Allah SWT wants us to make Dua for parents’ for their well-being in this world and the afterlife because showing respect, kindness, and gratitude towards parents is highly emphasized in Islam, and this includes making supplications and asking Allah to grant our parents good health, longevity, and a place in paradise. Therefore, according to Islam and the teachings of our beloved Prophet Pbuh, making Dua for parents in this world and the afterlife is considered an act of piety and a means of earning a reward from Allah.
In Islam, parents deserve the utmost respect and obedience. For example, in Surah Al-Isra, Allah says, “And your Lord has ordained that you shall worship none but Him, and show kindness to your parents. If one or both of them reach old age in your presence, do not utter any words of disrespect or annoyance, and do not rebuke them, but address them with utmost respect and honor” (Quran 17:23).
- Dua for Parents' power in seeking Allah's blessings.
- Two Rak'ah Prayer for Seeking Forgiveness for Parents.
- Daily Recitation of Short Dua for Parents' Blessings and Well-being.
- Dua for Guidance to Islam: Dua for Parents' Conversion.
- What are the duas for dead parents?
- Hadiths related to making Dua for Parents.
- Reciting Salawat on behalf of parents:
- Niyaz on Behalf of Parents.
Dua for Parents’ power in seeking Allah’s blessings.
By sincerely supplicating to Allah, we can ask Allah for his blessings and mercy on our parents regarding health, well-being, guidance, and overall goodness in this life and the hereafter.
Two Rak’ah Prayer for Seeking Forgiveness for Parents.
This prayer for parents consists of two Rakats, a special prayer offered for seeking forgiveness and mercy for their deceased parents and elders. The easiest and most straightforward way to perform this prayer is given below.
|1. Make the intention||Form a sincere intention in your heart to perform the prayer for seeking forgiveness and mercy for your parents.|
|2. Perform ablution||Perform the ritual ablution (Wudu) following the prescribed manner.|
|3. Stand for prayer||Find a clean and quiet place to pray, facing the Qibla with humility and concentration.|
|4. Begin the prayer||Raise your hands to shoulder level and say “Allahu Akbar” to commence the prayer.|
|5. Recite Surah al-Fatiha||In the first unit (Rak’ah), recite Surah al-Fatiha after the Takbeer.|
|6. Recite supplication||Repeat the supplicatory prayer ten times: “Rabbighfir li waliwalidayya walilmu’mineena yawma yaqoomu-l-hisab.”|
|7. Perform the second unit||Complete the bowing position (Rukoo’) and return to an upright position.|
|8. Recite Surah al-Fatiha||In the second unit (Rak’ah), recite Surah al-Fatiha after the Takbeer.|
|9. Recite supplication||Repeat the supplicatory prayer ten times: “Rabbighfir li waliwalidayya wali-l-mu’mineena wa-l-mu’minaati…”|
|10. Complete the prayer||Perform prostration (Sujood) and sit back up, then repeat the prostration one more time.|
|11. Recite concluding supplication||After saying the Taslim (salutation), repeat the supplicatory prayer ten times: “Rabbirhamhuma kama rabbayani sagheera.”|
|12. Reflect and make personal dua||Take a moment to reflect and make personal supplications for your parents’ well-being.|
|13. Perform regularly||It is recommended to perform this prayer regularly to seek forgiveness and mercy for your parents.|
Daily Recitation of Short Dua for Parents’ Blessings and Well-being.
Dua for Guidance to Islam: Dua for Parents’ Conversion.
Allah hu Akbar, he is the most forgiving, most merciful. Allah’s mercy towards His creation is more extensive than their sins. His forgiveness encompasses their wrongdoings, and His benevolence is more significant than our actions.
According to a Hadith from our Prophet Muhammad Pbuh, Allah has divided his mercy into one hundred parts. He has given ninety-nine parts to the prophet and his households (blessings be upon them) and sent down one part to the earth. This fraction of his mercy enables creatures to show compassion and mercy towards one another. It is so profound that even animals display mercy, as a mother animal will lift its hoof away from its young out of fear of causing harm. This Hadith beautifully illustrates the abundant mercy of Allah and how even a portion of His mercy manifests as compassion among all beings on Earth.
Though it is clear to us that if we make Dua for parents, he listens to it, and most of the time, what we ask for is granted to us, but sometimes Allah delays our request. There are many reasons why Allah delays our request. According to my understanding, some of them are that Allah knows what is best: A test of patience and faith, Greater reward and blessings, Purification and forgiveness of sins, and Strengthening the bond with Allah.
