Dua

The “Prophet’s Dua List” is a curated list of duas that is all encompassing. Excellent as part of ones daily routine and a resplendent companion during times such as Umrah and Hajj.

Praising Allah

All supplications in this section begin with the praise of Allah الحمد لله

Duʻā 1 – 300+ Angels

Rifaʻāh Ibn Rafʻi (RA) narrates, “I prayed behind the Prophet SAW and sneezed. Then I said (the duʻā below). After prayer, the Prophet SAW inquired about who spoke during ṣalāh. No one replied. He asked again. No one replied. He asked a third time.

So I said, “I spoke, Messenger of Allah.”

The Prophet SAW asked, “What did you say?” I replied with (the duʻā below). So the Prophet SAW said, “By Allah, more than 300 angels competed in recording these words.”

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا طَيِّبًا مُبَارَكًا فِيهِ مُبَارَكًا عَلَيْهِ كَمَا يُحِبُّ رَبُّنَا وَيَرْضَى

All praise is for Allah – abundant, pure praise that is blessed in every way – just as He loves and He is pleased with. 

Recorded in Sunan Al-Nasāʼī.

Duʻā 2 – Praise on the Day of Uhud

Rifaʻāh Ibn Rafʻi (RA) narrates that on the day of the battle of Uḥud when the polytheists of Quraish were fleeing the Prophet SAW said, “Line up so that I can praise my Lord”.

So the companions formed a line behind him. Then the Prophet SAW made the following duʻā:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ كُلُّهُ ʼO Allah, all praise is for You, in its entirety!
اللَّهُمَّ لا قَابِضَ لِمَا بَسَطْتَO Allah, there is no one who can close what You have opened,
وَلا بَاسِطَ لِمَا قَبَضْتَand there is no one who can open what You have closed.
وَلا هَادِيَ لِمَا أَضْلَلْتَThere is no guide for whoever You allowed to go astray,
وَلا مُضِلَّ لِمَنْ هَدَيْتَand there can be no one misleading those You have guided.
وَلا مُعْطِي لِمَا مَنَعْتَThere is no one who can give what You have prevented,
وَلا مَانِعَ لِمَا أَعْطَيْتَand there is no one who can prevent what You give.
وَلا مُقَرِّبَ لِمَا بَاعَدْتَThere is no one who brings close what You have distanced,
وَلا مُبَاعِدَ لِمَا قَرَّبْتَand there is no one who distances what You have brought close.
اللَّهُمَّ ابْسُطْ عَلَيْنَا مِنْ بَرَكَاتِكَ وَرَحْمَتِكَ وَفَضْلِكَ وَرِزْقِكَO Allah, open up upon us Your blessings, Your mercy, Your favours and Your wealth and resources.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ النَّعِيمَ الْمُقِيمَ O Allah, indeed I ask You for lasting happiness,
الَّذِي لا يَحُولُ وَلا يَزُولُ which does not change nor disappear.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ النَّعِيمَ يَوْمَ الْعَيْلَةِO Allah, indeed I ask You for riches on the day of extreme poverty (the day of judgement),
وَالْأَمْنَ يَوْمَ الْخَوْفِ and I ask You for safety on the day of fear.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَائِذٌ بِكَ مِنْO Allah, indeed I am one who takes refuge with You from
شَرِّ مَا أَعْطَيْتَنَا وَشَرِّ مَا مَنَعْتَنَا the evil of whatever You have given us and the evil of whatever You have prevented.
اللَّهُمَّ حَبِّبْ إِلَيْنَا الإِيمَانَ O Allah, instill in us a love for faith (imaan),
وَزَيِّنْهُ فِي قُلُوبِنَا beautify it in our hearts
وَكَرِّهْ إِلَيْنَا الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ and make us detest disbelief, immorality and disobedience. Make us from those who are on track and rightly guided.
اللَّهُمَّ تَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ وَأَحْيِنَا مُسْلِمِينَ O Allah, let us die as Muslims and let us live as Muslims.
وَأَلْحِقْنَا بِالصَّالِحِينَ Raise us in the company of the righteous.
غَيْرَ خَزَايَا وَلا مَفْتُونِينَ Don’t raise us with those who are disgraceful nor with those who give in to temptations.
اللَّهُمَّ قَاتِلِ الْكَفَرَةَ الَّذِينَ يُكَذِّبُونَ رُسُلَكَ وَيَصُدُّونَ عَنْ سَبِيلِكَ O Allah, fight the disbelievers, who deny Your messengers and deter others from Your path.
وَاجْعَلْ عَلَيْهِمْ رِجْزَكَ وَعَذَابَكَ إِلَهَ الْحَقِّ Bring upon them Your punishment and torment, O God of Truth!
Recorded in Musnad of Imam Aḥmad.

