Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Best Du`aa is Done Privately

السلام عليكم
Since it is around the times of Laylatul Qadr, here is a Hadeeth on an etiquette of du`aa.

Taken from my person copy of Wasaa’il (Wasaa’il Al-Shee`ah, vol. 4, pg. 1113)

Taken from Wasaa’il Al-Shee`ah, vol. 7, Kitaab Al-Salaah, Section of Du`aa, Ch. 22
بَابُ اسْتِحْبَابِ الدُّعَاءِ سِرّاً وَ خُفْيَةً وَ اخْتِيَارِهِ عَلَى الدُّعَاءِ عَلَانِيَةً
“Chapter on the desirability of du`aa in privately and secretly and the preference over the du`aa (done) outwardly”

مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ أَبِي هَمَّامٍ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ هَمَّامٍ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ الرِّضَا ع قَالَ دَعْوَةُ الْعَبْدِ سِرّاً دَعْوَةً وَاحِدَةً تَعْدِلُ سَبْعِينَ دَعْوَةً عَلَانِيَةً
“The du`aa of a worshiper (done) privately once equals 70 du`aas (done) publicly (outwardly)”
1.       Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol. 2, pg. 476, hadeeth # 1
2.       Al-Sadooq, Thawaab Al-`Amaal, pg. 161
1.       Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is SaHeeH (Authentic)
è Mir’aat Al-`Uqool, vol. 12, pg. 33


  1. Salam,

    Is privately and publicly referring to silently and loudly respectively. Or is it talking about making Du'a alone, instead of in a group or gathering?

  2. This is referring to praying in a way that others don't know - not praying alone vs. a gathering.