Various matters concerning supplication

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

252. Chapter: Various matters concerning supplication

1496. Usama ibn Zayd reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Whoever has something good done for him and says to the one who did it, 'May Allah repay your with good,' has made full repayment." [at-Tirmidhi]

1497. Jabir reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Do not curse each other and do not curse your children and do not curse your property lest it should coincide with a time from Allah in which gifts that are asked for are granted." [Muslim]

1498. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The closest that a slave of Allah is to his Lord is while he is prostrating, so make a lot of supplication then." [Muslim]

1499. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Each of you will be answered as long as he does not become over-impatient, saying, 'I called on my Lord and He did not answer me.'" [Agreed upon]

In a variant of Muslim, "The slave continues to be answered, provided he does not pray for a wrong action or severance of kin, as long as he does not become over-impatient." It was said, "Messenger of Allah, what is over-impatience?" He said, "He says, 'I prayed and I prayed and I did not find Him answering me,' so he stops short at that and ceases making supplication."

1500. Abu Umama said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was asked, 'What supplication is the most likely to be heard?' He said, 'That in the last part of the middle of the night and after the obligatory prayers." [at-Tirmidhi]

1501. 'Ubada ibn as-Samit reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "There is no Muslim on the earth who supplicates to Allah Almighty with a supplication without Allah granting it to him, or turning away the like of it in evil from him, as long as he does not supplicate for anything wrong or severance from his kin." A man of the people said, "We do it a great deal." He said, "Allah has more (than you could ever ask for)." [at-Tirmidhi]

Al-Hakim has it from the variant of Abu Sa'id where he added, "Or the like of it is stored up for him as a reward."

1502. Ibn 'Abbas stated that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to say in affliction, 'There is no god but Allah, the Immense, the Forbearing. There is no god but Allah, Lord of the Throne, the Immense. There is no god but Allah, the Lord of the heavens and the Lord of the earth and the Lord of the Throne, the Generous." [Agreed upon]