How should one begin du’a?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Please provide the translation and reference of this narration

إِذَا صَلَّى أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَبْدَأْ بِتَحْمِيدِ اللَّهِ وَالثَّنَاءِ عَلَيْهِ ثُمَّ لِيُصَلِّ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ثُمَّ لِيَدْعُ بَعْدُ بِمَا شَاءَ



These words are part of a lengthier narration recorded in Sunan Tirmidhi, Sunan Abi Dawud and other Hadith collections on the authority of Sayyiduna Fadalah ibn ‘Ubayd (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

The translation of the part in question is as follows:

“When one of you performs Salah [and makes du’a] then he should begin with praising Allah and glorifying him, then he should send salutations (durud) to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) thereafter he should supplicate for what he wishes”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3477, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1476)


Imam Tirmidhi, Imam Ibn Khuzaymah and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahumullah) have declared the Hadith authentic.

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 1960 and Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 710)


This is the method one should adopt when engaging in du’a, whether in Salah or out of Salah.

(Refer: Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3476 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8780)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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