What Prayers to Say During Fasting?
Proximity to the Creator and escalated rewards are some of the many benefits of fasting. Each of these perks multiplies during the month of Ramadan.
While we all endorse the fact that fasting tends to redirect us away from the worldly distractions. For once every year, we realize the true goal of our existence. And, adherence to all regulations of the fast is meant to induce feelings of calm and peace.
This escape from preoccupations of Dunya (the world) makes it possible for us to work on our character. We strive to develop a deep connection with Allah through various means. From Salah to charity, the month of Ramadan empowers us to uplift every wing of our faith.
Among these blessings of Ramadan is the opportunity to have our Duas accepted. Despite all our faults and negligence throughout the year, we plead to Allah (SWT). It is a month when He shall forgive all the sins of the believers. It is that time of the year when Al-Wahhab (the Bestower) is especially merciful to His servants.
There is no sin when preparing for Eid. In fact, prepping up before Ramadan increases our chance to focus on Ibadah (worship) during Ramadan. Amidst all the pre-Ramadan fiasco, how about working on the words we speak before Allah? After all, it is communication with the All-Mighty.
Even though His understanding is not limited by language barriers, giving structure to our Duas will leave a profound impact on our spiritual status. Concerning the power of Dua during fasting, the Prophet (PBUH) has said:
There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while. [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
Dua – A Believer’s Weapon
We are instructed by our religion to use the Dua tool all the time. Be it a worldly matter or a wish to have eternal bliss in Paradise, we can make Dua for it all. It protects a believer. It guides them, illuminates a path for them amidst worldly chaos.
There is practically nothing that a Dua can’t do. So whatever trials or tribulations that we have, we just need to Dua it. Apart from all the formal prayers we plan to ask Allah, there should be an action plan for informal prayers too.
We should fix a time when we are going to communicate with Allah. A heart-to-heart with your Rabb brings ultimate relief to the soul. So fasting may exhaust you but you still have the ability to talk to your Lord. Whether you are lying down, sitting, or busy with some work, a silent prayer to Allah is always an option.
Here is a list of some essential Duas that may help you design a prayer routine for your fasts:
Dua for Opening Fast
A person’s intention of fasting enhances his consciousness. It confirms their inner self and with the verbal notes, they seek the pleasure of their Rabb in their upcoming act.
When you are done with Suhoor (the meal before fasting), you should read this Dua to initiate your fast:
وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ
Transliteration:Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan
Translation: I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.
Seeking mercy of Allah at the starting of each day adds Barakah to our entire day. We are instructed to shield ourselves through various prayers every morning. So, after Fajr when the sun starts rising, spend some time reciting essential Duas.
اَللّٰھُمَّ عَافِنِیْ فِیْ بَدَنِیْ اَللّٰھُمَّ عَافِنِیْ فِیْ سَمْعِیْ اَللّٰھُمَ عَافِنِیْ فِیْ بَصَرِیْ لَآ اِلَہَ اِلَّااَنْتَ
Translation: Allah, grant my body health, O Allah, grant my hearing health, O Allah, grant my sight health. None has the right to be worshipped except You.
We should also recite Surah Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas thrice every morning
أصبَحْنَا عَلَى فِطْرَةِ الْإسْلَامِ، وَكَلِمَةِ الْإخْلْاصِ وَعَلَى دِينِ نَبِيِّناَ مُحمَّدٍ صلى اللّهُ عليهِ وَسلّم، وَعَلَى مِلةِ أبيِنَا إبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفاً وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْركينَ
Translation: We rise upon the fitrah of Islaam, and the word of pure faith, and upon the religion of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the religion of our forefather Ibraheem, who was a Muslim and of the true faith and was not of those who associate others with Allah.
اللَّهُمَّ مَا أَصْبَحَ بِي مِنْ نِعْمَةٍ أَوْ بِأَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ فَمِنْكَ وَحْدَكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ، فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ
Translation: Allah, what blessing I or any of Your creation have risen upon, is from You alone, without a partner, so for You is all praise and unto You all thanks.
There are some short Duas that we can recite silently during our commute or when getting through the chores of the day. Such as:
سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ
Transliteration: Subhannallahi wa bihamdihi
Translation: Glory is to Allah and praise is to Him.
This must be recited 100 times every morning and evening.
Our religion gives us the blessing to make the most out of every moment. We can recall and remember the grace of Al-Qadir while doing different actions. There are Duas for various moments, like:
Dua after wudu:
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي مِنَ التَّوَّابِينَ وَاجْعَلْنِي مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ
Transliteration: Allahummaj ‘alni minat-tawwabina waj’alni minal-mutatahhirin
Translation: O Allah, make me among those who turn to You in repentance, and make me among those who are purified.
Dua for seeking good character
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ حَسَّنْتَ خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي
Translation: O Allaah, You have made my outward form beautiful so make my attitude good too.
Likewise, we can recite tasbeeh and salawat when fasting. Keeping our tongues moist with the praises of Allah and Durood for His beloved Messenger (PBUH) elevates the status of our fast. He witnesses how we are tired and thirsty, yet we keep calling His name tirelessly.
Like morning, there is a specific set of Dua’s for the evening too.
- We should also recite Surah Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas thrice every evening
- “Oh Allah, you bring us the end of the day as you bring us the beginning. You bring us life and you bring us death and to you is our fate.”
Duas for morning and evening can be easily found online, offline and in digital marketplaces. It is imperative that a Muslim instills this habit of reciting adhkar every day. This will protect them against shaytan and all worldly mishaps.
Dua for Closing Fast
Lastly, they must break their fast with certain Duas:
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ وَعَليْكَ تَوَكّلتُ وَ عَلى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
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.
Throughout our fast, we must keep praying to Allah. A silent connection with Allah during the fast brings an exceptional state of peace to our minds.
Ask for His mercy throughout the day:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي
O Allaah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelops all things, that You forgive me.
Make Dua for your parents, family, children and the entire Muslim nation. He hears it all!
Therefore, shortlist your Duas. What is it that you want to seek from your Allah?
Make your days highly productive. Pray, weep, and befriend your Creator. He is right there. It is us who moved away. Now finally, it is our chance to reconnect. And this time, make a vow of never letting go!