Dua is asking the creator, Allah (swt) to assist in one’s life it is also a means to asking for forgiveness. I have collected a list of verses from the Quran and ahadith about making dua.

Doing dua on its own isn’t enough though it is an excellent thing to do. Actions needed after making dua. It is not enough just to make dua and sit back and watch things happen like a miracle.

Dua is worship and Allah loves the servant who supplicate to Him. The Dua is recommended and the one who abandons it loses out on the good.

Dua is worship

Allah says:

And your Lord said: “Call upon Me, I will answer you. Verily, those who scorn My worship they will surely enter Jahannam in humiliation!” Quran 40:60

The Prophet (saw) said:

The dua is the brains of worship. Tirmidhi

He supplicates to Allah but his food and drink are of Haram. So how can his dua be answered?” Muslim

Best times to make Dua.

The closest a servant be to his Lord is when he is in sujood (prostration), so make dua frequently. Tirmidhi

The Messenger (saw) was asked: which dua is heard most? He (saw) replied:

Dua in the middle of the night and at the end of the obligatory prayers.

Messenger of Allah (saw) said:

The supplications of three people are not rejected: the supplication of a fasting person at the time of breaking fast, of a just ruler, and of a person who is wronged. Allah causes their supplications to rise above the clouds, and gates of heaven are opened for them, and Allah says, ‘By My Majesty, I will help you, even if it is after a while. (Tirmidhi)
Allah answers the dua of the one who asks Him. He answers the distressed servant when he calls out to Him. As Allah says:

And when My servants ask you (O Muhammad concerning Me, then answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. Quran 2:186

Is not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil.. Quran 27:62

verse from Quran about Dua and forgiveness

Conditions of dua being answered

Any Muslim who makes a supplication containing nothing that is sinful and nothing that involves breaking ties of blood relationships, will be given for it by Allah one of these three things:

  1. He may accept his request,
  2. or save its reward for him in the next world,
  3. or turn away from him an equal amount of evil.

Those who heard it said, We would, then, make many supplications. The Prophet (saw) replied, Allah is more than ready to answer what you ask. (Ahmad and Bukhari in Adab al-Mufrad)

The dua of the servant will be answered if he does not ask for the cutting of blood ties and is not impatient, It was asked: O Messenger of Allah, what is  impatience? He (saw) said: impatience is when the servant says, I supplicated but my dua was not heard and so he becomes distressed and leaves making supplication. (Muslim)

Verses related to gaining forgiveness from Allah.

Those who spend [in good] and those who pray and beg Allah’s pardon in the last hours of the night. Quran 3:17

And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Quran 4:110

And Allah would not punish them while you (Muhammad) are among them, nor will He punish them while they seek (Allah’s) forgiveness. Quran 8:33

And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (immoral sin) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; and none can forgive sins but Allah, and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. Quran 3:135

The Prophet (saw) said:

Blessings are for the one in whose record it is written that he frequently sought forgiveness from Allah. (Ibn Majah)

The Prophet (saw) said:

O my servants. You make mistakes by day and night and I will forgive them all. So seek forgiveness from Me and I will forgive you. Hadith Qudsi reported by Muslim.