Once, the Messenger of Allah heard a man supplicating to Allah, he said, “This man has been hasty.” He then called him and said to him and others, “When one of you prays, he should begin with the praise of his Lord, Sublime and Mighty, and his exultation, and then send prayers (in one narration: he should send prayers) on the Prophet, and then supplicate as he wishes. 3
Another practical etiquette that we need to consider when supplicating to Allah is to be eloquent and artistic in our supplications, seeking the Sunnah of the messenger in beautifying our speech with Allah,
The prophet said, “I have been given words which are concise” 4
Also, seeking Allah’s beautiful names in its allocation of the supplication is a part of beautifying ones supplication, so for instance, when seeking Allah’s mercy towards something, then it’s best to seek Him through His names “Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem”.
It is significantly important to seek supplications within certain ritual practices as part of the proper etiquette that result in the acceptance and response towards our supplications, such as preceding supplications with any acts of obedience towards Allah. Ritualistic etiquette could be listed, but not limited, to the below list: 5
– Facing the Qiblah when supplicating
– Seeking the best times for answering supplications, such as in sujood, between the Athan and Iqamah, in Tahajjud and so on.
– Doing a charitable act before supplicating.
– Bringing cheerfulness to a fellow Muslim.
– Doing ablution before supplicating.
The Prophet said: “There is no Muslim who offers supplication in which there is no sin or severing of ties of kinship, but Allah will give him one of three things in return for it: either what he asked for will be hastened for him, or (reward) will be stored up for him in the Hereafter or an equivalent evil will be diverted from him.” 6