How and What to Pray for Parents in Islam?

Praying for parents is essential to Islamic teachings, emphasizing deep respect and love towards parents. Various Duas are found in the Quran and Hadiths that every Muslim should know and recite for their parents.

One of the most crucial Dua is seeking forgiveness for them, acknowledging their significant role in upbringing, and seeking mercy from Allah. Also, Duas for happiness and increasing blessings are essential as they shape our lives.

We are also encouraged to pray for their parents’ health and healing, recognizing Allah as the ultimate source of all healing. Here We will discuss the most significant Duas that Muslims should pray for parents in Islam.

Pray for Parents in Islam Based on the Quran and Hadith

Pray for Parents in Islam
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In the Quran and Hadith, Muslims find profound guidance on how to pray for parents in Islam. Below is a list of prayers rooted in these sacred texts:

  • Prayers (dua) for parents’ forgiveness
  • Prayers (dua) for parents’ happiness and increasing blessings
  • Prayers (dua) for parents’ health and healing
  • Prayers (dua) for deceased parents

1. Prayers (Dua) for Parents Forgiveness

Prayers (Dua) for Parents Forgiveness

The Dua of seeking forgiveness for parents is an important one for parents. One such Dua is found in Surah Al Isra ayat 24, in which Allah states:

“And you should humble yourself to both of them because of your mercy and love, and pray (for them, saying): “O my Lord! Shower mercy on them both as they showered their love on nurturing and educating me as a child.”

This prayer exemplifies the importance of showing gratitude and seeking forgiveness for parents, who are a source of mercy and love for their children.

Another Dua for forgiveness is found in Surah Nuh Verse 28, which states:

“My Lord! Forgive me, my parents, and whoever enters my house in faith, and ˹all˺ believing men and women. And increase the wrongdoers only in destruction.”

Surah Ibrahim ayat 41 also contains a Dua for forgiveness, emphasizing a collective supplication for oneself, parents, and all believers. Here is the Dua:

“Our Lord! Forgive me, my parents, and the believers on the Day when the judgment will come to pass.”

Muslims seek forgiveness and mercy for their parents through these Duas, recognizing their invaluable role in their lives.

2. Prayers (Dua) for Parents’ Happiness and Increasing Blessings

Prayers (Dua) for Parents' Happiness and Increasing Blessings

Islam teaches Muslims to make Dua for their parents’ happiness and well-being. A dua concerning parents’ happiness and the increase of their blessings is found in Surah Al-Ahqaf Verse 15, which is as follows: 

“My Lord! Inspire me to ˹always˺ be thankful for Your favours which You blessed me and my parents with, and to do good deeds that please You. And instil righteousness in my offspring. I truly repent to You, and I truly submit ˹to Your Will˺.”

This Dua emphasizes gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon the supplicant and their parents, including a plea for righteousness in offspring.

In Surah An-Naml (27:19), Allah urges Muslims to make supplications for increasing blessings. The verse reads,

“My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.”

Through Allah’s mercy, this Dua expresses gratitude for blessings bestowed upon the supplicant and their parents.

3. Prayers (Dua) for Parents’ Health and Healing

In Islam, there are specific prayers (Dua) that can be recited for the well-being and recovery of parents. In Sahih Muslim 2202, a Hadith mentions such a prayer. The hadith is as follows:

“Uthman b. Abu al-‘As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of pain to Allah’s Messenger (S) that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (S) said: “Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say Bismillah (in the name of Allah) three times and seven times A’udhu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhiru (I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear).”

This Hadith teaches Muslims to seek refuge with Allah from any pain or illness they may be experiencing and reminds them of the power of reciting Bismillah.

Another Hadith is found in Riyad as-Salihin 902, where Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reports: 

“When the Prophet (s) visited any ailing member of his family, he would touch the sick person with his right hand and would supplicate: “Allahumma Rabban-nasi, adhhibil-ba’sa, washfi, Antash-Shafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifaan la yughadiru saqaman [O Allah! the Rubb of mankind! Remove this disease and cure (him or her)! You are the Great Curer. There is no cure but through You, which leaves behind no disease].”

Muslims can use these duas to pray for the health and healing of their parents, placing their trust in Allah’s power and mercy.

4. Prayers (Dua) for Deceased Parents

Muslims can make prayers (Duas) for their deceased parents to seek forgiveness, mercy, and a higher status in the afterlife. It’s a way for them to show love, respect, and gratitude to their parents even after their passing.

One of the most comprehensive Duas for deceased parents is mentioned in a hadith found in Bulugh al-Maram 565. Here is the hadith:

‘Auf bin Malik (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S) offered the funeral prayer, and I memorized this supplication (that he said for the deceased),

“’O Allah! Forgive him and have mercy on him (on her). Grant him ease and respite. Make his resting place a noble one, and facilitate his entry. Wash him with the most pure and clean water, snow and hail. Purify him from sins as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. Give him in exchange a home better than his home (on earth) and a family better than his family. Grant him entrance to Paradise and protect him from the trials of the grave and the torture of Hell Fire.”

This Dua encapsulates all aspects of seeking forgiveness and mercy for the deceased parent, including a peaceful resting place and an elevated status in the afterlife.

Final Words

Every Muslim can now pray for their parents with more depth and meaning, based on the Quran and Hadith. Those Duas for parents’ forgiveness, happiness, health, and healing are a way to show gratitude, seek Allah’s mercy, and strengthen family values.

Also, praying for deceased parents showcases the deep love and respect Muslims have for their parents, even in the afterlife. Performing such acts would bring peace to our hearts and contribute to building a more loving society.

Omar Abdullah

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