Protection From All Evil

All supplications in this section contain the phrase “I see refuge with you أعوذ”. These are things, events and circumstances that the Prophet ﷺ would ask Allah to save him from.

Duʻā 1 – Poverty and Scarcity

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ used to say (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْفَقْرِ وَالْقِلَّةِ وَالذِّلَّةِ
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ أَنْ أَظْلِمَ أَوْ أُظْلَمَ

O Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You from poverty, scarcity and humiliation. I seek refuge in You from being unjust and from being treated unjustly.

Recorded in Sunan Abi Dāwud.

Duʻā 2 – Serious Loss

ʻĀbdullah Ibn Ūmar (RA) narrates, “One of the Prophet’s ﷺ duʻās was (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكَ وَتَحَوُّلِ عَافِيَتِكَ وَفُجَاءَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ وَجَمِيعِ سَخَطِكَ

O Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You from the withdrawal of Your blessings, from the reversal of good health/well-being, from the suddenness of Your punishment, and from all Your displeasure/anger.

Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Muslim.

Duʻā 3 – Protection With You From You

ʻĀishah (RA) narrates, “One night I woke up and didn’t find the Prophet ﷺ in bed. So I prodded and searched for him until my hand fell upon his upright feet while he (SAWS) was in sajdah in the masjid (literally the next room). He was saying (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ أَعُوذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَO Allah, I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your anger/displeasure,
وَبِمُعَافَاتِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَand in Your reprieve from Your punishment,
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْكَand I seek refuge with You from You.
لَا أُحْصِي ثَنَاءً عَلَيْكَI cannot count praise for You,
أَنْتَ كَمَا أَثْنَيْتَ عَلَى نَفْسِكَYou are just as You have praised Yourself.
Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Muslim.

Duʻā 4 – Worst Behavior

Anas Ibn Mālik (RA) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ used to say (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ O Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You from weakness, powerlessness, laziness,
وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْهَرَمِcowardice, greed and extreme old age.
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِI seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave.
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِI seek refuge in You from the trials of life and death.
Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Al-Buḵhāri and Muslim.

Duʻā 5 – Useless Things

Zaid Ibn Arqam (RA) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ used to say (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ O Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You from weakness, powerlessness, laziness,
وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْهَرَمِ وَعَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ cowardice, greed, extreme old age and the punishment of the grave.
اللَّهُمَّ آتِ نَفْسِي تَقْوَاهَا O Allah, grant my soul piety
وَزَكِّهَا أَنْتَ خَيْرُ مَنْ زَكَّاهَاand purify it, since You are the best of who purifies it.
أَنْتَ وَلِيُّهَا وَمَوْلَاهَاYou are its helper and its lord/protector.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ لَا يَنْفَعُO Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You from knowledge which does not benefit,
وَمِنْ قَلْبٍ لَا يَخْشَعُfrom a heart which is not humbled and does not submit,
وَمِنْ نَفْسٍ لَا تَشْبَعُa soul which is not satisfied
وَمِنْ دَعْوَةٍ لَا يُسْتَجَابُ لَهَاand from a du’a which is not answered.
Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Muslim

Duʻā 6 – Showing Off.

Abu Bakr (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “O Abu Bakr, the šhirk prevalent in you all is more hidden than the crawl of an ant.”

“Is there any šhirk besides worshiping other gods?” asked Abu Bakr.

The Prophet ﷺ replied, “I swear by Allah, šhirk is more hidden than the crawl of an ant. Should I not tell you of a duʻā that when you make it all šhirk – big and small – will be purged from you? Say, (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أُشْرِكَ بِكَ وَأَنَا أَعْلَمُ
وَأَسْتَغْفِرُكَ لِمَا لا أَعْلَمُ

O Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You that I associate anything with You while I know. I seek forgiveness from You for what I do not know. 

Recorded in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad by Al-Buḵhāri.

Imam Aḥmad narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “The thing I fear most for you is the minor šhirk.” The companions asked, “What is the minor šhirk?” The Prophet ﷺ replied, “Showing off.”

In light of this narration and Abu Bakr’s follow up question, the šhirk that the Prophet ﷺ seems to be referring to is showing off. As the Prophet ﷺ alluded to it, it is extremely hard to detect – like the crawl of an ant. We ask Allah’s protection from becoming full of ourselves through this duʻā.

Duʻā 7 – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Umm Salamah (RA) narrates that the Prophet always looked at the sky and made this duʻā when leaving home.

اللَّهُمَّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَضِلَّ أَوْ أُضَلَّ أَوْ أَزِلَّ أَوْ أُزَلَّ أَوْ أَظْلِمَ أَوْ أُظْلَمَ أَوْ أَجْهَلَ أَوْ يُجْهَلَ عَلَيَّ

O Allah, I seek refuge with You that I go astray or that I am led astray, or that I slip or I am made to slip, or that I treat someone unjustly or I am treated unjustly by someone, or that I behave foolishly or that someone behaves foolishly towards me.

Recorded in Sunan Abi Dāwud.

Duʻā 8 – Bad Manners, Actions, Desires

Qutbah Ibn Malik (RA) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ used to say (the following duʻā).”

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ مُنْكَرَاتِ الْأَخْلَاقِ وَالْأَعْمَالِ وَالْأَهْوَاءِ

O Allah, indeed I seek refuge with You from shameful character, deeds and desires.

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

During Stressful Times

We all go through tough times in life. The Prophet ﷺ showed us the way on how to deal with stressful times by his supplications.

Duʻā 1 – My Lord

Asmā Bint ʼUmays (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ told her, “Shouldn’t I teach you some words that you can say when you’re sad or during sadness?”

اللَّهُ اللَّهُ رَبِّي لَا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئًا

Allah, Allah is my lord! I do not associate anyone with Him.

Recorded in Sunan Abi Dāwud.

Duʻā 2 – The Most Gentle

Āli (RA) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ taught me that when I’m struck by grief or sadness I should say (the following duʻā).”

لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ الْحَلِيمُ الْكَرِيمُ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

There is no god but Allah, the Most-Gentle, the Most-Noble. Glory is for Allah! Allah is blessed, the Master of the great throne. All praise is for Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

Recorded in Musnad of Imam Aḥmad.

Duʻā 3 – Negative Pressure From Someone

Ābdullah Ibn Ābbas (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ would make this duʻā when things would get tough.

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمُ اصْرِفْ عَنِّي شَرَّ فُلَانٍ

Only Allah is the true god, the Greatest, the Most-Gentle. Only Allah is the true god, the Master of the great throne. Only Allah is the true god, the Master of the skies and the earth, the Master of the great throne. Avert so-and-so’s evil from me.

Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Al-Buḵhāri.

Duʻā 4 – Annoyed?

Ābdullah Ibn Ābbas (RA) narrates that whenever the Prophet ﷺ would be annoyed or bothered by something, he say:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ الْحَلِيمُ الْعَظِيمُOnly Allah is the true god, the Most-Gentle, the Greatest.
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِOnly Allah is the true god, the Master of the noble throne.
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِOnly Allah is the true god, the Master of the great throne.
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِOnly Allah is the true god, the Master of the skies
وَرَبُّ الْأَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ and the Master of the earth, and the Master of the noble throne,
ثُمَّ يَدْعُوthen (insert duʻā here).
Recorded in Musnad of Imam Aḥmad

Duʻā 5 – Stressed Out?

Anas Ibn Malik (RA) narrates, “Whenever a matter would distress him, the Prophet would say (the following duʻā).”

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ

O Ever-living! O Eternal Sustainer! Exclusively by Your love and mercy, I seek help!

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

Forgiveness

We all are in need of Allah’s forgiveness. The Prophet ﷺ, whose sins were all forgiven, repeatedly and continually asked Allah to forgive him. How much more diligent should we be?

Duʻā 1 – Best Duʻā for Forgiveness

Šhaddad Ibn Aws (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “The chief of duʻās for forgiveness is (the duʻā below).

Whoever says this in the morning – fully believing in what he/she is saying – then passes away before the evening will be in Jannah. Similarly, whoever says this in the evening – fully believing in what he/she is saying – then passes away before the morning will be in Jannah.”

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَO Allah! You are my master, You are the only true god!
خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَYou created me and I am Your slave.
وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُI’m trying my best to live in accordance to Your command, seeking the fulfillment of Your promise.
أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُI seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done.
أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّI return to You because of Your blessings on me.
وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِيI return to You with my sins hoping for forgiveness.
فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ
إِلَّا أَنْتَ
So forgive me! Indeed, no one forgives sins except You.

Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Al-Buḵhāri.

Duʻā 2 – Forgiveness Even If You’re Forgiven!

Āli (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Shouldn’t I teach you some words that when you say them, Allah will forgive you…even if you have been forgiven previously?”

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ العَلِيُّ العَظِيمُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ الحَلِيمُ الكَرِيمُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ رَبِّ العَرْشِ العَظِيمِ الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِينَ

Only Allah is the true god, the Most-Exalted, the Greatest. Only Allah is the true god, the Most-Gentle, the Most-Noble.
Only Allah is the true god, the Master of the great throne. All praise is for Allah, the Master of the worlds.

