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Sunnah 134: Du’a al-istiftah

October 21, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


Du’a al-istiftah means the opening supplication. It is a sunnah act of prayer and helps ease our mind before starting to recite Qur’an. It is said after “Allahu akbar” when beginning the prayer.


There are two du’as the Prophet (pbuh) used to say:

اللهم باعد بيني وبين خطاياي كما باعدت بين المشرق والمغرب اللهم نقني من خطاياي كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض من الدنس اللهم اغسلني من خطاياي بالثلج والماء والب

Allahumma baa’id bayni wa bayna khataayaaya kama baa’adta bayna al-mashriqi wa’l-maghrib. Allahumma naqqini min khataayaaya kama yunaqqa al-thawb al-abyad min al-danas. Allaahumma ighsilni min khataayaaya bi’l-thalji wa’l-maa’i wa’l-barad.

“O Allah, put a great distance between me and my sins, as great as the distance You have made between the East and the West. O Allah, cleanse me of sin as a white garment is cleansed from filth. O Allah, wash away my sins with snow and water and hail.” (Bukhari)


سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك وتبارك اسمك وتعالى جدك ولا إله غيرك

Subhanaka Allahuma wabi hamdik, wata-baraka ismuk, wa ta’ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghyruk.

“Glory be to you, O Allah, and all praises are due unto You, and blessed is Your name and high is Your majesty and none is worthy of worship but you.” (Sahih Jami`)


Some scholars have said that because the first du’a was narrated by Abu Hurayra (ra), the Prophet (pbuh) said this du’a in the fardh (obligatory) prayers as he always prayed the obligatory prayers in the mosque. The second du’a was narrated by Aisha (ra), which scholars have said means he recited the du’a when he prayed the sunnah (optional) prayers, as he frequently prayed those at home. Allah knows best.


To read more about du’a al-istiftah, see here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. khalid permalink
    March 25, 2013 2:22 am

    i am looking for a short prayer after reciting the last tashahud and before salam…can somebody help me?? what is the appropriate recital to that?? can anyone tell me about the du’al al istiftah??

    • October 25, 2013 9:21 pm

      Allahumma inni a’uzubika min azabil qabri wa min azabi jahannam wa min fitnatil mahya wal mamaat wa min sharri fitnatil massih dajjal

  2. Muslimah permalink
    October 30, 2013 5:52 am

    Allâhumma innî a’udhû bika min ‘âdhabil-qabri, wa-min ‘âdhabî jahanama, wa-min fitnatil-mahya wal-mamâti, wa-min sharrî fitnatil-Masîh ad-Dajjâl

    Oh Allâh! I seek refuge with You from the punishment in the grave and from the torment of Hell. I seek refuge with Allâh from the Fitan(trialls and afflictions) of the life and the death and from the trial of anti-Christ.

    [Collected by Al-Bukhârî 2/102 and Muslim 1/412 and the words are Muslim’s.]

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