Best Times to Make Dua

There are many times where Dua is answered, according to the Quran and Sunnah.  So it is important that the one who wants his or her Dua be answered that, he takes advantage of these times.


1. Dua in the last third of the night (the time before dawn):

Most of the creation are in deep sleep during this night, while a true worshiper is awake, earnestly praying to Allah and making Dua. In fact Allah Himself comes down to His servant, and opens for Him the doors of Mercy and Forgiveness. He comes down to meet their needs and to relieve their distress.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “Our Lord descends every night, during the last third of it, to skies of this world, and asks:
  • “Who will call upon Me, that I may Answer him[or her]?”
  • “Who will ask of Me, that I May give him [or her]?”
  • “Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?” [Bukhari # 1145 & Sahih Jami #8021]

So if you want your dua be answered, this is one of the best time to ask. But if you’re sleeping at this time, listen what Abu Bakr Al-Tartushi said: “He is not a wise man who has a need to Allah, yet he sleeps away his need at night.” [Al-Hilali Pg. 47]


2. Dua between the Adhan and Iqamah:

This is one of the best times for the prayer to be accepted, and yet, many of us don’t take advantage of it. Five times every day, while you’re waiting to pray, make dua. Between the adhan and iqamah, you are given the opportunity to make Dua, and ask Allah whatever you want in this Dunya and Akhirah.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • ” A dua offered between the adhan and iqamah is not rejected.
  • Therefore, offer your dua’s (at this time).” [Abu Dawud # 521, Tirmidhi #212, or Sahih Jami #2408]

3. Dua When it Rains:

This is the time when the blessings of Allah descend from the Heavens. And so it is also one of the times when the dua of a worshiper is accepted.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “Two are the duas are never returned…
  • the dua made when the prayer is being called,
  • and at the time of rainfall.” [Abu Dawud # 3540, Hakim #2/114, and Sahih Jami # 3078]

4. Dua during an “Hour” on Friday:

There is a special hour on Friday, during which all prayers are accepted and answered by Allah. This is part of the blessings that Allah has blessed this day with, over all the other days of the week.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “On Friday, there is an hour during which,
  • if any Muslim is standing in front of Allah in Salah, and
  • asking Allah for something good, he will be granted his request.”
  • Then he made a sign with his hands, showing that it was a very short period of time. [Bukhar # 935]

5. Before Drinking Zam Zam:

Zamzam is the name of a famous well that is in Makkah. It is the well of Ismail, son of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH), from which Allah quenched the thrist of Ismail when he was an infant. The Prophet (PBUH) said that Zamzam “is a blessing, and it is food that satisfies.” [Muslim 4/1922].

More importantly, it was this water that two angels used to wash the Prophet’s heart (PBUH) when he was a child, after they had take it out, then they put it back. So it is sunnah to drink one’s fill of Zamzam water and to quench one’s thirst. So before drinking Zamzam, make dua.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “The water of Zam Zam is for whatever it has been drunk for.” [Ahmed (3/357), Ibn Majah (3062), and Sahih Jami # 5502]
  • The meaning of this hadith is that whatever dua you make before drinking Zamzam, it will be given to you.

6. Dua during Prostrating:

This is the most noble posture that a worshiper can be in, for it is the epitome of humility and submissiveness. And how can it not be, when a person in prostration lowers his or her face to the dust, seeking the pleasure of Allah? This is why this posture is the most beloved by Allah.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “The closest that a person is to Allah is prostrating,
  • so say a great deal of dua then.” [Muslim 482]

7. Dua of the one who has been wronged:

“Fear the prayer of the one who has been wronged, for there no barrier between it and Allah.” [Bukhar 469] The prophet also stated that “the prayer of the one who has been wronged will be answered, even if he [or she] is an evildoer, for his evildoing is only against himself. [Sahih Jami # 3382]


8. There are three prayers that are not rejected

  • The dua of the traveller
  • The dua of a father for his child (i.e. for his benefit)
  • The dua of a fasting person during the day of his fast.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “There are three prayers that are not rejected:
  • The prayer of a father for his child,
  • the prayer of the fasting person
  • and the prayer of the traveler.” [Saheehah # 1797 & Sahih Jami #2032]

9. Dua of a righteous person for his parents:

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “When the son of Adam dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three:
    • Ongoing charity
    • a righteous son who will pray for him,
    • or beneficial knowledge.
  • [Muslim 1631]

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