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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 ḍala’id-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.

Word for Word Translation and Audio

Read and download the word for word translation here.

Memorize the duaa:

[audio:http://muslimmatters.org/audio/dua/1.mp3]

Download here.

Selected Word Analysis

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 meansto 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.

Word for Word Translation and Audio

Read and download the word for word translation here.

Memorize the duaa:

[audio:http://muslimmatters.org/audio/3.mp3]

Download here.

Selected Word Analysis

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 EemaanShaykh 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.

Amatullah is a student of the Qur'an and its language. She completed the 2007 Ta'leem program at Al-Huda Institute in Canada and studied Qur'an, Tajwid (science of recitation) and Arabic in Cairo. Through her writings, she hopes to share the practical guidance taught to us by Allah and His Messenger and how to make spirituality an active part of our lives. She has a Bachelors in Social Work and will be completing the Masters program in 2014 inshaAllah. Her experience includes working with immigrant seniors, refugee settlement and accessibility for people with disabilities.

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81 Comments

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    Amatullah

    February 9, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    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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      zaynab

      September 14, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      May Allah give you good

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      muslimah

      October 26, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Mashaalah … shukran…

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      Sjawwad

      April 24, 2016 at 6:25 AM

      An ispiring article, for real stories how Duas helped people to ovecome their difficulties read Blossoms, a truly inspiring online magazine.
      http://www.blossomsmag.com

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    Amatullah

    February 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    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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      henry seva

      March 19, 2015 at 5:01 AM

      I have a pet. A beloved pet but was killed. How can one fine it a blessing …though it is senseless

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        Ali

        September 14, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        I don’t know how to answer that question but I have some thoughts. That loss may have been a blessing because
        1) it took too much of your love and or distracted you from God, who is supposed to be the one and only truely permanent being in your life, (everything else will perish and you will lose it either today or tomorrow)
        2) maybe God had willed for that loss to be a test of your patience so that if you’re patient with God’s decree, you attain the benefit in this world and in the afterlife (paradise), which is the ultimate prize we wish for, a place of endless happiness and eternity.
        3) sometimes we lose things so that it can be replaced with something that’s better for us, remember your Creator only wants the best for YOU.
        4) maybe that beloved pet had a disease or a suffering and death was a ,Erich for it.
        5) maybe something worse would’ve happened to that pet if it kept on living, like a big accident or abuse on someone else’s part, and death was its way out.

        We don’t always know the reasons behind things and we aren’t supposed to. We trust in our Creator and are patient with whatever circumstance we are placed in believing that it is the best for us. After all nothing in this world is permanent and this life isn’t meant to be perfect.

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    AsimG

    February 10, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Masha’Allah

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    Muslim Apple

    February 10, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    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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    ahmed

    February 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    jazaky Allahu khairan, i really needed this article

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    Mariam E

    February 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM

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

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    Cucumber

    February 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    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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    um

    February 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    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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      Amatullah

      February 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

      great suggestions, barak Allahu feeki :)

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      hkamran

      May 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      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

      May 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      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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      joha

      September 20, 2016 at 11:18 PM

      Ma sha Allah good suggestion

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    Nahyan

    February 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    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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    ummMaryam

    February 10, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    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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    ummahmed

    February 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    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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    Uthman

    February 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    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

      February 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM

      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

        February 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

        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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    Amatullah

    February 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    jazaakum Allahu khayran for the comments.

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    Elham

    February 10, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    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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    Muslimah82

    February 10, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    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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    mystrugglewithin

    February 11, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Alhamdolillah, I knew both.. Jazkallah khayrum for the analysis! :)

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    Ayesha

    February 11, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    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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    abu abdAllah

    February 11, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    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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    Juli

    February 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    jazakillah khair for this

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    Faraz Omar

    February 11, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    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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      Amatullah

      February 12, 2010 at 5:06 AM

      Thanks for catching that, but where is it exactly so i can correct it inshaAllah? jazaak Allahu khayran.

