Suppose you want to borrow money from a friend. Would you go to the house, knock on the door, and ask for money? Or would you greet him, inquire about his well-being, and then ask?
Similarly, you’re missing out on a beautiful sunnah if you dive right into your dua’. When it comes to supplicating, praise Allah ‘azza wa jall first!
From Anas ibn Mālik (may Allāh be pleased with him), [who] said:
Um Sulaym came to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “O Messenger of Allāh, teach me some words
I can ask [Allāh] with.”
He said: Proclaim Allāh’s great distance, Mighty is He and Majestic, from any kind of imperfection [by saying ‘subhānallāh’ ten times; glorify Him with praise [by saying ‘al-hamdulillāh’ ten times; and extol His greatness above all things [by saying ‘Allāhu akbar’ ten times. Then after that, ask for what you need, for He [will] certainly then say: ‘Indeed, I have done it; indeed, I have done it.’
Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhī, and Al-Nasā’ī reported it with their chains of narration, and Al-Albānī graded it hasan [a good, acceptable narration].
Faddaalah ibn ‘Ubayd:
“When any one of you prays, let him start by praising Allah, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet ￼, then let him say du’aa’ however he wishes.”
Al-Tirmidhi said: (it is) a saheeh hadeeth. It was also classed as saheeh by al-Haakim, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him. Zaad al-Ma’aad, 1/257, 258.
May Allah give us the ability to revive this sunnah. And may He accept our sincere duas.