The BEST Dua For Fasting
One of the five pillars of Islam is sawm or fasting, and every year Muslim brothers and sisters around the world open and close their fasts during the month of Ramadan.
But did you know fasting is permissible throughout the year, not just in Ramadan? In a narration by Tirmidhi, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that "deeds are presented on Monday and Thursday. Thus, I love for my deeds to be presented while I am fasting". There are also so-called 'White Days' or the three middle days of every month when the moon is full where it is recommended to fast.
So when you fast, what are the best duas to make when starting and breaking the fast by eating?
The best dua for fasting 🤲
The most widely recorded dua, or supplication, for fasting is when we break our fast at the time of the Maghrib prayer.
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ وَعَليْكَ تَوَكّلتُ وَ عَلى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
Transliteration: Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa 'ala rizq-ika-aftartu
Translation: "O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I put my trust in You and I break my fast with Your sustenance"
Narrated by Abu Dawud this invocation resonates with the essence of fasting and Iftar. It affirms our dedication to Allah, the acknowledgment of His sustenance as our source of nourishment, and the unwavering trust we place in Him.
3 more powerful duas for fasting
These important duas carry religious significance, recorded in various ahadith during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). They can be recited during or outside the month of Ramadan.
1. Dua for breaking your fast
ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ، وَابْتَلَّتِ العُرُوقُ، وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ
Transliteration: Dhahaba al-zama'u, wa'btallat al-'urooqu, wa thabata al-ajru insha'Allah.
Translation: "The thirst has gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is assured, if Allah wills."
This dua speaks to the physical acts of fasting (referencing the importance of water in Islam) and according to the Prophet (pbuh) one of the best times to make dua is when breaking the fast.
2. Dua for opening fast
It is also recommended to recite certain duas before beginning your fast in the darkness before dawn.
[وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ [مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ
Transliteration: Wa bisawmi ghaddin nawaytu [min shahri Ramadan]
Translation: I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow [in the month of Ramadan]
Many Muslims choose to sleep after suhoor, so it's important to also recite a dua for going to sleep.
3. Dua on closing the fast
Al-Hafidh graded the following hadith as good and it contains a supplication from Abdullah bin 'Amr that he performed when breaking or closing the fast.
اللّهُـمَّ إِنَّـي أَسْـأَلُـكَ بِرَحْمَـتِكَ الّتي وَسِـعَت كُلَّ شيء، أَنْ تَغْـفِرَ لي
Transliteration: Alla humma inni as'aluka bi rahmatika allatee wasi'at kulla shay in taghfir li
Translation: "O Allah! I ask You by Your mercy, which encompasses all things, that You forgive me"
As well as physical benefits like weight loss, metabolism boost, immune system strengthening and cognitive improvement, and mental rewards like strength, perseverance and patience, Islam encourages fasting in Ramadan and throughout the year because of its spiritual benefits.
Let us hope that Allah accepts our fasts from us and that He accepts the above duas or supplications from us too. Ameen.
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