Dua Upon Committing a Sin

To err is to be human. Even the most devout Muslim is bound to commit an error or a sin now and then. No human is free from sin except the prophets. Sinning is the transgression against the commands of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى), and it is best avoided. However, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) is Oft-forgiving, and when a believer makes a dua upon committing a sin, He truly listens and forgives.

In the Quran, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) addresses the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and the people that "O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls! Do not lose hope in Allah's mercy, for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran 39:53)

Repentance is not only about seeking forgiveness, but it demands one to sincerely open their heart and turn towards Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) rather than becoming hopeless that they will not be forgiven by Allah for their misdeed and continuing to fall further in sin. Dua, upon committing a sin, is rewarded and beloved by Allah Azzawajal, given that it's made with pure intentions. In the dua below, it is stated that whenever a Muslim person commits a sin, they should make wudu and offer two rak'ah salah to seek Allah's forgiveness.

The Etiquettes of Reciting Dua Upon Committing A Sin

There is no specific time to make dua upon committing a sin. It is with much sincerity that we seek repentance matters. Whenever one has sinned, one should perform ablution and stand to pray two rak'ah of prayer (salah), and this is how the Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) taught us as his sunnah [Hisn al-Muslim 140]. When making dua upon committing a sin, make sure you find a quiet place that allows you to reflect and you are truly able to humble yourself with remorse. Make dua with a firm resolution that you will not commit the same mistake again, and be mindful of your actions.

Hisnul Muslim

Upon committing a sin

Praising Allah Duas

ما من عبد يذنب ذنبا فيحسن الطهور , ثم يقوم فيصلي ركعتين , ثم يستغفر الله إلا غفر الله له

There is not any slave of Allah who commits a sin, then he perfects his ablution and stands to pray two rak'ah of prayer, then seeks Allah's forgiveness, except that Allah will forgive him.

[Hisnul 140] [Abu Dawud 2/86, At-Tirmizi 2/257.]

Benefits of Reciting Dua Upon Committing A Sin Benefits

When one makes dua upon committing a sin, it is an acknowledgment that one has transgressed, and one takes responsibility for one's action. This allows people not only insight into their actions but also opens up a new door in the direction of spiritual growth. Dua is the most significant and vital means of seeking forgiveness, and when a person makes dua after committing a sin, it allows one to find a way back to their Creator. This builds a stronger connection and strengthens the faith one has in Allah.


When you have committed a sin, make sure that you seek repentance with sincerity and pledge not to do it again. Humans are bound to make mistakes, and Allah does not expect man to be perfect. On the contrary, He likes the act of forgiving His people over and over again if they come to him for forgiveness with sincere intentions. His mercy is endless, and it does not run out. Do not fall further into sin by thinking that Allah won't forgive your previous sins. He is all merciful.
The acceptance of our dua isn't dependent on what we do. One should make dua and seek forgiveness in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) with full faith that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) is the most-forgiving. We should strive to avoid sin, big or small, but should not let it keep us from making dua.