14 Nov How to make Dua: Tip #38
Situations when Dua is answered: After a Calamity
Providing a person has been patient through a trial or calamity, and has remained pleased with Allah, Allah will accept their dua.
– One of the times when a persons dua is answered is after a calamity, providing the person has been patient and not become displeased with the decree of Allah. Umm Salamah narrated that the Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] said: “There is no Muslim that is afflicted with a calamity, and he says what Allah has commanded him to say: ‘To Allah we belong and to Him we will return! O Allah! Give me rewards (of being patient over) this calamity, and grant me something better than it to replace it,’ except that Allah will give him something better to replace it.
Umm Salamah said, “So when (my husband) Abu Salamah dies, I said this dua, but could not help thinking, ‘Who is better than Abu Salamah?’ Then the Prophet himself sent me a messenger proposing to me, so Allah blessed me with someone better than Abu Salamah”. [Muslim #918, Abu Dawud #3119, al-Tirmidhi #3511]