Ramadan is the perfect time to reset spiritually, renew our intentions, and commit to forming new habits. Ramadan is also a special time for reflection and repentance, Allah (SWT) mercy is showered upon us and our chances of being forgiven for our sins are increased.
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Dua is the essence of worship.”
Dua is the weapon of a believer because of its power and ability to protect us and grant us victory. It is said that the Dua of a fasting person will always be accepted. Thus, knowing what Duas to make during Ramadan, when to make them, and how to make them is essential.
1. Dua at the approach of Ramadan
Hadhrat Ubaadah bin Saamit narrates that the Prophet (SAW) used to teach the Sahaabah this Dua at the approach of the Month of Ramadan:
اَللَّهُمَّ سَلِّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضَانَ وَ سَلِّمْ رَمَضَانَ لِيْ وَ سَلِّمْهُ لِيْ مُتَقَبَّلًا
Allahumma Sallimni li Ramadan, Wa Sallim Ramadana li, Wasallamhu li Mutaqabbala
O Allah! Safeguard me for the Month of Ramadan (by making me see the Month of Ramadan healthy and fit so that I can take maximum benefit from it), and safeguard the Month of Ramadan for me (by making the conditions in it such that I can take maximum benefit from it) and accept it from me.
2. Dua when you see the Crescent Moon
اللَّهمَّ أَهلَّهُ علينَا بالأمنِ والإيمانِ والسَّلامةِ والإسلامِ ربِّي وربُّكَ اللَّهُ
Allahumma ahillahu alayna bil-amni wal-iman was-salaamati wal-islam. Rabbi wa rabbuka Allah.
Oh Allah, make it a start full of peace and faith, safety and Islam. My lord and your lord is Allah.
3. Dua for Fasting
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.
4. Dua for Breaking Fast
اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمتُ وَعَلَى رِزقِكَ أَفطَرتُ
Allahumma inni laka sumtu, wa bika aamantu, wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu, wa Ala rizqika aftartu
Oh 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.
5. Dua when someone angers you while Fasting
إِنِّي صَائِمٌ، إِنِّي صَائِمٌ
Innee saa’im, innee saa’im
I’m fasting, I’m fasting.
6. Dua for protection
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ رِضَاكَ وَالجَنَّةَ ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَالنَّارِ
Allaahumma innee as-aluka Ridaaka wal Jannah wa a’audhu’bika min sakhatika wan-naar
O Allah, I ask of Your pleasure and for Paradise, and I seek refuge from Your displeasure and from the Hellfire.
7. Dua for Guidance
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الهُدَى وَ التُّقَى وَ العَفَافَ وَ الغِنَى
Allāhumma Innī As’aluka al-Hudā Wat-Tuqā Wal-Afāfa Wal-Ghinā
O Allah, I ask You for guidance andpiety, and abstinence (from the unlawful) and modesty, and contentment and sufficiency.
8. Dua for Direction
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِني ، وسَدِّدْنِي
Allaahummah-dinee wa sadd-dadnee
O Allah! Direct me to the Right Path and make me adhere to the Straight Path.
9. Dua for the Deceased
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ الَّلهُمَّ ثَبِّتْهُ
Allaahum-maghfir lahu Allaahumma thabbithu
O Allah, forgive him. O Allah, strengthen him.
10. Dua for Laylatul Qadr (to read during the last ten days of Ramadan)
Aisha (RA) narrated, “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka Afuwwun [Karimun ] tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, [Generous,] You love pardon, so pardon me
Life is full of hardship. It’s the way Allah created the world to test us and see who is the best of us in deeds. However, Ramadan reminds us that anything is possible. We can establish our link to Allah by reconnecting through prayer and Dua, pour out our feelings and emotions, and allow ourselves to be guided to what is right.
Allah hears all Duas, whether they are in English or Arabic. We wish you a blessed Ramadan full of accepted Duas. Ameen!