Bismillah

Every believer suffers from weak or low emaan once in a while; as the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Emaan wears out in one's heart, just as the dress wears out (becomes thin). Therefore, ask Allah to renew emaan in your hearts.” [Mustadrak Al Hakim, Authentic]

Low emaan can easily plunge one into sorrow and despair, sadness and anxiety, as emaan is a safeguard from this. When one suffers from low emaan, it paralyzes one from doing good deeds and removes the productivity in one's life and worship. One of the beautiful aspects in our deen is that Allah and His Messenger have prescribed actions for us when we are suffering from weak emaan and sorrow, and one of the most potent cures is duaa.

This week's supplications include two duaas that everyone should memorize to help you during these times of low emaan, sadness, and times of distress.

First Supplication

The first duaa was narrated by the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) in Saheeh Bukhari. It is narrated in many ahadeeth that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) would consistently make this duaa, and many of the Companions heard him repeat it over and over.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ

Allahumma inni a'udhu bika minal-hammi wal-Ḥuzni wal-'ajazi wal-kasli wal-bukhli wal-jubni wa ḍalaEid-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijal.

O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men.

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al-Hamm: Hamm means 'to make uneasy and fill with anxiety'. It is the type of distress one feels that affects the mind, heart, and body. This sadness worries a person, and one's sole concern is this sadness. Hamm leaves a person preoccupied with one's thoughts, going over them again and again in the mind, because it is an anxiety that one has regarding something that may or may not happen. If you have ever felt this type of sadness, that anxious and nervous feeling, you know how debilitating it can be.

al-Hazan: Huzn also means sadness but it is different than Hamm. Huzn is grief arising on account of an unpleasant event that has happened, such as the death of a loved one or a distressing situation. In the seerah, the year that Abu Talib and Khadija (radi Allahu anha) died is known as 'Aam al Huzn, the Year of Grief. In the Qur'an, Allah ta'ala mentions many times that the Believers will not “yahzanoon“, have grief, this means that in the hereafter, the believers will not grieve over anything that has occurred in the past. Huzn means 'to be full of sorrow, mourning, grief, and saddened'.

al-'Ajaz: 'Ajaz means 'to become weak, to lack strength, to be incapable and a failure'.

al-Kasali: Kasl means 'to be lazy, idle, sluggish, negligent and inactive'.

al-Bukhl: Bukhl is 'to be stingy and greedy'. In the Qur'an, Allah uses this word to describe those who have the wealth to give, but hoard it for themselves and do not give it in charity. Bukhl is to refuse to give something lawful (charity, your time etc) that you have in abundance. It is to prefer it for yourself and because of this greediness, this good thing (such as wealth) is never used for good. This word is the opposite of karam, which is to be generous and give in ample amounts. One of the Names of Allah is Al-Kareem; The Most Generous who abundantly gives from his limitless bounty without seeking anything in return.

Al-Jubni: Jubn literally means 'to shrink'; from this the meaning of becoming cowardly and fearful is taken.

Dala'a: This is the word for rib (body part) and its linguistic roots carry two implications: curvature and weight. Therefore here “dala'a ad-dayn” can either mean the tendency for debt to sway people from righteousness, or the weight one feels when indebted.

Ghalabah: Ghalabah means 'to be overtaken, subdued or overpowered'. It is said, تغلب عليه النعاس, he was overtaken by drowsiness.

Second Supplication

The second duaa is narrated by the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as one of the “Da'waat al Makroob“, the supplications of the distressed.

اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ

Allahumma rahmataka arju fala takilni ila nafsi tarfata 'aynin wa aslih li sha'ni kullahu la ilaha ila anta

O Allah, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, and rectify for me all of my affairs. None has the right to be worshiped except You.

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Arjoo: This word is from rajaa which means 'to hope, long for, request, expect and look forward to'. This word gives a positive tone because the one in distress should be hopeful of the mercy of Allah and expect that Allah ta'ala will take care of his affairs.

