Making Dua in this holy month is one of the major deeds Muslims do to invoke Allah and seek His blessings. Therefore, besides the general Ramadan Duas, there are other supplications that Muslims can recite while fasting.
‘La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah.’
‘There is no power and no strength except with Allah.’ [Sunan Ibn Majah]
Dua for knowledge
‘Allahummanfa’ni bima ‘allamtani, wa ‘allimni ma yanfa’uni, wa zidni ‘ilman. Wa’l-hamdu Lillahi ‘ala kulli hal.’
(O Allah, benefit me by that which You have taught me, and teach me that which will benefit me, and increase my knowledge. Praise is to Allah in all circumstances) [Sunan Ibn Majah]
Dua for good character
‘Allahumma ‘inni ‘as-alukas sihhata wal’iffata wal’amaanta wa husnal khuluqhi warridhaa bil Qadar.’
‘Oh Allah, I ask You for health, restraint, trustworthiness, good character and contentment with the decree.’ [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]
Evening Dua Tips
Like in the morning, there is a set of duas to make in the evening. Ensure you have some time to sit after praying Maghrib to supplicate.
‘Allaahumma bika ‘amsaynaa wa bika ‘asbahnaa, wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namootu wa ‘ilaykal maseer.’
(Oh Allah, you bring us the end of the day as you bring us the beginning. You bring us life and you bring us death and to you is our fate.) [Fortress of the Muslim]
Dua upon breaking the fast
This is one of the most important times to make dua, so seize this opportunity. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.’” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
Another dua to consider is the dua the Prophet made upon breaking his fast. He said when he broke his fast:
“Thirst has gone, the arteries are moist, and the reward is sure, if Allah wills.”
Dua for parents
‘Rabbana ighfir lee waliwalidayya walilmumineena yawma yaqoomu alhisab.’
“Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established.” [Qur’an: Chapter 14, Verse 41]
Dua for your family
‘Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wathurriyyatina qurrata a’yunin waj’alna lilmuttaqeena imama.’
“Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.” [Qur’an: Chapter 25, Verse 74]
Make dua as a family
Ramadan is a beautiful opportunity to develop family relationships. Especially those with children who go to university or work, dinner times together as a family can be a rarity. Eat and make dua together for the things you want to achieve as a family. Teach some dua to your family members and reflect upon your day’s achievements together.
Night Dua Tips
There are many optional prayers a believer can add into their life. In Ramadan, many pray taraweeh. This is an additional time to bring our dua list and focus on your relationship with Allah .
Making a long dua after witr is also recommended. This is one of the duas the Prophet would make during witr:
“O Allah, guide me among those Thou hast guided, grant me security among those Thou hast granted security, take me into Thy charge among those Thou hast taken into Thy charge, bless me in what Thou hast given, guard me from the evil of what Thou hast decreed, for Thou dost decree, and nothing is decreed for Thee. He whom Thou befriendest is not humbled. Blessed and Exalted art Thou, our Lord.” [Abu Dawud]
Make sure you get enough sleep before you start the next blessed day. However, before going to bed, be sure to reflect upon the reason this month is upon us and ask Allah to continue to help you grow as a Muslim.
There are several duas to make before sleeping which one can find in the Fortress of the Muslim:
‘In Your name my Lord, I lie down and I in Your name I rise, so if You should take my soul then have mercy upon it, and if You should return my soul then protect it in the manner You do so with Your righteous servants.’
‘All praise is for Allaah, Who fed us and gave us drink, and Who is sufficient for us and has sheltered us, for how many have none to suffice them or shelter them.’
‘O Allaah, I submit my soul unto You, and I entrust my affair unto You, and I turn my face towards You, and I totally rely on You, in hope and fear of You. Verily there is no refuge nor safe haven from You except with You. I believe in Your Book which You have revealed and in Your Prophet whom You have sent.’
It is also worth noting that the Prophet , when retiring to his bed every night, would hold his palms together, spit in them, recite the last three chapters of the Qur’an and then wipe over his entire body as much as possible with his hands, beginning with his head and face and then all parts of the body; he would do this three times. [Fortress of the Muslim]
Last third of the night
Remember the power and might of this portion of the night. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth’s sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it to him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him? It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud). In a version by Muslim the Hadith ends with the words: And thus He continues till [the light of] dawn shines. [40 Hadith Qudsi]
When your alarm clock goes off for suhoor, recite the dua for waking up:
“All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.” [Fortress of the Muslim]
Then, make wudu and pray two rakahs (or more units) of tahajjud. Leave yourself some time to sit and ask Allah for forgiveness and guidance.
Dua for forgiveness
“Our Lord, indeed we have heard a caller calling to faith, [saying], ‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord, so forgive us our sins and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous.” [Qur’an: Chapter 3, Verse 193]
Dua for guidance
“Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.” [Qur’an: Chapter 18, Verse 10]
Additional recommended dua times
There are some additional times when duas are accepted that we should be aware of. Try to supplicate, even if it is for a couple of minutes, within these times as well as those mentioned above.
During the last hour on Friday
Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah that the Prophet said:
“Friday is divided into twelve hours. Amongst them there is an hour in which a Muslim does not ask Allah for anything but He gives it to him. So seek it in the last hour after the afternoon prayer.” [Sunan Abi Dawud]
On the night of Laylatul Qadr
The blessed night of laylatul qadr could be truly transforming of one’s destiny throughout the year.
“I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Laylat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He 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].
Abu Harairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Three supplications are accepted, there is no doubt in them (about them being accepted): The supplication of the oppressed, the supplication of the traveler, and the supplication of his father against his son.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
If you’ll be travelling during Ramadan, be sure to utilize your travelling time to make all the duas you’ve shortlisted and anything else you think of at that moment. Think of our ummah in different parts of the world and ask Allah to alleviate their suffering, grant them aid and sustenance and bless them with peace and security. Also, depending on when you’re travelling, see if there are any recommended duas to make during that time and make those as well.
I hope the above breakdown of recommended and suggested duas for different times of your Ramadan day is beneficial to you and will help you in utilizing your time in Ramadan to make as much dua as possible, in sha Allah.