14 Nov How to make Dua: Tip #3
Allah’s various Names and Attributes may be used when making Dua, they help one strengthen their connection with Allah and make their Dua more personal.
This is one of the most powerful means of tawassul, the Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] heard a man say in his tashahhud:
“O Allah I ask You by virtue of the fact that all praise belongs to You, none has the right to be worshipped but You, alone, having no partner. The Great Bestower of all blessings, O Originator of the heavens and the earth, O Possessor of Majesty and Honour, O Ever-Living, O Sustainer and Protector of all that exists. Indeed I ask You for Paradise and I seek Your refuge from the Fire”.
So the Prophet said to his Companions: ‘Do you know what he has supplicated with?’ They replied: ‘Allah and His Messenger know best’. He said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my soul! He has supplicated to Allah by His Great Name, the one that, if He is called upon by it, He responds, and if He is asked by it, He gives”. [Abu Dawud, al-Nasa’i and Ahmad]
Another example of this type of tawassul is found in the following Hadith. The Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] prayed with the following dua: “O Allah! (I ask you) by Your knowledge of the unseen, and Your power to create, that You cause me to live as long as living is better for me, and that You cause me to die when You know that death is better for me.” [al-Bukhari #5671, Muslim #2680]