In summary, dua' (supplication) is our appeal and petition to Allah the Exalted requesting whatever we wish Him to grant us. Munajah is whisper ing, like telling one's secrets to Allah the Exalted, or prattling. It may or may not include any petition and solicitation. There are numerous ravish ing du’a's and enchanting munajahs and beautiful dhikrs  available in the Muslim world composed by the infallible Imams and prominent religious leaders. In size, they vary from a few lines all the way to a sizeable booklet which may take over an hour to recite. Each has a specific purpose with a certain recommended time of recitation. But the general and cardinal purpose is, of course, nearness to Allah the Exalted by repeated remem brance of His attributes and His glorification.
With this brief introduction, it is clear that the nature of the Glorious Qur'an is totally and completely different from that of books of dua', munajah anddhikr. The former comes from the heavens to earth whereas the latter set of three goes from earth to the heavens. The former is the heavenly and purewahy, directing people with unlimited Authority, Wisdom and Mercy as to what is good for them and what is bad for them. The latter set, however, is an earthly plea and petition from us soliciting Allah the Exalted, weakly and yearningly.
In the absence of a Divine Scripture, this clear distinction does not exist in some religious cults. They mix an assortment of du’a's and munajahs along with other writings of their leader and call the booklet a prayer book.
This entire section was included for the continuation of ayah II:286 under the previous heading. In the Glorious Qur'an, Allah the Exalted teaches us the basic ingredients for our supplications. There are a number of such ayat, one being the latter part of the last ayah of Surah alâ€‘Baqarah (II). This is the longest surah of the Glorious Qur'an full of serious matters of law. How appropriate to end this onerous surah with this beautiful duca' for the acquittal of our sins and mistakes:
... Our Lord! condemn us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us. Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness and have mercy upon us. Thou art our Protector; award us with victory over the dis believing folks." II:286
Allah the Exalted sows more seeds to show us the ingredients for supplica tions in a few other ayat such as:
II:201 & 250, III:8, 16, 53, 147, 193 & 194, VII:23, 47, 126, 155 & 156, XIV:40 & 41, XX:25â€‘28, XXIII:97 & 98, XXV:65 & 74, XXVII:19, XXVHI:17, XL:7, LIX:10, LX:4, LXXI:28, etc.
They are captivating and penetrating when their deeper meanings are realised. Using these, and other ingredients, Islamic literature is full of rich, enchanting and powerful supplication books. Unfortunately they are not all available in English. The reader could contact the publisher of this book, The Muhammadi Trust, and enquire for "The Psalms of Islam" and other supplication books available in English.