Supplication for an increase in Knowledge

Allaah the Mighty and Majestic said: “Say: My Lord!  Increase me in knowledge.” [Soorah Taa Haa 20:114]

 Umm Salamah (radiyallaahu ’anhaa) said: “Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to supplicate in the morning prayer: “O Allaah! I ask you for beneficial knowledge, righteous action and pure sustenance.” [1] Anas Ibn Maalik (radiyallaahu ’anhu) said: “I heard Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) supplicate: “O Allaah!  Benefit me with knowledge. Teach me that which will benefit me, and provide me with knowledge from which I can derive benefit.” [2]

Aboo Bakr Muhammad Ibn Ja’far said: I heard Ibn Khuzaymah (d.311H) – rahimahullaah – being asked: From where did you acquire this knowledge? So he said: ‘‘Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “Zam-zam water is that for which it is drunk.” [3] So when I drank zam-zamwater, I supplicate to Allaah for beneficial knowledge.” [4]

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said: [5] “The reality of this matter that the servant differs in what he asks of knowledge and guidance, and of what he seeks to ask.  So with remembrance of Allaah and turning towards Him, Allaah guides such a person – as He said: “O My servants! All of you are misguided, except whomsoever I guide. So seek your guidance from me.” [6]

And as the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to say: “O Allaah!  Lord of Jibreel, Meekaa‘eel and Israafeel.  The Originator of the heavens and the earth.  Knower of the Unseen and the apparent.  You judge between Your servant in that which he differs.  So guide me in that which I differ from the truth – by Your permission.  Indeed, You guide whomsoever You please, to a Path that is straight.” [7]


[1] Hasan: Related by Ahmad (6/305) and at-Tiyaalasee (p. 224).  It was authenticated by al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar in Nataa‘ijul Afkaar (2/313).
[2] Saheeh: Related by Haakim (1/510) and he said: “It is authentic upon the condition of Muslim.” Adh-Dhahabee also agreed.
[3] Related by adh-Dhahabee in Tadhkiratul-Huffaadh(2/721).
[4] Hasan: It has been narrated by many different ways. Refer to al-Maqaasidul-Hasanah(no. 928) of as-Sakhaawee for its authentication and sources.
[5] Majmoo’ul Fataawaa(4/39)
[6] Related by Muslim (no. 2577) form Abu Dharr (radiyallaahu ’anhu).
[7] Related by Muslim (no. 770) from ’Aa‘ishah (radiyallaahu ’anhaa).

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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2 Responses to Supplication for an increase in Knowledge

  1. Umm Omar says:

    can u pls provide the arabic text of the dua mentioned above
    jazakallah u khair

  2. Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu

    Wa iyaaki…Below are the arabic of 1 and 2 as requested.

    اللهم اني أسألك علما نافعا وعملا متقبلا ورزقا طيبا

    اللهم انفعني بما علمتني و علمني ما ينفعني و ارزقني علما تنفعني به

    Barakallaahu feeki

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