The Beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said, “That person who reads this Dua thrice whilst on his bed, and then goes to sleep, Almighty Al’laah will forgive all his sins even if they be equal to leaves on the trees or the sand on the dunes. (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.175).
اَسْتَغْفِرُالله الَّذِىْ لآَ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىُّ الْقَيُّوْمُ وَاَ تُوْبُ اِلَيْهِ
Astaghfirul laahal lazee Laa ilaaha il’laa Huwal Hay’yul Qay’yoomu Wa Atoobu ilaih
I seek forgiveness from Allah besides Whom there is none worthy of worship, The Ever Living, The Sustainer, and we turn to You in repentance.
The Noble Prophet (Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam) used to recite this Dua before going to rest (sleep)
اَللَّهُمَّ بِاِسْمِكَ اَمُوْتُ وَاَحْيَ
Al’laah hum’ma Bi Ismika Amootu Wa Ahyaa
“O Al’laah! In Your Name I die and live”
DUA WHEN WAKING FROM SLEEP
When the Noble Prophet ( Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam) would awaken from His rest (sleep), He would read:
اَلْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِىْ اَحْىَ نَفْسِىْ بَعْدَ مَااَمَاتَهَا وَ اِلَيْهِ النُّشُوْرُ
Alhumdu Lil Laahil Lazee Ahyaa Nafsee Ba’da Maa Amaataha Wa ilaihin Nushoor
All praise is due to Al’laah, Who has granted us life after taking it away from us and towards Him is our resurrection (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.178)
DUA BEFORE EATING
Always read this before eating:
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Bismil laahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Al’laah’s Name we begin with, The Compassionate, Most Merciful.
If you have forgotten to read it and remember halfway through your meal, then say,
بِسْمِ اللهِ اَوَّلَهُ وَاَخِرَهُ
Bismil laahi Aw’walahu Wa Aakhirahu
“Al’laah’s Name we begin and end with”
DUA AFTER EATING
Hazrat Abu Umaama Radi Allahu anhu says that the Beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam would read the following dua when the eating mat would be lifted up after eating:
اَ لْحَمْدُ للهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيْرًا طَيِّبًا مُّبَارَكًا فِيْهِ غَيْرَ مُوَدَّعٍ وَّ لاَ مُسْتَغْنًى عَنْهُ رَ بَّنَا
Alhumdu lil laahi Humdan Katheeran Tay’yibam Mubaarakan Feehi Ghaira Muwad’da’iw Wa Laa Mustaghnan Anhu Rab’bana.
Praise be to Al’laah with an abundantly beautiful, sanctified Praise, a never ending praise, which we will never bid farewell to, and a most important praise. He (Al’laah) is our Creator. (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.183).
Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri Radi Allahu anhu reported that the Noble Prophet (Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam) would read the following dua after he had completed his meal:
اَ لْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِىْ اَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَاناَ وَجَعَلَناَ مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ
Alhumdu lil laahil Lazee At’amana Wa Saqaana Wa Ja’alana Minal Muslimeen.
All Praise is due to Al’laah, who has blessed us with food and drink and made us from among the Believers (Muslims) (Abu Dawood Pg.573).
WHEN DRINKING MILK
When drinking milk, you should read the following dua:
اَ للَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْهِ وَزِدْناَ مِنْهُ
Al’laah Hum’ma Baarik Lana Feehi Wa Zidna Minhu
O Al’laah grant us blessing in it and grant us more from it. (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.183).
DUA ON ENTERING THE TOILET
When the Beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam would intend to enter the toilet, he would say,
اَللَّهُمَّ اِ نِّىْ اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْخُبْثِ وَالْخَبَائِثِ
Al’laah hum’ma In’ni A’oozu bika minal Khubthi wal Khabaa’ith
“O Allaah, I take refuge with you from all evil and evil-doers” (Sahih Bukhari Vol.2 Pg.936)
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SNEEZE
Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radi Allahu anhu reports that the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa aalyhi Sallam) said,
“When anyone from amongst you sneezes, then he should say,
اَ لْحَمْدُ للهِ
Alhumdu lil laah
All Praise is due to Al’laah
And his friend or brother who hears him should say,
May Almighty Al’laah have mercy upon you
Then in response to this, the one who sneezed should say,
يَهْدِيْكُمُ اللهُ وَ يُصْلِحُ بَالَكُمْ
Yahdee kumul’laahu wa Yuslihoo Baalakum
Al’laah grant you guidance and remedy your condition.
