Seeking provisions is part of human life. In fact, we are encouraged to work for our livelihood and fulfill our obligations and responsibilities. Allah s.w.t. says in the Quran:
Once the prayer is over, disperse throughout the land and seek the bounty of Allah. And remember Allah often so you may be successful.
(Surah Al-Jumu’ah, 62:10)
On top of putting the right effort, we should also supplicate to Allah s.w.t. for sustenance and provisions. There are many Dua that we can find in the Quran and Hadith to guide us in our supplications.
Besides the Dhuha prayer, we can also recite plenty of other Duas to seek provisions from Allah s.w.t. as it is also recognised as a form of worship. An-Nu'man Bin Bashir r.a reported the Prophet s.a.w said:
Du'a (supplication) is worship.
(Sunan Abu Daud)
Although we supplicate to seek sustenance, from this hadith, let us also bear in mind that the overarching intention is to please and worship Allah s.w.t. In pleasing The Provider, Allah will definitely suffice us. Here are some Duas that we can recite in seeking for sustenance:
The Dhuha prayer is often associated by many with ease of sustenance and provisions. In truth, it entails a lot more rewards than sustenance, such as forgiveness, repentance and protection from heedlessness as seen in multiple narrations regarding it. One such narration that depicts its significance is by Abu Hurayrah r.a who said:
My beloved companion (the Prophet s.a.w) advised me to do three things: To fast three days every month, to offer the Dhuha prayer, and to offer the Witr prayer before sleeping.
The time of Dhuha begins after the sun fully rises which is about 20 mins after Syuruq (7:30 am) and until the Azan for Zuhur prayer. We can perform the 2-rakaat Dhuha prayer during this time.
As we are encouraged to continue supplicate to Allah s.w.t. after our Dhuha prayer, you may recite any sincere Dua from the heart. If you are unsure of what to supplicate, you may also supplicate a Dua that is encouraged by our teachers to be read after the Dhuha prayer:
اَللّهُمَّ اِنَّ الضُّحَاءَ ضُحَاءُكَ وَالْبَهَاءَ بَهَائُكَ وَالْجَمَالَ جَمَالُكَ وَالْقُوَّةَ قُوَّتُكَ وَالْقُدْرَةَ قُدْرَتُكَ وَالْعِصْمَةَ عِصْمَتُكَ اَللّهُمَّ اِنْ كَانَ رِزْقِى فِى السَّمَاءِ فَاَنْزِلْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ فِى الْلأَرْضِ فَأَخْرِجْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ بَعِيْدًا فَقَرِّبْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ مُعَسِّرًا فَيَسِّرْهُ وَاِنْ كَانَ حَرَامًا فَطَهِّرْهُ بِحَقِّ ضُحَائِكَ وَبَهَائِكَ وَجَمَالِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ وَقُدْرَتِكَ. اللهُمَّ اَتِنِى مَا اَتَيْتَ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِيْنَ
Allahumma innad-dhuha-a dhuha-uka, wal-baha-a baha-uka, wal-jamala jamaluka, wal-quwwata quwwatuk, wal-qudrata qudratuk, wal-’ismata ‘ismatuk.
Allahumma in kana rizqi fis-sama-i fa-anzilhu wa-in kana fil-ardhi fa-akhrijhu, wa-in kana ba’eedan faqarribhu, wa-in kana mu’assiran fa yassirhu, wa-in kana haroman fa-tahhirhu, bihaqqi dhuha-ika wa-baha-ika wa jamalika wa quwwatika wa qudratika.
Allahumma atini ma ataita ‘ibadakas-soliheen
O Allah! The brightness of the morning (Dhuha) is Your Brightness, and the radiance is Your Radiance, and the beauty is Your Beauty, and the might is Your Might, and the power is Your Power, and the protection is Your Protection.
O Allah. If my sustenance is in the Heaven, then send it down to me, and if it is in the earth, then extract it for me, and if it is far away, then bring it closer to me, and if it is filled with challenges, then ease it for me, and if it (the means) is forbidden, then purify it for me. By Your Brightness, Radiance, Beauty, Might and Power, O Allah, grant me of what You granted Your righteous servants.
'Ali r.a reported: A slave who had made a contract with his master to pay for his freedom, came to me and said: "I am unable to fulfil my obligation, so help me." He said to him: "Shall I not teach you a supplication which the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. taught me? It will surely prove so effective that if you have a debt as large as a huge mountain, Allah will surely pay it for you. Say:
اللَّهُمَّ اكْفِنِي بِحَلَالِكَ عَنْ حَرَامِكَ، وَأَغْنِنِي بِفَضْلِكَ عَمَّنْ سِوَاكَ
Allahumm-akfini bihalalika 'an haramika, wa aghnini bifadhlika 'amman siwaaka
O Allah! Grant me enough of what You make lawful so that I may dispense with what You make unlawful, and enable me by Your Grace to dispense with all but You.
'Abdullah bin Mas'ud r.a reported: The Prophet s.a.w used to supplicate:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْهُدَى، وَالتُّقَى، وَالْعَفَافَ، وَالْغِنَى
Allahumma inni as'alukal-huda, wat-tuqa, wal-'afafa, wal-ghina
O Allah! I beseech You for guidance, piety, chastity and contentment.
Tariq said: A man came to the Prophet s.a.w and said to him: "O Messenger of Allah! What shall I say if I want to pray to my Rubb?" He s.a.w said, Say:
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْلِي، وَارْحَمْنِي، وَعَافِنِي، وَارْزُقْنِي
Allahumma-ghfir lii, warhamnii, wa 'afinii, warzuqnii
O Allah! Forgive me, have mercy on me, protect me and provide me with sustenance.
Ibn Mas’ud r.a reported: One of the supplications of the Messenger of Allah was: "Allahumma inni as'aluka mujibati rahmatika, wa 'aza'ima maghfiratika, was-salamata min kulli ithmin, wal-ghanimata min kulli birrin, wal-fawza bil- jannati, wannajata mina-nar (O Allah! I beg You for that which incites Your Mercy and the means of Your forgiveness, safety from every sin, the benefit from every good deed, success in attaining Jannah and deliverance from Fire)”
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مُوجِبَاتِ رَحْمَتِكَ، وَعَزَائِمَ مَغْفِرَتِكَ، وَالسَّلَامَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ إِثْمٍ، وَالْغَنِيمَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ بِرٍّ، وَالْفَوْزَ بالْجَنَّةِ، وَالنَّجَاةَ مِنَ النَّارِ
Allahumma inni as'aluka mujibati rahmatika, wa 'aza'ima maghfiratika, was-salamata min kulli ithmin, wal-ghanimata min kulli birrin, wal-fawza bil- jannati, wannajata mina-nar
O Allah! I beg You for that which incites Your Mercy and the means of Your forgiveness, safety from every sin, the benefit from every good deed, success in attaining Jannah and deliverance from Fire.
It was narrated from Umm Salamah r.a. that when the Prophet s.a.w. performed the Subuh prayer, while after the Salam, he would say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَرِزْقًا طَيِّبًا وَعَمَلاً مُتَقَبَّلاً
Allahumma inni as-aluka ‘ilman nafi’a, wa rizqan toyyiba, wa ‘amalan mutaqabbala
O Allah, I ask You for beneficial knowledge, goodly provision and acceptable deeds
(Sunan Ibn Majah)
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