Bargain Duas, Adhkar

Being as it is Ramadan and the Prophet (pbuh) really encouraged us to make dua (He said: “There are in the month of Ramadhan in every day and night those to whom Allah  grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication  which he can make and will be granted.” [Ahmad, Saheeh]), I’ve compiled a list of dua / adhkar that I want to make this month in addition to my usual ones. (I’m trying to keep my Ramadan goals going!) I’ve picked ones that I consider to be absolute bargains (I’m a shopper, shopping analogies work for me. Roll with it.), that is Duas / Adhkar that are short, easy and pack serious rewards. The ones I have picked are:

  1. Seek Forgiveness for Muslims, dead and alive: The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” (Al-Albani declared it Hasan.) Ask forgiveness for believers alive today and you get 1.75 BILLION rewards instantly. If you pray for the living and the dead, then, allowing for exponential growth, I conservatively estimate around 3 Billion rewards. One dua: 3 billion rewards. See why it’s top of the list? 😉
  2. سبحان الله وبحمده Subhanallah wa bihamdih x 100 am & pm: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ[peace be upon him] said: ‘Whoever says subhan Allah wa bi hamdih (praise and glory be to Allah) 100 times, morning and evening, his sins will be erased even if they are like the foam on the sea.” (Bukhari & Muslim) And in another hadith he (pbuh) said “Whoever recites this one hundred times in the morning and in the evening will not be surpassed on the Day of Resurrection by anyone having done better than this except for someone who had recited it more.” (Bukhari) Need I say more?
  3. سبحان الله Subhanallah x 100: According to a hadith in Muslim, if a person says, “Subhan Allah (glory be to Allah),” 100 times, a thousand good deeds are recorded for him and a thousand bad deeds are wiped away. (Muslim) Again, enough said.
  4. لا إله إلا الله، وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد، وهو على كل شيء فدير La Ilaha Ila Allah, wahdau la sharika lahu, lahu almulk wa lahu alhamd, wa huwa ala kuli shayin qadir x 1o am: Abu Hurayrah narrated that the messenger (pbuh) said: “Allah will write one hundred hasanat for whoever says ‘There is no God but Allah alone, He has no partner. To Allah is possession of everything, and to Him all praise is due. He is Capable of all things.’ ten times in the morning, and forgive him one hundred sins. he will have the reward of freeing a slave and will be protected from Satan throughout the day unto dusk. Whoever says it in the evening will have the same reward.” (Ahmad, Ibn Baz declared it Hasan). I was doing this last Ramadan, but 100 times, and it was just too much to maintain after Ramadan – I had to sit down and concentrate to do it and that doesn’t work very well for me, long term. 😦

And that’s it! Nothing too complicated, nothing too difficult. Simple, easy and hugely beneficial Inshallah on the scales of the next life.

What extra dua / adhkar are you saying in Ramadan?