Authentic supplications from the Sunnah in Arabic and English

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

The following traditions are authentic supplications from the Sunnah in Arabic with English translation and references.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

كَلِمَتَانِ حَبِيبَتَانِ إِلَى الرَّحْمَنِ خَفِيفَتَانِ عَلَى اللِّسَانِ ثَقِيلَتَانِ فِي الْمِيزَانِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ

Two phrases are beloved to the Most Merciful. They are light on the tongue but heavy on the scale: Glory and praise to Allah, and glory to Allah the Almighty.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 7124, Grade: Sahih

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said when leaving his house:

 بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ

In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah for there is no power or might but with Allah.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3426, Grade: Sahih

Abu Dharr reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would go to sleep at night he would say:

بِاسْمِكَ نَمُوتُ وَنَحْيَا

In the name of Allah we die and we live.

When the Prophet woke up he would say:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

All praise is due to Allah who has given us life after our death and to Him is the resurrection.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 6960, Grade: Sahih

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say during the evening:

أَمْسَيْنَا وَأَمْسَى الْمُلْكُ لِلَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ رَبِّ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ مَا فِي هَذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ وَخَيْرَ مَا بَعْدَهَا وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا فِي هَذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ وَشَرِّ مَا بَعْدَهَا رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْكَسَلِ وَسُوءِ الْكِبَرِ رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابٍ فِي النَّارِ وَعَذَابٍ فِي الْقَبْرِ

We have entered evening and so has the dominion of Allah. All praise is due to Allah. To him belong the dominion and the praise and he has power over all things. My Lord, I ask you for goodness in this night and goodness after it. I seek refuge in you from the evil in this night and the evil after it. My Lord, I seek refuge in you from laziness and the evil of arrogance. My Lord, I seek refuge in you from the punishment of the Hellfire and the grave.

When the Prophet awakened, he would say this:

أَصْبَحْنَا وَأَصْبَحَ الْمُلْكُ لِلَّهِ

We have entered the morning and so has the dominion of Allah.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2723, Grade: Sahih

Al-Bara ibn Azib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

 إِذَا أَخَذْتَ مَضْجَعَكَ فَتَوَضَّأْ وُضُوءَكَ لِلصَّلاَةِ ثُمَّ اضْطَجِعْ عَلَى شِقِّكَ الأَيْمَنِ ثُمَّ قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْلَمْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ وَبِنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ

When you go to bed, perform ablution as for prayer, then lie down on your right side and say: O Allah, I submit my face to You, and entrust my affair to You, and commit my back to You, out of hope and fear of You. There is no refuge or place of safety but with You. I believe in the Book that You have revealed, and the Prophet you have sent.

The Prophet said further:

وَاجْعَلْهُنَّ مِنْ آخِرِ كَلاَمِكَ فَإِنْ مُتَّ مِنْ لَيْلَتِكَ مُتَّ وَأَنْتَ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ

Make these your last words, for verily whoever said this and died in the night will have died upon natural instinct.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2710, Grade: Sahih

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِذَا أَكَلَ أَحَدُكُمْ طَعَامًا فَلْيَقُلْ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فَإِنْ نَسِيَ فِي أَوَّلِهِ فَلْيَقُلْ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فِي أَوَّلِهِ وَآخِرِهِ

When one of you eats a meal, let him begin in the name of Allah. If he forgets to say it in the beginning, then let him say: In the name of Allah in its beginning and ending.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1858, Grade: Sahih

Abu Umamah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would finish a meal and he would say:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ كَثِيرًا طَيِّبًا مُبَارَكًا فِيهِ غَيْرَ مَكْفِيٍّ وَلَا مُوَدَّعٍ وَلَا مُسْتَغْنًى عَنْهُ رَبَّنَا

All praises is due to Allah abundantly, purely, and blessed, neither insufficient, nor abandoned, nor ignored from our Lord.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 5142, Grade: Sahih

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ جَلَسَ فِي مَجْلِسٍ فَكَثُرَ فِيهِ لَغَطُهُ فَقَالَ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَقُومَ مِنْ مَجْلِسِهِ ذَلِكَ سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ إِلَّا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا كَانَ فِي مَجْلِسِهِ ذَلِكَ

