Proves Of Supplication From Quran and Sunnah

 In the name of Allah, The most Beneficent, The most Merciful.

Praise is to Allah whom we ask for help and forgiveness. We seek the protection of Allah from the evil of ourselves and the sins of our deeds.

Whom Allah guides no one can misguide and whom Allah does not guide will never find a guide. And I testify that there is no God but Allah the One with no partner, and Mohammed is his Slave and Messenger, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Proofs Of Supplication From Qur'an:

All mighty Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) said:“ And when My slaves ask you (O Mohammed) concerning Me then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by my knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led to the right path.”(2:186). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked by some of his companions: Is Allah near so we invoke him or is he far so we call him? so Allah revealed this verse. Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) is near He can hear the supplicant anytime anywhere and respond to him if the supplicant invokes Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) with a sincere heart and avoid interdictions of supplication. Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) also said:“ Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret, He likes not the aggressors.”(7:55). 

Supplication is of two kinds. One is worship and the other is a request. So He commands to be invoked with "humility" which is insisting in request and continuously in worship and "secretly" not loud to avoid "Ryea" (show off). Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) also said:“ And your Lord said: -Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness] (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness] they will surely enter hell in humiliation!”(40:60). Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) said:“ Invoke Me, I will respond to you” ,so from His mercy for His slaves He has promised to respond to their invocations but for those who do not invoke Him, He has promised punishment because invocation of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) is an act of worship and refusing to invoke Him ( disbelieving in Him or having doubt in His ability to answer the invocation) is refusal to worship Him.

Proofs Of Supplication From Sunnah:

Narrated An-Numan bin Bashir (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:“ Verily, Supplication is worship.” [Reported by AI-Arbaa (The four) and AI-Tirmdhi, graded it Sahih (sound)].

Narrated Anas (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:“ Supplication is the Pith (essence) of worship.” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi with a full chain of narrators].

Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:“ Nothing is more honorable (most liked ) before Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) than Supplication” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim graded it Sahih].

From all the "Hadiths" above we see that Supplication is a type of worship and it is honorable to Allah or liked by Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala).

From the book "Supplication and its manners, times, conditions, mistakes",  by:  Abdulaziz Addweesh.

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