Takilnee: The “nee” at the end is not part of the word. Takil comes from wakala which means 'to rely on or depend on'; literally meaning 'to lean on something'. When this word is followed by “ilaa” such as in this duaa, it becomes the transitive meaning 'to entrust to' or 'to hand over to'. In the case of this specific supplication it means 'do not leave me to my nafs'.

Tarfata 'Aynin: This is an expression in the Arabic language which means 'in the twinkle of an eye'. Tarfah means 'to blink, wink, squint or twinkle'. It is said, ما إشار بطرف, he didn't bat an eye. The expression in this duaa gives the meaning of instantly or for a single moment. We are asking Allah to not leave us on our own for even the blink of an eye.

Aslih: The root of this word has many meanings but in this duaa it means 'reformation, restoration, mending, improvement and rectification'. This word is the opposite of fasaad which means when there is imbalance in things. We are asking Allah to make our affairs good for us and rectify our problems.

Points of Benefit

[benefits from each duaa have been combined]

  • It is ok to feel these emotions.You are not less of a believer if you have anxiety or feel sadness. The distinction between the believer and non-believer is that the believer remains patient and turns to Allah for assistance.
  • If you are suffering from low emaan, then examine your relationship with Allah. Allah says, “But whosoever turns away from my reminder, verily for him is a constricted life, and we shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” (20:124) Allah connects dhikr with experiencing difficulty because dhikr enlivens the hearts. Many times when we slack in our worship, life seems to get harder, so look to your prayer and your recitation of the Qur'an and you may find the answer to your problems.
  • Repent from your sins if you are faced with a calamity because you never know if this calamity you're facing is a result of your own sins. One of the salaf said, “I disobey Allah to find its effect in the way my animal behaves and my wife [treats me].” Ibn Zayd said, “Sins overcome the hearts until no good can get through to them.”
  • The believer is always in a win-win situation. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “The affair of the believer is amazing! The whole of his life is beneficial, and that is only in the case of the believer. When good times come to him, he is thankful and it is good for him, and when bad times befall him, he is patient and it is also good for him.” [Muslim]
  • Allah purifies you when you experience these emotions or pain. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” [Bukhari]
  • The traits mentioned in the first supplication all point to weakness, so we should make this supplication and also work on ourselves to remove them from our character. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “A strong believer is better and is more beloved to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone.” [Muslim]
  • Do not say “if” when a calamity befalls you or you did something that you've come to regret. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don't say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did what He had ordained to do and your 'if' opens the (gate) for Shaytan.” [Muslim]
  • Complain only to Allah. Many of us turn to venting or complaining to others when we are faced with a hardship, but when we look in the Qur'an, we see that the believers complain only to Allah. Ya'qub (alayhi salaam) says to his sons when they bring the news that his son was accused of stealing, “So patience is most fitting (for me).” (12:83) But then in the next ayah, Allah describes that he turned away from them and said privately, “Alas, my grief for Yusuf!” And he lost his sight because of the sorrow that he was suppressing.” (12:84) Ya'qub (alayhi salaam) did not say this in front of his family, but it was between himself and Allah. Allah says that he was “suppressing” (in Arabic: kadheem) and this means when someone holds their breath back to control their tears and their agony. It is to the point that they have trouble breathing because they cried so much. He was full of grief but he was not wailing and crying out loud, but rather holding back his anger. When his sons saw how much distress this news has caused him, they said to him, “By Allah! You will never cease remembering Yusuf until you become weak with old age, or until you be of the dead.” (12:85) Then during the height of this anxiety he says, “I only complain of my suffering and sorrow to Allah, and I know from Allah that which you know not.” (12:86) subhanAllah! It is okay to feel these emotions, and people may see that you are distressed, but turn to Allah and complain to Him alone.
  • We are bound to be tested and pushed to our limits, each of us to our own level. When Maryam was delivering her son all alone, she said, “Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!” (19:23) The tafseer mentions that Maryam (alayha salaam) was not only in physical pain and solitude, but also experiencing the pain of ostracism and isolation that occurs when you are telling the truth but no one believes you. She spoke these words at a time when she had already been given the good news of being chosen above all women and that her son would be a Prophet of Allah. This reminds us that even the best people, whom Allah has clearly chosen, are still human. Everyone's patience and steadfastness is pushed to the limit at one time or another. Everyone reaches a point where they contemplate just giving up, but that doesn't mean that it's all over. You must always put your trust in Allah and keep going. Remember, these are words said by Maryam, the best woman to walk on the earth! This shows us that being patient doesn't necessarily mean that you won't ever become overwhelmed, or won't ever complain, but patience is when you do get overwhelmed and still keep going, and only complain to Allah. (12:85) Sabr does not mean that you are happy with the decree of Allah, sabr means that you accept the decree of Allah even if you don't understand it.
  • Have good hopes and thoughts of Allah – acknowledge it wholeheartedly that He only sends what is good for you. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) reported in a hadeeth qudsi that Allah (azza wa jal) said, “I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than them; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” [Bukhari]
  • Surely, Allah is the Best of Planners, so find relief that you do not have to decide on your own but rather The One who knows what is in the heavens and earth is the One who Plans your affairs. Think back to those times when you thought one thing was good for you but Allah did not will it for you – remember the sadness you felt – and then later you realized how perfect that plan was for you. In the second duaa, it is as if we are saying to Allah, “O Allah, I know whatever You plan for me is good for me, so please guide me to the best, even if I do not perceive it as so.”
  • “And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?” (15:56) Never, ever, dear believer, lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. After Ya'qub (alayhi salaam) tells his sons that he only complains to Allah, he says in the next ayah, “And never give up hope of Allah's Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah's Mercy except the people who disbelieve.” (12:87) Only the disbelievers despair in the Mercy of Allah because they are not aware of His Wisdom, His Knowledge, His Most Beautiful Names and Attributes, and that His Mercy extends to all things.
  • Things are not always as they seem. The mother of Musa was told to throw her son in the river; Yusuf was left for dead in a well; Maryam delivered a child alone; Yunus was swallowed by a whale; Ibrahim was thrown in the fire; A'ishah was slandered throughout the city; and Umm Salamah thought no one could be better than Abu Salamah… Yet look at how it turned out for them in the end. So don't worry, Allah has a plan for you.

