2020 has been a very testing time for all of us and it’s affected us all in different ways. With so much negativity around the internet, social media and news lately, it’s not surprising for many of us to fall into depression, anxiety and deep thought & worry of what type of world we will be leaving our children. This is my main reason to compile the Best Duas For 2020 Every Muslim Should Know.
I personally have experienced a period of anxiety & depression symptoms, worry and all sorts of ill effects of the current news & crisis we find ourselves in today. I tried my best with all my heart to keep a brave face on and act all normal for my husband and children, but deep down I was really struggling to suppress those negative feelings of worry & anxiety as I felt them slowly creep up on me on a daily basis.
One thing I could hand on heart say is that if I hadn’t had my deen and my trust and sincere belief in Allah’s Decree and Mercy, things could have easily escalated into a much more serious state.
Reciting these duas on a daily basis really did help me, and even though I feel much better now than I did before, I will never stop saying them, Insha Allah. I would highly recommend my Muslim brothers & sisters to do the same, in addition to limiting your daily consumption of negativity.
Dua For Protection From Illnesses
Allahumma inni a’uthu bika mi-nal ju-nu-ni, wal-ju-tha-mi wa ba-ra-si wa min say-yi’il-as-qam
O Allah! I seek refuge in You from leucoderma, insanity, leprosy and evil diseases
(in other translations it says vitiligo, insanity, leprosy and all major illnesses and insanity, leprosy and all major sins the last bit can also translate as bad conditions)
Source: Hadith in Ahmad (12592) Abu Dawud (1554) An-Nissa’i (5493)
Fal-Laahu khayrun haafidha, wa huw-wa arham ur-raa-hi-meen
Allah is the best Guardian and He is the Most Merciful & Most Kind
Allaahumma ‘aafinee fee badanee, Allaahumma ‘aafinee fee sam’ee, Allaahumma ‘aafinee fee basaree, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-kufri, walfaqri, wa ‘a’oothu bika min ‘athaabil-qabri, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta. (Recite 3x in Arabic)
O Allah, make me healthy in my body, O Allah, preserve for me my hearing. O Allah, preserve for me my sight. There is none worthy of worship but You. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from disbelief and poverty and I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave. There is none worthy of worship but You.
Source: Abu Dawud 4/324, Ahmad 5/42, An-Nasa’i Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah (no 22) As-Sunni (no 69), Al Bukhari Al’ Adab Al Mufrad.
A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min sharri maa khalaqa. (Recite 3x in Arabic)
I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created
Source: Ahmad (2/290), An-Nasa’i Amalul-Yawm wal Laylah (no 590), At-Tirmithi (no 3/187)
Although this above hadith is recommended to read in the evening to prevent being bitten or affected with insect bites, because of its context, it has also been recommended for virus and bacterial infections as well. This means it is also suitable for protection from Corona.
Dua For Fear & Depression
What to say when you are afraid to go to sleep or feel lonely & depressed:
A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi, wa sharri ‘ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish-shayaateeni wa ‘an yahdhuroon.
I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence.
Source: Abu Dawud (4/12) Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi (3/171)
Dua in times of worry and grief
Allahumma ‘innee ‘abduka, ibnu ‘amatika, naasiyatee biyadika, maadhin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka, ‘as’aluka bikulli ismin huwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, ‘aw ‘anzaltahu fee kitaabika, ‘aw ‘allamtahu ‘ahadan min khalqiqa, ‘awista’tharta bihi fee ‘ilmil-ghaybi ‘indaka, ‘an taj’alal-Qur’aana rabee’a qalbee, wa noora sadree, wa jalaa’a huznee, wa thahaaba hammee.
O Allah, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of Your female slave. My forehead is in Your Hand. Your judgement upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just. I ask You with every name that You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your book, taught anyone of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the Knowledge of the unseen that is with You, to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.
Source: Ahmad 1/391, and Al-Albani graded it authentic.
Allaahumma ‘innee a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal.
O Allah, I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men.
Source: Al-Bukhari 7/158.
Dua for Anguish
Anguish is extreme unhappiness caused by physical or mental suffering. The feeling of suffering from anguish is typically preceded by a tragedy or event that has a profound effect on a person. Anguish can be felt physically or mentally and has been a result of many trying to deal with this year’s devastations.
Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahul-‘Adheemul-Haleem, laa ‘iaaha ‘illallaahu Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Adtheem, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-‘ardhi wa Rabbul-‘Arshil-Kareem.
There is none worthy of worship but Allah the Mighty, the Forbearing. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Lord of the Magnificent Throne. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, and Lord of the Noble Throne.
Source: Al-Bukhari 8/154, Muslim 4/2092
Allahumma ramataka ‘arjoo falaa takilnee ‘ilaa nafsee tarfata ‘aynin, wa ‘aslih lee sha’nee kullahu, laa’ilaaha ‘illa ‘Anta.
O Allah, I hope for Your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment) Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but you.
Source: Abu Dawud 4/324, Ahmad 5/42. Albani graded it as good in Sahih Abu Dawud 3/959/
Laa ‘ ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta subhaanaka ‘innee kuntu minadh-dhaalimeen.
There is none worthy of worship but You, glory is to You. Surely, I was among the wrongdoers.
