Dua For Exams
Dua For Exams

5 Dua For Exams Success in Arabic Text and Meaning In English

Exams can be a stressful and overwhelming time for students. The pressure to perform well and achieve good grades can weigh heavily on their minds and bodies.


However, there is a powerful tool that students can utilize to help them overcome their anxiety and fear: dua for exams.

Dua is an Arabic term that refers to the act of making supplications to Allah in order to seek His guidance, assistance, and protection.

One of the most common types of dua that Muslims make is dua for exams. This dua is a supplication that students can recite before and during their exams to seek Allah’s help and guidance. The dua are written in Arabic and translated into English for better understanding.

Are There Specific Dua For Exams?

There is no report in the Sunnah which suggests any dua for exams. The duas that are widespread among students and are said during revision or when receiving the exam papers or when stumbling over an answer or when handing in the paper, etc., all have no basis in the Sunnah, either in authentic or weak reports.


Rather they are all fabricated and are falsely attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

There are hadiths which indicate that there are some Duas which is said at times of hardship and difficulty. All of that includes exams and other difficulties. There follow the hadiths which have been narrated concerning that.

Dua Before Exams

Here are some dua for exams that students can use:

1. Dua

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي * وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي * وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي * يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي



Rabbi ishrah lee sadree Wayassir lee amree Wahlul uqdatan min lisanee Yafqahoo qawlee.


O Lord, lift up my heart and ease my task for me. Untie my tongue, so that they may understand my words.


Dua before exams
Dua before exams

These ayah’s from Surah Taha (Verses 25-28) were the supplication of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), who had a problem with fluency in speech.

In order to get the compassion of Allah (swt), he would recite this dua in times of distress.

Out of all duas for students, this supplication can serve many purposes, as it can be used for standardized tests, and to help improve your speech both orally and in writing.

Recite this duaa before delivering lectures, a big interview or any time you might need it.

In this Dua, you ask Allah to:

  • Expand i.e relax for your chest [with assurance].
  • Open your chest, grant you self-confidence, boldness, and contentment.
  • Put your heart at peace.
  • Lift up your heart.
  • Expand your chest for you, expand it so that it may accommodate everything.
  • Relieve your mind.
  • Ease your task
  • Make your task easy for you
  • Facilitate, for your affair, that you may deliver it.

2. Dua For Exams Ease (When Studying Something Difficult)

اللهُمَّ لا سَهْلَ إلا مَا جَعَلتَهُ سَهْلا وَ أنتَ تَجْعَلُ الحزْنَ إذا شِئْتَ سَهْلا


Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahla, wa ‘anta taj-alul hazna idha shi’ta sahla.


O, Allah! There is nothing easy except what You make easy, and You make the difficult easy if it be Your Will.

Dua For Exams

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

O Allah, nothing is easy but that which You make easy and You can make hardship easy if You will.”

Source: Narrated by Ibn Hibban, 3/255; classed as sahih by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Sahihah, 2886.

3. Dua

يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ

Transliteration: Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum bi rahmatika astaghith.

Meaning: O Ever Living, O Sustainer, by Your mercy I seek help.

Dua For Exams

Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said: If something upset him, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would say:

“Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum bi rahmatika astaghith (O Ever Living, O Sustainer, by Your mercy I seek help).”

Source: Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3524; classed as hasan by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Sahihah, 3182

4. Dua For Difficult In Exams

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

Transliteration: La ilaha illa Anta, subhanaka inni kuntu min al-zalimin.

Meaning: There is no god but You, glory to You, verily I was one of the wrongdoers.’

Dua For Exams

Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The prayer of Dhu’l-Nun when he was in the belly of the fish: ‘La ilaha illa Anta, subhanaka inni kuntu min al-zalimin (There is no god but You, glory to You, verily I was one of the wrongdoers).’

A Muslim never calls upon his Lord with these words concerning any matter, but his prayer is answered.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3505; classed as sahih by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Sahihah, 1644)

Send Salutations Upon Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Whenever you are in difficult conditions, don’t underestimate the power of salam and salutations upon the prophet. It is also powerful, read it as much as you can and see the wonders it does.

Increasing in the peace and salutation upon Prophet Muhammad’s Allah. It is very soothing and it is very appealing to Allah SAW to answer your dua even if you do not name a particular request.

The salatul Ibrahimiyya is written in Arabic as:

اللّهُـمَّ صَلِّ عَلـى مُحمَّـد، وَعَلـى آلِ مُحمَّد، كَمـا صَلَّيـتَ عَلـى إبْراهـيمَ وَعَلـى آلِ إبْراهـيم، إِنَّكَ حَمـيدٌ مَجـيد ، اللّهُـمَّ بارِكْ عَلـى مُحمَّـد، وَعَلـى آلِ مُحمَّـد، كَمـا بارِكْتَ عَلـى إبْراهـيمَ وَعَلـى آلِ إبْراهيم، إِنَّكَ حَمـيدٌ مَجـيد”


Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ala ili Muhammad kama sallayta ala Ibrahima wa ala ali Ibrahim innaka hamidun Majid. Allahumma barik ala Muhammadin wa ala ali Muhammad, kama varakta ala Ibrahima wa ala ali Ibrahim innaka hamidun Majid.