Whoever sits in a gathering and indulges in idle talk but before getting up he supplicates: O Allah, glory and praise be to you and I testify there is no God but you and I seek your forgiveness and I repent to you; then Allah will forgive him for whatever happened in the assembly.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3433, Grade: Sahih

Anas ibn Malik reported: When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, entered the washroom he would say:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْخُبُثِ وَالْخَبَائِثِ

O Allah, I seek refuge in you from wicked and noxious things.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 142, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi 

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, wore a new garment he would name it, for instance, a turban or a shirt or a cloak, and the Prophet would say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ كَسَوْتَنِيهِ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَهُ وَخَيْرَ مَا صُنِعَ لَهُ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّهِ وَشَرِّ مَا صُنِعَ لَهُ

O Allah, praise is for you that you have dressed me with it. I ask you for its goodness and the goodness for which it was made. I seek refuge in you from its evil and the evil for which it was made.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1767, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Umar reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would mount his camel for travel, he would exalt Allah three times and then he would say:

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَمِنْ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الْأَهْلِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالْأَهْلِ

Glory be to Allah who has made this subservient to us, for we have no power over it and to our Lord we shall return. O Allah, we ask you during this journey of ours for righteousness, Godfearingness, and such deeds as are pleasing to you. O Allah, make this journey easy for us and make the distance short for us. O Allah, you are our companion during the journey and the guardian of the family and property in our absence. O Allah, I seek refuge in you from the hardships of travelling, the unhappiness of ugly scenes, and evil in property and family.

When the Prophet returned he would say these words and add to them:

آيِبُونَ تَائِبُونَ عَابِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ

We are those who return, those who repent, those who worship and who praise our Lord.

Source: Sahih Muslim 1342, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Abbas reported: Between the two prostrations in the night prayer, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَارْحَمْنِي وَارْفَعْنِي وَارْزُقْنِي وَاهْدِنِي

My Lord, forgive me and have mercy upon me. Raise my status, provide for me, and guide me.

Source: Musnad Ahmad 2890, Grade: Sahih

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say during his bowing and prostrating:

سُبُّوحٌ قُدُّوسٌ رَبُّ الْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالرُّوحِ

Glory to the Holy, Lord of the angels and the spirit.

Source: Sahih Muslim 487, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and  blessings be upon him, would teach us the testimony of faith just as he would teach us a chapter from the Quran, and he would say:

التَّحِيَّاتُ الْمُبَارَكَاتُ الصَّلَوَاتُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ لِلَّهِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى عِبَادِ اللَّهِ الصَّالِحِينَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ

Greetings, blessings, prayers, and good things are for Allah. Peace be upon you, O Prophet, and the mercy of Allah and his blessings. Peace be upon us and upon the righteous servants of Allah. I testify that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

Source: Sahih Muslim 403, Grade: Sahih 

Aisha reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would invoke peace, he would say:

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلَامُ تَبَارَكْتَ يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ

O Allah, you are peace and from you is peace. Blessed are you, the Majestic and Generous.

Source: Sahih Muslim 592, Grade: Sahih

Abdurahman ibn Awf reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would stand at night to pray and he would open his prayer by saying:

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ جَبْرَائِيلَ وَمِيكَائِيلَ وَإِسْرَافِيلَ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ أَنْتَ تَحْكُمُ بَيْنَ عِبَادِكَ فِيمَا كَانُوا فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ اهْدِنِي لِمَا اخْتُلِفَ فِيهِ مِنْ الْحَقِّ بِإِذْنِكَ إِنَّكَ تَهْدِي مَنْ تَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ

O Allah, Lord of Gabriel, Michael, and Israfel, Originator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the unseen and the seen, You judge between your servants concerning that in which they differ. Guide me, by your permission, in what people differ concerning the truth. Verily, you guide whom you will to the straight path.

Source: Sahih Muslim 770, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say in his night prayer:

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا وَفِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَفِي بَصَرِي نُورًا وَفِي لِسَانِي نُورًا وَأَعْظِمْ لِي نُورًا

O Allah, put light in my heart, put light in my hearing, put light in my seeing, put light on my tongue, and give me light in abundance.

