Verification of Hadith
1) Regarding waking up in the middle of the night and the dua to be recited, please can muftisaheb confirm if the following Hadith (something to this effect) is authentic:
“Whoever says this will be forgiven, and if he supplicates Allah, his prayer will be answered; if he performs ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted.
“There is none worth of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner, His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is able to do all things. Glory is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. There is none worth of worship but Allah. Allah is the Most Great. There is no might and no power except by Allah’s leave, the Exalted, the Mighty. My Lord, forgive me.” ”
1.1) If the above is authentic, then should this dua be recited only if one wakes up suddenly in the middle of the night or can it be recited at any time?
2) I often come across this quote:
“If Allah didn’t want to accept your dua, he would not have guided you to make the dua in the first place” – Ibn Al Qayyim.
I’d like to know if there is any merit to the above quote and if so, can muftisaheb please elaborate further on what this quote means.
Wa ʿAlaykumus Salām Wa Raḥmatullāhi Wa Barakātuh
- ʿUbādah ibn al-Ṣāmit reported the Messenger of Allah ﷺ saying:
“If anyone is disturbed during the night (while sleeping) and upon awakening he says:
‘There is no god but Allah alone Who has no partner, to whom dominion belongs, to whom praise is due, and who has power over everything (omnipotent). Glory be to Allah, and praise be to Allah, and there is no god but Allah, and then he prays: O my Lord, forgive me.’
and then he supplicates to Allāh ﷻ, his supplications will be answered. If he gets up, performs ablution, and performs Ṣalāh, his Ṣalāh will be accepted.” [Abū Dāwūd]
Since the Prophet ﷺ had mentioned the circumstances to which this Duʿā applies, the benefits mentioned in the Ḥadīth will be restricted to such.
However, there is no problem reciting it at any other time with the hope of attaining rewards for glorifying Allāh ﷻ using the words of the Prophet ﷺ.
- Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate the exact source for the quote in question.
Nevertheless, it can be understood from it that when Allāh ﷻ intends good for a person, then He paves the way for such a person to get there; hence, if Allāh ﷻ wishes to accept a Du’ā of a person, He will create the means for a person to achieve that by giving him/her the ability to invoke Him to that effect.