Ramadan: The Month of Mercy, Forgiveness, and DuasApril 14, 2020 2023-08-11 5:35
Ramadan: The Month of Mercy, Forgiveness, and Duas
Alhamdulillah, we are upon a great month; The month of infinite mercy and forgiveness. The time has come to focus on our worship and supplications and escape worldy things for a while.
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There are three whose supplications are not turned back: A just ruler, and a fasting person until he breaks his fast. And, the supplication of one who has been wronged is raised by Allah up to the clouds on the Day of Resurrection, and the gates of heaven are opened for it, and Allah says, ‘By My Might, I will help you (against the wrongdoer) even if it is after a while.'” (Sunan Ibn Majah) Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه said; ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 2099)
Special Dua’s We Can Make This Ramadan
Dua’ is the weapon of the believer, his/ her shield, armor, and protection. It is the only thing that can change the Divine Decree, if Allah wills. In fact, Salman رضي الله عنه reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Nothing repels the divine decree but supplication, and nothing increases life span but righteousness.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2139)
Below are some main ones among numerous other:.
Dua’ for sighting the new moon:
When we see the new moon or hear the announcement that the blessed month of Ramadan has started, we feel excitement and joy, peace, and serenity. We start our special Duas.
اللَّهُمَّ أَهْلِلْهُ عَلَيْنَا بِالْيُمْنِ وَالإِيمَانِ وَالسَّلاَمَةِ وَالإِسْلاَمِ رَبِّي وَرَبُّكَ اللَّهُ
“O Allah, bring it over us with blessing and faith, and security and Islam. My Lord and your Lord is Allah.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3451)
Dua’ for Suhoor:
وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ
“I intend to keep the fast today for the month of Ramadan.”
Dua’ for Iftar:
ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ
“Thirst has gone, the arteries are moist, and the reward is sure if Allah wills.”
Dua’ for Lailatul-Qadr:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
“Aishah رضي الله عنه reported: ‘I asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?’ He ﷺ replied, ‘You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka’ afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).’”(At-Tirmidhi)
Quranic, Prophetic, and Personal Dua’s:
Besides the above mentioned there are Quranic, Prophetic as well as personal dua’s that one can make during Ramadan:
اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً، وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Narrated by Anas رضي الله عنها: “The most frequent invocation of The Prophet ﷺ was: “O Allah! Give to us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6389)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكَ وَتَحَوُّلِ عَافِيَتِكَ وَفُجَاءَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ وَجَمِيعِ سَخَطِكَ
Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنها narrated, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to supplicate, saying, “O Allah! I seek refuge in you from the withholding of your favor, the decline of the good health you have given, the suddenness of your vengeance, and from all forms of your wrath.” (Sahih Muslim 2739)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ أَعْلَمْ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الشَّرِّ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ أَعْلَمْ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا سَأَلَكَ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا عَاذَ بِهِ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَأَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ كُلَّ قَضَاءٍ قَضَيْتَهُ لِي خَيْرًا
“O Allah, I ask You for all that is good, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from all evil, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know. O Allah, I ask You for the good that Your slave and Prophet has asked You for, and I seek refuge with You from the evil from which Your slave and Prophet sought refuge. O Allah, I ask You for Paradise and for that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed, and I seek refuge in You from Hell and from that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed. And I ask You to make every decree that You decree concerning me good.”
(Sunan Ibn Majah 3846)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ would often say, Ya Muqallibal-qulub, thabbit qalbi ‘ala dinik
يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك
“O Changer of the Hearts! Strengthen my heart upon Your Religion.” (At- Tirmidhi)
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ
“Our Lord, pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims [in submission to You].” (Quran, 7:126)
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
“Our Lord, let not our hearts swerve after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.” (Quran, 3:8)
رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
“My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims.” (Quran, 46:15)
My Personal Daily Duas:
Make a journal of personal dua’s to do daily at night or after prayer. Remember, nothing is too trivial to ask for. Supplicate for everything and anything your heart desires. In one hadith, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to exhort his companions: “Let one of you ask his Lord for everything that he needs, even a lace for his shoe if it breaks.” This teaches us that nothing is too big or small to ask Allah.Here is an example of some personal dua’s you can write in your journal :
بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving. Salutations and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, his family and companions. O, Allah, I submit myself entirely to You. Teach me how to love You in a way that You would have me love.
O Allah, heal me, guide me, nurture me, and bless me. Help me walk in the path of righteousness so that You may always be pleased with me. O Allah, protect our children. Protect their bodies, minds, and emotions from all kinds of evil and harm. O Allah, I pray that You protect them from accidents, diseases, injuries, and any other afflictions and abuse. Draw them close to You for protection from every ill and evil influence of our society. O Allah, grant them the best of company — people who will inspire them to love and obey You. O Allah, give all Muslims guidance and mercy. O Allah, help us memorize and implement the Quran. O Allah, provide us with lawful protection. O Allah, protect us from all evil and Satan and his accomplices . O Allah, forgive our sins, cover us with Your mercy and Your forgiveness.
O Allah, help me learn the Arabic language.
O Allah, all of my brothers and sisters who are suffering around the world, ease their suffering, forgive their sins, and grant them Paradise.
O Allah, do not let me turn away from You, no matter how many trials and difficulties come my way.
O Allah, help us do deeds that will take us to Jannatul Firdaus (highest level of Paradise).
آمِيْن يَارَبَّ الْعَالَمِينْ