A Single Dua’a
Ramadan, as we know it, it’s the holiest month of the year in which we increase our worship to Allah swt. This worship comes in many different ways and forms. Duaa is often a form of worship that is underutilised, it’s a form of worship that can be carried out in any place at any time. In fact, it is often referred to as the weapon of the believer due to its power and significance. It is important that we learn how to maximise every moment in which we can make duaa, in order to do this it is vital that we take time to learn and understand the magnitude in which duaa is held within Islam.
Knowing what duas to make in Ramadan, when to make them and how to do so are important. In Ramadan, we have such a precious opportunity every single day that we should all take advantage of – when we break our fast. The Prophet PBUH 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.’” [Tirmidhi]
Knowing how to approach duaas, and learning duaas is something I’d recommend everyone does throughout Ramadan. To showcase the power of duaa, I’m going to go through a powerful duaa – that of the one breaking their fast
“اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ وَ عَلى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجـر إن شاء الله ”
‘’O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I break my fast with Your sustenance. The thirst is gone and the arteries are supple and wet, and reward is complete by the will of Allah’’
This beautiful short dua that summarises the nature of fasting and reminds us of our intention and of our Sustainer, to ground us during this blessed month.
“O Allah! I fasted for You”
There are many articles that relay the benefits of fasting for your body, your mind and your soul. Ramadan is a means to test yourself and your heart. Ramadan is a time of stillness to allow yourself to get to know your soul again. Your sins become exposed to the rays of Ramadan. A month of insight, reflection, cleansing and purification.
It’s day 10 of Ramadan and for many, we are yet to feel that spiritual boost. That ‘imaan high’ we hear so many talk about. Be patient and keep going.
This duaa takes you back and simplifies it for you. Why are you fasting? Why are you observing Ramadan? Very simply, the purpose of Ramadan, of our fast, is solely for Allah.
“Every deed of the son of Ādam is for him except fasting; that is certainly for Me and I shall reward for it.” Hadith Qudsi
‘…and I believe in You’
You fast as a result of your imaan. You believe in Allah’s decree and his commandment of fasting. It is a reminder that your actions today are proof of your belief in the Most High. Otherwise, really, why would you?
“…and I break my fast with Your sustenance’’
We say bismillah and eat because of Al-Razak, the Sustainer
. That morsel was written for you from the time it was a single seed. Think about the process each of the ingredients of your meal went through and the people involved in its production, particularly in a time of global trade. All very carefully and precisely planned by Allah so that it reaches you. SubhanAllah.
‘‘The thirst is gone and the arteries are supple and wet..’’
This describes the simple transient nature of breaking the fast. ‘Human’ in Arabic is ‘Insaan’ and one definition of that is ‘The one who forgets’. In Ramadan, you can see that clearly. As soon as you start eating, you forget the hunger and fatigue you felt before. It was as if it never existed and we truly feel the mercy of Allah swt. It was but a phase that passed. You can apply this to the temporary nature of this world along with its trials and tribulations. Patience is all we need, so that when it passes and we gain our reward, it would be as if it never existed. Just as we experience the pleasure of quenching our thirst with that cool glass of water at maghrib time, May we use that same patience to allow us to quench it from drinking of the rivers of paradise.
وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله
….and reward is complete by the will of Allah.
Rafa Abushaala is a medical student. She’s the current FOSIS Scotland Chair and passionate about community work and education. She loves cheese and chocolate – but not together.