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Requesting others to make Dua’a for you could be blameworthy


Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen


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Question: O noble Shaykh, a person requesting from someone who has the appearance of righteousness to make Dua’a for him in his absence, is this a weakness in reliance upon Allah from the person requesting the Dua’a? And if this is the case, what is your guidance for us understanding Umar requesting Uwais Al Qurnee to make Dua’a for him, despite Umar being better than Uwais?

Shaykh Uthaymeen: A person requesting someone else to make Dua’a for him, it is enough as a blame that he asked of someone. And it was from the pledges the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم took from his companions that they would not ask the people for anything; that they would not ask the people for anything. And the word ‘anything’ is general in the context of the negation; so it is general for everything.

This is fundamental principle; such that if the stick of one of them would fall while he was on his riding beast he would get down and pick it up. And he would not say to anyone: ‘hand me my stick’. This is because they pledged the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم that they would not ask the people for anything. If there was nothing blameworthy about it except for this; this would be enough. But perhaps the person has disdain and a low opinion of himself, thus he request from someone else. We say O brother have a good thought about Allah, have a good thought about Allah the Exalted.

And if you are not worthy to have your own Dua’a accepted, the Dua’a of another will not benefit you. Thus it is upon you to have a good thought about Allah, and do not place a mediator between yourself and Allah. You supplicate to your Lord. Allah says:

ادْعُوا رَبَّكُمْ تَضَرُّعًا وَخُفْيَةً

Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. (Soorah Al-'A`raf 7:55)

And also, you Dua’a to Allah is in and of itself worship; so how can you deprive yourself of this? Likewise, some of the people, if they request Dua’a from those who appear to be righteous then perhaps he will rely on the Dua’a of this person, and he will never make Dua’a for himself.

And then there is a third issue with this, and that is perhaps the person whom Dua’a is being requested from will be deceived by himself, believing he is worthy of having others request Dua’a from him. But Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyya said: ‘if you request Dua’a from your brother then intend by this to benefit him through his being good to you. Or to benefit him if he makes Dua’a for you in your absence because verily the Angels say: Ameen and for you the same.’

Thus there is no problem with this, this is good; but if you merely want to benefit yourself, then this is something blameworthy.

As for what you mentioned of Umar may Allah be pleased with him, requesting Uwais to make Dua’a for him; this was by the command of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Thus this was specific for this man. For this reason Umar did not request Dua’a from others. He did not say O Abu Bakr make Dua’a for us. This was despite Abu Bakr being better than Umar, and Uwais and all of the companions. But this was specific for this man. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم ordered those who would meet him to say: Make Dua’a to Allah for me.’ And the specific situations do not go beyond what they are relegated to.


Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 December 2013 14:46 )