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In the Name of Allah, Most Forgiving, Most Kind, Most merciful

A Message and A Prayer for all occasions: 

Daily Du’a In Personal Lives.

When beginning a meal:

Allahumma barik lana fima razaqtana waqina athaban-nar. Bismillah.

O Allah! Bless (the food) You provided us and save us from the punishment of hellfire. In the name of Allah.

After finishing the meal:

Alhamdu lillah il-lathi at’amana wasaqana waja ‘alana Muslimin

Praise be to Allah Who has fed us and given us drink, and made us Muslims.

When going to sleep:

Bismika rabbi wada’to janbi wabika arfa’oh. Fa’in amsakta nafsi faghfir laha. Wa’in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazo bihi ibadakas-salihin.

In Your name, O Lord, I lay my side (to sleep). And by (Your leave) I raise it up. So if You take away my soul (during sleep) forgive it, and if You send it back (after sleep) protect it even as You protect Your pious servants.

Waking Up:

Alhamdu lillah il-lathi ahyana ba’dama amatana wa ilayhim-Nushur.

Praise be to Allah Who gave us life after death and unto Him we will return.

In case of Insomnia:

Allahoma rabbas-samawatis-sab’i wama azallat. Warabbal-aradina wama aqallat warabbash-shayatina wama adallat kun li jaran min sharri khalqika ajma’een ay-yafrota allayya ahadom-minhom. Ao ayYatgha. ‘Azza jarok. Watabarakas-mok.

O Allah! Lord of the Seven Firmaments and whatever they cover, Lord of the seven earths and whatever they contain, Creator of the devils and whoever they mislead, be my Protector from the evil of all Your creatures lest some of them may hasten with insolence against me or transgress the bounds. Honored is he who is in Your protection and blessed is Your Name.

After a pleasant dream:

Alhamdu-lillahil-lathi bini’matihi tatimmos-salihat

Praise be to Allah through Whose blessings good things are accomplished.

After an unpleasant dream:

Alhamdu-lillahi-’ala kulli-hal

Praise be to Allah under all circumstances

If one wakes up after a nightmare:

A’uthu bikalimatil-lahittammati min ghadabihi wa iqabihi-washarri ‘ibadihi wamin hamazatish-shayateen wa’an yahdoroon.

I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from His displeasures and punishment and from evil people, and from the promptings of devils and from their presence.

On Social Occasions

If you see a Muslim brother/sister smiling:

Adhakallaho sinnak

May Allah bring smiles to you

When one is told "I love you":

Ahabbakal-lathi ahbabtani lah

May He, for Whose sake you love me, love you also.

When a favor is done for us:

Jazakallahu khayran

May Allah give you a good reward

What to say to one who got married:

Baraka-llaho-lak. Wa baraka ‘alayk. Wa jama’a baynakoma fi-khayr.

May Allah bless your spouse for you; and may He bless you and join you in a happy union

At the beginning of a relationship:

Bismillah. Allahomma jannibnash-shaytan. Wa jannibish-shaytana-ma razaqtana.

In the name of Allah. O Allah! Keep us away from Satan, and keep Satan away from what You bestow on us (our children).

Prayer for small children:

O’eethoka bikalimatil-lahit-tammah. Min kulli-shaytanin-wahammah wamin kulli-’aynin lammah.

I seek refuge for you in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye.

At the end of meetings and gatherings:

Subhanakal-lahomma wa bihamdik. Ash hadu alla ilaha illa ant. Astaghfiroka wa atoobo ilayk

Glory and praise be to You, Allah! I bear witness that there is no god but You. I beg of You Your forgiveness and I repent to you.

In Distress

When faced by a hardship:

Allahummala-Sahla illa-ma-ja’altaho sahla wa’anta Taj’alol-hazna itha shi’ta sahla.

O Allah! There is nothing easy except what You make easy, and You make the difficult easy if it be Your will.

When one’s desire or hope could not be fulfilled:

Qaddaral-laho wama sha’afa’al.