Extra Reading:

The Reality of FaithShaykh Salih Al Munajjid

Increasing imanShaykh ibn Baaz

Weakness of FaithShaykh Salih al Munajjid (e-book)

Beneficial answers from IslamQA on anxiety and depression.

Please share your cures for weak emaan in the comments!

And Allah knows best. We ask Him to guide us through all of our affairs.

59 Responses

  1. Amatullah

    Things you can do when you have low emaan:
    -make wudu, pray two rakah, and make duaa. You may not “want” to do this at that point, but when you do, it will always make you feel better.
    -spend some time with the Qur’an
    -do something with righteous friends. many times the company you keep can have a negative impact on your emaan.
    -seclude yourself for a little while; just you and Allah. Go walking or to a masjid or find a cave.. :).
    -reflect on the blessings of Allah “and He has made His Blessings flow to you in exceeding measure” (31:20), thinking about how much He has given you makes you realize that you have no reason to feel this way!

    What else can you do?

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  2. Amatullah

    Beneficial sayings of the salaf:

    Ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

    A person may hope for some matter of trade or position of authority, until he is close to attaining it. Thereupon Allah looks at him and says to His angels: ‘Divert it from him, for if he attains it I shall enter him into the Hellfire.’ Thus, Allah diverts it from him and the slave of Allah remains pessimistic, saying ‘So and so preceded me to it, So and so outwitted me,’ when in fact it is a favour from Allah.