This Hadith has been narrated by Imam Bukhari (Ref: Mishkaat Shareef Pg.405).
DUA IN DISTRESS OR DISCOMFORT
Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas Radi Allahu anhu reports that whenever the Beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam was in any discomfort or if he felt any unhappiness, he would read the following dua continuously:
لآَ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ اللهُ الْحَلِيْمُ الْحَكِيْمُ لآَ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ
اللهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيْمِ
لآَ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ اللهُ رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتَ وَاْلاَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيْمِ ط
Laa ilaaha il’lal laahul Haleemul Hakeemu – Laa ilaaha il’lal laahu Rab’bul Arshil Azeem – Laa ilaaha il’lal laahu Rab’bus Samawaati wal Ardi wa Rab’bul Arshil Kareem [Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.181)
There is none worthy of worship except Al’laah, The Fore-bearing, The All Wise. There is none worthy of worship except Al’laah, The Lord of the Exalted Throne. There is none worthy of worship except Al’laah, The Lord of the Skies and The Lord of the Earth and the Lord of the distinguished Throne.
DUA WHEN SEEING SOMEONE WHO IS ENDURING ANY HARDSHIP
The Beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said, “If anyone sees a person who is caught up in any calamity (such as illness or some hardship etc.) then he should read the following dua and he shall be protected for the rest of his life from such an illness or calamity:
اَ لْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِىْ عَافَانِىْ مِمَّاابْتَلاَكَ بِهِ وَفَضَّلَنِىْ عَلىَ كَثِيْرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقَ تَفْضِيْلاً
Alhumdu lil laahil Lazee Aafaani Mim Mabtalaka Bihi Wa Fad’dalani Alaa Katheerim mim mun Khalaqa Tafdeela
All praise is due to Al’laah Who protected me from that with which He tested you and Who definitely favoured me over much of His creation. (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.181).
DUA WHEN LEAVING HOME
The Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam) said, whoso ever recites this dua before leaving his home, all his difficulties will go away and he shall be protected from the mischief of his enemies and shaitaan will stay away from him:
بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلىَ اللهِ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ ط
Bismil laahi Tawak’kaltu Alal laahi Wa Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quw’wata il’la bil’laah
Al’laah’s Name we begin with, I place my (full) trust in Al’laah and there is no Might and Power except with Al’laah (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.180)
DUA WHEN ENTERING THE MARKET PLACE
The Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said that if a person recites this dua when entering a market place, Almighty Al’laah will command one million good deeds to be recorded in his book of deeds, and He will forgive one million of his sins and he will exalt his status by one million folds.
لآَ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْىِ وَ يُمِيْتُ وَهُوَ حَىٌّ لاَّ يَمُوْتُ بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ وَهُوَعَلىَ كُلِّ شَيْئٍ قَدِيْرٌ
La ilaaha il’lal laahu Wahdahu Laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahul Mulku Wa Lahul Hamdu Yuhyee Wa Yumeetu Wa Huwa Hay’yul Laa Yamootu Bi Yadi hil Khair Wa Huwa Alaa Kul’li Shay’in Qadeer.
“There is none worthy of worship except Al’laah. He is alone without any partner. To him belongs all Sovereignty and for Him is all Praises. He gives life and causes death and He is All Existing (Living) and does not die. In His Hand is all good and He has Divine Power over all things.”
(1) It must be noted that here the term “His Hand” does not mean that Al’laah has a hand, but it refers to Al’laahs Power and Divine Control. We must remember that Al’laah does not have any human or body parts etc. He is free from all that which is creation. He does not need eyes to see or ears to hear etc. He is Al’laah and does as He wills.
(2) When it is said that Al’laah has power over all things, it does not mean that Al’laah has the power to do bad things, like tell a lie etc. To believe this is totally incorrect. It is a weakness in qualities such a lies etc. that they cannot be attributed to Al’laah.
