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9 Amazing Duas for Success in Life

We all want to live a successful life. Whether you’re looking for success at work, exams, in deen or for personal development, here are 9 duas to recite to help you reach your goals!

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We all want to live a successful life. Whether you’re looking for success at work, exams, in deen or for personal development, here are 9 duas to recite to help you reach your goals!

As Muslims, we must do everything in our capacity to achieve success in life, whether that is success at school, work or our non-professional goals.

Where our capacity ends, Allah’s (SWT) grace begins. We shouldn’t forget to seek God’s help in whatever we try to achieve. As the saying goes: work as if it all depends on you, and pray as if it all depends on God.

Here are 9 duas you can recite for success in different areas of your life.

Dua for Success in Attaining Knowledge

Our sustenance in life: money, kids, and health are pre-determined, but knowledge isn’t. It is entirely up to us to earn knowledge. Whether you’re studying at school, college, university or somewhere else. You might be trying to acquire religious knowledge or anything that aids your personal or spiritual development. Recite the following short but impactful dua for an increase in knowledge:

Rabbi Zidni Ilma

Oh my Lord, increase me in knowledge!”

[20:114]

At the same time, not all knowledge is good for us. We may be unknowingly or ignorantly acquiring knowledge that is useless or – worse – harmful. It’s important to ask God to guide us in acquiring knowledge that helps us in the dunya and akhira with the following dua:

Allahumma inni audhibika min ilmin la yanfa’

Oh Allah, I surely seek your protection against knowledge that does not avail.”

[excerpt of a dua recommended to be recited after asr prayer]

Dua for Success in Business

Have you opened up your own business? Congratulations! Being self-employed has many benefits and is a recommended practice in Islam. Here is a dua you can recite daily whenever you open your shop/office/premises:

Allaahumma innee as-aluka min khayrihaa wa khayri ahlihaa wa a-o’od’u bika min sharrihaawa shaari ahlihaa

Oh Allah, I surely seek good for me and good for my family and I seek refuge in you from evil to me and my family.”

Dua for Increased Sustenance

We need sustenance to help us navigate this dunya and to provide for ourselves and our families. It’s important to not become greedy for wealth, yet we need a portion of health to live a good life. Most importantly, the sustenance needs to be lawful:

Allaahumma innee as-aluka rizqan waasi-an t’ayyibban min rizqika

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O Allah, I beseech You for sustenance – abundant, good and lawful-from the sustenance You own.

The key part of this dua is acknowledging that God owns all sustenance. This should prevent us from despairing of a lack of sustenance or being tempted to seek it from haram means.

Dua for a Successful Marriage

At a certain age, we will wish to get married. Finding a good spouse is tough but not impossible, for nothing is impossible for Allah (SWT):

Allahumma Innee Urreedu An Atazawwaja Faqaddir Lee Minan Nisaa-I Ai fihunna Farjajan wa AhĂŻ fadhĂŻ hunna Lee Fee Nafsihaa Wa Awsa-i-Hunna Lee Rizwan Wa A-dhamahunna Lee Barakatan Fee Nafsihaa Wa Maaleee Faqaddir Lee Minhaa Waladan Tayyiban Tajaluhoo Khalafan Saalihan Fee Hayaatee Wa Ba`da Mawtee.

Allah! I desire to marry, so arrange for me a woman from those who willingly abstain from what is unlawful and who safeguards her soul for my sake and because of her, not only my means of sustenance will increase, but also make there be in it abundance and also make it sure that she will give me a virtuous son, who will be a noble successor in my life and after my death.”

If you are a female, you can change the wording in the appropriate places.

Dua to for a Succesful Pregnancy

May Allah (SWT) make it easy on all the couples attempting to conceive their child. It’s important for both the man and woman to get their bodies ready to conceive to maximise the chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Beyond that, the matter is in the hands of God. Here’s a dua recited by Prophet Zachariah. In return, he was gifted Prophet Yahya.

Hunalika daAAa zakariyyarabbahu qala rabbi hab lee min ladunka thurriyyatantayyibatan innaka sameeAAu adduAAa

Lord, from Your grace grant me virtuous offspring: You hear every prayer.”

[3:38]

Dua for Success in Deen

Undoubtedly living and – more importantly – dying a Muslim is the pinnacle of success and is the only thing that matters when everything is said and done. Dying on the path of Islam is the most important thing a person can do. Here is a dua for strong imaan/faith:

Radeetu billahi rabban wabil-islami deenan wabiMuhammadin peace be upon to him nabiyya.

I am pleased with Allah as a Lord, and Islam as a religion and Muhammad peace be upon to him as a Prophet.”
It is recommended to recite this dua three times in one sitting.
Here is another powerful dua from the Holy Quran to stay firm on faith:
Rabbanaa Laa Tuzigh Quloobanaa Ba’-Da Id’hadaytanaa Wa Hab Lanaa Mil Ladunka Rah’mah Innaka Antal Wahaab
Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.”
[3:8]
We pray for your success in all your halal ventures. And remember:

Wama tawfeeqee illa billahiAAalayhi tawakkaltu wa-ilayhi oneeb

My success is not but through Allah. Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return.”

[11:88]

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