The hadeeth says that the most honourable of gifts is the gift of du‘aa. In this world, when you ask from a person this is one of the most humiliating acts, but in the presence of Allah Ta‘ala this is among the most honourable actions. Why is this? Because through du‘aa one acknowledges in whose hands is the button of all things. It is His touch, he just says ‘kun’ (Be) and it is as He wills. So we should have this in mind that everything is under His decree, but we also beg of Him showing that we are dependent on Him. At no time should we show that we are independent. This is what Allah Ta‘ala dislikes. Who allows you to see and grants you good health? Who is sustaining your body and restraining the cells in your body from contracting cancer or any other sickness? That is why the hadeeth says that du‘aa is the essence of all ‘ibaadat.