10 Recommended Duas, Quranic Chapters & Deeds for Getting Married

Bismillah, Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim. As-salamu alaykum, wa Rahmat Ullahi Ta'ala, wa barakatu.

Marriage is a wonderful and blessed process that is emphasised in Islam and beloved to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. When people feel they are ready to get married, they often ask if there are any recommended du'as or deeds to be recited to facilitate the process, and for them to find the right spouse. Whilst A'mal, i.e. Deeds, prayers, and du'as are important, we should emphasise the importance of actively seeking a partner as well, such as telling friends and family of this intention, as well as utilising all forms of Shari'a-compliant spouse selection ways.

Here are ten recommended deeds and du'as to be performed by either the male or the female, to facilitate and find a spouse for marriage. Some of these are recommendations from the Ahlul Bayt, alayhum as-salam, whilst others are from established scholars.

Number one. There are three du'as from the Holy Qur'an that have been recommended for the facilitation of marriage. First du'a: Chapter 25, verse 74: "Rabbana hablana min azwajina, wa dhurriyatina qurrat a'yun, wa ja'alna li il-muttaqeena imama."'(25:74). "O Lord grant us comfort in our spouses and descendants and make us Imams of the God-wary." Now this is a Du'a in the Qur'an recited by the servants of the compassionate, ibaad al Rahman, asking for the best spouse and the choicest of offspring throughout generations.

Second du'a, chapter 21, verse 89: "Rabbi la tadharni fardan, wa anta khayr al-waritheen" (21:89). My Lord, do not leave me without an air and you are the best of inheritors. This du'a was recited by Prophet Zakariyah, alayhi as-salam, who is then bestowed with Prophet Yayha, alayhi as-salam.

The third du'a is from chapter 28, verse 24 of the Holy Qur'an: "Rabbi innee lima anzalta ilaya min khayrin faqeer" (28:24). 'My Lord, I am indeed in need of any good you may send down to me'. This du'a was recited by Prophet Musa. Alayhi as-salam, whilst he was in Madian. Thereafter, he encountered the daughters of Prophet Shua'yb, alayhi as-salam, and ended up marrying one of them. Recite these three Qur'anic du'as daily, after each Salah, if you can, or at least once a day, acknowledging the meaning of the words.

Number two. To recite Surah ul-Ahazab, chapter 33, Surah Taha, chapter 20, and Surah Fatih, chapter 48, of the Holy Qur'an. Now these come recommended from the narrations of the Ahlul Bayt, alayhum as-salam, and recite them from time to time.

Number three. Specifically to recite surah Ahzab chapter 33, daily for 40 days consecutively. Another related deed is to write down this Surah, Surah Ahzab, on a piece of cloth, best done whilst in wudhu, and on a Thursday or Friday. Then place this cloth on the upper floor of the house where you live.

Number four. A beautiful prescription for marriage and having righteous children is found in chapter 71, verses ten to twelve. Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala states: "Faqultu istaghfiru Rabbakum innahu kana ghaffara" (71:10) [Then I said, Ask forgiveness of your Lord, surely He is the most Forgiving]. "Yursil as-sama' 'alaykum midrara" (71:11) [He will send down upon you the cloud, pouring down abundance of rain]. "Wa yumdidkum bi amawalin wa baneen" (71:12) [ And help you with wealth and sons, and make for you gardens, and make for you rivers]. Hence the key recommendation is istighfar and lots of it.

Seeking forgiveness. This is seeking genuine forgiveness from Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala for our sins and transgressions. For example, it's recommended to recite "AstaghfiruAllah Rabbi wa atubu ilayh" 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening. The more istighfar you do, the better.

Number five. According to a narration from Imam Al-Sadiq, alayhi as-salam, if you are looking to get married, then recite a two raka'a, two unit salah, then, after finishing, praise Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, and then recite this du'a: “Allahumma inni ureedo an atazawaj, fa qaddirlee min al-nisai a'fihunna farjan, wa ahfadhihunna li fi nafseeha, wa awsihunna li rizqah, wa awdhimhunna li barakatan fi nafseha, wa mali faqaddir li minha waladan tayiban taj'aalahu khalifan, salihan fi hayati ba'ada mawti”. If you're a female, you can change the wording appropriately.

Six. Ayatullah Abul Hasan Al-Isfahani, rahmatu Allahi alayh, recommends the recitation of Sura Yaseen (36), five times consecutively, one after the other, at one sitting whilst in wudhu and not talking to anyone in between.

Number seven. An important deed recommended for marriage by a number of scholars, including the late Ayatullah Bahjat, rahmatu Allahi alayh, is Salah Ja'far al-Tayyar. This is a Salah gifted by Rasul Allah Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, to Ja'far, the son of Abu Talib, alayhi as-salam, after he came back from Abyssinia. You can hold a piece of paper or your phone to remind you how to pray during the prayer if you, for example, want. The method of praying this Salah is found under this video.

Number eight. Some of the esteemed grand jurists have emphasised the following for those looking to get married: importance of praying on time, having good intention, Husn adh-Dhann of Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, which means believing that He will help and facilitate the marriage. Being good to others, but specifically the orphans and the needy, and practicing Islamic Adab, etiquettes, as much as possible.

Number nine. To seek the intercession, Wasila, of the Ahlul Bayt, alayhum as-salam, especially the lady of Light Fatimah, peace be upon her and the likes of Umm Al-Baneen, alayha as-salam.

Number ten. Finally, it has also been suggested to write down Sura Taha, chapter 20 as well as Sura Al-Qasas, chapter 28, on a piece of paper and carry them with you as much as possible.

There is also a prayer for the fulfillment of Hajat, needs, that I recommend you to perform. This is from Imam Al-Sadiq, alayhi as-salam, and it is encouraged by our Maraja, scholars and jurists. I have described this in another video, so you can find the link below this video.

I pray to Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, that He fulfills the wishes and requests of all their sisters and brothers seeking to get married, and bestows upon them, each and every one of them, a righteous spouse, and a successful life in both worlds.