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

Duʻā 3 – My Flaws

Uṯman Ibn Abi Al-Āas (RA) narrates that he heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ make the following duʻā:

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي خَطَئِي وَعَمْدِي اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَهْدِيكَ لأَرْشَدِ أَمْرِي وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي

O Allah! Forgive my sins, my unintentional mistakes and my intentional mistakes.
O Allah! I beg You to guide me to the best course of action for me. I seek Your protection from the evil of my soul.

Recorded in Musnad of Imam Aḥmad.

Duʻā 4 – Happiness in the Home

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates a man said to the Prophet ﷺ, “Oh Prophet, I heard you making this duʻā last night.” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Yes. Do you see how comprehensive this duʻā is? Is there anything that this duʻā leaves behind?!”

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي وَوَسِّعْ لِي فِي دَارِي وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا رَزَقْتَنِي

O Allah! Forgive my sins for me, expand my home for me (i.e. make me happy in my home), and bless me in the wealth and resources You have given me.

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

Al-Mubarakpuri comments on this hadith,

“Expand my home for me means make my home accommodating for me as congestion in the basic necessities of the house makes the heart congested, results in sadness and depresses the soul. It could also refer to the grave as that is the real home.

In some manuscripts, we find the wording of the hadith to be “وَوَسِّعْ لِي فِيْ رَأْيِي wa wassiʻ lī fī ra’yi Expand my opinions”, which means make me open-minded.

Bless me in wealth/resources means make my wealth and resources blessed and surrounded by goodness from all sides. It also means, “Make me content with what I have” and to not long for what others have.”

Duʻā 5 – The Night of Power

ʻĀishah (RA) asked the Prophet ﷺ, “O Messenger of Allah, if I knew which night is the night of power, what should I say in it?”

The Prophet ﷺ replied, “Say (the following dua)”.

 اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ
 تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

O Allah! Indeed you are one who is always forgiving and merciful, and most generous;
You love to forgive and pardon, so forgive and pardon me!

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

I Ask You…

The supplications in this chapter all begin with “I ask you…أسئلك”. What did the Prophet ﷺ want? Let’s find out through his supplications:

Duʻā 1 – The COMPLETE

Abu Bakr (RA) entered the house of the Prophet ﷺ, wanting to talk to him. ʻĀishah (RA) was praying. The Prophet ﷺ says to ʻĀishah, “You should make the COMPLETE duʻā (الكوامل)”.

When she left, Abu Bakr asked the Prophet about it. The Prophet said the following duʻā:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ كُلِّهِO Allah! Indeed I ask You from the best of everything,
عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ أَعْلَمْthe immediate and the delayed; from whatever I know and whatever I do not know.
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الشَّرِّ كُلِّهِI seek refuge in You from the evil of everything,
عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ أَعْلَمْthe immediate and the delayed, from whatever I know and whatever I do not know.
وَأَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍI ask You for Jannah, and for whatever words and actions that take me closer to it.
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍI seek refuge in You from hell, and from whatever words and actions that take me closer to it.
وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ مَا سَأَلَكَ عَبْدُكَ وَرَسُولُكَI ask You from the best of what Your slave and Your Messenger,
مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَProphet Muhammad, prayers and blessings on him, asked You for.
وَأَسْتَعِيذُكَ مِمَّا اسْتَعَاذَكَ مِنْهُ عَبْدُكَ وَرَسُولُكَI seek protection with You from what Your slave and Your Messenger,
مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَProphet Muhammad, prayers and blessings on him, sought protection with You.
وَأَسْأَلُكَ مَا قَضَيْتَ لِي مِنْ أَمْرٍI ask You for whatever matters You have decreed for me,
أَنْ تَجْعَلَ عَاقِبَتَهُ رَشَدًاto make their end, a source to the right path/a source of guidance.
Recorded in Musnad of Imam Aḥmad.

Duʻā 2 – Knowledge, Wealth, Jannah

Umm Salamah (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ would make this duʻā after praying Fajr prayer.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَرِزْقًا طَيِّبًا وَاسِعًا وَعَمَلًا مُتَقَبَّلًا

O Allah! I ask You for knowledge which is beneficial, and sustenance which is pure/good and wide/abundant, and deeds which are accepted.

Recorded in Musnad of Imam Aḥmad.

