Ramadan is a time of immense blessings.
It’s the holiest month of the year in which Muslims increase their worship, good deeds and make plenty of dua, or supplication.
Dua is often referred to as the weapon of the believer because of its power and ability to protect us and grant us victory. In fact, the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Dua is worship.” Abu Dawud.
Knowing what duas to make in Ramadan, when to make them and how to do so are important.
The dua of a believer is powerful, especially when fasting.
“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.’” [Tirmidhi]
In the midst of these uncertain times, do not let Ramadan pass you by without making the most of each and every day.
Before we know it, Ramadan will be over again, so it’s critical we maximize every precious moment in which we can make dua.
Not praying as much as you’d like to? List the duas for everything your heart desires this Ramadan!
Make it as short or long as you like. It may be useful to put them under headings to make it easier to keep track and remember them all. Create achievable goals as part of your dua list.
Try to memorise the duas below – or if you can’t, make sure you have them written down or on your phone so they are easily accessible when you need them.
One particularly handy tip is to create dua cards which you can stick around your home to help you and your family gain the benefits of regularly reciting dua.
These could be duas before entering the bathroom, before eating or before leaving the house.
You want to make your Ramadan as meaningful and fruitful as possible. Before we come to some of the key Ramadan duas, it’s important to know some of the etiquettes.
8 Etiquettes of dua
Be in a state of wudhu.
Face the direction of qibla and raise your hands with palms facing upwards.
Begin and end the du’aa with the praise and glorification of Allah (SWT), as well as bestowing peace and blessings on His beloved Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ).
Keep our voice to a low and humble level.
Repeat thdu’aa preferably three times.
Implore Allah (SWT) with humility and repentance.
Ask Allah (SWT) with absolute certainty that He will answer your call, and to not be impatient or despondent.
Here are six Ramadan duas
From opening the fast to closing the fast, there are duas we are taught to recite in Ramadan. We have given you six duas below to memorise, along with the duas in English for those who prefer to read the transliteration.
1. When you see the crescent moon:
اللَّهمَّ أَهلَّهُ علينَا بالأمنِ والإيمانِ والسَّلامةِ والإسلامِ ربِّي وربُّكَ اللَّهُ [Tirmidhi]
Transliteration: Allahumma ahillahu alayna bil-amni wal-iman was-salaamati wal-islam. Rabbi wa rabbuka Allah.
Translation: Oh Allah, make it a start full of peace and faith, safety and Islam. My lord and your lord is Allah.
This supplication pairs peace and faith, to show they are connected. In fact, in Arabic, the two words have ‘Amn’ and ‘Iman’ are derived from one another. The dua also pairs peace and Islam, ‘Silm’ and ‘Islam’, both words are also linguistically connected. We ask Allah (SWT) to make us strong in faith and grant us peace this Ramadan.
2. The dua for closing fast:
وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ [Abu Dawud]
Transliteration: Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri ramadan.
Translation: I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.
Having something to eat, even if it’s small, like some dates and water, is a sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) and highly recommended. Whether you say your intention out loud or in your heart, it’s key to begin acts of worship, like opening the fast, with an intention or dua.
3. The dua for breaking your fast
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ [وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ] وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ [Abu Dawud]
Transliteration: allahumma inni laka sumtu, wa bika amantu, wa alaika tawakkaltu wa a la rizq-ika iftar-tu
Translation: O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance
During the time of breaking the fast is one of the best times to make dua, as recommended by the Prophet (ﷺ).
4. If someone angers you when you are fasting
إني صائمٌ ، إني صائمٌ [Muslim]
Transliteration: Innee saa’im, innee saa’im
Translation: I’m fasting, I’m fasting.
This can be said out loud, so the aggressor hears you, or in silence.
5. The dua for breaking your fast with a group of people
أفطر عندكم الصائمون ، وأكل طعامكم الأبرار ، وصلت عليكم الملائكة [Ibn Majah]
Transliteration: aftara indakum as-saa’imoon, wa akala ta’aamakum al-abraar, wa sallat alaikum al-malaa’ikah.
Translation: May the fasting people break fast at your place, and may the pious eat from your food, and may the angels pray for you.
Ramadan is a time of sharing and breaking bread together. Most of us will open our fast by having Iftar with others, even whilst socially distancing from others. This beautiful dua for breaking your fast with others is not widely known, but great to remember.
6. If you encounter Laylatul Qadr or generally on the final odd nights of Ramadan
اللَّهمَّ إنَّك عفُوٌّ تُحبُّ العفوَ فاعْفُ عنِّي [Tirmidhi]
Transliteration: Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbu al-afwa fa’fu anni.
Translation: Oh Allah you are forgiving, and you love forgiveness, so forgive me.
Ramadan is a time of forgiveness, so make sure you read this dua as much as you can.
A month of sacrifice
The month of fasting, as well as a time for supplication, is also a time for charity.
It’s the greatest time to give your zakat, as rewards in the holy month are multiplied.
Now more than ever, we understand how important our community Mosques are.
But for many underprivileged communities, having a Mosque within reaching distance is a dream come true.
Make a dua this Ramadan for all those in need and help build a Mosque today in Asia or Africa.
Wishing you all a blessed month
Life is full of hardship. It’s the way Allah (SWT) has created the world – to test us to see which of us are best in deeds.
But Ramadan is a time for us to remember that anything is possible.
Through reconnecting to Allah (SWT) through prayer and dua, we can establish our link to our Creator, pour out our feelings and emotions, and allow ourselves to be guided to what is right.
Whether you recite your dua in English or Arabic, Allah hears them all.
We pray you have a successful Ramadan full of accepted duas. Ameen!