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        abu abdAllah

        February 12, 2010 at 8:29 AM

        وَالْحَزَنِ this should be huzni and not hazani..

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          Amatullah

          February 12, 2010 at 8:43 AM

          jazaak Allahu khayran! fixed it now.

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            Faraz Omar

            February 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM

            I found out in one edition of hisnul muslim it is hazani and in another it is huzni. So i guess both are right.

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    Abdul-Qadir

    February 12, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    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

      February 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM

      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

        February 12, 2010 at 11:58 PM

        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

          February 13, 2010 at 5:52 AM

          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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            Faraz Omar

            February 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

            jazaak Allah khair.

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      Abd- Allah

      February 12, 2010 at 9:01 AM

      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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    Abd- Allah

    February 12, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    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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      MsNadira

      November 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      JazaakAllahu khair,

      Repentance is very effective with intention not to sin anymore.
      Performing daroods.
      Duas
      Acts of charity.

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    Rafa

    February 12, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    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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    Abd- Allah

    February 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    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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    shariq

    February 14, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    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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    Mr M

    February 20, 2010 at 4:31 PM

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

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    Bint'Athar

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    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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      Amatullah

      February 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

      wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

      wa iyyaki, Ameen :)

      Of course ukhti, please do. baarak Allahu feeki.

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        Bint'Athar

        February 22, 2010 at 11:29 AM

        حبّ في سبيل الله

        Barak Allahu feeki :)

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    thanaya asgher

    April 11, 2010 at 10:47 PM

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

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    Sana

    June 27, 2010 at 12:08 AM

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

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    MaryamJamal

    July 8, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Subhan Allah!Wonderful duas.

    Jazak Allah khair.

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    Guest

    February 19, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    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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    Sabah

    February 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    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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    Sabrina

    May 31, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    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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    Aziza

    December 8, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    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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    Eri

    April 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    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

      April 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      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

    April 9, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Pray 5 times Namaz everyday and do zikr and make dual to Allah to increase ur Imaan

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      Sahil Khan

      April 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      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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    atnaan

    December 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Asc, to all of you participating–These Duaas and comments. The reason why I came here first I wanted to know Some duas to read when you not feeling ok. Recently I have not been good. God knows what I did. I have sinned but the sinning I do Is one that I’m addicted to It. Every Time do I regret and make promise for myself that I will not go back but then I again. Maybe a week or two here I’m again doing it. I have been under that cycle for about maybe last 4 or 5 Years. And when I exactly started this bad deed–14 years ago. I have tried Everything I could–From reading Quran,Making donations/sadaqah/ to asking for forgiveness. I can’t help but keep coming back. To be honest what is it that I do? I watch porn.

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      Sister

      June 27, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      Assalaamo alaykom. Block the evil sites you usually go to.

      And Remember this ayah:
      “Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.” Quran: 17:36

      Remembering this ayah could be the motivation you need to give up this sin. We will be questioned about our sight so would you rather say that you kept watching filth or that you used to do it but then you turned away your sight from that and repented? Please brother, do not let your record be filled with this sin from now on. If you can get married do so. Fill your day with regular activities so that you wont turn to that. Perhaps memorizing part of the Quran can be a new hobby for you. And look online for some beneficial videos on youtube that might inspire you, about sinning, death or about meeting Allah or anything to get your mind straight and then save the link and watch it when you get the urge to watch filth.

      May Allah make it easy for you and reward you, ameen.

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      Sister

      June 27, 2015 at 7:05 PM

      Another thing brother, whwn we insist on continuing with a sin, it can cause us hardship and stop us from increasing our relationship with Allah. I wasted years listening to music and during that time, i wouldn’t pray qiyaam or cry out of fear of Allah. As Muslims we need to keep bettering ourselves step by step but when we insist on a sin then our journey in Islam stops moving and instead we either remain in the same rank or become worse. Be smart and leave this sin before Allah might send you a calamity to wake you up and force you to understand how you have been harming yourself. Such a calamity has a good end result of course but why go thrue the pain when you can have the same end result by coming to your senses now instead?

