Dua for Laylatul Qadr

Bismillah. Asked Siddiqah bint Al-Siddiq [RA], “what if I knew which night Laylatul Qadr was, then what should I say in it?”

He [SAWS] said, “Say:

[Reported by Tirmithi and Ibn Majah]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun
tuhibbul ‘afwa
fa’fu ‘annee

Some thoughts on this dua (based on the video above and more):

  • The dua is all about afwu. The three prominent words in the dua all share afwu as their common origin.
  • The word afwu عفو has two basic meanings: 1) to erase 2) to have leftovers, be prosperous.
  • Mapping it back to the dua:
    • Allah is the one who completely erases the sin – totally gone – despite having the power to punish.
    • Allah is the one who makes us prosper, gives us lots – mostly without us even asking for it.
    • He loves to erase our sins, loves to make us prosper.
    • fa’fu ‘annee: So erase my sins. Give me lots. Make me prosper.
  • This was given by the Prophet [SAWS] to the most beloved person to him: Aisha [RA]. So that makes the dua extra special.
  • Aisha [RA] didn’t ask the Prophet [SAWS] what I should do in Laylatul Qadr. She knew this is the night to make dua! So she asked for a dua, because that’s what she’ll be doing. An amazing insight into the mindset of the sahabah.

WAllahu alam.

Lastly, here’s a short article on some of my recommendations on what do during Laylatul Qadr.

[Updated 07/30/2013]

My Favorite Dua

Bismillah.

This dua is very special to me. You can say that this is my favorite dua. I try to make it every time in prayer before the tasleem .

In the hadith of Ali [RA] on the description of how Allah’s Messenger [SAWS] used to pray, he reported that at the end of what he said between the tashahhud and the tasleem was:


[Muslim]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumm-maghfirlee ma qaddamtu
wa ma akh-khartu
wa ma asrartu
wa ma aa’lantu
wa ma asraftu
wa ma anta aa’lamu bihi min-nee
antal muqaddimu
wa antal mu-akh-khiru
la ilaha illa anta

Al Muqaddim – The One who hastens or speeds whatever He wills/The First
Al Muakh-khir – The One who delays or slows whatever He wills/The Last

We’re asking for forgiveness for everything: for things we did, things we’ll do, things we conceal, things we reveal, things we do over-excessively, and for things we don’t even know exist within us (e.g. the disease of arrogance that lurks amongst most of us, but most of us are sadly unaware of)…Ya Salaam! What an amazing dua!

Also, keep in mind that the Prophet [SAWS] made a similar dua for his ummah in EVERY prayer.

Memorize. This. Dua.

WAllahu alam.