Source: At-Tirmithi 5/529
Dua Against the Oppression of Rulers
At a time where there has been much oppression by the very people you would expect to have a responsibility to defend & protect you, from our brothers & sisters suffering in the hands of the government in Burma, to the recent tragedies occurring to our Muslim brothers and sisters in France and the new enforcements & inhumane laws being made in the UK during Corona, there are no better duas as these.
Allaahumma Rabbas-samaawaatis-sab’i, wa rabbal-‘Arshil-‘Adheem, kun lee jaaran min (mention the name of the person) wa ‘ahzaabihi min khalaa’iqika, ‘an yafruta ‘alayya ‘ahadun minhum ‘aw yatghaa, ‘azza jaaruka, wa jalla thanaa’uka, wa laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anta.
O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens, Lord of the Magnificent Throne, be for me a support against (such and such a person) and his helpers from among Your creatures, lest any of them abuse me or do me wrong, Mighty is Your patronage and glorious are Your praises, there is none worthy of worship but You.
Source: Al Bukhari, Al-Adab Al Mufrad (no 707)
Allaahu ‘Akbar, Allahu ‘a’azzu min khalqihi jamee’an, Allaahu ‘a’azzu mimmaa ‘akhaafu wa ‘ahtharu, ‘a’oothu billaahil-lathee laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Huwa, almumsikis-samaawaatis-sab’i ‘an yaqa’na ‘alal-‘ardhi ‘illaa bi’ithnihi, min sharri ‘abdika (name of the person) wa junoodihi wa ‘atbaa’ihi wa ‘ashyaa’ihi, minal-jinni wal’insi, Allaahumma kun lee jaaran min sharrihim, jalla thanaa’uka wa ‘azza jaaruka, wa tabaarakasmuka, wa laa ‘ilaaha ghayruka. (Recite 3x in Arabic)
Allah is the Most Great, Mightier than all His creation. He is Mightier than what I fear and dread. I seek refuge in Allah, Who there is none worthy of worship but Him. He is the One Who holds the 7 heavens from falling upon the earth accept by His command. (I seek refuge in You Allah) from the evil of Your slave (name of the person) and his helpers, his followers and his supporters from among the jinn and mankind. O Allah be my support against their evil. Glorious are Your praises and Mighty is Your patronage. Blessed is Your name, there is no true God but You.
Source: Al-Bukhari, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad (no. 708)
Dua against an enemy
Allaahumma munzilal-kitaabi, saree’al-hisaabi, ihzimil-‘ahzaaba, Allaahumma ihzimhum wa zalzilhum.
O Allah, Revealer of the Book, Swift to account, defeat the groups (of disbelievers). O Allah, defeat them and shake them.
Source: Muslim 3/1362
Dua for when you feel people may harm you
Allaahummak-fineehim bimaa shi’ta.
O Allah, suffice (i.e. protect) me against them however You wish.
Source: Muslim 4/2300.
Dua Books Worth Buying
Over 20 years ago, a young girl I used to babysit sometimes, introduced me to this little black book called Fortress of the Muslim, which is basically a book of invocations from the Quran & Sunnah. This book has every dua you need to know, it truly is a fortress of protection for all. This book has never left my side since.
You can find all the above duas & supplications in this book and much more. It is available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk for as little as 2.99 UK pounds or Amazon.com for $9.90. Please note these prices were correct at the time of this post but maybe subject to change.
In conclusion, I would like to clarify that although I have used the title Best Duas for 2020, this doesn’t make these duas listed above better than others in anyway. I simply mean that these are the duas we have found most use for in these very strange and testing times we are finding ourselves in today.
There is a dua prayer for everything and we should truly see this as a miracle and blessing from our Lord and Creator. To choose the right and best dua to say, you must first look carefully and analyse your situation. I have shared the above duas because they are my frequently used ones that were the best for my feelings and experiences on the current situation.
Everyone’s reaction to things can be different, therefore may need another dua. For example, there are some conspiracy theories out there at the moment that can easily provoke an angry reaction, so, in the occasion of feeling angry, you should say the dua for anger.
We all need to realise that ultimately, this Covid 19 is a test from Allah and we have to take the means to protect ourselves by reading these safeguarding duas in addition to our daily morning & evening adhkar. Eating well by establishing a good diet of real benefiting and nourishing food and doing all that we can to strengthen our immune system, having a regular dose of vitamin C & D for example and consuming foods such as, Ajwa dates, blackseed & honey can do wonders in addition to some halal daily exercise. It’s also important to perfect our Tawakul (reliance & full trust in Allah SWT), He is Al Jabaar the Almighty Most Powerful.
He, the All Mighty, has already written our decree, however, we still have to contribute to do what is in our power to do so. We find evidence in this in the story of Ayoub AS when he was asked by Allah SWT to strike the ground with his foot & wash himself with the water that gushes from it, despite his pain & weakness of his illness. And in the story of Mariam AS when she was asked by Allah SWT to shake the tree trunk in the pains of labour for the dates to fall for her. If Allah (SWT) wished He could have easily made the water gush or the dates to fall without any effort from them, however, this is a sign of Allah’s love & preference for us to do our part and contribute in any efforts we can despite our weak position, no matter how little it seems to be.
So, this is the bare minimum that we should be implementing in our everyday lives. And there’s no might and no power except by Allah SWT and Allah knows best.