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      Smh

      January 2, 2016 at 2:29 PM

      I have had the same addiction ad you. But since I started tahajjud prayers without missing any night, I have been cured of this bad habit. SubhanAllah, the wonderful ways of Allah. I thank Almighty Allah for showing me the error of my ways and guiding me out of it. Allah hu Akabar.

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    Bushra

    April 25, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    JazakAllah Khair.

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    shahnaz

    June 24, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    how good people you are!Plz make Dua for my success here & hereafter.

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    Honey

    September 12, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Salam masha’allah i too have had the privelege of reading the shared du’as for the past 4-5 years alhamdulillah. Nonetheless i am still faced with calamity and its difficult because many things are uncertain. Sometimes i dont know what else to do but i guess i have to keep going so that at least i come out a better person after this. Islam requires us to be consistent in every deed we start…to develop our certainty…wallahu’alam.

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    Amber

    October 15, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Aslamu, alikum. These duas are very helpful, i have been going through a trail with my son’s health since he was born. I go through phases of depression and sadness with regret that i may have caused the

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    Amber

    October 15, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Aslamu, alikum. These duas are very helpful, i have been going through a trail with my son’s health since he was born. I go through phases of depression and sadness with regret that i may have caused the birth defect to my son. I have a memory of getting exposed to paint fumes during pregnancy but i tell myself that nothing would have happened without the will of Allah. I just need to understand why this happened to my son, is it predestined? Or is it because i have caused this pain to my son?

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    M.Mahmud

    May 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulllahi wa barakatuh

    “wal-‘ajazi wal-kasli”

    Shouldn’t it be ajzi and kasali?

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    yusoph

    May 14, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    thank you.. god bless you…

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    islamic names

    November 30, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Zajakallau khoir!

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    Faika I Raih

    June 18, 2017 at 12:30 AM

    Thank you, jazakallah abundantly. I feel safe now for knowing am not alone.

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    Surajo

    February 22, 2018 at 2:10 AM

    Alhamdulillahi for these beautiful du’as.May Allah reward you abundantly.May He ease our worries and anxiety ameeen thumma ameen

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    Surajo

    February 22, 2018 at 2:11 AM

    Alhamdulillahi for these beautiful du’as.May Allah reward you abundantly.May He ease our worries and anxiety ameeen thumma ameen

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5 Duas For Ramadan Therapy | Sh Yahya Ibrahim

Use these precious days and night to ask Allah in the best of ways

Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim

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Dua 01 – #RamadanTherapy – The Magnificence of Ayat ul Kursi and its Power with Yahya Ibrahim

 

Allahu laaa ilaaha illaa huwal haiyul qai-yoom; laa taakhuzuhoo sinatunw wa laa nawm; lahoo maa fissamaawaati wa maa fil ard; man zallazee yashfa’u indahooo illaa be iznih; ya’lamu maa baina aideehim wa maa khalfahum; wa laa yuheetoona beshai ‘immin ‘ilmihee illa be maa shaaaa; wasi’a kursiyyuhus samaa waati wal arda wa la ya’ooduho hifzuhumaa; wa huwal aliyyul ‘azeem

“Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things In the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitted? He knoweth What (appeareth to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).”

Dua 02 A Treasure from Jannah – Last two verses of Al-Baqarah

The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.”

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter, and Protector) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (Al-Baqarah 2:286)

Dua 03 Salawat & Durood upon our Nabi ﷺ help us in all hardships & circumstances

Allahumma salli `ala Muhammadin, wa `ala aali Muhammadin, kama sallaita `ala aali Ibrahima, innaka Hamidum Majid. Allahumma barik `ala Muhammadin, wa `ala aali Muhammadin, kama barakta `ala aali Ibrahima, innaka Hamidum Majid
[O Allah, exalt the mention of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you exalted the family of Ibrahim. You are Praised and Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You blessed the family of Ibrahim. You are Praised and Glorious.]”’ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

“Believers! Send your Blessings on him” | Resource for Salawat on the Prophet

Dua 04 The Greatest #Dua of Seeking Forgiveness

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ 

“The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) used this particular expression – Sayyid al-Istighfar – literally, ‘the master of supplications’ to indicate that this is the best of supplications for those in need, and which will fulfil the need—sincere seeking of forgiveness”>Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.)

