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Essential Ramadan Dua for the Holy Month


Dua is the essence of worship and a weapon of the believer. Allah SWT commands the believers to humble themselves to their Lord in supplications. In the Noble Quran, Allah SWT says:

“And your Lord says, ‘Call upon Me; I will respond to you.’ Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible.” [Ghaafir 40:60]

Dua has a deep relevance to the month of Ramadan. According to the hadith of Prophet SAW, the dua of a fasting person is not rejected when made at the time of breaking the fast. Similarly, dua made at night before the appearance of dawn has more likelihood of being accepted. The nights of Ramadan carry great blessings, particularly the Night of Power. The last ten nights assume special significance because of holding the Night of Power amongst them. The believers seek the blessing of this night by engaging in worship and dua as supplications made on this night have high chances of being answered. In this glorious month when there is mercy in abundance, it is strongly encouraged to supplicate sincerely to Allah SWT using appropriate words. Allah SWT says in the Quran:

“When My servants ask you about Me, then (tell them that) I am near. I respond to the call of one when he prays to Me; so they should respond to Me, and have faith in Me, so that they may be on the right path.” [al-Baqarah 2:186]

It is important to take guidance from the Quran and Sunnah in this regard. Continue reading to find out more about the essential Ramadan dua to be recited during the holy month.

Dua for Fasting in Ramadan:

According to the scholars, there is no specific dua to be said before each and every fast. Rather, the intention of fasting made before beginning the fast is sufficient. However, there is a Masnoon dua that is recited at the time of seeing the new moon of Ramadan. According to authentic hadith, Prophet SAW used to say the following words on sighting the new moon.

اللَّهمَّ أَهلَّهُ علينَا بالأمنِ والإيمانِ والسَّلامةِ والإسلامِ ربِّي وربُّكَ اللَّهُ

Allahumma ahillahu ‘alayna bi’l-yumni wa’l-iman wa’l-salamah wa’l-islam. Rabbiy wa rabbuka Allah.

(O Allah, make the new moon rise on us with blessing, faith, safety and Islam. My Lord and Your Lord is Allah). [Sahih al-Tirmidhi 2745] 

Dua for Opening Fast:

The most common question is about the dua for breaking fast in Ramadan. It is narrated from Prophet SAW that he used to say the following dua at the time of Iftar.

ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله

“Dhahaba al-zamau wabtalat-al-urooq wa thabata-al-ajar in sha Allah.

(Thirst is gone, the veins are moistened, and the reward is certain if Allah wills).” [Abu Dawud]

Iftar is the time of making a lot of dua as the supplication made at this time is guaranteed to be answered. The following hadith explains this in detail:

“There are three whose supplication is not rejected: a just ruler, the fasting person when he breaks his fast, and the prayer of one who has been wronged…” [Tirmidhi 2526]

Duas for the Last 10 Days of Ramadan:

The believers are encouraged to seek Laylat-al-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan. The dua to be recited in these days is the same dua that the Prophet SAW taught Aisha R.A. According to hadith, she asked the prophet (PBUH) about the dua to be said on Laylat-al-Qadr. The Prophet SAW told her to say the following dua.

اللَّهمَّ إنَّك عفُوٌّ تُحبُّ العفوَ فاعْفُ عنِّي

Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibb al-afwa fa’fu anni.

O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me. [Tirmidhi]

Ramadan Dua for First Ten Days:

The scholar state that the whole month is full of mercy and that there is no specific dua for Ramadan to be said in the first ten days. Any dua is good as long as it is done with sincerity, keeping within the etiquettes of supplication and using appropriate wording. However, it is recommended to do a great deal of dua in Ramadan to reap the rewards of the blessed month. There are many beautiful duas that are found in the Quran and the hadith. It is important to recite them during the first ten days as well as the rest of Ramadan. Some of these are mentioned below:

  • Dua for the goodness of this world and the hereafter:

رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةًۭ وَفِى ٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ حَسَنَةًۭ وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ

 “Our Lord! Grant us the good of this world and the Hereafter and protect us from the torment of the Fire.” [2:201]

  • Dua for children and parents:

 رَبِّ ٱجْعَلْنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَآءِ ٤٠

رَبَّنَا ٱغْفِرْ لِى وَلِوَٰلِدَىَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ ٱلْحِسَابُ ٤١

“My Lord, make me steadfast in Salah, and my offspring as well. And, Our Lord, grant my prayer.Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and all believers on the day when reckoning shall take place.”

  • Dua at the end of every prayer:

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ‏

Allāhumma aʿinnīʿalá dhikrika wa-shukrika wa-ḥusni ʿibādatik 

Translation: O Allah, aid me in remembering You, thanking You, and worshipping You properly. [al-Nasai and Abu Dawud]

Dua is a beautiful form of the remembrance of Allah SWT. It connects the creation to the Creator in an expression of faith, trust and humility on part of the believers. By virtue of dua, Allah SWT grants His servants ease from hardship and hope from despair. Make your Ramadan full of blessing by the beauty of dua this year. Have your prayers answered and earn immense reward at the same time.

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