10 Powerful Duas That Will Change Your Life

All prayers are powerful but what makes them powerful? Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari offers a detailed explanation along with a list of 10 particularly life-changing duas we should all know.

10 Powerful Duas That Will Change Your Life

Our sincere thanks to Simply Islam in Singapore for this recording.

Who is Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad?

Shaykh Ahmed Sa’ad al-Azhari is the founder and director of The Ihsan Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies. Currently based in the United Kingdom, Shaykh Ahmed was born into a family of scholars whose lineage goes back to the Prophet through his grandson Hasan ibn Ali. Learn more about Shaykh Ahmed here.

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Are There Any Supplications to Brighten One’s Face?

Answered by Sulma Badrudduja

Question: Is there a specific supplication to illuminate and brighten one’s face? Also, is it permissible for me to employ ruqya? I once read a hadith that those who will enter paradise without reckoning are individuals who did not perform ruqya.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I hope this reaches you in the best of health inshaAllah.

(1) The scholars of Islam tell us that of the best supplications are ones from a sincere heart and also prophetic supplications. The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam used to make the following supplications:

“O Allah make light in my heart, and light in my sight, and light in my hearing, and light on my right, and light on my left, and light above me, and light below me, and light in front of me, and light behind me, and make for me light.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

‏ ‏اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا وَفِي بَصَرِي نُورًا وَفِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَعَنْ يَمِينِي نُورًا وَعَنْ يَسَارِي نُورًا وَفَوْقِي نُورًا وَتَحْتِي نُورًا وَأَمَامِي نُورًا وَخَلْفِي نُورًا وَعَظِّمْ لِي نُورًا


“O Allah, I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, and I seek refuge in you from incapabiliity and laziness, and I seek refuge in you from cowardice and miserliness, and I seek refuge in you from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men.” (Sahih Bukhari)

‏اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ ‏ ‏وَضَلَعِ ‏ ‏الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ

(2) Taking a ruqya is permitted. Sheikh Nuh Keller quotes Shaykh Mansur `Ali Nasif in the Reliance of the Traveller:

“Protective or healing words are permitted by sacred Law and are called for when there is need for them, provided three conditions are met:
(a) that they consist of the word of Allah Most High, His names, or His attributes (…)
(b) that they be in Arabic;
(c) and that the user not believe the words have any effect in themselves (…) but are rather empowered to do so by Allah Most High.”

The hadith you mentioned does not prohibit the use of ruqya, or even disapprove of it. The scholars of Islam have discussed the different meanings of this hadith. Some said though these people are given a distinction in this hadith, it does not necessarily mean that they have a higher rank. Others said that it refers to those who do ruqya without need for it. [taken from Fath al-Bari sharh Sahih al-Bukhari]

May Allah grant you ease and every good in this world and the next.

And Allah knows best.


Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

What is the Dua to Say When Looking at One’s Self in the Mirror?

Answered by SeekersHub Answers Service

Question : What is the Dua to say when looking at one self in the mirror?

Answer: Assalam aleykum,

According to what is in Imam an-Nawwawi’s ‘al-Adhkaar,’ this dua is related in a sahih hadith.

ابن السني عن عليّ رضي الله عنه
أن النبيّ صلى الله عليه و سلّم كان إذا نظر في المرآة قال: الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، اللَّهُمَّ كَمَا حَسَّنْتَ خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي

AlhamduLlilahi Allahumma kama hassanta khalqi fahassin khuluqi

When the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) looked in the mirror, he said, “Praise be to Allah. Oh Allah, as you have beautified me, beautify my character.”


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The Virtue of Saying Amin

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Ten): In this lesson Shaykh Faraz discusses the reward and ruling of saying Amin.

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The Best of What You Can Seek From Allah


In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful

Ibn Ata’illah clarified a key to excellence in supplication (du`a’):

“The best of what you can seek from Allah is what He seeks from you.”

Then, he explained that,

“What He seeks from you is fulfilling the rights of His Lordship and the duties of your slavehood.”

Prophetic Supplications for Our Times – Seeking Refuge From Debt, Sin, and Disbelief


In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful

The Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) has a number of beautiful and powerful supplications against debt, sin, and disbelief.

Among them are:

1. “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from sinfulness and indebtedness.”

(Allahumma inni a`udhu bika mina’l ma’thami wa’l maghram)

[Reported by Bukhari, from A’isha (Allah be pleased with her)]

2. “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from disbelief and debt.”

(Allahumma inni a`udhu bika mina’l kufri wa’d dayn)

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani