Followings are some of Hazrat Ali quotes about dua so that we can understand the importance of dua and what it really holds for us.
Importance of Dua:
Hazrat Ali (R.A.) once said:
Protect your belief by charity; guard your wealth by paying Allah’s share; and ward off the waves of calamity by praying.
He has clearly stated the importance of dua in the quote above. He said that our belief can be protected through charity; wealth can be guarded by paying zakat. About dua he said that if you are disturbed and facing hardships, you should be praying to Allah for His help.
Charity and Dua:
There are few things that can help us to increase the chances of our dua’s acceptance. Hazrat Ali (R.A.) has explained it through his following sayings:
If you want to pray to Allah for better means of subsistence, then first give something in charity
If you want something from Allah, first you will have to do something to make Him happy. One of the best ways to do so is making His creation happy. Allah always like it when someone cares for His creation and help them. So if you need better means to spend your life, you should do some charity first.
How to Pray to Allah:
Just asking from Allah is not enough, believing is more important. Hazrat Ali (R.A.) has taught us that how we should pray to Allah through his following sayings:
He who prays but does not exert effort is like the one who shoots without a bow-string.
If you want Allah’s help, just asking is not enough. You have to put some efforts to it. Just keep asking and sitting idle is not going to do any good. Hazrat Ali (R.A) has explained with a beautiful example that you have to have a bow-string if you want to shoot an arrow. So if you want your prayers to be accepted, you must do the efforts required on your end.
Another important factor in prayers’ acceptance is explained by Hazrat Ali (R.A.) through his following saying:
Be sure to ask from Allah with the faith of acceptance of prayer, because Allah does not answer the negligent and reckless hearts.
You must have faith in Allah that he will never let you down. When asking Allah’s help, be sure of His help.
Have a Strong Faith in Allah:
There are some situations where your prayers are not answered right away or not at all. But it is a matter of extreme importance that you should have a strong faith in Allah. If He is delaying what you desire for or not granting it to you at all, there must be a very good reason. Following quote of Hazrat Ali (R.A.) explains it well.
When you are unable to resolve something through trying and praying, leave the decision to Allah as Allah always decide better for His followers.
There is no doubt that His decisions and his plans are best for us. He has explained the similar in following words:
There are two scenarios in which a man can get far from Allah, 1. When he prays from Allah and his prayers are accepted. 2. When he prays from Allah and his prayers are not accepted.
He has told us to have faith in Allah whether your prayers get answered or not. Because whatever He does, He does it only for the good of us. Only He knows what is best for us. It is like parents and children relation. Parents love their children and want to fulfill their every desire. But they do not allow their children to have something or do something that is not suitable for them or can put them in danger.
Everyone Needs to Pray:
Asking for Allah’s help and blessings are not only for those who are in trouble or having hardships, everyone has to pray to Allah. It keeps you connected to Him and offers you an opportunity to have more from Him and thank Him. Hazrat Ali (R.A.) explained it in the following manner:
The person who is afflicted with hardship is not in greater need of praying than the one who has been spared affliction but is not immune from it.
The one, who is having hardships, should be asking Allah’s help. And the one who is spending a blessed life should be thanking Allah for all His blessings.