Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad
Is it valid for me to repeat this Dua in prayer and in general? Is the Arabic correct? Allahumma inni as’aluka al-Firdaws al-A‘la min al-Jannah (O Allah, I ask You for al-Firdaws al-A‘la, the highest part of Jannah)
Yes, it is valid for you to say this in Arabic during the prostration of your prayer, as it is a supplication that ensued from this hadith of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).
Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), said, “[…] so when you make requests of God ask him for Firdaus, for it is the best and highest part of paradise, above it is the throne of the Compassionate One and from it the rivers of paradise issue.” [Bukhari]
The Arabic is here:
اللَّهُمّ إِنّي أَسْأَلُك الفِرْدَوسَ الأَعْلى مِن الجَنَّة
Please see these links for much more detail and other supplications during the prayer:
May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.