In general, du`aa’ (supplication) can be said in your own language or in Arabic. But some, such as “Bismi-llahi” and “Al-hamdu lillahi”, are short and easily learned, and also frequently said, so you should learn them in Arabic. In the du`aa’s given below, click on the icon to hear the Arabic.
1. Whenever you eat or drink anything, you should first say:
In the name of Allah.
2. And if you forget to say it before starting, say when you remember:
In the name of Allah in its beginning and end.
3. When you finish eating, say:
All praise to Allah.
4. Or even better, say this du`aa’ (supplication) at the end of a meal:
All praise to Allah Who fed me this and provided it for me without any might nor power from myself.
When you fast in Ramadan or any other time, make a du`aa’ as you break your fast, for the du`aa’ of the fasting person is heard. `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas related that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Indeed the fasting person has at the time of breaking fast, a supplication which is not rejected.”
5. One of the Prophet’s supplications upon breaking fast was:
The thirst has gone and the veins are quenched, and reward is confirmed, if Allah wills.
6. One of the Companions of the Prophet, `Abdullah ibn `Umar, used to make this du`aa’ upon breaking his fast:
O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.
7. Here is a du`aa’ to say when you break your fast in someone’s home:
May the fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food, and may the angels send prayers upon you.
* Taken from Fortification of the Muslim through Remembrance and Supplication from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, compiled and referenced by Sa`eed ibn `Ali ibn Wahf Al-Qahtaani, adapted from a translation by Ismael Ibraheem. Jeddah: Dar Al-Khair.