Allah had decided, and whatever he willed, he did

When feeling angry:

A’uthu billahi minash-shaytanir-rajeem

I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the accursed

When one is overwhelmed by a problem:

Hasbonal-lahu wa ne’mal-wakeel

Allah suffices us and He is the best Guardian

When in pain:

(While placing one’s hand over the location of pain)

Bismillah (3 times)

A’uthu bi’izzatil-lahi wa qodratihi min sharri-ma

Ajidu wa’ohazir (7 times)

In the name of Allah

I seek refuge in exalted power and glory of Allah from that which I feel and fear

When visiting a sick person:

Allahumma ath-hibil-bas rabban-nas. Ishfi wa’antash-shafi la-shifa’a-illa’shifa’ok. Shifa’al-la-yoghadiro-saqama.

O Allah! Remove the hardship, O Lord of mankind. Grant cure, for you are the Healer. There is no cure but from You, cure which leaves no illness behind. (while patting the sick person)

At the time of a disaster:

Inna-lillahi-wa inna ilayhi-raji’oon. Allahumma-’indaka ahtasibu-museebati. Fa’jorni fiha wa’abdilini minha-khayra.

To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return. O Allah! You suffice me in disaster. So reward me for it and replace it with something which is good.

Prayer for fulfillment of a need (salatul-Hajah):

Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil-’alameen. Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad (s.a.w.) La ilaha-illal-lahul baleemul-kareem. Subhanallahi rabbil-’arshil-’azeem. Alhamdu lillahi-rabbil-’alameen.

As’aloka mujibati-rahmatik. wa ‘aza’ima maghfiratik. Wal ‘ismata min kulli-thamb.

Walghaneemata min kulli-birr. Wassalamata min kulli-ithm. La Tada’-li thamban illa ghafartah. Wa la hamman illa farrajtha. Wala hajatan heya laka-ridan illa qadaytaha ya arhamarrahimeen.

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Universe. May Allah’s peace and blessing be upon Muhammed.(s.a.w.) There is no god but Allah, Most-Forbearing, Supreme in Honor. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Great Throne. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Universe. O Allah! I seek of You the means of deserving Your mercy, the means of ascertaining Your forgiveness, the protection from all mistakes, the benefit from all virtue and the freedom from all sins. O Allah! Leave no mistake of mine without Your forgiveness, nor any stress without Your relief, nor any need of which You approve without being fulfilled by You, O Most Merciful of the merciful.

After reciting this du’a, one should state the specific need for which the du’a was made.

When seeking guidance in decision-making (Salatul-Istikharah):

Allahomma inni astakheeroka bi’ilmik. Wa’astaqdiroka biqodratik. Wa’as’aloka min fadlikal-’azeem. Fa’innaka taqdiru wala aqdir. Wata’lamo wala-a’lam. Wa’anta-allamul ghuyoob.

Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna [Hathal-Amra] khayul-lee fi deenee wama’ashi wa’ajila amri wa’ajilah, faqdorho lee, wayassirho lee, thomma-barik lee fih.

Wa’in konta ta’lamo anna [Hathal-Amra] sharrul-lee fi deenee. Wama’ashi. Wa’ajila amri. Wa’ajilaho. Fasrifho ‘annee. Wasrifnee ‘anh. Waqdur leyal-khayr haytho kan. Thomma ardini Bih.

O Allah! I seek your guidance (in making a choice) by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And you know, I know not. You are the knower of hiddent things.

O Allah! If in your knowledge, (this matter) is good for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs; immediate and in the future, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge, (this matter) is bad for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs; immediate and in the distant, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it. And ordain for me the good wherever it be and make me pleased with it.


1. The above du’a is to be recited when there is uncertainty about the advisability of taking a decision, provided it is Islamically permissible.

2. After performing wudu, one should offer two rak’ahs (sunnah required for this purpose)

3. Before reciting the du’a, it should be made sure that the person is not already inclined to a given decision; otherwise it will mean the the person is not serious about seeking guidance of Allah (s.w.t.)

4. In making this du’a, the actual matter or decision concerning which divine guidance is being sought should be mentioned instead of the words "Hathal Amra" in the transliteration or "this matter" in the translation.

5. After reciting the du’a (immediately or later on), one may feel more favorably disposed toward one choice or the other.

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