Times during Ramadhaan when du’aa is accepted

by Shaykh Muhammad al-Malki

Question: What are the times when du’aa are accepted during Ramadaan? What specific du’aa should you say during the different parts of Ramadaan and on Laylatul-Qadr or the last 10 days of Ramadaan?

Answer: Wallaahi, the first issue: the times of du’aa are mentioned, they are:

  • between the Adhaan and the Iqaamah, in Ramadaan or other than Ramadaan between the Adhaan and Iqaamah there is du’aa mustajaab.
  • On Friday when the Imaam climbs the minbar – at the time he climbs the Minbar, that is the time for du’aa mustajaab.
  • In the last third of the night there is du’aa mustajaab.
  • For the person who is fasting, his whole day is a time of du’aa mustajaab.
  • The time of breaking the fast is a time of du’aa mustajaab.
  • When the rain is falling it is a time of du’aa mustajaab.
  • And du’aa is good at any time and that’s why Allaah تعالى said:

    وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي

    {And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me…} [Al-Baqarah 2:186]

So Allaah تعالى is telling us that He is closer to us and He wants us to make much du’aa, supplicating to Him. So du’aa is at any time, but there are times which are better than the others and which I mentioned, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t make du’aa at other times. No! We have to do it all the time; we have to keep in contact with Allaah all the time.

What is the best du’aa? The best du’aa is what has been mentioned in the Qur’aan and what the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to say. There is a book called Ar-Ruqaa ad-Du’aa or Ar-Ruqaa fil Kitaabi was-Sunnah by Shaykh Sa’eed ibn Wahf al-Qahtaanee. He gathered all the du’aa from the Qur’aan and from the authentic Sunnah, so I advise brothers and sisters to get that if it is translated, or they can read it directly from the text (Arabic).

And the best du’aa is what Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to say between the Rukn Yamaani and Hajr Aswad (i.e. between the Yemeni Corner and the Black Stone during tawaaf of the Ka’bah) :

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

{…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 2:201]

And what he صلى الله عليه وسلم taught ‘Aishah to say in Laylatul-Qadr :

اللَّهُمَّ إنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

“O Allaah You are One who forgives and You love forgiveness so forgive me.”[1]

And what he taught her to say on ‘Arafah [2]:

لاَ إلَهَ إلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ, لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ, يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ, وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِير

And the du’aa for your parents:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ

{My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents…} [Nooh 71:28]

This is if they die as Muslims, but if they died as kuffar (disbelievers), you don’t seek forgiveness for them but you seek (forgiveness) for yourself and for your children as Allaah تعالى said in Surah al-Furqaan:

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

{…Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaqûn} [al-Furqaan 25:74]

It is better to ask Allaah تعالى what Allaah commanded his Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to ask Him as Allaah تعالى said to him:

وَقُلْ رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا

{… and say: “My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” } [Taa-Haa 20:114]

This is the only place where Allaah commanded the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to ask Him for something, and He told Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to ask Him formore Knowledge. So ask Allaah for more knowledge and Allaah تعالى will guide you. The best is also what the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to do in the night prayer:

[3] اللهم رب جبرائيل وميكائيل…


[4] يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك

And the like. Wallaahu A’lam.

Answered by: Shaykh Muhammad al-Maliki

Title of Lecture: Ramadaan 1427 = 2006

Date of the Lecture: Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Listen to Lecture: Click Here

Read the Transcribed Lecture: Click Here

[1] Reported by Ahmed, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa`ee and Ibn Maajah and authenticated by Imaam At-Tirmidhi and Haakim. Shaykh al-Albaani رحمه اللهsays Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami` (#4423).

[2] With the following wording, Shaykh al-Albaani رحمه الله says Hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami` (#3274).
خير الدعاء يوم عرفة وخير ما قلت أنا والنبيون من قبلي لا إلهإلا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل شيء قدير

[3] Reported with the following wording in Saheeh Muslim Kitaab Salaah al-Musaafireen wa Qasruhaa (#770).

اللَّهمَّ رَبِّ جَبْرَائِيلَ وَمِيكَائِيلَ وَإِسْرَافِيلَ،فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ، عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ، أَنْتَتَحْكُمُ بَيْنَ عِبَادِكَ فِيمَا كَانُوا فيه يَخْتَلِفُونَ، اهْدِنِي لِمَااخْتُلِفَ فيه مِنَ الْحَقِّ بِإِذْنِكَ، إِنَّكَ تَهْدِي مَنْ تَشَاءُ إِلَىصِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ

[4] Shaykh al-Albaani
رحمهالله says Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami` (#7987).


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