One of the most integral components of Islam is du'a (supplication). According to Islam, each individual has a direct relationship with Allah, and supplication is the means of communicating with Him.
Accordingly, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Allah in the Qur'an taught us some things that will help us beautify our supplications. Therefore, our du'a can be affected by these factors. We can beautify our supplications in four simple and practical ways:
Start by praising Allah and sending blessings to the Prophets. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "Whenever anyone supplicates (makes du'a), let him praise Allah, then he should send blessings upon the Prophet, then he should supplicate however he pleases." (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood)).
Some Muslims raise their hands and recite a list of things they want from Allah when supplicating. I’ve evenly been guilty of this. Our supplication must, however, begin with an understanding of the appropriate method.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "Call upon Allah with certainty that he will answer you.". Abu Huraira reported: "Allah will not answer the supplications of a negligent or distracted heart." (Tirmidhi).
When we think of Allah, we should have the right expectations. Be aware that Allah's attitude toward us is not neutral. Rather than punishing us, He is on our side and looking for reasons to bless us. We should always expect him to accept our supplications whenever we supplicate or ask.
It is not permissible for a Muslim servant to pray for his brother behind his back unless the angel says: And the same for you." (Muslim) Abu Darda reported:
According to Abdullah ibn Amr, a supplication on behalf of someone absent is more likely to be answered quickly. (Tirmidhi)
Besides ourselves, we should also think about our family, neighbors, friends, and community when we pray. Our supplications for others, as demonstrated by the two hadiths above, not only benefit those we pray for, but we also benefit greatly.