Quran is full of blessings for us. One of those blessings is “Dua” which means “prayer”. It is best and simplest medium to connect to our creator Allah SWT. Dua is one of elite form of worship and it helps us seeking Allah’s (SWT) blessings. It is having worship that we can regardless of place and time. There are many different forms of worship in which a Muslim can indulge into Dua such as offering Nawafils, Quran recitation and we can also do dua as additional worship after other forms of worships.
We should make dua in best possible words and there are no words better than those mentioned in Quran. There are many Dua’s in Quran which are given to us by Allah Almighty and also those which were used to call Allah’s help, mercy and blessings by the holy prophets. We can use to make our faith stronger because these are the same dua’s used by great Prophets when they prayed to Allah Almighty. It is in our favour to remember these Duas and try to use them in our daily life for getting blessings from Allah Almighty.
Muslims should also know about the importance of making dua as stated one of the hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (SAW):
“Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.” (Tirmidhi)
Interesting fact: The dua below is the dua Prophet Yunus A.S cried out when he was in the belly of fish.
لَّا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
(La’ilaaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minathalimeen)
Transaltion: "There is no deity except you; Exalted are you. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers." [ 21:87]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الجْنَّةَ
(Allahuma inni as'aaluka al- Jannah)
Translation: "Oh Allah! Grant me Jannah Al Firdous." [Reported by Nasa’i]
رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
(Rabbanaa laa taj’alna ma’al qawmi thalimeen)
Translation: "Our Lord, do not place us with the wrongdoing people." [Quran, 7:47]
Interesting fact: “Whoever recites it (the dua below) three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.”
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
(Bismillahilladhi la yadurru ma’ ismihi shai’un fil-ardi wa-laa fissamaa’i wa huwa al-Samee’u al-‘Aleem)
Translation: “In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heaven can cause harm, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
مَا شَاءَ الله، لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِااللهِ
(Maa shaa’ Allaah, laa quwwata illaa billaah)
Translation: (This is) what Allah has willed, there is no power except with Allah. [Ahmed, Ibn Majah & Malik]
Interesting fact: It is incorrect to ask from Allah for this world only. The dua below was one of the duas Prophet Muhammad used to repeat a lot.
رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِى ٱلأْخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّار
(Rabbanaa aatinaa fid-dunyaa ḥasanatawa fil-aakhirati ḥasanata wa qinaa ‛adhaaban-naar)
Translation: "Our Lord! Give us in this world good & in the Hereafter good & save us from the torment of the Fire." [Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqarah 201]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا، وَرِزْقًا طَـيِّـبًا، وَعَمَلاً مُتَقَبَّل
(Allaahumma inni as’aluka ‛ilman naafi‛an, warizqan ṭayyiban, wa ‛amalan mutaqabbalaa)
Translation: "Allah, I ask You for knowledge which is beneficial and sustenance which is good, and deeds which are acceptable." [Ibn Majah]
رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا
(Rabbi zidni ilman)
Translation: "O my Lord! Advance me in Knowledge." [Qur’an, Surah Ta-Ha 20:114]
Interesting fact: The dua below wasthe supplication of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), who had a problem with fluency in speech. In order to get the compassion of Allah (swt), he would recite this dua in times of distress.
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا
(Rabbana aatina milladunka rahmatawa hayi lana min amrinaa rashadaa)
Translation: “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.” (Quran, 18:10]
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
(Rabbishrah lee sadree Wayassir lee amree Wahlul ‘uqdatan min lisanee Yafqahoo qawlee)
Translation: “O my Sustainer! Open up my heart and make my task easy for me and loosen the knot from my tongue so that they might fully understand my speech.” [Quran, Surah Taha Verses 25-28]
اللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلاً إِلّاَ مَا جَعَلّتَهٌ سَهْلاً وَأَنّتَ تَجّعَلَ الحَزَنَ إِذَا شِئتَ سَهْلاً
(Allahumma la sahla illama ja-‘altahu sahla anta taj ‘alu al hazana eza ma shi’ta sahal)
Translation: “Oh Allah! Nothing is easy except what You have made easy. If You wish, you can make the difficult easy.”
سُبْحانَ الرَّؤوُفِ الرَّحيمِ
(Subhaana ra’ufur Raheem)
Translation: "Glory be to the Compassionate, the Merciful."
Interesting fact: Khawlah bint Hakeem Al-Salamiyyah (RA) said: “I heard the prophet (s.a.w.) say the dua below: “Whoever makes a stop in some place, then says, ‘A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allah il-taammah min sharri ma khalaqa (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created),’ nothing will harm him until he moves on from that place” (narrated by Muslim).
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
(A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq)
Translation: I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created.
رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الأبْرَارِ
(Rabbanaa faghfirlanaa thanubana wa kaffir a’nnaa sayi’atinaa a tawaffana ma’al abraar)
Translation: "Our Lord! Forgive us, then, our sins, and efface our bad deeds; and let us die the death of the truly virtuous!" [Quran, 3:193]
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