Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-Uthaimeen, states in his explanation of the Book of Duaa from Riyaadus Saliheen, that al-Hafiz An Nawawi said that "dua'" is a prayer or supplication that a believer makes to their Lord. Calling upon Allah, they pray in earnest, "Oh Lord or Oh my Lord" or something similar. They ask Allah, the Most High to fulfil their request or they ask Him to remove something undesirable from their lives.
Allah says in His kitaab:
ٱدۡعُواْ رَبَّكُمۡ تَضَرُّعً۬ا وَخُفۡيَةًۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُعۡتَدِينَ
Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors.
Surah al-A'raf 7:55
وَقَالَ رَبُّڪُمُ ٱدۡعُونِىٓ أَسۡتَجِبۡ لَكُمۡ
And your Lord said: Invoke Me (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation).
Suraj al-Ghafir 40:60
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌۖ أُجِيبُ دَعۡوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ
And when My slaves ask you I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me.
Surah al-Baqarah 2:186
There are a number of narrations from the Sunnah in which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has demonstrated and taught us various supplications to say at different times.
Most of us are familiar with the book Hisnul Muslim (Fortification of the Muslim) compiled by Saeed bin Ali bin Wahf al-
Qahtani. In it we can easily find many of these supplications Alhamdulillah.
Many of us try to learn and teach our children supplications from the Sunnah due to the benefit they bring inshaAllah.
And so to encourage those of us and our our children who are still learning these supplications, I have put together some of the shorter and most used dua's onto decorative cards with an enlarged font to make it easy to read inshaAllah.
The purpose of this is to make it easier to read and memorise inshaAllah, and with a selection of 52 supplications (I think there may be one extra) in theory, one could be memorised a week, so that within a year, (at least) 52 will be committed to memory inshaAllah!
A couple of probably the most easiest ways in which the supplications can be memorised bi'ithnillAllah;
- by repeating over and over until one has ingrained it upon the memory inshaAllah
- By placing the cards in a suitable place where they can be read each time you walk past in the moment it should be read - and in this way they can be easily learnt quite naturally without much conscious effort inshaAllah. (for example, the dua' before entering the bathroom can be placed outside the bathroom and read each time one enters it. The supplication for when it rains can be placed besides a window. The supplication for when one wakes could be placed besides the bed, and so on.) Once the dua's have been memorised by the family inshaAllah, then take them down.
The important thing to remember is, it is not simply a matter of memorising the supplications and then doing nothing with them. They should continue to be said daily at the appropriate times and places inshaAllah, so that they should flow off our tongues as naturally as we breathe bi'ithnillAllah!
Slow and steady wins the race right! Take one supplication at a time, and once it has been mastered, move onto the next.
Remember, Allah loves the small deeds which are done consistently, so do not belittle a slow progress if your intention is to please Allah.....progress is progress Alhamdulillah!
I recommend printing 2 sheets to 1 A4 page so each card will be a little smaller than A5. The fonts are very large so its not necessary to print A4 size.
The cards can be used in different ways - either as laminated cards, or can be punched and made into a book.
If you put into an A5 ring binder, you can take out each card as you memorise and return once done inshaAllah.
Its entirely up to you how you want to present and use them!
I laminated ours and punched holes in the side. Temporarily we have put large key-ring thingies (I don't know what they are called!) through so it is a book. However, I want to get an A5 ring binder so that we can take out the card we are memorising as needed inshaAllah, rather than holding onto a chunky book.
Click to download your own set of
For more information regarding the weak narrations contained in Hisnul Muslim, you can read this article from Moosa Richardson over on bakkah.net inshaAllah.
Also, check out this previous post with a downloadable book of supplications taken from the chapter of "Remembrance said in the morning and evening" from Hisnul Muslim.