After mentioning fasting and the month of Ramadan in the Qur’an, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [al-Baqarah 2: 186]
From the above ayah, we learn that supplicating to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is a form of worship.
We should invoke Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (make du’a) much in Ramadan as the opportunities of acceptance in this blessed month are many.
Supplications made by the one who is fasting is accepted by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala as is evident from the narration of Anas ibn Malik radhiAllahu ‘anhu that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Supplications made by three people are not rejected: the father, the fasting person and the traveler.” [Sunan al-Kubra al-Baihaqi: 6484]
It is narrated by Abu Saeed al-Khudri radhiAllahu ‘anhu that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “In every day and every night, during the month of Ramadan, there are people to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and it will be granted.” [Sahih al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib: 1002]
The time of ending the fast is a special time for acceptance of supplications. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, “A fasting person upon breaking his fast has a supplication that will not be rejected.” [Mustadrak Hakim: 1422]
Invoke Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala with His glorious names as they are a means of acceptance of supplications.
Things to Do:
– Avail to the fullest extent the opportunities provided in the month of Ramadan to make as many supplications as you can.
– Cry, implore and beseech Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala with humility when you are alone.
– Supplicate for yourself and for others after obligatory prayers after the recitation of the Qur’an before breaking the fast and at pre-dawn.
– Make use of resources like books of supplications e.g. Qur’anic and Masnoon supplications and your own personal lists.
– Try to memorize recommended supplications related to specific occasions (such as those made on waking up, sleeping, etc.).
– Try to reach the mosque at least fifteen minutes before prayer time, read the Qur’an, remember Allah, reply to the athan and make supplication until the prayer begins for the time between the adhan and iqamah is a blessed time when supplications are accepted so make use of all such moments.