Will you give an example of a nice supplication to read after prayers, in Arabic or English?

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Will you give an example of a nice supplication to read after prayers, in Arabic or English?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

There is no rule stating that this or that supplication must be read after prayers. Everybody reads a supplication based on his own need. It is not appropriate to read the same supplication (say the same prayer) all the time. It is necessary to know consciously what one wants. It is not appropriate to pray without knowing what one wants. It is not appropriate to memorize certain things and to pray like reading a poem. Dua (supplication/prayer) should be made with an alert heart and silently; one should make dua in any occasion.

When the Prophet (pbuh) performed a prayer, he would wipe his head with his right hand and say,

"In the name of Allah, except whom there is no deity. Only He is ar-Rahman (the All-Compassionate) and ar-Rahim (the All-Merciful). Remove sadness, grief and sorrow from me!" (Bukhari, Daawat, 35, 40)

"When you perform a fard prayer, say "Lailaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shay'in qadir (There is none worthy of worshipping but Allah alone, who has no partner. His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is able to do all things)" ten times. A person who says so is given thawabs as if he freed a slave." (Bukhari, Adhan, 155)

According to what is reported from Muadh radiyallahu anh, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) held his hand and said,

"O Muadh! By Allah, I really love you." Then, he said,

"O Muadh! I advise you to read the following supplication after every prayer: Allahumma ainni ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ibadatik (O Allah! Help me with mentioning your name, thanking you and beautifying my worshipping you)." (Abu Dawud, Witr 26. See also Nasai, Sahw 60)

It is also possible to pray as follows:

Alhamdulillahi Rabbilalamin. Assalatu wassalamu ala Rasulina Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.

O Lord! Accept the prayers we performed! Make our end good! Enable us to utter kalima at-tawhid in the dying breath! Forgive and pardon our dead people!

Allahummaghhfir warham wa anta khayrurrahimin. Tawaffani musliman wa alhiqni bissalihin. Allahummaghfir li wali walidayya wa lilmuminina wal muminat yawma yaqumul hisab. (O Allah! Forgive and have mercy and You are the best of the merciful. Make me die a Muslim and make me join the righteous! O Allah! Cover me, my parents, and believing men and women with Your forgiveness on the Day when the Reckoning will be established!)

O Lord! Protect us from the evil of Satan, enemies and evil-commanding soul! Grant goodness, good sustenance to our household! Save the people of Islam. Damn and destroy the enemies of the religion! Help the Muslims who are fighting the unbelievers with Your divine assistance!

"Allahumma innaka afuwwun karimun tuhibbulawfa fa’fu anni! (O Allah! You are the Forgiver and the Generous. You love to forgive; so, forgive me!)"

O Lord! Give cure to the ill people and solutions to the people with problems! Allahumma inni asalukassihhata walafiyata wal-amanata wa husnalhulki warridaa bilqadari bi rahmatika ya arhamarrahimin. (O Allah! I ask health, welfare and trust and high ethics, consent to qadar and mercy from You! O the most Merciful of the Merciful!)

Protect us from show off, hypocrisy, conflict, all kinds of diseases, accidents, misfortunes, laziness, weakness, humility, being oppressed, richness and poverty that will make us go astray, the evil of Satan and the soul, being defeated by the enemy, bad traits, going astray, insincere deeds, all kinds of sins, falling into unbelief, senility, tests at the time of death and the things that will harm our religion and worldly life!

Enable us to have real belief, high ethics, a thanking heart, a tongue mentioning Allah, a good life showing consent to qada and qadar, to eat, to sleep, to speak and to laugh a little, to serve Islam a lot, to be saved from penalty in the grave and the horror of the hereafter, to do deeds that will please You as long as we live, to die as a martyr and to have a belief and repentance in accordance with the creed of Ahl as-Sunnah at the time of death!

Not: For detailed information and supplications, we advise you to read Imam Nawawi’s book called Kitab al-Adhkar.

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