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A Life-Changing Dua of Unimaginable Proportions

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There are many ways to vastly change one’s life through sincere, consistent supplications. The following du’aa is undoubtedly life-changing, spiritually, emotionally, and even materially. What follows is the translation of the hadith, the original text, the transliteration, and lastly, the apparent benefits of the du’aa.
 

Hadith (English translation)

Anas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“Whoever says when he goes to bed:

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‘Praise be to Allah who sufficed me and gave me shelter; praise be to Allah who fed me and gave me drink; praise be to Allah who favored me generously. O Allah, I ask You by Your ‘Izza (Might or Honor) to save me from the Hellfire.’

Whoever says this should indeed have praised Allah with all forms of praise of the entire creation.” [1]

 

Hadith (Arabic)

عن أنس بن مالك قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ( من قال إذا أوَى إلى فراشه :

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي كَفَانِي وَآوَانِي ، الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي وَسَقَانِي ، الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي مَنَّ عَلَيَّ وأَفْضَلَ ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِعِزَّتِكَ أَنْ تُنَجِّيَنِي مِنَ النَّارِ؛ فقدْ حَمِدَ الله بجميع محامدِ الخلقِ كلِّهم)

أخرجه الحاكم والبيهقي وقال الحاكم: “صحيح الإسناد”. ووافقه الذهبي.

 

Transliteration

Al-hamdu lillaahil-lathi kafaani wa aawaani
Al-hamdu lillaahil-lathi at’amani wa-saqaani
Al-hamdu lillaahil-lathi manna ‘alayya wa-afdal
Allahumma innee as-aluka be-‘izzatika an tunajjiyani minan-naar

 Benefits & Lessons

This du’aa has numerous benefits, amongst which are the following:

  1. Increased blessings in your life.
    Sincere and habitual gratitude on a consistent basis, every night, will open for you the doors of blessings from sources you never imagined. Allah (swt) says:“And your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will [surely] increase you [in favor]…” [2] Thus, if you want your blessings to increase, then increase your sincere gratitude.
  2. Unimaginable good deeds.
    The ending of the hadith states clearly that “Whoever says this [du’aa] should indeed have praised Allah with all forms of praise of the entire creation.” Praising Allah with all forms of praise of the entire creation is by no means a small or limited type of praise. Rather, this indicates vast rewards that accompany such a beautiful supplication, rewards of unimaginable proportions.
  3. Genuine happiness.
    Sincere and consistent gratitude is a key to genuine happiness, and there is no doubt regarding this matter. If you have never reflected and expressed gratitude in a moment of tranquility and deep contemplation, then you’re missing an essential part of faith and a key source of happiness in this world that is unparalleled by most other habits.As you praise, reflect. The aforementioned du’aa beautifully and concisely covers many of the blessings that we take for granted on a daily basis.“Praise be to Allah who sufficed me.” How blessed are you that the One who manages your affairs is Allah, the Creator, Sustainer, the Generous, the Unimaginably Merciful?“Praise be to Allah who provided me with shelter.” How blessed are you that Allah has provided you with shelter, and more likely than not, a comfortable shelter – when many people around the world are struggling without adequate housing? According to Habitat for Humanity, approximately 1.6 billion people live in inadequate housing around the world, and 100 million people are completely homeless. [3]“Praise be to Allah who gave me food and drink.” Consider how many meals you’ve consumed in your life, how many foods of all varieties and proportions, how many drinks have quenched your thirst, and how blessed you are for every morsel of food in your past, present, and future. We oftentimes forget, due to the daily routine and necessity, that Allah has been blessing us with food and drink from the time of conception in the wombs of our mothers until the present day. Reflect on how many people around the world are starving at this very moment. According to the World Food Programme, “approximately 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. That’s about one in nine people on earth.” [4]“Praise be to Allah who favored me generously.”  Undoubtedly, if we were to reflect on those who are less fortunate than us, we would realize immediately how blessed we are. Praise coupled with reflection is a powerful source of genuine, serene, happiness. Furthermore, consider days in which your difficulties have increased and how this du’aa, at the end of an exhaustive and painful day, is a source of reflection, remembrance, and renewed gratitude and happiness.
  4. Reliance upon Allah
    Du’a is the essence of worship for this very reason, as it is a direct connection between the Creator and the creation. This du’aa illustrates our reliance upon Allah, our need for His vast blessings, and our need for His protection from misguidance and the Hellfire.

 

dua old handsAction Items:

  1. Learn the du’aa for your own benefit.
  2. Share it with others so that they may benefit as well. Allah will reward you equally for every individual who benefits from the du’aa or passes it on to others, as a continuous charity.
  3. Practice it on a daily basis and immerse yourself in its spiritual nourishment.

May Allah, the Sustainer, the Majestic, the Generous, bless you and your loved ones and increase you in sincerity, favors, steadfastness, and happiness.

 

[1] Recorded by al-Bayhaqi, al-Hâkim, and others. Also classified as Saheeh in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah no. 3444.