Duʻā 3 – My Lord, Make Me…

Ābdullah Ibn Ābbas (RA) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ used to make the following duʻā:

رَبِّ أَعِنِّي وَلَا تُعِنْ عَلَيَّO My Lord! Support me, don’t prevent me.
وَانْصُرْنِي وَلَا تَنْصُرْ عَلَيَّHelp me win, not lose.
وَامْكُرْ لِي وَلَا تَمْكُرْ عَلَيَّPlan for me, not against me.
وَاهْدِنِي وَيَسِّرْ الْهُدَى إِلَيَّGuide me and make it easy for me to follow the guidance.
وَانْصُرْنِي عَلَى مَنْ بَغَى عَلَيَّHelp me win against whoever wrongs me.
رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي لَكَ شَكَّارًاO My Lord! Make me someone who is always grateful to You.
لَكَ ذَكَّارًا لَكَ رَهَّابًا لَكَ مِطْوَاعًاMake me someone who always remembers You,
always fears You, is always obedient to You.
لَكَ مُخْبِتًا إِلَيْكَ أَوَّاهًا مُنِيبًاMake me someone who is always humble in front of You.
Make me someone who always returns to You humbly.
رَبِّ تَقَبَّلْ تَوْبَتِي وَاغْسِلْ حَوْبَتِيO My Lord! Accept my repentance, wash away my sins,
وَأَجِبْ دَعْوَتِي وَثَبِّتْ حُجَّتِيrespond to my duʻās, strengthen me with evidence in support of the religion,
وَسَدِّدْ لِسَانِي وَاهْدِ قَلْبِي وَاسْلُلْ سَخِيمَةَ صَدْرِيfix my tongue so I speak the truth, guide my heart so I can control my emotions,
and remove all hatred and resentment from my heart.

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

This duʻā is fantastic for all as it asks for strength, clarity, control and much more.

Al-Mubarakpuri comments about this duʻā:

On the word “لَكَ laka (for You)”: the sentence structure suggests that these traits are exclusively for Allah’s sake. Moreover, it shows the worshiper very sincerely wants to have these beautiful traits.

On the word “أَوَّاهًا ʼawwāhan“: this is someone who says “Ahh” a lot. This is either because of sadness or regret. In the case of sadness, the implication is someone who is pained by seeing injustice. In the case of regret, the implication is someone who regrets their shortcomings. It could also mean someone who cries out of fear of Allah. This is a characteristic of Ibrahim (AS), as mentioned in the Qur’an (11:74).

On the word ” وَاسْلُلْwaslul“: this word is used to describe unsheathing a sword. The implication is to completely remove these damaging thoughts from my heart.”

Duʻā 4 – The Best

Anas Ibn Mālik (RA) narrates, “The most frequent duʻā of the Prophet ﷺ was (the following duʻā)”.

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

O Allah, Our Master, grant us the best in this world and in the hereafter; and protect us from the punishment of the fire.

Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Al-Buḵhāri.

Anas Ibn Mālik (RA) also narrates that the Prophet ﷺ visited a Muslim who had grown feeble like a chicken to inquire about his health.

Upon seeing his condition, the Prophet ﷺ said, “Did you supplicate for this condition?”

The man replied, “Yes. I used to supplicate: O Allah, punish me in this life according to what I deserve of punishment in the next life so I have no punishment in the next life.”

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Glory is for Allah! You cannot handle this. Why did you not say instead (the aforementioned duʻā)?”

Then the Prophet ﷺ made duʻā for the man and he was cured.

Recorded in Ṣaḥiḥ Muslim.

Duʻā 5 – My Heart

Anas Ibn Mālik (RA) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ frequently used to make (the following duʻā). So I asked him, “Oh Messenger of Allah ﷺ! We have believed in you and in the revelation that you have brought. Do you fear for us? For our imān? For our safety in the next life?”

He said, “Yes. That is because the hearts are between two of Allah’s fingers. He turns them as He wishes.”

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ

O Turner of hearts! Strengthen my heart on your religion.

Recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi.

In a similar narration (recorded in Sunan Al-Tirmiḏi), Umm Salamah (RA) asks, “Oh Messenger of Allah ﷺ! It’s amazing how frequently you make (the aforementioned duʻā).”

The Prophet ﷺ replied, “Umm Salamah, every human’s heart is between two of Allah’s fingers. Whoever He wishes, He grants stability. Whoever He wishes, He misleads.”

We find a similar duʻā in the Qur’an (3:8):

رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ

“Our Lord, do not let our hearts deviate after You have guided us. Bestow upon us Your mercy. Surely You are a Munificent Giver.

Notes

Compiled by Shaykh Aarij Anwer.

Content is based on Al-Da’waat Al-Tayyibaat Al-Naafiaat By Sh Ahmad Hotaiba.