14 Nov How to make Dua: Tip #13
Praying upon the Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] is a noble act in itself and adding it into your dua helps the dua be responded to. This etiquette is specifically mentioned
The Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] said: “Every dua is covered until (the person) prays upon the Prophet.” [Narrated by al-nasa’i from Abdullah ibn Bisr, and Ibn Hibban from Mu’adh, and al-Daylami from Anas and others, Sahih al-Jami #4523]
The Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him[ said: “A messenger came to me from my Lord and said, “There is no worshipper who prays upon you once, except that Allah will pray upon him ten times!”
The Dua is ‘covered’ meaning that it is not raised up to Allah until the person making the dua accompanies it with the prayer upon the Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him]. However, it seems that this is not a necessary condition, since the Prophet himself did not practice this continually. There are numerous narrations from the Prophet concerning specific Duas which he made, and which he commanded his Companions to make, which do not contain the prayer upon him.
For example he said: “O Allah! I seek refuge in you from leprosy, madness and evil diseases.” [Abu Dawud and al-Nasai from Anas ibn Malik in Sahih al-Jami #1281]