Shaddad ibn Aws raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said that he (Sayyid al-Istighfar) most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say (the above du’a). That “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari; 8,75,318, at-Tirmidhi; 3393, an-Nasa’i; 5522, Ahmad; 16662]

Dua 05 When the Prophet’s ﷺ daughter felt weak he taught her this Zikr

حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنِ الْحَكَمِ، عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي لَيْلَى، عَنْ عَلِيٍّ، أَنَّ فَاطِمَةَ ـ عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلاَمُ ـ شَكَتْ مَا تَلْقَى فِي يَدِهَا مِنَ الرَّحَى، فَأَتَتِ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم تَسْأَلُهُ خَادِمًا، فَلَمْ تَجِدْهُ، فَذَكَرَتْ ذَلِكَ لِعَائِشَةَ، فَلَمَّا جَاءَ أَخْبَرَتْهُ‏.‏ قَالَ فَجَاءَنَا وَقَدْ أَخَذْنَا مَضَاجِعَنَا، فَذَهَبْتُ أَقُومُ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ مَكَانَكِ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَجَلَسَ بَيْنَنَا حَتَّى وَجَدْتُ بَرْدَ قَدَمَيْهِ عَلَى صَدْرِي فَقَالَ ‏”‏ أَلاَ أَدُلُّكُمَا عَلَى مَا هُوَ خَيْرٌ لَكُمَا مِنْ خَادِمٍ، إِذَا أَوَيْتُمَا إِلَى فِرَاشِكُمَا، أَوْ أَخَذْتُمَا مَضَاجِعَكُمَا، فَكَبِّرَا ثَلاَثًا وَثَلاَثِينَ، وَسَبِّحَا ثَلاَثًا وَثَلاَثِينَ، وَاحْمَدَا ثَلاَثًا وَثَلاَثِينَ، فَهَذَا خَيْرٌ لَكُمَا مِنْ خَادِمٍ ‏”‏‏.‏ وَعَنْ شُعْبَةَ عَنْ خَالِدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ سِيرِينَ

Narrated `Ali:

Fatima complained about the blisters on her hand because of using a mill-stone. She went to ask the Prophet for servant, but she did not find him (at home) and had to inform `Aisha of her need. When he came, `Aisha informed him about it. `Ali added: The Prophet (ﷺ) came to us when we had gone to our beds. When I was going to get up, he said, “‘Stay in your places,” and sat between us, till I felt the coolness of the feet on my chest. The Prophet (ﷺ) then said, “Shall I not tell you of a thing which is better for you than a servant? When you (both) go to your beds, say ‘Allahu Akbar’ thirty-four times, and ‘Subhan Allah’ thirty-three times, ‘Al hamdu ‘illah’ thirty-three times, for that is better for you than a servant.” Ibn Seereen said, “Subhan Allah’ (is to be said for) thirty-four times.”

http://sunnah.com/bukhari/80/15

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: A Dua To Help You Make The Most of The Severely Cold Weather

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لا ِاله ِالا الله ُمَا أشَدَّ بَرْدَ هذا الْيَوْمْ ، اَللّهُمَّ أجِرْنِيْ مِنْ زَمْهَريْرِجَهَنَّمْ – رواه ابن السني

Laa ilaaha illallahu ma ashadda barda hazhal yawm , allahumma ajirni min zamhareeri jahannam.

Translation: “There is no deity but Allah, How severe is the cold of today!

