“And your Lord said: ‘Call upon Me; I will respond to you.’” (40:60)
Du‘ā’ is an expression of a servant’s humility, dire state of poverty and utmost need of his Lord. It is an affirmation of one’s complete submission to Allah and an expression of one‘s ‘ubudiyyah (servitude) to Him. This is why the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Du‘ā’ is worship.”
Du‘ā’ is a whispering conversation with Allah, our Creator, Lord and Sustainer. We ask Him because only He can give. He has Power over everything, whilst we have none. His Knowledge encompasses everything, whilst we know little. He is the Lord and we are His slaves.
Imām Ahmad (Rahimahullah) was asked: ‘What is the distance between us and the Throne of Allah?’ He replied: ‘A sincere du’ā’ from a sincere heart.’
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There is nothing more honourable to Allah than du‘ā’,” and “Allah is angry with those who do not supplicate to Him.” (Tirmidhī)
By making du‘ā’ we speak to Allah (‘azza wa jall) directly. We do not need intermediaries, special permission or must wait to access the court of Allah (‘azza wa jall). We can just ask Him at once, anywhere, anytime. This intimacy and bond that we share with Him is outlined in the āyah:
‘When My servants ask you about Me, truly I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me…’ (2:186)
Du‘ā’ is truly a gift and should form an inseparable part of our daily lives.
‘I do not worry about my du‘ā’ being answered. Rather, I worry about making du‘ā’ because I know that if I am inspired by Allah to make du‘ā’, the answer will follow.’ (‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu))