Ramadaan Series {Day 27} – Prolonged Du’a in Sujood and Tashahud in The Last 10 Nights of Ramadaan

Du’a in sujood and du’a after tashahud should be prolonged in these nights. If you don’t know Arabic then any du’as you have memorised, the du’a of Laylatul Qadr, istighfar and anything else you know should be used.

Ramadaan Series {Day 17} – Making Sincere Du’a

Some of the people of the past would be amazed that so many people raise their hands and no reply was given. Then one of them replied with a statement of Ibn Mas’ud (ra), that Allah only responds to the du’a of the one asking firmly from his heart!

So, what of our state nowadays when one looks at the Muslim world?!

Ramadaan Series {Day 14} – Seeking Forgiveness Before Dawn

وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ – 51:18

“And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness,”

Ibn Katheer (rh) mentioned that some would use this Aayah to show the merits of seeking forgiveness just before the start of Fajr time until Fajr time actually starts.

Imaam Qurtubi (rh) said al Hasan al Basri from the pious people of the past said the “it” means seeking forgiveness for one’s sins.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Try to be from those that take advantage of this time, even if it’s only 5 minutes before Fajr! And success is from Allah alone!

Ramadaan Series {Day 7} – Making Du’a for Others

The du’a of the fasting person is accepted. But here is how you make it unique:

  1. Do it for someone who wouldn’t expect it from you. Don’t tell that person in order to make it even more sincere for the sake of Allah.
  2. Diversify the du’as and people you make du’a for so that you can be given different things by Allah. Think of a person in each of the following categories and make du’a for them daily:
  • A person who has good qualities but hasn’t been guided to faith. Make du’a for guidance for that person so that perhaps Allah grants you further guidance and keeps you on the straight path.
  • A person who is involved in Islamic work, that Allah accepts from them and keeps them sincere so that perhaps Allah uses you for His cause and keeps you sincere.
  • A person who is committing a public sin. Make du’a that Allah forgives that person. Imagine if the du’a is accepted for a major public sin, then the angels will say ameen for you also and perhaps Allah will forgive you for both your public and private sins.
  • A person who is ill, that Allah grants him or her full health so that perhaps Allah will either heal you if you are sick or preserve your health for you if you are healthy.
  • A person who is struggling financially or suffering a worldly hardship, ask Allah to help that person so that perhaps Allah will help you in that same situation.
  • A person who has a particular blessing that you wish for, that Allah maintains that blessing upon that person without making it a means of taking him or her away from goodness in the Hereafter so that perhaps Allah will grant it for you or maintain your blessings upon you without making them a means of harm for you.

Seeking Forgiveness for The Deceased

It is Sunnah to stand at the grave when everyone has left and seek forgiveness and steadfastness for the deceased, because they are about to be questioned.

Du’a to Make When Struggling to Raise Children

Make the following du’a when you are struggling with raising children:

وعن الفضيل قال: اللهم إني أجتهدتُ أن أؤذّب عليّاً، فلم أقدر على تأديبه فأدبه أنت لي.

This du’a was made by Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad when he was struggling with raising his son. It is said that he became an amazing son after this du’a.

Oh Allah, I struggled to rectify my son Ali, and I’m not able to train him or raise him as I want. Oh Allah, you raise him and make him righteous for me.

Rectifying Our Intentions

Du’a of ‘Umar ibn al Khattab (ra)

اللهُمَّ اجْعَلْ عَمَلِي كُلَّهُ صَالِحًا وَاجْعَلْهُ لِوَجْهِكَ خَالِصًا وَلَا تَجْعَلْ لِأَحَدٍ فِيْهِ شَيْئًا

Al’lahum’ma-ja’al ‘amalee kullahu saalihan wa-ja’alhu liwajhika khaalisan wa laa taj’al liahadin feehee shay’a

Oh Allah, make all of my actions righteous, make them purely for your sake & pleasure, and don’t allow anyone else to have a share of them.

