The month of Ramadan brings a calm breeze that heals the hearts of Muslims and holds in its waves a journey full of mercy and forgiveness. Muslims perform many acts of worship and obedience during the month, to be among those who are forgiven and have their prayers answered. The prophet (ﷺ) said, “Dua’a is Worship” (Bukhari), so we absolutely need to make Dua’a in Ramadan and outside the month, to be encompassed by Allah’s blessing.
Dua’a holds an endorsement of the presence of the Almighty Allah and his power. It is a form of Ibada that does not require any effort, nor any material, and it is a way to connect with your creator. You can make Dua’a anywhere, anytime, in any language and Allah will be here for you. You can aim as high as you wish with Allah, because no one can beat his power to answer your request no matter how little or big it is.
Dua’a is the essence of worship, and Allah commands us to make it to reach his mercy in life and the hereafter. Although he is aware of everything in your heart, yet he likes to hear your voice from time to time. He wants you to ask so he can reply to your requests.
You can benefit from any free time to make Dua’a - even if it was a silent prayer in your heart- and make it a habit that you perform regularly. You can also download an app that has authentic supplication from The Quran and Sunnah to remind you of performing Dua’a through a notification, or to suggest new dua’s for you.
*Especially if you are on your menstrual period, you can benefit from your time to make supplication, and get the Ajer and the answer*
Sometimes we think that our Dua’a was not answered, yet in reality, Allah gives us what is better for us. Remove any doubt that your Dua’a will not be answered, be patient and persistent. Conviction is also a must because Allah said in the Quran in Surah Ghafiir
“And Your Lord said, Call upon me, I will respond to you”
(Surah Ghafiir, Verse 60)
and in Surah Al Baqara
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me” (Surah Al Baqarah, Verse 186)
Allah’s promises to his servants are unbreakable, so have trust in Him.
Allah has guaranteed the answer for you in what he considers best for you, in the time He wants.
- His no answer is an answer for your call, because he prevents a bad thing from reaching you or he removes a calamity.
- He might not give you what you asked for in Dunya, because he wants to grant it to you as a reward in the hereafter.
- Your Dua’a is answered at the right time.
We present to you a list of Dua’a that you can make in Ramadan, extracted from Sunnah:
1* Welcoming Ramadan Dua’a:
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ (رواه أحمد)
“Allahumma barik lana fi rajab wa shaaban wa ballighna Ramadan”
“O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Shaaban and allow us to witness the month of Ramadan” (Ahmad)
2* Seeing the moon of Ramadan Dua’a:
اللهم أهله علينا بالأمن والإيمان والسلامة والإسلام، ربي وربك الله، هلال رشد وخير (رواه الترمذي)
“Allahumma ahillahu Alayna bil yomni wal iman, wa ssalamati wal islam, Rabbi wa Rabbuka Allah, Hilal rushd wa khayr”
When the Prophet (ﷺ) saw the new moon, he would say: “O Allah, bring it over us with blessing and faith, and with safety and Islam. My Lord and your Lord is Allah. May this moon be bringing guidance and good” (At-Tirmidhi)
3* On Iftar Dua’a:
ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتْ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ (رواه أبي داود)
“Zahaba azzama’a wa ‘ibtallat alurouq wa thabat alajru inshaa Allah”
“The thirst is gone, the veins are moistened, and the reward is confirmed, if Allah wills” (Abi Dawud)
4* Laylatul Qadr (Night of Decree) Dua’a:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي (الترمذي)
*Allahumma innaka Afuwwun Karim tuḥibbu al afwa fa’fu anni *
Assayida Aisha narrated: “I asked: "O Messenger of Allah! If I know which night is Laylatul Qadr what should I say on it? He said: Say “O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me” (At-Tirmidhi)
*And it is the best Dua’a to make in the last 10 days of Ramadan*
5* When having Iftar at someone’s house Dua’a:
أَفْطَرَ عِنْدَكُمُ الصَّائِمُونَ وَأَكَلَ طَعَامَكُمُ الأَبْرَارُ وَصَلَّتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَلاَئِكَةُ " (رواه أبي داود)
“Aftara indakom alsa’imoun, wa akala ta’amakom alabrar, wasallat alaykom almala’ika”
The Prophet (ﷺ) said when he was invited to the iftar, “May the fasters break their fast with you (meaning May Allah reward you for providing fasting people with food to break their fast); the pious eat your food and the angels invoke blessings on you" (Abi Dawud)
6* Dua’a Al Qunoot in your Witr prayer every night:
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ، وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ، وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ، وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ، وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قْضَيْتَ، إِنَّهُ لا يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ، تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ (رواه احمد)
“Allahumma ihdini fiman hadayt, wa a’afini fiman a’afayt, wa tawallani fiman tawallayt, wa barek li fima a’atayt, wa qini sharra ma qadayt, innahu la yazillu man walayt, tabarakta rabbana wa ta’alayt”
“O Allah, guide me with those whom You have guided and strengthen me with those whom You have given strength. Take me to Your care with those whom You have taken to Your care. Bless me in what You have given me. Protect me from the evil You have ordained. Surely, You command and are not commanded, and none whom You have committed to Your care shall be humiliated. Blessed be our Lord, and Exalted” (Ahmad)
How to Maximize Chances of having your Dua'a answered?