Therefore when it comes to guiding your parents to Islam, It is very important to approach the matter with compassion, patience, and understanding.
A step by step guide for the guidance of your parents to Islam.
|1||Educate yourself||Study the basic beliefs, pillars of Islam, and permissible aspects of daily life. Gain knowledge to address concerns effectively.||“The best of you are those who are best in behavior.” (Sahih Bukhari)|
|2||Strengthen your own faith||Practice Islam diligently and be a positive example. Demonstrate the impact of Islam on your life.||“The best of deeds is to believe in Allah and His Messenger.” (Sahih Bukhari)|
|3||Communicate openly and respectfully||Initiate conversations about your own journey in Islam. Listen to your parents’ thoughts and concerns without interruption or defensiveness.||Nahjul Balagha: Imam Ali said, “Speak to people according to their understanding.”|
|4||Provide educational resources||Share books, articles, and online resources on basic Islamic principles. Focus on topics like the oneness of Allah, Prophethood, and the significance of pillars.||Hadith: “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” (Al-Tirmidhi)|
|5||Address misconceptions||Clarify misunderstandings about Islam. Explain the concept of Halal and the importance of consuming permissible food and drink.||Hadith: “Allah is Pure and does not accept anything except that which is pure.” (Sahih Muslim)|
|6||Seek guidance from knowledgeable individuals||Connect your parents with scholars or community leaders who can provide accurate information and answer specific questions. Encourage respectful discussions.||Nahjul Balagha: Imam Ali said, “When you are at a loss, consult with those who have experience.”|
|7||Pray and make dua||Supplicate to Allah for guidance and mercy upon your parents. Pray for their hearts to be open to Islam.||Hadith: “Dua is the essence of worship.” (Tirmidhi)|
|8||Exhibit patience and compassion||Respect their pace and avoid pressuring or forcing them. Be patient and understanding.||Nahjul Balagha: Imam Ali said, “Patience is of two kinds: patience over what afflicts you and patience against what you crave.”|
|9||Lead by example||Continue embodying Islamic teachings in your life. Show love, respect, and kindness to your parents.||Nahjul Balagha: “The best of actions is to fulfill the duties one owes to others, to treat parents kindly, and to help relatives.”|
|10||Never lose hope||Have faith in Allah’s guidance. Continue supporting and educating your parents, leaving the ultimate outcome to Allah’s wisdom.||“Verily, with hardship, there is relief.” (Quran 94:5)|
Three Most Powerful Dua for Parents to guide them to Islam.
- Dua for the Guidance of Parents:
اللهم اهدِ أبويَّ إلى الإسلام
Translation: “O Allah, guide my parents to Islam.”
Explanation: This dua is a heartfelt plea to Allah for the guidance of one’s parents. It shows the desire of a person to see their parents embrace Islam and be guided towards the path of truth and righteousness.
- Dua for Softening the Hearts of Parents:
اللهم لين قلوب أبويَّ
Translation: “O Allah, soften the hearts of my parents.”
Explanation: This supplication seeks Allah’s intervention in softening the hearts of parents towards the message of Islam. It reflects the hope for their hearts to become receptive to the truth, enabling them to accept and follow the path of Islam.
- Dua for Blessings and Guidance for Parents:
اللهم بارك واهدِ أبويَّ
Translation: “O Allah, bless and guide my parents.”
Explanation: This dua combines the request for Allah’s blessings upon parents with the sincere plea for their guidance. It conveys the recognition that parental guidance is essential in the spiritual journey and emphasizes the importance of their guidance towards the path of Islam
What are the duas for dead parents?
There are several supplications (duas) that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Ahlul Bayt (PBUH).
Dua for deceased parents from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِمَنْ دَخَلَ بَيْتِي مُؤْمِنًا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ، الْأَحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَالْأَمْوَاتِ
“O Allah! Forgive me, my parents, those who enter my house as believers, and all believing men and believing women, both those who are alive and those who have passed away.”
Dua for deceased parents from Imam Ali (as):
اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ وَالِدَيَّ كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا، وَاغْفِرْ لَهُمَا وَارْفَعْ دَرَجَتَهُمَا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَاجْعَلْ قَبْرَهُمَا رَوْضَةً مِنْ رِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ، وَبَاغِضْ عَنْهُمَا وَتَجَاوَزْ عَنْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمَا
“O Allah! Have mercy on my parents, as they had mercy on me when I was young. Forgive them, elevate their ranks in Paradise, make their graves gardens from the gardens of Paradise, overlook their faults, and forgive their sins.”
