As-salaamu alaykum,

I will be sharing with you 1 outstanding dua’a learned through 1 outstanding story, in shaa Allah.

The family of Abu Salamah –may Allah be pleased with them- was known to be a family full of love, respect and eman. They were the first family to apply the command of Allah –subhanahu wa ta’ala- and His prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- which was to immigrate from Makkah to Madinah.

While they were in Madinah, Abu Salamah came back home all excited and said to his wife, Umm Salamah: “I have heard today from the prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- words that are more beloved to me than being given red camels [i.e. being given the most precious type of ride known! In our times it would perhaps be a Ferrari or so].

Umm Salamah asked: “What is it that you heard Abu Salamah?

Abu Salamah responded with stating the dua’a the prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- taught his companions. This dua’a can be found in Saheeh Muslim as follows:

The Prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- said:

Back to the story: After sometime what happened? Umm Salamah faced one of the most tragic events a married woman who was blessed with a respectful and caring husband may ever face which was the death of Abu Salamah.

She said: “When Abu Salamah died I said what the prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- ordered those who have been afflicted with a calamity to say: To Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return. O Allah reward me for my affliction…

And then she was about to say the last and 3rd part of the dua’a but she paused and said: “I was about to say: “give me something better than it in exchange.” But then said to (myself): And who is better than Abu Salamah?

Umm Salamah said: “ثمَّ قلتُها” “Then I said it! (i.e. وأَخْلِفْ لي خيرًا منها) [And give me in exchange for the affliction something that is better than it.

Not too long after that, someone knocked on the door of the house of Umm Salamah. She opened the door. The person who knocked explained himself and said to Umm Salamah that he was asked by the prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- to go to her. But why? To tell her that the prophet –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam- is asking for her hand in marriage! (Allahu Akbar!)

Umm Salamah accepted the proposal and said afterwards: “أبدلني الله بأبي سلمة خيرا منه ، رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم Indeed Allah has given me someone better than Abu Salam, Rasoolo Allah –salla Allahu alayhe wa sallam-.

My dear beloved brother and sister, remember to follow the command of Allah of saying these 3 statements when facing a calamity and Allah will substitute you with something better than what you lost in addition to the great reward you will get in the afterlife for putting your trust in Allah. May Allah ease your hardships, make them means of reward and substitute you with something better than what you faced and lost.

Wassalaamu alaykum,

Your Brother Majed Mahmoud