worship in itself that is simple, easy and available at anytime we feel like it because Allah is al-Hayy and ol-Qayyoom: always there to listen to our dua and respond to it.
None of us, therefore, should ever despair and say, “I don’t think Allah will answer my supplication”. Rather, we should be hopeful and frequently pray to Him to grant us what we want in this life and in the hereafter.
The main reason behind fasting is to attain taqwaa, or piety, as the Quran says:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious”
Fasting provides protection and strength for both the soul and the body. It is a sure cure for many illnesses and a wonderful tool for strengthening the soul in the love of Allah and His obedience.
Fasting also provides an exacting exercise in discipline. Allah’s Messenger said, “Fasting is a shield: so when one of you is fasting he should not use foul or foolish talk. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say, am fasting, I am fasting” (Al-Bukhaaee and Muslim)
Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “The master Prayer for forgiveness
Allaahumma anta bbee, laa ilaaha illaa anta, khalaatanee wa anaa ‘abduka, wa anaa ‘alaa ‘ahdika wa wa’dika masta-ta’tu, a’oodhu bika min sharri maa sana’tu, aboo’u laka bini’matika alayya, wa aboo’u laka bidhanbee, faghfir lee, fa innahu laa yaghfirudh-dhunooba illaa anta. (O Allah, You are my Lord, there is no god but You. You have created me and I am Your servant, and I am keeping my pledge to You and my promise to You as much as I am able. I take refuge in You from the evil that I have done. I admit to You Your favours on me, and I admit to You my sins, so forgive me, for there is no one who forgives sins other than You.)
Whoever recites this prayer during the night and dies that night will enter Paradise: and whoever recites it in the morning and dies that day will enter Paradise.”
Laa llaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shal’in qadeer (There is no god but Allah Alone: He has no partner, His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is Capable of all things)
ten times, will have the same reward as that given for freeing ten slaves; one hundred rewards will be written in his account, one hundred sins will be removed from his account, and this saying will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who has done more than him.”