If this is ‘Umar (ra) making this du’a then how great is our need to ask for sincerity!

Response to a Du’a

Musa (as) made du’a against Firaun and Allah said in Surah Yunus (10:89) that it was accepted. Yet, Firaun remained for another 40 years!

Just because you haven’t seen your du’a answered doesn’t mean it hasn’t been accepted. The timing of the response is with your Lord who Knows better than you when something is good for you.

So be patient and keep knocking and eventually al Fattah will grant you a mind-blowing opening. Your job is just to ask!

Du’a for Rectifying Our Intentions

Du’a of ‘Umar ibn al Khattab (ra):

اللهُمَّ اجْعَلْ عَمَلِي كُلَّهُ صَالِحًا وَاجْعَلْهُ لِوَجْهِكَ خَالِصًا وَلَا تَجْعَلْ لِأَحَدٍ فِيْهِ شَيْئًا

Al’lahum’ma-ja’al ‘amalee kullahu saalihan wa-ja’alhu liwajhika khaalisan wa laa taj’al liahadin feehee shay’a

Oh Allah, make all of my actions righteous, make them purely for your sake & pleasure, and don’t allow anyone else to have a share of them.

Du’a to Make for Yourself

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا وَفِي لِسَانِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي بَصَرِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ خَلْفِي نُورًا وَمِنْ أَمَامِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ فَوْقِي نُورًا وَمِنْ تَحْتِي نُورًا‏.‏ اللَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنِي نُورًا ‏”‏

“O Allah put light in my heart and light in my tongue and put light in my hearing and put light in my sight and put light behind me and light in front of me and put light above me and light beneath me.

O Allah give me light.”

Du’a For Sincerity

Ask yourself why you are doing an action before you do it.

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا وَفِي لِسَانِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي بَصَرِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ خَلْفِي نُورًا وَمِنْ أَمَامِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ فَوْقِي نُورًا وَمِنْ تَحْتِي نُورًا‏.‏ اللَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنِي نُورًا ‏”‏

“O Allah put light in my heart and light in my tongue and put light in my hearing and put light in my sight and put light behind me and light in front of me and put light above me and light beneath me.
O Allah give me light.”

Du’a That the Prophet (saw) Used to Make

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to supplicate:

اللّهُمَّ ، إِنًّى أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكً ، وَتَحَوُّلِ عَافِيَتَكَ ، وَفُجَاءَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ ، وَجَمِيعِ سَخَطِكَ

Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min zawali ni’matika, wa tahawwuli ‘afiyatika, wa fuja’ati niqmatika, wa jami’i sakhatika

O Allah! I seek refuge in You against the declining of Your Favours, passing of safety, the suddenness of Your punishment and all that which displeases You.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Du’a from the Bottom of the Heart (Ikhlaas)

ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān b. Yazīd reports:

Al-Rabīʿ b. Khuthaym used to come to ʿAlqamah on the day of Jumuʿah and they would talk. They would call for me and I would come and talk with them. One day, they sent for me and I came. ʿAlqamah said to me, Have you not heard what Al-Rabīʿ b. Khuthaym has come to us with?

I replied, And what is that? He said, [Rabīʿ] said a man from the People of Scripture once said to us, Do you not see how much people supplicate but how seldom their prayers are answered? That is because Allāh does not accept except what is sincere and purely for Him. I said, Well ʿAbdullāh [b. Masʿūd] already said the same.

He asked, What did he say? I replied, Haven’t you heard him say, By Him other than whom there is none worthy of worship, Allāh does not accept [the deed] of one who seeks to be heard of, or seen, and nor someone who is playing around, [He only accepts the supplication] of one who calls upon Him from the bottom of his heart. He replied, Indeed, [I have heard him say that].