DUA WHEN GOING ON A JOURNEY
It is on the authority of Hazrat Abdullah bin Sarjee Radi Allahu anhu that the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam used to recite the following Dua before going on a journey:
اَللَّهُمَّ اَ نْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِى السَّفَرِ وَالْخَلِيْفَةُ فِى اْلاَهْلِ اَللَّهُمَّ اصْبَحْنَا فِىْ سَفَرِناَ وَاخْلُفْنَا فِىْ اَهْلِنَا اَللَّهُمَّ اِ نِّىْ اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَّعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَ كآَبةِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ وَمِنَ الْحَوْرِ بَعْدَ الْكَوْرِ وَمِنْ دَعْوَ ةِ الْمَظْلُوْمِ وَسُوْءِ الْمَنْظَرِ فِى اْلاَهْلِ وَالْمَالِ
Al’laah hum’ma Anta Saahibu Fis Safaree Wal Khalifatu Fil Ahli – Al’laah hum’ma Ashabna Fi Safarina Wakhlufna Fi Ahlina – Al’laah hum’ma In’ni A’oozu bika miw wa’saa’is safaree wa Kaabatil Munqalabi Wa minal Hoori Ba’dal Koori Wa min Da’watil Mazloomi Wa Soo’il Manzari Fil Ahli wal Maali (Tirmizi Vol.1 Pg.181).
“O Al’laah, You are The True Guide on my Journey and the Protector of my Family. O Al’laah, You are Our True Guide on Our Journey and Our Protector of Our Families. O Al’laah I seek refuge in You from the difficulties of this journey, from beholding a miserable sight and on ill return in my family and wealth.”
When one sits on an animal or on a seat of a transport, recite this Dua:
سُبْحَنَ الَّذِىْ سَخَّرَلَنَا هَذَا وَ مَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِيْنْ وَ اِنَّا اِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُوْنْ
Subhaanal lazee Sakh’khara Lana Haaza Wa Maa Kun’na Lahu Muqrineen. Wa In’na ilaa Rab’bina La Munqaliboon.
“Glory be to Al’laah who has given us control over this (mode of transport) and without his Grace we would not have been able to control it and undoubtedly we are to return towards our Lord.” (Abu Dawood – Tirmizi).
When the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam would go to see someone off on a journey, then before the person left the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam would make the following dua for him:
اَسْتَوْدِعُ اللهَ دِيْنَكَ وَاَمَانَتَكَ وَخَوَاتيِْمَ عَمَلِكَ
Astawdi’ul’laaha Deenaka Wa Amaanatika Wa Khawaatima Amalika
I place your Religion, your reliance and the end of your deeds in the trust of Al’laah. (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.182).
When the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam would return to Madinatul Munawwarah from any journey, then on reaching his blessed home, he would say,
اَئِبُوْنَ تَائِبُوْنَ عَابِدُوْنَ لِرَ بِّنَاحَامِدُوْنَ
Aa’ee Boona Taa’ee Boona Aa’bi Doona Li Rab’bina Haamidoona
We return repenting to our Lord, worshipping our Lord, and praising our Lord (Tirmizi Vol.2 Pg. 182)
The Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam mentioned that whilst on journey if a person stops over anywhere (to rest or sleep etc.) and he reads the following dua, then no harm shall come to him whilst he is there.
اَعُوْذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَاخَلَقَ
A’oozu bi Kaleemaatil laahit Taam’maati min Shar’ri Ma Khalaqa
I seek refuge in Al’laah’s perfectly complete Word from the evils of that which has been created.