    Ibn Rajab in Jami al-Ulum wal Hikam.

    Imam ibn al Qayyim rahimahullah:

    The divine decree related to the believer is always a bounty, even if it is in the form of withholding (something that is desired), and it is a blessing, even if it appears to be a trial, and an affliction that has befallen him is in reality a cure, even though it appears to be a disease!

    Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of the worshipper, and his transgressions, he does not consider anything to be a gift or a blessing or a cure unless he can enjoy it immediately, and it is in accordance with his nature. If he were only given a little bit of understanding, then he would have counted being withheld from as a blessing, and the sickness as a mercy, and he would relish the trouble that befalls him more than he relishes his ease, and he would enjoy poverty more than he enjoys richness, and he would be more thankful when he is blessed with little than when he is blessed with a lot.
    Madarij al-Salikeen 2/215-216

    Sufyan ath Thawri rahimahullah:

    Verily, when Allah withholds, He actually gives, because He did not withhold on account of miserliness or stinginess, but rather He looked at the benefit of the servant.
    So the fact that He withheld is actually His choice for the servant and His excellent decision.”
    Madarij as-Salikeen 2/215

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  3. Muslim Apple

    Amatullah,

    I love this post. The dua, meanings of the words, and points of benefit are awesome, ma sha Allah. I also love the dua of Umm Salamah after the death of Abu Salamah, it would easily fit right in here. These are from the key dua that all believers should have in their pocket or memorize.

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  4. Mariam E

    Asalamu Alikum, MashaAllah, an amazing post. May Allah reward you and increase you khayr.

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  5. Cucumber

    SubhanAllah, such powerful du’as. How lucky we are that we can reach Allah with such few yet profound words. May Allah accept our dua’s. JazakAllah Khair for sharing. :)

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  6. um

    jazaki Allahu khair

    some suggestions, as requested

    – finding refuge in Allah; reciting “la ilaha il Allah” and “la hawla wa la qawata ila billah” a lot; having a good opinion of Allah
    – the dua’s of evening and morning are really important and I’m always on the downward spiral when I start neglecting these
    – tawbah, and asking for forgiveness for the bad you know you did and for what you don’t know you did
    – keeping your wudu at all possible times
    – maintain and improve family ties
    – connect to those with less – giving sadaqah, visiting the sick, making du’a for prisoners & oppressed
    – reading seerah & lives of the prophets; reading books; I like “Don’t be Sad”, “The Delight of Faith”
    – prayer in the last part of night – again, I know I’m in a downward spiral when this gets neglected

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    • hkamran

      JzakAllah Keran for the article and to all the people who have commented with their helpful suggestions. Bless u all.

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    • hkamran

      where can we get the books that you have mentioned ‘Dont be sad’ and ‘The Delight of Faith’ ?are these available online?

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  7. Nahyan

    Excellent post with du’a, hadith, breakdown and application.

    It’s the first time I checked this series out, so I guess I’ll have to revisit past posts. InshaAllah.

    Jazakallahukhair.

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  8. ummMaryam

    salamu ‘alaikum,

    jazakillah khair. May Allah guide us to the best character, so that after learning much good we do not speak or write in rude, offensive, attacking, presumptuous, slandering ways. (this statement is not directed at the author, just a general dua, as many people as they learn and attend various seminars…Shaytaan can lead them to be arrogant and snobbish in dealing with the people. Sometimes because a person’s English is sophisticated they can lambast others as well.) I pray such people are not allowed to write on Muslimmatters as that is not a good example for all of us and only reminds us of the snobbery of the modern world.

    Amatullah, I love you for the sake of Allah and love what you write. The above is my frustration at other things I have seen.

    Allahumma kamaa hassanta khalqanaa fa hassin khuluqanaa.

    Umm Maryam

    **There is a special reward for the one who remains silent during an argument even though he knows he is right*** (and think of all those who argue THINKING that they are right?)