[Hunād b. Al-Sarī, Al-Zuhd #874]

Du’a for Your Teacher

Imam al Nawawi (rh) mentions to make this du’a for your teacher:

اللَّهُمَ اسْتُر عَيْبَ مٌعَلِمي عَنِّي، ولا تُذْهِبْ بَرَكَةَ عِلْمِهِ مِنِّي

Allahum’ma’stur ‘ayba mu’alimi ‘an’ni, wa laa tudh-hib barakata ‘ilmihi mini

“O Allah conceal the deficiency of my teacher from me, and do not push away the barakah of his knowledge from me”

Du’a for Leaving Your Home

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: Whoever says – upon going out of his home:

Bismillãh, tawakkaltu `alã ‘allãh, lã hawla wa lã quwwata ‘illã bil-lãhi ta`ãla,

[I put my trust in Allah, there is neither might nor strength, except by Allah, the Most High]

It is said to him:

“You have been sufficed, protected, and guided, and the shaytan would move aside from him, then say to another shaytan: What access do you have to a man that has been guided, sufficed, and protected?”

[Sunan Abi Dawud]

Du’a for Seeing Someone in a Trial or Tribulation

الْحَمْـدُ للهِ الّذي عافاني مِمّا ابْتَـلاكَ بِهِ، وَفَضَّلَـني عَلى كَثيـرٍ مِمَّنْ خَلَـقَ تَفْضـيلا

Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ‘aafaanee mimmab-talaaka bihi wa fadhdhalanee ‘alaa katheerin mimman khalaqa tafdheela

Praise is to Allah, Who has spared me what He has afflicted you with, and preferred me greatly above much of what He has created.

At-Tirmithi 5/493,4. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/153

Asking Others to Make Du’a for You

There is no sin in asking someone else to make du’aa’ for you, on the condition that this does not involve anything that is wrong.

Some scholars have said that it’s better to make du’a for yourself as this shows more trust in Allah. Also, a person would naturally make more du’a for themselves. However, there is no problem in asking others at all. Infact, some say it’s good to ask others.

Du’a For Settling A Debt

اللّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَمِّ وَ الْحُزْنِ، والعًجْزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْلِ والجُبْنِ، وضَلْعِ الدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَةِ الرِّجال

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaali

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and from being overpowered by men (i.e. other people).

Al-Bukhari 7/158.

Ask Allah For Everything

Sometimes we forget the source of everything, we over complicate things and make things worse than they are when simply raising our hands to Allah and asking, from the heart, sincerely, can resolve our issues, no matter how great they seem!

وَلَا تَتَمَنَّوْا مَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بِهِ بَعْضَكُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ لِّلرِّجَالِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبُوا وَلِلنِّسَاءِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبْنَ وَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ مِن فَضْلِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا

And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you to excel others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allah of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower of everything.

Ask him incessantly! From His Bounties!

Asking Allah and Wanting To Meet Him

Ibn Mas’ud (ra) would say, the one who prays a lot of Salaah is constantly knocking at the door of the King, it will soon be open for him.

Abu Hurairah (ra) said on his deathbed, oh Allah I love to meet You so love to meet me.

Never Become Complacent

In the Muwatta of Imam Maalik (rh) as authenticated by the scholars of Hadith, Abu Bakr al Siddeeq (ra) in the third Rak’ah of Maghrib would recite:

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

(They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.”

This is the one that is the best of all creation after the Prophets. The one that was promised Jannah and yet in his old age was still asking not to be misguided! So what about us!?

Ask Allah For Everything

Sometimes we forget the source of everything, we over complicate things and make things worse than they are when simply raising our hands to Allah and asking, from the heart, sincerely, can resolve our issues, no matter how great they seem!

وَلَا تَتَمَنَّوْا مَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بِهِ بَعْضَكُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ لِّلرِّجَالِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبُوا وَلِلنِّسَاءِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبْنَ وَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ مِن فَضْلِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا

And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you to excel others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allah of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower of everything.

Ask him incessantly! From His Bounties!

