First of all, we’d like to clarify that a true believer never gives up supplicating to his Lord and imploring Him for guidance. Almighty Allah teaches us to call upon Him and seek His forgiveness all the time. In the Qur’an, Almighty Allah teaches us: “Ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.” (An-Nisa’: 32) In His Hadith, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, guides us to the importance of Du`a and says: “Du`a is a weapon of a believer, a pillar of religion and a light of the heavens and the earth.”
Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, states: “If one asks another one whom he/she thinks is a righteous person to make du`aa’ for him/her, then it is permissible to do that. It is related that before setting out for `Umrah, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to `Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), ‘Don’t forget us in your du`aa’.’ It is not a condition that making du`aa’ for someone else will be better or more acceptable. Rather, it is more hopeful that it will be accepted by Allah.
But this does not mean that one stops making du`aa’ for himself/herself. Almighty Allah says, ” And when My servant question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them bear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright. (Al-Baqarah: 186) He also says, “And do thou (O Muhammad) remember thy. Lord within thyself humbly and with awe…” (Al-A`raf: 205) So, it is a highly recommended sunnah to come closer to Allah by making du`aa’ and remembering Allah humbly and remembering His Most Beautiful Names and confessing one’s sins and making sincere repentance of all sins asking Allah to forgive him/her all sins.
May Allah protect everyone against evils and grant us happiness in this worldly life and in the life to come.”