The Prophet (SAW) said:
“Three supplications will not be rejected, the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveller.”
[Al-Bayhaqi, al-Tirmidhi – Sahīh]
The du’a (supplication) of the one who is fasting will not be rejected. The blessed month of Ramadan, the month of mercy – what better time to make endless, countless and sincere du’a knowing that this is the time when it has the most impact. I can remember my first Ramadan, praying and making endless du’a for the amazing blessings I have now, alhamdulillah. Aside from our own personal du’as we all make for the ones we love and for our hardships and our hopes and dreams; there are also many du’as from the Qur’an and sunnah which are beautiful and so beneficial to learn and supplicate.
Here are five of my favourites…
- Allahum-maghfir lil muslimin wal muslimat, wal mu’minin wal mu’minat,
al ahyaa minhum wal amwat.
O Allah, forgive all of the Muslims men and women, the believing men and women, those who are alive and those who have died.
اللهم اغفرلي المسلمين والمسليمة والمؤمنين والموءمنة الاحيا منهم وال اموات
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘Ameen! May it be for you too’.”
[Muslim, riyal as-salihin 1495]
For me, this du’a demonstrates the beauty of the ummah; praying for our brothers and sisters in their absence without them knowing. Not only that but the benefits it has for oneself as well!
- Allahum-maghfir lee thanbee kullahu, diqqahu wa jillahu, wa’awwalahu wa ‘akhirahu wa ‘alaaniyatahu wa sirrahu.
O Allah, forgive me all my sins, great and small, the first and the last, those that are apparent and those that are hidden.
اللهم اغفر لي ذنبي كله دقه وجله، وأوله وآخره، وعلانيته وسره
This du’a is from ahadith. The Prophet Muhammad said, ‘the one who repents for a sin is like the one who has not committed a sin’ (al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Majah)
- Rabbi inni lima anzalta ilayya min khayrin faqir
My Lord, I am truly in need of whatever good You bestow on me!
رَبِّ إِنِّى لِمَآ أَنزَلۡتَ إِلَىَّ مِنۡ خَيۡرٍ۬ فَقِيرٌ۬
This was the du’a of Prophet Musa, found in Surat Qasas: verse 24.
- Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar
Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the fire.
رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنۡيَا حَسَنَةً۬ وَفِى ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً۬ وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
Surat Al-Baqarah: 201
- Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu anni
O Allah, You are the One who pardons greatly, and You love to pardon, so pardon me.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عُفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
It is reported from ‘Aisha (RA), that she said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Laylat al-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” and the Prophet (SAW) responded with this du’a.
[reported by at-Tirmidhi]