Dua for deceased parents from Imam Hasan (as):
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِجَمِيعِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ، وَارْفَعْ دَرَجَاتِهِمْ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَأَدْخِلْهُمُ الْفِرْدَوْسَ الْأَعْلَى
“O Allah! Forgive my parents and all the believing men and women. Raise their ranks in Paradise and admit them to the highest level of Paradise, Al-Firdaus.”
Hadiths related to making Dua for Parents.
As we all know, Dua holds a great significance in Islamic teachings, and we, as Muslims, are encouraged to make Dua for various aspects of our lives, including making Dua for our parents. The collections of hadith, such as Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Jami` at-Tirmidhi, and several other narrations highlight the importance of making dua for parents.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated, “The pleasure of the Lord is in the pleasure of the parents, and the anger of the Lord is in the anger of the parents.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet (PBUH) also emphasized, “The best form of righteousness is maintaining good relations with one’s parents after their death by supplicating for them, seeking forgiveness for them, fulfilling their promises, and treating their friends kindly.” (Abu Dawood)
Imam Ali (as) expressed, “Blessed is the one whose parents are alive, for they are the intermediaries of his forgiveness.” (Bihar al-Anwar)
Imam Sadiq (as) highlighted three acts that continue to garner rewards even after a person’s death: “a virtuous child who prays for him, the knowledge that benefits others after him, and a charitable act from which people continue to benefit.” (Al-Kafi)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) invoked, “May he be disgraced, may he be disgraced, may he be disgraced!” When the companions inquired, “Who, O Messenger of Allah?” he replied, “The one who finds his parents in old age, either one or both of them and does not enter Paradise (by serving them).” (Muslim)
Imam Ali (as) emphasized the significance of being dutiful and kind to parents, stating, “To be dutiful and kind to parents is one of the greatest deeds in the eyes of Allah.” (Ghurar al-Hikam)
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) conveyed, “The best among you is the one who is finest to his parents.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Imam Sadiq (as) reassured, “The one who wakes up in the morning with both his parents pleased with him, Allah will grant him the reward of one year of worship.” (Bihar al-Anwar)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught, “Paradise lies under the feet of mothers.” (An-Nasa’i)
Imam Ali (as) advised, “The best thing that a son can do for his father is to pray for him.” (Nahj al-Balagha)
Imam Ali (as) advised, “The best thing that a son can do for his father is to pray for him.” (Nahj al-Balagha)
Reciting Salawat on behalf of parents:
Reciting Salwat is also a way to send blessings upon the Prophet PBUH and his household, which is considered a means of attaining Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. By including your parents in your daily prayers and reciting Salwat on their behalf, you seek blessing and compassion for them in this life and hereafter.
Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin kama sallaita ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim. Innaka Hamidun Majid. Allahumma barik ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin kama barakta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim. Innaka Hamidun Majid.”
ٱللَّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ ٱللَّٰهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
O Allah, bestow blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You bestowed blessings upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. You are indeed praiseworthy and glorious. O Allah, shower blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You showered blessings upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. You are indeed praiseworthy and glorious.
Niyaz on Behalf of Parents.
Niyaz signifies offering food or charitable acts to seek blessings from Allah and share them with others, specifically including your parents in the rewards. To commence, recite Salawat blessings upon the Prophet (PBUH), then recite Surah Hamd once and Surah Ikhlas thrice. After this, make dua for your parents, and hold the intention that the rewards and blessings are devoted to your parents.
Islam is a complete way of life, the religion of truth, and the right path for people. We, as Muslims, are all aware of Barzakh (a state of waiting until the day of judgment). What is Barzakh? After people die, there is a time called Barzakh. During this time, they exist differently, separate from their physical bodies. They are aware of things but can’t see, hear, or feel like they did when they were alive.
We don’t know exactly what happens in Barzakh because we need help understanding it. However, it is believed that good people feel comfortable and receive blessings in Barzakh, while those who do bad things might face punishment or a process of making themselves better. How someone’s soul is in Barzakh depends on their faith, actions, and relationship with Allah during their life on Earth.
That is why people engage in Niyaz (offering food) and make dua for parents (supplications). It is considered a way of sending blessings and good deeds from this world to the realm of Barzakh. I hope you have found this post helpful, and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. I am open to learning and correcting any mistakes, if there are any.