Meaning In English

O Allah, bestow Your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad as You have bestowed Your favor on Ibrahim and on the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You have blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious.

Salatul Ibrahimiyya
Salatul Ibrahimiyya

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Dua Before Exams

Mention the name of Allah before you start, as mentioning the name of Allah is prescribed when beginning any permissible action; this brings blessings and seeking the help of Allah is one of the means of strength.

You should recite the Du’aa for leaving the house,

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلى اللَّهِ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ


Bismillaahi, tawakkaltu ‘alallaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah.


In the Name of Allah, I have placed my trust in Allah, there is no might and no power except by Allah.

Dua before exams

Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever says – when leaving his house – Bismillah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allah, la hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah (In the name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah, there is no power and no strength except with Allah), it will be said to him: You are taken care of and you are protected, and the Shaytan will keep away from him.”

Narrated by Abu Dawud, 5095; al-Tirmidhi, 3426; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih Abi Dawud.

Dua For Exam Success

One of the versatile Dua for success in your exam and interview is this beautiful dua.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ


Rabbana aatina fiddunya hasanatan wa fil akhirati hasanatan wa qina azaban nar.

Translation In English

Our Lord, give us in this world (that which is) good and in the Hereafter (that which is) good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.

Dua For Exam Success

This dua includes every worldly need and requirement of well-being, a good home, a good wife, a righteous son, halal sustenance, beneficial knowledge, and a righteous deed.

And goodness in the Hereafter: the highest of it is entering Paradise, and its consequences of security on the day of the greatest fear, facilitation of reckoning, and other matters of the Hereafter and prevention.

General Rules

It is permissible for a person to offer supplications that were not narrated in reports, even if they are in colloquial Arabic or a language other than Arabic,

Outside of the prayer or during the prayer when one is unable to speak Arabic, as long as he uses permissible words and avoids transgressing the limits, and as long as his supplication does not involve any sin or severing of kinship ties.

There is undoubtedly much good in the supplications described in reports, but a person may need to offer supplication for himself or a loved one for some of the good things of this world and the hereafter, or he may need to ask Allah to keep some harm or evil away from him.

This type of supplication is broad in scope, and he is not limited to what is reported in reports.

What matters in supplication is focus and presence of mind, as well as sincerity in turning to Allah, may He be exalted, regardless of the language used.

Allah, may He be exalted, hears all voices and understands all languages, and not an atom on earth or in the heavens is hidden from Him.

To sum up, it is not permissible to invent du`as and attribute them to Islam. What has been narrated in the hadiths that may be said during times of hardship and difficulty is sufficient.

And Allah knows best.

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Tips For Exams

As a Muslim, taking exams can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. However, with the right mindset and preparation, it can provide a sense of calm and focus during this challenging period.

Here are some tips for Muslims who are preparing for exams:

1. Have faith in Allah and trust in His plan.

Remember that everything happens for a reason and that Allah has a plan for you. Surrender yourself to His will and trust that whatever happens, it is for the best.

2. Make dua (prayer) regularly.

Ask Allah for guidance and success in your exams. Make dua before and after each exam, as well as at other times throughout the day.

3. Prioritize your time.

Balancing the demands of exams with other responsibilities can be difficult, but it’s important to make time for both.

Prioritize your tasks and set aside dedicated time for studying, as well as for other activities like prayer, exercise, and spending time with loved ones.

4. Take care of your physical health.

Exam season can be demanding on the body as well as the mind. Make sure to eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep.

Avoid activities that may harm your health, such as excessive caffeine intake or staying up late studying.

5. Avoid procrastination.

It can be tempting to put off studying until the last minute, but this is a recipe for stress and poor performance.

Instead, start studying early and pace yourself. Break up your studying into manageable chunks and set aside regular study sessions.

6. Seek support

Don’t try to go through the exam period alone. Reach out to friends, family, teachers, and other support networks for help and advice. They can provide encouragement, motivation, and practical tips for success.

7. Remember the value of patience

Exams can be frustrating, and it’s natural to feel anxious or stressed. But remember that patience is a virtue in Islam, and that good things come to those who wait.

Be patient with yourself and with the process, and trust that Allah is with you every step of the way.

8. Plan ahead

Create a study schedule that allows you to balance your studies with your other obligations, such as prayer and other religious activities.

This will help you stay organized and avoid last-minute cramming, which can lead to stress and poor performance.

9. Take breaks

Studying for long periods of time can be exhausting and lead to burnout. Make sure to take regular breaks to rest and refresh your mind.

Use these breaks to perform prayers and engage in other spiritual activities that will help you stay focused and calm.