O Allah! Protect me from the severe cold of Jahannam”

Rasulullah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is reported to have said: ” When a person recites this supplication, Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) says to Jahannam: “Verily a servant of mine has sought refuge in me from you, bear testimony that I have granted him salvation from you”

(Ibn Sunni)

Here is a hadith that makes this clear.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurarah Radiyallahu Anhu reported that Rasulullah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “ Jahannam complained to its Lord saying ;”Oh My Lord! Parts within me have devoured each other” So Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) allowed it two breaths; one in summer and the other in winter. Therefore the extreme heat that you experience (on earth) is caused by the heat of Jahannam and the severe cold too is due to the Az-zamhareer (the extreme cold section of Jahannam)

 (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 537, Sahih Muslim).

This article on Ilmgate explains the cold section of hell in detail.

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A Powerful Dua for Happiness

Suleiman Hani

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‘Abdullāh ibn Masʿūd (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “No person (“no believer” in another report) suffers any anxiety or grief, and then says: 

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَبْدُكَ ، وَابْنُ عَبْدِكَ ، وَابْنُ أَمَتِكَ ، نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ ، أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ ، سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ ، أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ ، أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ ، أَوْ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ ، أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي ، وَنُورَ صَدْرِي ، وَجَلَاءَ حُزْنِي ، وَذَهَابَ هَمِّي 

(O Allah, I am your slave, the son of your slave and the son of your maid-slave. 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 have Named 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’ān the life of my heart and the light of my chest, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety) except that Allah will remove his sorrow and replace it with happiness.”

They asked, “O Messenger of Allah, should we memorize these phrases (of the supplication)?” He responded, “Yes, whoever hears these words should memorize them.”[1]

Transliteration:
Allaahumma innee ʿabduk, wabnu ʿabdik, wabnu amatik, naasiyati beyadik, maadhin fiyya hukmuk, ʿadlun fiyya qadhaa’uk, as’aluka bi kullismin huwa lak, sammayta bihi nafsak, aw anzaltahu fee kitaabik, aw ʿalamtahu ahadan min khalqik, awista-tharta bihi fee ʿilmil ghaybi ʿindak, an taj-ʿal al-Qur’aan al-ʿađ̣eema rabeeʿa qalbi, wa noora sadri, wa jalā’a huzni, wa dhahāba hammi.

Duʿā breakdown and reflections:

“O Allah, I am your slave, the son of your slave and the son of your maid-slave”

Ibn al-Qayyim stated in his book, Zād al-Ma’ād,[2] that these words are full of recognition of who Allah is, and in it, the worshipper is calling upon the Lord, acknowledging the Creator, and presenting oneself as the slave of Allah, and the son/daughter of His slaves.

The supplicating believer also places things where they belong by recognizing (the following):

  1. that his fate is in Allah’s control
  2. that his destiny takes place according to the Divine Plan
  3. that Allah does whatever He Pleases with it
  4. that the servant can neither bring benefit nor harm to himself
  5. that he cannot bring about his own birth, death, or resurrection
  6. that he has no power to alter his decree except as Allah Wills
  7. that he is completely dependent on his Creator, Cherisher, Sustainer, and Lord
  8. that his own existence is subject to whatever Allah Decrees, and
  9. that Allah is Just, and what He Wills shall Be.

Your Command over me is forever executed and Your Decree over me is just.

 This part of the supplication highlights two important points related to the Oneness of Allah:

  1. The first is the recognition and confirmation of fate, and that Allah’s Decree regarding His slaves shall unfailingly come into being, and that His slaves cannot escape it or repel it.
  2. The second point is that Allah is Just; He does not oppress His servants, and His decree takes place by virtue of His Knowledge and Divine Justice. This is because injustice represents the need, ignorance, incompetence, weakness, and inferiority of an unjust individual, and therefore, such attributes are not Divine, and they cannot come from one who is Omniscient, All-Knowing, Wise, and has no needs.

