Dua, which means supplication or prayer, is an essential aspect of worship in Islam. Muslims turn to Allah through Dua in times of need, distress, and guidance. Seeking guidance from Allah is a fundamental part of a Muslim’s life, as it helps them to make the right decisions and stay on the right path.
The Quran encourages Muslims to seek guidance from Allah, and there are specific Dua for guidance that Muslims can recite.
In this blog, we will explore the significance of Dua for guidance in Islam, the importance of seeking guidance from Allah, and some powerful Duas for guidance that you can recite to seek Allah’s help and guidance in your life.
Dua for Guidance in Arabic
The first duaa for guidance in Arabic is:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْهُدَى وَالتُّقَى وَالْعَفَافَ وَالْغِنَى
Allahumma inni asalukal huda, wat tuqa, wal afafa, wal ghina.
The general meaning of this Dua is O Allah! I beseech You for guidance, piety, chastity and contentment.
The Prophet SAW would ask His Lord for these four things: “O Allah, I ask you for guidance”.
Guidance, which refers to beneficial knowledge, is of two types: the guidance of knowledge and the guidance of action, which some people classify as the guidance of intent and the guidance of attainment.
So, a person is beseeching his Lord for these two matters whenever he asks Him for guidance; that is, he is asking Allah to teach him and aid him to act accordingly.
This is included in the word of Allah, the Exalted, in Soorah Al-Faatihah:“Guide us to the straight path.” (Al-Faatihah: 6) That is, guide us to goodness and aid us in implementing it.
This is because people can be classified into four with regard to this matter:
- The first: Allah has granted him knowledge and make it easy to for him to implement it. This is the best of all the divisions.
- The second: he is deprived of both knowledge and action.
- The third: he is granted knowledge but deprived of action.
- The fourth: he is granted action but deprived of knowledge.
The best is the one who has been granted both knowledge and action.
- Suggested reading: 4 Dua For Patience In Arabic And Meaning (Dua for Sabr)
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
Rabbana la tuzigh quloobana ba’da ith hadaytana wahab lana min ladunkarahmatan innaka anta alwahhab.
Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.
This Dua means oh Allah Do not deviate our hearts from the guidance after You allowed them to acquire it.
Do not make us like those who have wickedness in their hearts, those who follow the Mutashabih in the Qur’an. Rather, make us remain firmly on Your straight path and true religion.
اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
Transliteration: Ihdina assiratal mustaqeem.
Meaning: Guide us to the straight path.
The guidance mentioned in Surah Fatiha implies being directed and guided to success. It means guide, direct, lead and grant us the correct guidance.
As for the meaning of As-Sirat Al-Mustaqim, Imam Abu Jafar At-Tabari said,
“The Ummah agreed that Sirat Al-Mustaqim, is the clear path without branches, according to the language of the Arabs.
The straight path mentioned in the Qur’an refers to Islam.
If someone asks,
“Why does the believer ask Allah for guidance during every prayer and at other times, while he is already properly guided Has he not already acquired guidance?“
The answer to these questions is that if it were not a fact that the believer needs to keep asking for guidance day and night, Allah would not have directed him to invoke Him to acquire the guidance.
The servant needs Allah the Exalted every hour of his life to help him remain firm on the path of guidance and to make him even more firm and persistent on it.
The servant does not have the power to benefit or harm himself, except by Allah’s permission.
Therefore, Allah directed the servant to invoke Him constantly, so that He provides him with His aid and with firmness and success.Ibn Katheer, Tafsir Surah Al Fatiha
Indeed, the happy person is he whom Allah guides to ask of Him. This is especially the case if a person urgently needs Allah’s help day or night.
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي وَسَدِّدْنِي
Transliteration: Allahummah dinee Wa saddidnee
Meaning: O Allah, direct me to the right path and make me adhere to the straight path.
‘Ali reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said to him: Say,
“O Allah, direct me to the right path and make me adhere to the straight path,” and when you make a mention of right guidance, keep in mind the right path and when you consider of the straight (path), keep in mind the straightness of the arrow.Sahih Muslim 2725
There are many du’as which we may say for those whom we love and those whom we do not love to be guided. We can say:
O Allah guide him; O Allah, make him guided and a guide to others; O Allah, open his heart to the truth; O Allah, help and guide him; O Allah, take him by the forelock and guide him to righteousness and piety; O Allah, bring him back to You; and so on.
Best times for having your du’a answered
The du’a should be accompanied with certain faith in a response, and you should choose the times when a response is more likely,
Such as the last third of the night, between the adhan (call to prayer) and iqamah (final call to prayer), whilst prostrating, and after ‘Asr (afternoon prayer) on Friday, as well as seeking to ensure that one’s income and food are halal (lawful), and other etiquettes of du’a.