10. Avoid cheating

Cheating is not only unethical, but it is also against the teachings of Islam. Instead of resorting to dishonest means, put in the effort to study and do your best.

Remember that Allah rewards those who strive to do their best, and He will help you if you are sincere in your efforts.

11. Be positive

Approach your exams with a positive attitude and believe in yourself. Remember that Allah has given you the ability and intelligence to succeed, and with His help, you can do well in your exams.

Get use to sleeping early and going to exams on time.

Organize all the required or permitted equipment such as pens, rulers and setsquares, calculators and watches, because being well prepared helps one answer the questions well.

Fear Allah with regard to your classmates, and do not be affected by their anxiety or fear just before the exam, for anxiety is a contagious disease.

Instead, make them feel optimistic by saying good words as prescribed in Islaam. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was optimistic when he heard the name of Suhayl (which means “easy”) and he said:

Things have been made easy for you.” He used to like to hear the words ‘Yaa Raashid’, when he went out for any purpose. So be optimistic that you and your classmates will pass this exam.

Remember Allah (Thikr) dispels anxiety and tension. If something is too difficult for you, then pray to Allah to make it easy for you.

Whenever Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, found something too difficult to understand, he would say:

“O You who taught Ibraaheem, teach me; O You Who caused Sulaymaan to understand, cause me to understand.”

Choose a good place to sit during the exam, if you can. Keep your back straight, and sit on the chair in a healthy posture.

Look over the exam first. Research studies advise spending 10% of the exam time in reading the questions carefully, noting the important words and dividing one’s time between the questions.

Plan to answer the easy questions first, then the difficult ones. While reading the questions, jot down notes and ideas which you can use in your answers later.

Answer questions according to their order of importance.

Start by answering the easy questions which you know. Then move on to the questions which carry high marks, and leave the questions to which you do not know the answers to the end, or which you think will take a long time to calculate an answer or which do not carry high marks.

Take your time to answer, for the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Deliberation is from Allaah and haste is from the Shaytaan.” (A Hasan Hadeeth. Saheeh al-Jaami, 3011).

Think carefully about the answer and choose the right answer when answering multiple-choice questions. Deal with them in the following manner.

If you are sure that you have chosen the right answer, then beware of Waswasah (insinuating whispers from the Shaytaan).

If you are not sure, then start by eliminating the wrong or unlikely answers, then choose the correct answer based on what you think is most likely to be correct.

If you guessed at a correct answer then do not change it unless you are sure that it is wrong – especially if you will lose marks for a wrong answer. Research indicates that the correct answer is usually that which the student thinks of first.

In written exams, collect your thoughts before you start answering. Write an outline for your answer with some words which will indicate the ideas which you want to discuss. Then number the ideas in the sequence in which you want to present them.

Write the main points of your answer at the beginning of the line, because this is what the examiner is looking for, and he may not see what he is looking for if it is in the middle of the page and he is in a hurry.

Devote 10% of the time for reviewing your answers. Take your time in reviewing, especially in mathematical problems and writing numbers.

Resist the desire to hand in the exam papers quickly, and do not let the fact that some people are leaving early bother you. They may be among the people who have handed in their papers too early.

If you discover after the exam that you answered some questions incorrectly, then take that as a lesson in the importance of being well prepared in the future, and not rushing to answer questions.

Accept the will and decree of Allaah and do not fall prey to frustration and despair. Remember the Hadeeth of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

“If anything befalls you, do not say: ‘If only I had done such and such.’ Rather say: ‘Qaddar Allaah wa maa sha’a fa ‘ala (the decree of Allaah and what He wills He does),’ for saying ‘if only’ opens the door for the Shaytaan.”

Advise those who buy or sell questions or post them on the Internet etc., or who prepare cheat notes.

Tell them to fear Allaah, and tell them of the ruling on what they are doing and on the money they earn from that.

Tell them that the time they are spending in preparing these Haraam things, if they spent it in studying, or answering previous exam papers, or helping one another to understand the subject before the exam, that would be better for them than doing these Haraam things.

Remember what you have prepared for the Hereafter, and the questions of the examination in the grave, and how to be saved on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is saved from the Fire and admitted to Paradise will indeed have succeeded.

We ask Allaah to enable us to succeed in this world and cause us to be among those who are victorious and saved in the Hereafter, for He is the All-Hearing who answers prayers.

Some of these tips are given by Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid.


In conclusion, dua can be a powerful tool for students who are facing exams. By making sincere supplications to Allah, students can gain the Allah support and guidance they need to focus on their studies and do their best on their exams.

Whether it is a specific dua for exams difficulty or a general dua for success, dua can provide students with the peace of mind and confidence they need to succeed.

Exams can be a challenging time, but with the right mindset and preparation, you can overcome these challenges and succeed.

Seek help from Allah, have faith in Allah, make dua Regularly, take care of your physical health, avoid procrastination, plan ahead, take breaks, avoid cheating, remember the value of patience, and stay positive. With these tips, you can approach your exams with confidence and success.


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