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Important Duas for Ramadan

by Musa Bukhari

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” 2:183.

Ramadan is a blessed month where the gates of Hell are closed and the gates of Heaven are open. It's a precious time to make lots of dua.

Here are a few duas you can incorporate for the month of Ramadan.

1. Morning and Evening Duas

The morning and evening duas are a list of duas that can be found on the “MyDuaa” app on Itunes and on the Fortress of a Muslim app on Google Play. These duas help with the following topics: Protection from Shaytaan, Forgiveness, Increase in Rizq, Healing, and Fortifying your Relationship with Allah. These are very important duas that are recited twice during the day, between Fajr and Asr prayer, and then between Asr and Maghrib. Ramadan is a great time to incorporate these duas in your daily routine so that you can continue after Ramadan ends.

2. Dua for Starting Your Fast

After finishing Suhoor. make sure you recite the following dua to start the intention to begin your fast. Eating something for suhoor is a Sunnah and is highly recommended, even if it's just a date and a glass of water.

وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ

Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri ramadan.

I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.

3. Dua for Breaking Your Fast

When the adhan goes off for Maghrib prayer, you should hasten to break your fast. This is also a time when your duas are answered, so make sure you make a dua before taking your first bite of food.

ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

“Dhahaba al-zama wa’btalat al-‘uruq wa thabata al-ajr in sha Allah” [Abu Dawud: 2357]

(Thirst is gone, the veins are moistened, and the reward is certain if Allah wills).

4. Dua for Acceptance of Deeds

Another important dua for Ramadan is asking Allah to accept our deeds.

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

Rabbanaa taqabbal minnaa innaka antas-samee'ul 'aleem.

“Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Indeed! You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”

In this dua you are asking Allah to accept your deeds as He is All Hearing and All Knowing. Only He truly knows your struggle and what you went through to do that deed. So you ask Him in earnestness and desperation to accept your good deeds. By making this dua you are also fortifying yourself in making sure you are doing things only for Allah’s sake, as the reward lies with Him.

5. Dua for Seeking Forgiveness

Ramadan is the month of mercy. What better way to use this month than to ask Allah for forgiveness? There are many duas from the Quran and Sunnah that can be used to seek Allah’s Rahma. But one significant dua you can recite is called the Syed al Istighfar:

اللّٰهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي، لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ، خَلَقْتَنِيْ وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ، وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ، أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ، أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَىَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِيْ، فَاغْفِرْ لِيْ، فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوْبَ إِلَّاأَنْتَ۔

Allahumma anta rabbi la ilaha illa anta, khalaqtani wa-ana ‘abduk, wa-ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wawa‘dika mas-tata‘t, a‘oothu bika min sharri ma sana‘t, aboo-o laka bini‘matika ‘alay, wa-aboo-o bithanbee, faghfir lee fa-innahu la yaghfiru-thunaba illa ant

“O Allah! You are my Rubb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favours that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon”.

6. Dua for Palestine

During this blessed month, be sure to make a lot of dua for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Palestine. We will never be able to fully comprehend the hardships they are facing but we as an Ummah we can fight for their freedom and make dua for them.

If you are struggling to find the right words to use here are a few duas from the Quran you can say:

Dua for patience and victory for the Palestinian people

رَبَّنَآ أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْهِم صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَهُم وَٱنصُرْهُم عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَـٰفِرِي

Rabbana afrigh ‘alayhim sabran wa thabbit aqdaamahum wansurhum ‘ala al-qawm al-kafireen

Our Lord! Shower them with perseverance, make their steps firm, and give them victory over the disbelieving people.

Dua for the success of the Palestinians

رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِهِم فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِى ٱلأخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِهِم عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ

Rabbana aatihim fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil-akhirati hasanatan waqihim ‘adhaab an-nar

Our Lord! Grant them the good of this world and the Hereafter, and protect them from the torment of the Fire.

Dua for Ease for Palestine

اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ اللَّهُمَّ فَرِّجْ عَنْ أُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ

‘Allahumma aslih Ummata Muhammad. Allahumma farrij ‘an Ummati Muhammad. Allahumma Rham Ummata Muhammad [sallAllahu alayhi wasalam]

‘O Allah! Improve (help) the state of the Ummah of Muhammad. O Allah! Grant ease to the Ummah of Muhammad. O Allah! Have mercy on the Ummah of Muhammad.

7. Dua for Laylutal Qadr

Laylutal Qadr is a very special night, known as the Night of Power. The exact date of this night is unknown but it falls under the last 10 nights of Ramadan. On this day the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) by the Angel Jibreel.

Why is this night so special? Allah reveals in the Quran:

“We have indeed revealed this in the 'Night of Power'. And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” (Surah al-Qadr: 1-3)

This night is better than a thousand months as everything is amplified. So it’s important to take advantage of the unsurmountable blessings.

When Aisha (RA) asked the Prophet (SAW) what dua to read for this special night, he responded with,

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي ‏

Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul-'afwa, fa'fu 'anni

(O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me)

May these beautiful duas be a guide to a new start in our lives and may we grow in taqwa and a sound heart with every dua we make ameen.

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