The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, is the most auspicious and blessed of all months. It is during this month that Muslims fast and worship Allah and increase their prayers. It is believed that during the month of Ramadan, Allah listens to all legitimate prayers and blesses Muslims with greater rewards for asking Him for help and support.
Therefore, the month of Ramadan is the month of piousness and devotion to Allah. It teaches Muslims values such as patience, humility and respect. During this month, Muslims indulge themselves into worship and pay less attention to their normal routine. It is also standard practice for Muslims to make special Ramadan duas to gain as much rewards and benefits as possible.
Sehar and Iftar Duas
During Ramadan, Muslims have 2 meals in the day. The first meal is taken just before sunrise and then the Muslims fast for the entire day till sunset. The second meal is taken at sunset to break the fast. Both meals have special duas.
For Sehar, Muslims should recite the following dua,
“Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan” Translation:“I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan” [abu Dawud]
For iftar, Muslims have a different dua. This dua is given below.
“Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu [wa 'alayka tawakkaltu] wa ‘ala rizq-ika aftarthu”
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 ["wa 'alayka tawakkaltu" is quoted in some books of knowledge - but not all, hence it is in brackets]”
“dhahabadh-dhama’u wab-tallatil ‘uruuqi, wa thabatal arju inshaAllah”
Translation:“The thrist is gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is confirmed, if Allah [Ta'ala] Wills”
[abu Dawud 2:306]
When Muslims break their fast at someone else’s place, they should recite the following dua,
“Aftara ‘indakumus saa’imuna, wa akala ta’aamakumul-abraaru, wasallat ‘alaikumul mala’ikat “ Translation: “May those who are fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food and may the angels send prayers upon you.”
[abu Dawud 3:367, ibn Majah 1:556, an Nasa'i]
Other Duas for the Month of Ramadan
At the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims should recite the following dua,
“Allahu Akbar. Allahumma ahillahu ‘alayna bil-amni wal-imaani, was-salaamati, wal-Islami, wat-tawfeeqi lima tuhibbu Rabbana wa tardha. Rabbuna wa RabbukAllahu”Translation:“Allah is the Greatest. O Allah bring us the new moon with security and faith, with peace and in Islam, and in harmony with what our Lord Loves and what pleases Him. Our Lord and your Lord is Allah”
[at-Tirmidhi 5:504, ad-Darimi 1:336]
Importance of Making Dua during Ramadan
Making dua during the month of Ramadan is very important because Allah promises to listens top all legitimate prayers during this month. According to Abu Saeed Khudri, the Prophet (PBUH) said,
“Every day and night of Ramadan Allah sets free a great number of souls from Jahannam. And for every Muslim during every day and night there is a time when his dua is certainly accepted.”
For Muslims, it is the most blessed month. Therefore, they need to take advantage of this month by worshipping Allah and reciting Quran as much as possible. They should also make dua in abundance and seek His support and forgiveness in all matters. Surely, He will listen to your prayers.
It is also believed that the most blessed time during Ramadan is just before the Muslim is about to break the fast. During this time, the chances of the dua being accepted are very high.
Learning Quran during the month of Ramadan also comes with many rewards for individuals. Therefore, it is important that Muslims read and recite Quran as much as possible while fasting.