Source: Musnad Ahmad 3291, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Abbas reported: When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would pray at night, he would say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ نُورُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ قَيِّمُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ أَنْتَ الْحَقُّ وَوَعْدُكَ الْحَقُّ وَقَوْلُكَ الْحَقُّ وَلِقَاؤُكَ الْحَقُّ وَالْجَنَّةُ حَقٌّ وَالنَّارُ حَقٌّ وَالنَّبِيُّونَ حَقٌّ وَالسَّاعَةُ حَقٌّ اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ حَاكَمْتُ فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَا قَدَّمْتُ وَمَا أَخَّرْتُ وَمَا أَسْرَرْتُ وَمَا أَعْلَنْتُ أَنْتَ إِلَهِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

O Allah, the praise is for you, for you are the light of the heavens and the earth. The praise is for you, for you are the Sustainer of the heavens and the earth. The praise is for you, for you are the Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever is therein. You are the truth, and your promise is the truth, and your speech is the truth, and your meeting is the truth. Paradise is the truth and Hellfire is the truth, the prophets are the truth and the Hour is the truth. O Allah, I surrender to you and I have faith in you. I rely upon you and I repent to you, and it is for you that have opposed my enemies and it is to you whom I refer for judgment. So forgive my past and future sins, those which I did in secret or in public, for it is You alone whom I worship and none has the right to be worshiped except you.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 7060, Grade: Sahih

Hasan ibn Ali reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, taught me some words to say in the witr prayer:

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلَا يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لَا يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ

O Allah, guide me among those you have guided, pardon me among those you have pardoned, protect me among those you have protected, bless me in what you have given me, and save me from the evil of what You have decreed. Verily, you alone decree and none can pass decree upon you. Verily, he cannot be humiliated whoever is protected by You. Blessed are You, our Lord, the Exalted.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 464, Grade: Sahih

Ubay ibn Ka’b reported:  When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would conclude his witr prayer with invocations of peace, he would say:

سُبْحَانَ الْمَلِكِ الْقُدُّوسِ

Glory to the King, the Holy.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 1430, Grade: Sahih

Aisha reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I see that you know which night is the Night of Decree. What should I say during it?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

قُولِي اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عُفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

O Allah, verily, You are forgiving and generous. You love to forgive, so forgive me.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3513, Grade: Sahih

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would say:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْهُدَى وَالتُّقَى وَالْعَفَافَ وَالْغِنَى

O Allah, I ask you for guidance, righteousness, abstinence, and self-sufficiency.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2721, Grade: Sahih

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would teach us to pray for guidance in all matters just as he would teach us a chapter from the Quran. The Prophet said:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي أَوْ قَالَ عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي أَوْ قَالَ فِي عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ

O Allah, I seek guidance from your knowledge and power from your might, and I ask you from your tremendous favor. Verily, you have power and I do not have power, and you know and I do not know. You are the knowing of the unseen. O Allah, if you know that this matter is good for my religion and my livelihood and my ending (or he said: if it is better for my present and latter needs), then decree it for me and make it easy for me and bless me in it. But if you know that this matter is evil for my religion and my livelihood and my ending (or he said: if it is worse for my present and latter needs), then divert it from me and keep me away from it, and decree for me what is good for me and make me content with it.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 1113, Grade: Sahih

Aisha reported: One night I missed the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, from bed, and when I looked for him my hand touched his feet while he was in prostration. They were raised and he was saying:

اللَّهُمَّ أَعُوذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَبِمُعَافَاتِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْكَ لاَ أُحْصِي ثَنَاءً عَلَيْكَ أَنْتَ كَمَا أَثْنَيْتَ عَلَى نَفْسِكَ

O Allah, I seek refuge in your pleasure from your anger and in your forgiveness from your punishment, and I seek refuge in you from you. I cannot fully praise you, for you are as you have praised yourself.

Source: Sahih Muslim 486, Grade: Sahih

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, used to say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّتِكَ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَنْ تُضِلَّنِي أَنْتَ الْحَيُّ الَّذِي لَا يَمُوتُ وَالْجِنُّ وَالْإِنْسُ يَمُوتُونَ

O Allah, I have surrendered to you, and I put my faith in you, and I put my trust in you, and I have turned to you, and I have contested my opponents for your sake. O Allah, verily, I seek refuge in your power from going astray, for there is no God but you. You are the Living who never dies while the jinn and humans die.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2717, Grade: Sahih

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