Dua, an Arabic word that literally means supplication or invocation, is one of the most powerful tools a Muslim has at his or her disposal.
Making dua is a conversation with God. It’s a time to ask God to grant your requests, both large and small, for both here and the hereafter. The Prophet, pbuh, frequently encouraged his followers to make dua, saying “A slave becomes nearest to his Lord when he is in prostration. So increase supplications in prostrations.’’ [Sahih Muslim] Another hadith finds the Prophet saying, “The supplication of every one of you will be granted if he does not get impatient and say, `I supplicated my Lord but my prayer has not been granted’.’’ [Sahih Muslim, Sahih Al-Bukhari] In the Quran, God Himself urges us to make dua. In Surah Al-Fatiha, which we recite five times a day for our fard (obligatory) salat (prayers), it is mentioned of God, “You Alone do we worship and You Alone do we ask for help.” [Quran 1:5] God also says, “And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the supplications of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Quran 2:186] Ramadan is a great time to increase our duas and ask God for whatever it is we desire–forgiveness, entrance to Jannah, children, a spouse, healing–nothing is too great or too small.
While we can certainly make dua in our own words, the Quran also contains countless beautiful duas we can use.
We’ve put together a list of 21 of our favorite duas from the Quran below. May these benefit you now and in the future!
“Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!” [SURAH AL-BAQARAH (201)]
“Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established.” [SURAH IBRAHEEM(41)]
“Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us [and do not put it off till we cross over the Sirat (a slippery bridge over the Hell) safely] and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things.” [SURAH AT-TAHREEM (8)]
“O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.” [SURAH AL-IMRAN (38)]
“O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from asking You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I will indeed be one of the losers.” [SURAH HUUD (47)]
“Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!” [SURAH AL-KAHF(10)]
“O my Lord! Make me one who performs As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat ), and (also) from my offspring, our Lord! And accept my invocation. [SURAH IBRAHEEM (40)]
“O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness). And ease my task for me.” [SURAH TAHA (25-26)]
“O My Lord! Leave me not single (childless), though You are the Best of the inheritors.” [SURAH AL-ANBIYAA (89)]
“My Lord! Cause me to land at a blessed landing-place, for You are the Best of those who bring to land.” [SURAH AL-MU’MINUN (29)]
“My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves.” [SURAH AN-NAML (19)]
“My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me.” [SURAH AL-QASAS (16)]
“My Lord! truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!” [SURAH AL-QASAS (24)]
“My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You, and make my offspring good. Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims (submitting to Your Will).” [SURAH AL-AHQAAF (15)]
“O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things. You make the night to enter into the day, and You make the day to enter into the night (i.e. increase and decrease in the hours of the night and the day during winter and summer), You bring the living out of the dead, and You bring the dead out of the living. And You give wealth and sustenance to whom You will, without limit (measure or account).” [SURAH AL-IMRAN(26-27)]
“All the bounty is in the Hand of Allah; He grants to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower. He selects for His Mercy (Islam and the Qur’an with Prophethood) whom He wills and Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.” [SURAH AL-IMRAN(73-74)]
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” [SURAH TA-HA(114)]
“My Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayatin (devils). And I seek refuge with You, My Lord! lest they should come near me.” [SURAH AL-MU’MINUN(97-98)]
“My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy!” [SURAH AL-MU’MINUN(118)]
“Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah), the Lord of the daybreak, From the evil of what He has created, And from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away), And from the evil of those who practise witchcraft when they blow in the knots, And from the evil of the envier when he envies.” [SURAH AL-FALAQ]
“Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind, The King of mankind – The Ilah (God) of mankind, From the evil of the whisperer (devil who whispers evil in the hearts of men) who withdraws (from his whispering in one’s heart after one remembers Allah). Who whispers in the breasts of mankind Of jinn and men.” [SURAH AN-NAAS]