- While fasting and after breaking your fast
- After the khatmah of the Quran
- In the last third of the night
- When rain is falling
- On Fridays
- Between Athan and Iqamah “The Supplication made between the Athan and the Iqamah is never rejected” (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)
- Make Dua’a in your Sujoud in Salah “The closest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is in sujoud, so make supplication often” (Muslim)
- Make Dua’a for your Muslim Brother and sister in secret
*A small tip to increase the chance of your Dua’a answer: Send salutation to the prophet (ﷺ) (Salah Aa’l Nabi - Also Known as Durood) before and after Dua’a. You can say: (Allahuma Salli Aa’la Sayidina Mohammad)*
Below is a list of Dua’a that we selected for you. They are not limited to the month of Ramadan only, but the prophet (ﷺ) used to pray them throughout the year:
اللَّهُمَّ مُصَرِّفَ الْقُلُوبِ صَرِّفْ قُلُوبَنَا عَلَى طَاعَتِكَ (رواه مسلم)
“O Allah! Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience" (Muslim)
“Allahumma musarrifa alqulab sarrif qulubana aala taatik”
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي ظُلْمًا كَثِيرًا، وَلَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ. فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَغْفِرَةً مِنْ عِنْدِكَ، وَارْحَمْنِي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ (متفق عليه)
“O Allah, I have greatly wronged myself, and no one forgives sins but You. So, grant me forgiveness and have mercy on me. Surely, you are Forgiving, Merciful” (Bukhari and Muslim)
“Allahoma inni zalamt nafsii zulman kathira, wa la yaghfir alzunub illa anta, faghfir li maghfira mn indik wa rhamni innaka anta alghafur alrahim”
اللهم باعِدْ بيني وبين خطاياي كما باعدتَ بين المشرق والمغرب، اللهم نقِّني من خطاياي كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض مِن الدَّنس، اللهم اغسِلْني من خطاياي بالثلج والماء والبَرَد (متفق عليه)
“O Allah, separate me from my sins as You have separated the East from the West. O Allah, cleanse me of my transgressions as the white garment is cleansed of stains. O Allah, wash away my sins with ice and water and frost” (Bukhari and Muslim)
“Allahumma ba'id bayni wa bayna khatayaya kama baa'adta bayn al-mashriqi wal-maghribi, Allahumma naqqini min khatayaya kama yunaqqa athawbu alabyadu min aldanas, Allahumma 'ghsilni min khatayaya, bil thalji wal maii wal barad"
ربَّنا آتِنا في الدنيا حسنةً، وفي الآخِرةِ حسنةً، وقِنا عذابَ النارِ (متفق عليه)
“O our Lord, grant us the best in this life and the best in the afterlife, and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
“Rabana Aatina fi al dunya hasana wa fi alakhira hasana wa qina azab al nar”
May Allah accept all your worship during the holy month and May all your Dua'a be answered!