DUA FOR DEBTS
Sahabi-e-Rasool Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri Radi Allahu anhureports that once the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam went to the Musjid and saw Hazrat Abu Umaama Ansaari Radi Allahu anhu in the Masjid. The Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam asked, ‘O Abu Umaam! Why and for what reason are you seated in the Masjid at this time, whereas it is not the time for Namaaz?’ Hazrat Abu Umaama Radi Allahu anhu replied, Ya Rasoolal’laah Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam, I am under much pressure due to the burden of many problems and much debt.’ The Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said, ‘Should I not teach you such a prayer that by reading it, Al’laah Almighty will removed all your sorrows and allow your debt to be fulfilled?’ Hazrat Abu Umaama Radi Allahu anhu said, ‘Why not, Ya Rasoolal’laah Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam Please teach it to me.’ So the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said, ‘Read this dua daily, every morning and every evening:
اَللَّهُمَّ اِ نِّىْ اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَاَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسْلِ وَاَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَاَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلْبَةِ الدَّ يْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ
Al’laah hum’ma In’ni A’oozubika minal Hum’mi Wal Huzni Wa A’oozu bika minal Ajzi wal Kasli Wa A’oozu bika minal Jubni wal Bukhli wa A’oozu bika min Ghalbatid Dayni Wa Qahrir Rijaali
“O Al’laah, I seek refuge in You from agony and grief, and I seek refuge in You from incapability and laziness, and I seeik refuge in You from cowardice and miserliness, and I seek refuge in You from being overwhelmed by debt and the tyranny of men”
Hazrat Abu Umaama Radi Allahu anhu says, ‘I recited this dua and my worries began to go away and Almighty Al’laah removed me from debts.’ (Abu Dawood Vol.1 Pg.217).
Hazrat Ali Radi Allahu anhu says that if a person reads the following dua, his debts shall be wiped out, even if they are equivalent to a mountain.
اَللَّهُمَّ اكْفِنِىْ بِحَلاَ لِكَ عَنْ حَرَامِكَ وَاَغْنِنِىْ بِفَضْلِكَ عَمَّنْ سِوَاكَ
Al’laah hum’ma Akfini Bi Halaalika A’n Haraamika Aghnini Bi Fadhlika Am’man Siwaaka
“O Al’laah, grant me sufficiency in your halaal (lawful) provision from the unlawful, And free me by your Grace from all besides You.” (Mishkaat Shareef Pg.216 – Tirmizi Shareef Vol.1 Pg.195).
PROTECTION FROM ALL CALAMITIES
The Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said that whosoever reads this thrice will not be harmed by anything in the world:
بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِىْ لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْئٌ فِى اْلاَرْضِ وَ لاَ فِى السَّمَآءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيْعُ الْعَلِيْمُ
Bismil laahil Lazee Laa Yadur’ru Ma’as mihi Shay’un fil Ardi Wa Laa fis Sama’ee wa huwa Samee’ul Aleem
Al’laah’s Name we begin with, with whose name nothing on earth nor in the skies has the ability to cause harm and He is the All Seeing, The All-Knowing. (Tirmizi Shareef Vol.2 Pg.173).
CURE FROM ILLNESSES
It has been reported that both Abdul Azeez bin Suhaib and Thaabit Banaani رضى الله عنهما went to meet Hazrat Anas Radi Allahu anhu and Thaabit Banaani said, O Abu Hamza (Hazrat Anas), I have become ill.’ Hazrat Anas Radi Allahu anhu said, ‘Should I not read that dua and blow over you which the Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam used to read and blow over those who were ill, so that they may be cured?’ Hazrat Thaabit Banaani Radi Allahu anhu said, ‘Why not’, so Hazrat Anas Radi Allahu anhu read this dua:
اَللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّاسِ مُذْهِبَ الْبَاسِ اِشْفِ اَ نْتَ الشَّافِىْ لاَ شَافِىْ اِلاَّ اَ نْتَ شِفَاءً لاَيُغَادِرُ سُقْمًا
Al’laah hum’ma Rab’ban Naasi Muzhibal Baasi – Ishfi Anta Shaafi – Laa Shaafi il’la Anta Shifa’an Laa Yughaadiru Suqma
O Al’laah, Sustainer of mankind, remove his difficulty and cure him. You are the only One who cures. There is no cure but Yours. Grant such (complete) cure that leaves no trace of illness. (Bukhari Shareef Vol.2 Pg.855).
WHEN IN FEAR OF ANY NATION
The Noble Prophet Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said that if one fears that any nation or army may cause harm to his life or wealth, then he should read:
اَللَّهُمَّ اِناَّ نَجْعَلُكَ فِىْ نُحُوْرِهِمْ وَ نَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ شُرُوْرِهِمْ
Al’laah hum’ma In’na Naj’aluka Fi Nuhoorihim Wa Na’oozu bika min Shuroorihim (Abu Dawood Vol.1 Pg.215)
O Al’laah, we beg of You to repel them and we seek refuge in You from their evil.DUA BEFORE SLEEPING