Ramadan is the time for mercy. It’s the time for making dua. Following are some of the most beautiful duas from the Quran and sunnah. You can take two days to memorize each dua, and recite them especially in the last ten days of Ramadan.
Dua against laziness
As Ramadan comes midway, we lose some of that initial enthusiasm with which we started, and tend to become lazier in our worship. This is an excellent time to make this dua a lot.
اللهم إني أعوذ بك من العجز والكسل والجبن والهرم، والبخل، وأعوذ بك من عذاب القبر، وأعوذ بك من فتنة المحيا والممات’. وفي رواية: ’وضلع الدين وغلبة الرجال’
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to supplicate: Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-ajzi wal- kasali, wal-jubni wal-harami, wal-bukhli, wa a’udhu bika min ‘adhabil- qabri, wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil-mahya wal-mamat [O Allah! I seek refuge in You from helplessness (to do good), indolence, cowardice, senility, and miserliness; and I seek Your Protection against the torment of the grave and the trials of life and death].’ Another narration adds: ‘wa dala’id-daini wa ghalabatir-rijal (And from the burden of indebtedness and the tyranny of men. [Muslim]
Dua for parents
One of the most rewarding things you could do in Ramadan is to do something for your parents. Do everything you possibly can to make them a bit more happy, make their lives a bit more easier, and especially recite this dua often.
وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا
Rabbi irhamhuma kama rabbayanee sagheera
And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, ‘My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.’ [17:24]
Dua for help
Allah’s Messenger used to say this amazing dua (the first part) when in a stressful trial. So when you feel that tension on your shoulders, when you feel it’s so difficult to go on, call the Ever-Living God, the One who doesn’t die.
Ya Hayyu ya Qayyoom, biraHmatika astagheeth. ASbaH li sha-nee kullahu wa la takilnee ila nafsee Tarfata ‘ain.
‘O Ever Living, O Self-Subsisting and Supporter of all, by Your mercy I seek assistance, rectify for me all of my affairs and do not leave me to myself, even for the blink of an eye.’[Al-Hakim, Sahih at-Targhib wa’t-Tarhib, Hisn al-Muslim]
Dua for acceptance of worship
While doing so much worship during Ramadan, we can’t take it for granted that all our ibadah will be accepted. No matter how much we try, we seldom reach perfection, and often our attention deviates and our intentions are awry. Make this dua after every act of worship you do in Ramadan for begging Allah to accept it.
وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Wa-ith yarfaAAu ibraheemualqawaAAida mina albayti wa-ismaAAeelu rabbanataqabbal minna innaka anta assameeAAu alAAaleem
And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], ‘Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing. [2:127]
Dua of actions
We so often don’t realize the impact of our decisions and actions on our faith. Just a small error somewhere could make our hearts deviate from Islam. Many times in the day we may face with the dilemma of whether to do something or not to do it. We’re not sure which one would be more pleasing to Allah. So we ask Allah to protect from the evils of what we do and what we don’t do.
اللهم إني أعوذ بك من شر ما عملت ومن شر ما لم أعمل
Allahumma inni audhu bika min sharri ma ‘amiltu, wa min sharri ma lam a’mal (O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the evil of that which I have done and the evil of that which I have not done).[Muslim]
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