Dua – In Islamic terminology dua is the act of supplication. It is calling out to God; it is a conversation with God, our Creator, our Lord, the All-Knowing, and the All-Powerful. In fact, the word is derived from the Arabic root meaning to call out or to summon. Dua is uplifting, empowering, liberating, and transforming and it is one of the most powerful and effective acts of worship a human being can engage in. Dua has been called the weapon of the believer. It affirms a person’s belief in One God and it shuns all forms of idolatry or polytheism. Dua is essentially submission to God and a manifestation of a person’s need for God.
Namaz is a special form of worship that is the second most important pillar of Islam after the shahada (testimony of faith). It is an obligatory form of prayer performed five times a day that was revealed in the Holy Qur’an and taught to us by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
There are many verses in the Holy Quran which Allah tells us about the importance of prayer. Here are two such verses:
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99 Names of Allah: The first pillar of Imaan (faith) in Islam is Belief in Allah. As Muslims, we believe in Allah in accordance with His beautiful names and attributes. Allah has revealed His names repeatedly in the Holy Quran primarily for us to understand who He is. Learning and memorizing the names of Allah will help us to identify the correct way to believe in Him. There is nothing more sacred and blessed than understanding the names of Allah and living by them. How do we expect to worship, love, fear, and trust our Lord, The Almighty Allah, if we don’t know who He is?