Etiquettes of Dua in one glance
- To be clean and pure.
- To be with Wudhu.
- Firstly to mention the praises of Allah Ta‘ala and give the intermediary of the beloved names and lofty qualities of Allah Ta‘ala.
- Then to read Durood Shareef.
- To face the Qiblah.
- To turn to Allah Ta‘ala with a sincere heart and have full conviction that Allah Ta‘ala alone can accept my Dua.
- To do a good action before Dua or to read two or four Rakaats Salaah then make Dua.
- To sit like how a person sits in the sitting posture of Salaah.
- To lift both hands and make Dua (both hands should be open).
- To make Dua with utmost respect and humility (respect should be shown from the entire body and the entire body should become entirely Dua and beseeching).
- To express ones humility and helplessness while making Dua.
- While making Dua a person should express submissiveness in state and word (i.e. with body, soul and tongue) and he should lower his voice.
- Not to lift the gaze towards the sky.
- To refrain from poetical and musical styles.
- To make Dua through the mediation of the Noble Prophets, Holy saints, pious and ones good deeds.
- To confess ones sins.
- A person should make Dua with great keenness, hope, firmness and this conviction that my Dua will definitely be accepted.
- To lay forward the heart and ask from its depth.
- To ask repeatedly, this should at least be three times.
- A person should ask Allah Ta‘ala beseeching him, i.e. imploring, eagerly and pleading.
- Not to ask for something impossible.
- When making Dua for someone one should make Dua for himself first then for that person.
- The Dua should be comprehensive, i.e. a person should opt for such a Dua wherein the words are less but the generality meaning of the words are more, i.e. by a few words many needs of this world and the hereafter are asked.
- A person should ask using those Dua which appear in the Quraan and Hadeeth. Its words are comprehensive and blessed.
- A person should ask for every need from Allah Ta‘ala. If he needs salt he should ask from Allah Ta‘ala and if his shoelace breaks he should also ask from Allah Ta‘ala.
- If he is an Imaam he should not only ask for himself rather he should include the congregation in his Dua (instead of the singular form he should use the plural form).
- Before completing Dua he should again mention the praises of Allah Ta‘ala.
- He should send Durood on Rasulullah Sallalahu Allayhi Wassallam.
- On completion he should say Aameen.
- Right at the end he should pass his hands over his face.
May Allah Ta‘ala grant us all the ability, while being mindful of these etiquettes, to fulfil the right of Dua in the correct manner. Aameen
 (Etiquettes of Dua, Allamah Jallaludeen Suyuti, Pg 41,42)