DUA’ or informal prayers/supplications
Islam is a way of life, and as such Muslims remember Allah in their daily routines in addition to the obligatory “Salat”. Examples include “spreading the greeting of peace”, “invoking Allah’s blessing before and after a meal”, “asking for Allah’s Mercy and Forgiveness before retiring to sleep”, “Praying a special prayer of guidance from Allah/ Istikhara in decision-making”, “Asking for relief from a distress”, and what our hearts desire of the good! There are many duaas to learn from, found in the Quran and Hadith. Some are personalized, so don’t worry if you cannot learn them all verbatim. You may use the following resource to find a selection of duaas for daily living:
Dua after waking
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ahyaanaa ba’da maa amaatanaa wa ilayhin-nushoor.
All praise is for Allah, who gave us life after having taken it from us, and unto Him is the Resurrection. (a)
Dua before sleeping
بِسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا
Bismika Allahumma amootu wa-ahyaa.
In Your name O Allah, I live and die.
Dua before eating
In the name of Allah. (2)
Dua on forgetting the Dua before eating
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فِي أَوَّلِهِ وَآخِرِهِ
Bismillaahi fee aw-walihi wa aakhirihi.
In the name of Allah, in its beginning and end. (3)
Dua on finishing eating
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي هَذَا وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِنْ غَيْر حَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَﻻﹶ قُوَّةٍ
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee at’amanee hathaa wa razaqa-neehi min ghayri hawlin minnee wa laa quwwatin.
All praise is for Allah, who fed me this, and provided it for me without any might or power from myself. (4)
Some other Duaas:
Hisnul Muslim/Fortification of the Muslim (unique Arabic audio, Arabic original text, English translation, and transliteration) : Invocations from the Quran and Sunnah – Compiled by Sa’id bin Ali bin Wahaf Al-Qahtani.