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  9. ummahmed

    Assalamualykum sr.Amatullah,

    Mashaallah .Great post..If our prophet sallalahualahiwaslam constantly read these duas ,then where do we stand??May Allah guide us.

    Jazakillahu khairaa ..

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  10. Uthman

    Assalam o alaykum wa rahmatullah i wabaraktuhu, jazakAllah khair for this article. I have a question though. I remember reading

    Allahumma inni a3odhobika minal hammi wal hazn wal 3jzi wal kasl wal jubni wal bukhl wa ghalabiti dayn wa qahr ir rajal.

    Is this correct?

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    • Amatullah

      wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

      wa iyyak.

      Yes there is more than one authentic version of that specific duaa. In fact, I came across at least 3 different variations…

      I chose the one in the post simply because that is the one I had recorded!

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      • Uthman

        oh ok jazakAllah khair!

        Alhamdulillah I have been saying the right dua. I thought I was saying it wrong and no one corrected me!
        once again jazakillah khair!

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  11. Elham

    Mashallah lovely post, its dhikr of Allah,what can be better?

    I like how you mentioned the believers of the past, form Aishah (ra) to Ibrahim(as)!

    When I feel out of order than usual, just a heavy heart and what not, I say Astaghfirullah al adheem 70 times as it was reported the Prophet (saws) used to do it everyday.

    Also say Subhanallah wa bihamdihi 100 times a day and your sins will be forgiven even if they are as the foam of the sea. (Muslim)

    But generally the dua for the Morning and Evening should be recited everyday, trust me it is the best weapon against any sorrow you may face. I know I used to be vigilant in reciting them and my eeman was much stronger because of it. Its Dhikr.

    Jazakallahu khairan sr.Amatullah may Allah (swt) double the rewards you get from reminding others,
    ”And remind (by preaching the Qur’ân, O Muhammad (peace be upon him)) for verily, the reminding profits the believers”. [surat- altharyat]

    “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Al-Ra'd:28]

    May Allah make us of the those who remember Him much, ameen.

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  12. Muslimah82

    Salaams,

    This is such a great article. When I was a teenager, long before I converted, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Since converting I have wondered what do, besides using outside techniques, what duas, if any, could be stated to help relieve the symptoms, if you will.

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  13. Ayesha

    Allahu-taqabbal minnik….when I read your post I remebered this hadith “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:
    “Whoever relieves a believer of distress in this world, Allah will relieve him, some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever makes things easy for those who are in difficulty, Allah will make things easy for him in this world and in the next…..”and I Pray that Allah makes things easy for you in this world and the next…

    regarding things that build up ones imaan…I think strenghtening ones tawheed..eases everything for a believer, in this world and the next…

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  14. abu abdAllah

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Barak Allaahu feek.

    below dua may also be included in anxiety duas.

    O Allaah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of Your maidservant, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You name Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.’

    ameen ya rabb.

    wassalam.

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  15. Faraz Omar

    Jazaak Allah khair. Baarak Allahu feek.

    Please note: It has to be “Huzni” and not “Hazani”.

    The audio is spelling it out alright though.

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  16. Abdul-Qadir

    Assalamualaikum,

    @Amatullah,

    I do not mean to be picky, but where did you get the explanation of al-Hazan from? A while ago, I remember reading about the benefits of taqwa in the explanation of Nawawi’s hadith by Zarabozo (coming from I think #17, fear Allah wherever you are). He explained that Yahzanoon in Qur’an 10:62 meant that they would have no worry in this life, and there was no mention of not worrying about what happened in the past in Jannah, if I can remember correctly. Again, I am not trying to disporve you, I just wanted clarification, because I do not want to tell someone something that is wrong.

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    • Amatullah

      wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullah brother,

      I use several resources in the word explanations including various works of tafasir such as Tafseer of Imam Sa’di, tafseer from shaykh Uthaymeen, and also dictionaries such as Lane’s Lexicon and Hans Wehr.