Benefits of Reciting Du’a of Yunus (as) and Doing Lots of Istighfar

Du’a of Yunus (as)

“No Muslim recites this du’a concerning any matter but Allaah will answer him.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and classed as saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3383.

So use the du’a of Yunus (as) in your sujood in optional prayers.

The benefits of doing a lot of istighfar:

Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” [Abu Dawud].

In another Hadith, Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”

What To Say When A Muslim Is Praised

اللَّهُمَّ لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنِي بِمَا يَقُولُونَ، وَ اغْفِرْ لِي مَا لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ [وَ اجْعَلْنِي خَيْرًا مِمَّا يَظُنُّونَ]

Allaahumma laa tu’aakhithnee bimaa yaqooloona, waghfir lee maa laa ya’lamoona [waj’alnee khayram-mimmaa yadhunnoon]

O Allah, do not call me to account for what they say and forgive me for what they have no knowledge of [and make me better than they imagine]. Al-Bukhari, Al-‘Adabul-Mufrad no. 761. See Al-Albani, Sahih Al-‘Adabul-Mufrad (no. 585).

The portion between brackets is from Al-Bayhaqi, Shu’ab Al-Iman 4/228, and comes another account.

When To Recite Du’a

When prostrating.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’aa’ then.” Narrated by Muslim, 482.
When hearing the crowing of a rooster, because of the hadeeth: “When you hear the crowing of a rooster, ask Allaah of His bounty, for he has seen an angel.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2304; Muslim, 2729.
When saying the du’aa’, “Laa ilaaha illa anta, subhaanaka, inni kuntu min al-zaalimeen ([none has

the right to be worshipped but You (O Allaah)], Glorified (and Exalted) be You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers – cf al-Anbiya’ 21:87]).”

It was narrated in a saheeh hadeeth that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The prayer of Dhu’l-Noon (Yoonus) which he said when he was in the belly of the whale: ‘Laa ilaaha illa anta, subhaanaka, inni kuntu min al-zaalimeen ([none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allaah)], Glorified (and Exalted) be You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.’

No Muslim recites this du’aa’ concerning any matter but Allaah will answer him.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and classed as saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3383.

Making Sincere Du’a

Some of the people of the past would be amazed that so many people raise their hands and no reply was given. Then one of them replied with a statement of Ibn Mas’ud (ra), that Allah only responds to the du’a of one asking firmly from his heart!

So what of our state nowadays when one looks at the Muslim world?!

Times Du’a Are Answered

When drinking Zamzam water.

It was narrated from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Zamzam water is for that for which it is drunk.” Narrated by Ahmad

Du’a To Make For Your Teacher

اللهم استـر عـيـب معلمـي عنـي, ولا تـذهب بركـة علمـه منـي

Du’a mentioned by scholars of the past that one should make for their teacher.

Forgiveness Just Before Dawn

 وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ [الذاريات : 18

And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness.

A scholar mentioned that some would use this ayah to show the merits of seeking forgiveness just before the start of Fajr time until Fajr time actually starts.

A scholar of the past said Al Hasan Al Basri (rh) from the pious people of the past said that it means seeking forgiveness for one’s sins.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Try to be from those that take advantage of this time, even if it’s only 5 minutes before Fajr, especially when the nights are long!

And success is from Allah alone!

Making Du’a

Umar Bin al-Khattab رضي الله عنه:

“I am not worried about whether my du’a will be responded to, but rather I am worried about whether I will be able to make du’a or not. So if I have been guided (by Allah) to make du’a, then (I know) that the response will come with it.”

(Al-Awāyishah, pg. 117)

Making Du’a After Fard Salaah

There is no evidence to suggest that the Prophet (saw) ever made du’a after the fard salaah in jamaah. Neither on the Sahaabah.

If one does make du’a by themselves once in a while after the fard salaah this is ok but if they do it repeatedly or believe it to be Sunnah, this could become a bid’ah.

Why would someone make du’a in questionable times when there are so many proven times to make du’a in?

This principle can be used for a lot of things.