[2] Qur’an 14:7

[3] Habitat for Humanity: www.habitat.org/getinv/events/world-habitat-day/housing-facts

[4] World Food Programme: www.wfp.org/hunger/stats

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Imam Suleiman Hani is the Director of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute, a research scholar for Yaqeen Institute, and a resident scholar in Michigan. At the age of 14, Suleiman completed a 10-month Qur’an memorization program and began his intensive studies under numerous scholars, earning dozens of traditional religious certifications in the process. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Jordan’s College of Shari’ah, ranking first in his class, and a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied religions, philosophy, political science, and psychology. Over the past decade, he has served as an Imam and community leader in Michigan, lectured in dozens of countries, published a number of books and articles, and was featured on the largest Islamic TV stations worldwide. His recent hobbies include mixed martial arts, archery, and skydiving.

34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. iqrawrites

    April 29, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Jazakumullah khairan kaseera for this.

    • Oluwatoyin Osho

      April 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM

      I am so much grateful for this prayers you shared to all that happened to come across it, in one way or the other. Shukralilah.

  2. Noora

    April 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Assalamualaikum

  3. RG

    April 29, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    MashaAllah. May Allah swt accept InShaAllah.

  4. ABDUL HAMEED JAVED

    April 29, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Jazakallah. May Allah reward you for this act.We need to educate our people about the benefits of supplications and also educate to avoid shirk at all costs.

  5. Daniyal

    April 29, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Jazakallah. May ALLAH Bless you.

    • Abdul Hameed

      May 8, 2016 at 11:22 AM

      KazakhStan alkhair

  6. Papa Baidy DIALLO

    April 29, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    merci pour ce du a que DIEU accepte tous nos prieres

    • Suleiman ibn Hâni

      April 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM

      Je ne parle pas français, mais Amen à votre prière. Dieu te bénisse.

  7. Haadiya

    April 30, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    MashaAllah very well written. There is nothing like Dua to make the impossible possible. Read the real instances of how duas changed the lives of people in Blossoms an inspiring online magazine.

    • RG

      November 20, 2019 at 7:06 PM

      I doubt you will see this comment because it’s an old post but can you tell me where is this Blossom online magazine? I can’t find it when I google it maybe it’s shut down? Or if there’s another place where Muslims tell their dua stories? I’m looking for inspiration and hope but can’t find much online I don’t know where’s all the Muslims not telling us if duas have worked for them

  8. Ismael

    April 30, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Jazakallah khair

  9. Tasneem

    April 30, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    جَزَاكَ اللهُ خَيْرًا
    JazaakAllahughayran

  10. Hajiya Oyelowo

    April 30, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Jazakallahu Khairan

  11. Nufa

    April 30, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Assalamualaikum i had sent …

  12. abdalla abdi

    April 30, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    jazaakumullah khairan katheera, thanks my dear brothers.

  13. Salma

    April 30, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Subhan Allah how powerful this dua is. Jazzakulahukhairan for sharing i will start to memorize it now.

    • Suleiman ibn Hâni

      April 30, 2016 at 5:06 PM

      Agreed, powerful but not very commonly memorized. May Allah grant you ease in memorizing and implementing it.

      • Noor

        July 8, 2016 at 3:30 AM

        Can you please add a vocal message so we can hear the correct pronunciation?

      • Noor

        July 8, 2016 at 3:31 AM

        Asalamu Alakum,

        I searched everywhere for this dua and can’t find it so I can hear the correct pronunciation.
        JZK

  14. Areef

    April 30, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    MashaAllah very well written.

  15. Hafsa

    May 1, 2016 at 2:59 AM

    Alhamdulillah. May Allah reward you in the best of ways.Ameen

  16. Lolade

    May 1, 2016 at 3:07 AM

    Jazakallah Khairan,may Allah (SWT) accept our prayer,Ameen

  17. Lolade

    May 1, 2016 at 3:16 AM

    Jazakallah Khairan,May Allah (SWT) accept our prayers, Ameen

  18. Hassan

    May 1, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    Jazakumullaah khaira!

  19. Aisha

    May 2, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    May Allah (azza wa jal) reward you for this knowledge you have given many muslims and believers, and may he forgive you and your family, have mercy on you and them, and raise you up high on the day of Judgement. Ameen

  20. Soraya Essa

    May 3, 2016 at 2:24 AM

    Marsha Allah we need continued reminders ,,,we educate ourselves each day Alhamdullilah

  21. bismi

    May 4, 2016 at 5:36 AM

    kindly for the arabic version of this dua

  22. Azhar Kamaldeen

    May 8, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Love of Allah is projected, reflected, sourounded every individual more than a mother’s love upon us. Not a moment that love of Allah moves even to the size of an Atom. Thank him and receive in abundance!
    The duwa is wonderful! May the benovalance Almighty grant us THWFEEQ to recite this duwa everyday.
    .

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  24. Dua E Qunoot

    May 30, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Mashaallah. Very informative artical. Can you tell me about dua qunnot. Which was recite on witr prayer.

  25. nadinesauriol

    July 23, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Salam Walikum

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  26. salman

    June 4, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Jazakumullaah khaira!
    send me audio or video
    this dua

  27. Islamic scholar

    February 27, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Dua is defined as a Prayer addressed to Allah. Through Dua, we strengthen our relationship with Allah.

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