      What shaykh Jamaal hafidhahullah stated is specifically the tafseer of that ayah, where Allah mentions that His Awliyaa will not have khawf of what is to come or huzn of what has happened in their life.
      In other ayat, Allah says that the dwellers of Jannah will not have khawf or huzn, and that is what I was referring to in my post – they will not have khawf of the horrors of the hereafter or huzn of what happened in the past.

      Allah knows best.

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      • Faraz Omar

        It would be nice if you could add notes or a link to some notes on where you took the meanings from and method of preparation. It may not be of interest to all readers. But I would definitely benefit insha Allah.

        One can know/learn the method you use to understand the complete meanings of words — from tafaseer n dictionary and also the reference.

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      • Amatullah

        Sure, here’s what I usually do for the word analysis:

        1- if the word comes in the Qur’an, I look up at http://www.searchtruth.com where/how many times it appears and the different context.
        2- look up the tafseer of those ayat.
        3- find the root word and look it up in Lane’s Lexicon (I use this one: http://www.studyquran.co.uk/PRLonline.htm) and the Hans Wehr dictionary.

        If the root does not come in the Qur’an, I use Lane’s Lexicon and Hans Wehr to find out the meanings. If I’m still not 100% of the meaning, I just ask one of my teachers :)

        I don’t do much, it’s just the richness of the language subhanAllah.

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    • Abd- Allah

      Akhi Abdul-Qadir, the word ‘yahzanoon’ is mentioned in many verses in the Quran and in different contexts. Look at Surah # 39, verses 60 and 61. Hope this helps inshAllah.

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  17. Abd- Allah

    JazakumAllah khayr for this great reminder!

    I think some good ways of increasing one’s emaan are:

    1) Listening to or reading the Quran with contemplation and reflection. There is no better cure for the sickness in the hearts than the words of Allah.

    2) Immediate repentance after every single sin. Don’t let your sins accumulate one on top of the other. Seek forgiveness right away and follow up your bad deed with a good one. As the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Fear Allah wherever you may be, follow up an evil deed with a good one which will wipe the former out, and treat people with good manners.”

    3) Keep good company. Although that is hard to find these days, but there are good people out there. Find them and then stick to them. That also includes leaving the bad friends that you might have. Look for friends that help you do good, not encourage you to commit sins. As the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The likeness of a good companion and a bad companion is that of a perfume seller and one who works the bellows. With the perfume seller, either he will give you something or you will buy something from him, or you will notice a good smell from him, but with the one who works the bellows, either he will burn your clothes or you notice a bad smell from him.” Narrated by Muslim, no. 2628.

    4) Keep to yourself from time to time and isolate yourself from the people and society (that includes your computer and the internet too!!). This will help you reflect about the creation of Allah and remember Allah and His greatness. Please note that I do not mean complete isolation like some deviant sects do, where they go into the desert without food and water and get lost there for weeks until they die. That “isolation” should not keep you from going to the masjid for the congregational prayers or from giving other people their due rights. It simply means to keep some time to yourself during the day, whereby you do not spend every single hour of your time hanging out with your friends or in the company of other people. Ibn Qayyim rahimahullah mentioned in his book Madaarij As-saalikeen that one of the reasons for the corruption of the heart is mixing with the people and hanging out with them excessively. The companion ‘Uqbah Ibn ‘Aamer reported: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, how does one attain salvation?’ The prophet said: ‘Restrain your tongue, remain in your home and weep over your sins.'” There is a good book in Arabic on this topic called Al-‘izlah wal-infiraad by Ibn Abi Dunya with the tahqeeq of shaykh Mash-hur Hasan Salmaan, for anyone who would like to read more about this issue.

