Making Duʿā (Arabic: دعاء) (English: supplication) is one of the more important acts of worship and contains many benefits, such as strengthening Īmān and relieving burdens. Duʿā must also be made to Allāh alone and no one else, and not doing such is Shīrk (polytheism) and is not accepted.
Duʿā is also something that should be performed frequently. There are many Duʿā you can make, but in this article I will be including just 7 of them that should be done in certain occasions:
Alhamdu lillaabil-lathee ʾahyaanaa baʾda maa ʾamaatanaa waʾilaybin-nushoor.
Praise is to Allāh Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return. (1)
Allahumma ʾinnee ʾabduka, ibnu ʾabdika, ibnu ʾamatika, ʾnaasiyatee biyadika, maadhin fiyya bukmuka, ʾadlun fiyya qadhaaʾuka, asʾaluka bikulli ismin buwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, ʾaw ʾanzaltahu fee kitaabika, ʾaw ʾallamtahu ʾabadan min khalqika, ʾawistaʾthar-ta bihi fee ʾihmil-ʾghaybi ʾindaka, ʾan tajʾalal-Qurʾāna rabeeʾa qalbee, wa noora sadree, wa jalaaʾa buznee, wa thabaaba hammee.
O Allāh, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of your female slave. My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. you have control over me). Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just. I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You, to make the Qurʾān the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress. (2)
ʾAstaghfirullaha Allahumma ʾAntas Salamu wa minkas-salamu, tabaarakta yaa Thal-Jalaali wal-ʾIkhraam.
I seek the forgiveness of Allāh (said three times).
O Allāh, You are Peace and from You O owner of majesty and honor. (3)
ʾBismillahi, tawakkaltu ʾalallaahi, wa laa hawla walaa quwwata ʾillaa billaah.
In the Name of Allāh, I have placed my trust in Allāh, there is no might and no power except by Allāh. (4)
ʾBismillahi walainaa, wa bismillahi kharajna, waʾalaa Rabbinaa tawakkalna.
In the Name of Allāh we enter, in the Name of Allāh we leave, and on our Lord we depend [then say as-Salamu ʾAlaykum to those present]. (5)
ʾAʾoothu billaabil-ʾAdheem, wa bi Wajhihil-Kareem, wa Sultanibil-qadeem, minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem.
[Wassalamu ʾalaa Rasoolillahi.]
I seek refuge in Almighty Allāh, by His Noble Face, by His primordial power, from Satan the outcast. [In the Name of Allāh, and blessings.] [And peace be upon the Messenger of Allāh O Allāh, open before me the doors of your mercy. (6)
Bismillahi wassalaatu wassalaaamu ʾalaa Rasoolillaahi, Allahumma ʾinnee ʾasʾaluka min fadhlika, Allahummaʾsimnee minash-Shaytaanir rajeem.
In the Name of Allāh, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allāh. O Allāh, I ask for Your favor, O Allāh, protect me from Satan the outcast. (7)
Alḥamdulillāh, these Duʿā are a must to try to memorize as they contain many benefits.
May Allāh bless you, and shukran.
All Duʿā is extracted from Fortress of the Muslim published by Darussalam International.
1. al-Bukhārī, cf. al-Asqalāani, Fathul-Bāri 11/113; Muslim 4/2083
2. Aḥmad 1/391, graded Ṣaḥīḥ by al-Albāni
3. Muslim 1/414
4. Abū Dāwūd 4/325, at-Tirmidhī 5/490, see al-Albāni, Ṣaḥīḥ at-Tirmidhī 3/151
5. Abū Dāwūd 4/325, and in Muslim (Ḥadīth no.2018), it says that one should mention the Name of Allāh when entering the home and when beginning to eat; and that the devil, hearing this says: 'There is no shelter for us here tonight and no food.'
6. Abū Dāwūd and al-Albāni, Sahīhul-Jamiʿ as-Saghir (Ḥadīth no. 4591), ibn as-Sunni (Ḥadīth no.88), graded good by al-Albāni, Abū Dāwūd 1/126, see al-Albāni, Sahīhul-Jamiʿ as-Saghir 1/528.