Allah is the All-Wise (Al-Hakeem), and thus His Wisdom is in effect wherever His Will is executed and ordained. Every atom and every cell in the universe and the entirety of His creation is in need of Him, but He is Rich beyond any need, and His Will affects all of His creation at all times and places. Belief in His Wisdom, therefore, must be combined with full acknowledgement and humble recognition that the slave is unaware of the full scope of matters, even when they are perceived to be difficult, for the All-Wise does not oppress His slaves. He tests them to elevate them, to purify them, to strengthen them, and to increase them in gratitude, guidance, resilience, and purpose. He plans for His slaves better than they plan for themselves, and He wants mercy and salvation for His slaves more than they want it for themselves.

We are in need of exemplifying gratitude towards Him, and as a result, He increases us in blessings for our action of praise.

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in blessings]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ “[3]

  

I ask you by every Name belonging to You, which You have Named 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…

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ is calling upon Allah by His beautiful Names and Attributes that He named Himself with, revealed in His Book, taught to any of His creation, or preserved in the knowledge of the unseen – to the extent that even the angels amongst His creation do not know of them – in a manner that is powerful, for such a prayer surpasses other prayers and is beloved to Allah and most certainly worthy of a response, because it highlights the slave’s humility, knowledge, and recognition of the Lord of the Worlds.

…that You make the Qur’ān the life of my heart and the light of my chest, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety

The Qur’an, by Allah, is a cure for every type of illness in this world: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual, if only we took it as a cure for everything, knowing that it is a means to rebalance the heart and retune the heart to its original natural disposition.

The Qur’an, by Allah, is a light for every type of darkness in this world, if only we embraced that light consistently, knowing that it removes the dark corrosions of sinfulness and heedlessness that accumulate in one’s heart.

The Qur’an, by Allah, is a relief for every type of sorrow and anxiety in this world, if only we resorted to it constantly through ease and through difficulty, knowing that it is a means of wiping away one’s stress, pain, anxiety, and sorrows.

The Qur’an as a cure, however, works only in proportion to how patient and sincere the believer is in embracing it, trusting in its effectiveness, and knowing that Allah’s Will, with His Speech as a prescription, will lead to an excellent and complete recovery, for Allah’s Promise is always fulfilled. 

No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and then says … except that Allah will remove his sorrow and replace it with happiness.”

This is a guarantee from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ who does not speak about religious matters from himself but rather from revelation.[4] This is a guarantee that the one who prays with this prayer, sincerely, humbly, gratefully, persistently, and patiently, will see that their sorrows are replaced with happiness. The one doing so, however, should not give up quickly on their supplication and should ideally implement as many of the etiquettes of duʿā as possible, such as repenting for one’s sins, being in a state of purification, facing the Qiblah, raising one’s hands, and so forth. 

They asked, “O Messenger of Allah, should we memorize these phrases (of the supplication)?” He responded, “Yes, whoever hears these words should memorize them.”

This final part of the narration reminds us of at least two significant points:

  1. It is important to benefit from what we hear as believers, particularly when there is an advice to do so. With this particular narration in mind, remember that every human being will face some type of sorrow or anxiety at one point or another in their lives, and thus it is wise for the believer to know these words and to pray with them often.
  2. It is imperative as believers to also share this duʿā with others for the sake of helping them gain nearness to Allah and relief from their hardships, by His will, while being rewarded for our sharing of knowledge that is of vast benefit. The one who encourages others to do good is rewarded equally – every time they perform that deed – without the performer of the deed losing anything of their reward, as was authentically reported.[5]

Conclusion

This duʿā is one of many reminders to bring us closer to Allah through sincerity, humility, gratitude, submission, and acknowledgement of His Majesty and the status of His Speech. Memorize this invocation and its meanings, pray with it frequently, and teach it to your loved ones, and may Allah the Exalted rectify your affairs, relieve you of your hardships, and reward you immensely for your patience and good deeds in this life and the next.

 

References:

[1] Recorded by Aḥmad (4167), al-Ḥākim (1809), and Ibn Ḥibbān (984).

[2] See: Ibn al-Qayyim, Provisions for the Hereafter.

[3] Qur’ān 14:7.

[4] See: Qur’ān 53:4.

[5] Reported by at-Tirmidhi (2613).

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