Du'a al-Baha

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Du'a al-Baha (Arabic: دعاء البهاء‎‎) (known as Du'a al-Sahar (Arabic: دعاء السحر‎‎)) is a Du'a recommended to Muslims to recite it in pre-dawns of Ramadan, when Muslims usually eat Suhur. Since it is very common among Shia, it is known Dua al-Sahar (supplication of pre-dawn), despite there are other supplications for pre-dawns of Ramadan.

Chain of authority[edit]

The Du'a ascribed to Muhammad al-Baqir, fifth Shia Imam,[1][2] and reported by Ali ibn Musa al-Riḍha, eighth Shia Imam.[3][4]


It is mentioned in Mafatih al-Jinan by Abbas Qumi.[5]


Dua al-Baha has 23 paragraphs which starts with “O Allah, I ask You to...” and beseech all of his glories, beauties, loftiness, greatness, luminosity, compassion, words, perfections, names, might, volition, omnipotence, knowledge, speeches, questions, honors, authorities, dominions, highness, bounties and signs. Then it is said: “O Allah, I ask You to give me whereby You gives answer to my supplication whenever I turn to You; therefore, hear my prayers, O Allah!”[6]


Several scholar including Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Islamic revolution, wrote some books to explain the supplication. Description of the Dawn prayer (Sharhe Du'a al-Sahar) is Khomeini's first book.[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ R. Khanam (2005). Encyclopaedic Ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia: A-I. Global Vision Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-8220-063-0. 
  2. ^ Nagendra Kr Singh; Abdul Mabud Khan (2001). Encyclopaedia of the world Muslims: tribes, castes and communities. Global Vision Pub. House. 
  3. ^ Rajab, Sha'ban Ramadan. Sohale Sizar. p. 342. GGKEY:8QWR009T8F1. 
  4. ^ مجلسی، محمدباقر، زادالمعاد، بیروت، چاپ علاءالدین اعلمی، 2003، ج 95، صص 95-93
  5. ^ J. A. McLean (1997). Revisioning the Sacred: New Perspectives on a Bahá'í Theology. Kalimat Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-933770-96-6. 
  6. ^ الاقبال بالاعمال الحسنه، ابن طاووس، علی بن موسی، محقق: جواد قیومی اصفهانی، مکتب الاعلام الاسلامی، قم، 1997، ج1، 175
  7. ^ Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (3 July 2015). The Mystery of Prayer: The Ascension of the Wayfarers and the Prayer of the Gnostics. BRILL. p. 15. ISBN 978-90-04-29831-6. 
  8. ^ Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (10 February 2014). A Critical Introduction to Khomeini. Cambridge University Press. p. 196. ISBN 978-1-107-72906-3. 
  9. ^ Imam Khomeini: Life, Thought and Legacy. The Other Press. 2009. p. 85. ISBN 978-967-5062-25-4. 

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