I’ve not posted in ages as I’m pretty busy doing my dissertation and working. But I managed to get 15 minutes of relaxed time and thought to myself: “hey, why not post a Friday (Jumu’ah) reminder”. This reminder will be of one of the particular benefits of Friday – Sa’at al istijabah, that many Muslims don’t either know about or are too lazy to do (myself included).
So what is Sa’at al istijabah?
According to a Hadith narrated by Jabir (RA) the Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Friday is comprised of twelve hours. There is one in which a Muslim who asks Allah for something will have it granted to him. Seek it in the last hour after `Asr.”
[Sunan Abî Dâwûd (1048), Sunan al-Nasâ’î (1389) and Mustadrak al-Hâkim(1032)]
This is known as Sa’at al istijabah (a time when du’a is answered)
“Note: It’s NOT ‘Salat’ (prayer), it’s Sa’at (time) of istijabah (response).”
[Sheikh Abu Abdissalam]
What time does it occur?
Simply put, the later part of ‘Asr or the final period before Maghrib. This is because the word ‘hour’ that has been mentioned in the hadeeth is a translation and it cannot be definitively the final hour before Maghrib. Thus it is best to make du’a after ‘Asr salah and definitely just before Maghrib. I myself try to make du’a 15 minutes before Maghrib to ascertain that period when du’a is being accepted.
And that is it folks, very simple, yet a forgotten Sunnah. Make sure you let others know too. And remember guys – Ask for Allah to grant you Jannatul Firdaws, enter you into paradise without any hisaab (judgement), grant you forgiveness, invite you to Hajj, grant you a blissful marriage/a companion that will be the coolness of your eyes, grant you success in this world and the akhirah (hereafter), grant you understanding, knowledge and so on.
Remember you are speaking to Allah The All-Mighty so don’t hold back and make du’a with yakeen (certainty – that your du’a will be accepted). To illustrate my point about Allah Jalla wa ‘ala’s Greatness, just contemplate over this statement (quote):
“Who stands in front of a king and asks for a penny?”
SubhanAllahi wa bihamdhi such an amazing statement, it puts everything into perspective.
Finally, I’ve linked a couple of videos at the end of this post to help those that wish to make more quality du’a 🙂
May Allah azza wa jal grant us all the ability to make Du’a regularly and for our Du’as to be effective and accepted. Ameen!
Updated on 20/05/2017