    5) Read the stories of the pious predecessors, such as the great scholars of the past, the companions may Allah be pleased with them and their followers, and definitely the seerah of our beloved Prophet peace be upon him. For indeed there are many reminders, lessons, and other benefits in reading such stories. Some of the salaf used to say that the mercy descends where the pious are being mentioned/remembered. Siyar A’laam Annubalaa’ by Imam Dhahabi rahimahullah is a great book. I don’t think it has been translated into English though.

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  18. Rafa

    Masha Allah, beautiful article. I remember going through a really tough time two years ago. I didn’t realize what I had benefited from it until after it was over. Times like those really leave you in awe of how amazing the Creator is, and how Wise.

    I found that reciting Ayatul Qursi every day as much as possible really helps. :)

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  19. Abd- Allah

    In the Seerah, the year that Abu Talib and Khadija (radi Allahu anha) died is known as ‘Aam al Huzn, the Year of Grief.

    Just as a side note, although this term “‘Aam al Huzn” is commonly used by many shuyukh to describe that year, but that term is not mentioned in any ahadith of the Prophet peace be upon him, and nor was it mentioned by any of the early scholars in the books of seerah such as the seerah of Ibn Is’haaq, and none of the early scholars who talked about the seerah or explained ahadith (such as Ibn Qayyim, Adhahabi, Ibn Katheer, Nawawi, Ibn Hajar) used the term “‘Aam al Huzn” to refer to the year when Abu Talib and Khadija (radi Allahu anha) passed away. This was mentioned by shaykh Mohammed Al’ushin in the book ma Sha’a wa lam yathbut fi seerah nabawiyyah, and whoever wants to know more on this issue can read what Shaykh Al-Albani rahimahullah has commented on it in his book Addifa’ an Alhadith Annabawi was-seerah on page 18.

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  20. shariq

    JazakAllahkhair sister. that was really a very beneficial post and analysis. the selected statments from ibn al qayyim and sufyaan ath thawree were great as well.

    shariq

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  21. Mr M

    Physical excercise always helps increase self confidence. Find a sports club , to take some matters out of your head.

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  22. Bint'Athar

    Asalam u Alikum wa rehmatullah!!!

    جزاك الله خيرا ورزقك وايانا الفردوس الأعلى آمين

    Just wanna ask Sis..am i allowed to share this “post” with my friends?

    Wasalam! :)

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      • Bint'Athar

        حبّ في سبيل الله

        Barak Allahu feeki :)

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  23. thanaya asgher

    subhanAllah! very enlightening! excellent details also MA! may Allah swt reward you for this service, Ameen

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  24. Sana

    JazakiAllah khair Sr. Amatullah for this beneficial post. I love you for the sake of Allah!

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  25. Guest

    Jazaakillaahu khayran…Very beneficial explaination….

    However,Am not able to read the Arabic text of any of the Du’aa explained..Could it be as a result of the new website? Please, help check it

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  26. Sabah

    Wonderful explained, word by word, It makes easier to memories and its fun when you know what you are saying in Arabic, rather then just mumbling the words… JazakAllah hu khayr, May Allah reward you with good for your effort! Ameen :)

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  27. Sabrina

    Alhamdulillah i found exactly what i was looking for.
    The recitation was very helpful
    i cant download the audio bit, can any one help?

    Jazaakillaahu khayr

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  28. Aziza

    I can’t belive my eyes, just reading the duas and meanings have opened my eyes and heart. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. Eri

    These postings are so beautiful, thank you so much! I was wondering if I am the only one having a problem downloading the DUA? I have been unable to download the audio for the Ramadan supplication series as well as the 2nd dua on this post. The link to “download here” is for a different dua. Does anyone know where/how I might be able to download the correct ones?
    Thank you!! I really want to memorize them!

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    • Aly Balagamwala

      Dear Sister

      Please try again now as we have fixed the link. If you continue to have problems please let us know.

      WasSalamuAlaikum
      Aly

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    • Sahil Khan

      Pray 5 times Namaz everyday and do zikr and make dua to Allah to increase ur Imaan..Insha Allah your Imaan will increase..

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