Whether it is heartache, loss, fear, sickness, or a request for something, I have always turned to the Qur’an, and never have I come away empty-handed.
When we are children, Qur’an classes are a chore. As we become young adults, Qur’an lessons may become a bore. But as we mature and especially if we start to understand and grasp what is being taught, we develop a relationship with the Qur’an, one of love and trust and awe. Over the years, I have relied heavily on the Qur’an to get me out of one sticky mess after another. Whether it is heartache, loss, fear, sickness, or a request for something, I have always turned to the Qur’an, and never have I come away empty-handed.
Naturally, some ayat have become very special; I connect with them more and my heart melts more, upon hearing them. These ayat strengthen me, so I’d like to share them with others too. Here are a few I just wouldn’t be without:
…And I turn over my affairs to Allah; verily Allah is ever watchful over His servants. (Ghafir:44)
This is a great iman-booster especially if you are a worry-wart. I used to recite this whenever a crisis fell into my lap, and all my cares would melt away. Now I recite it regularly, even if there is nothing for me worry about.
…With me is my Lord so He will guide me. (Ash-Shu’ara:62)
Another ayah that inspires tawakkul (complete reliance upon our Lord), this is the sentence uttered by Prophet Musa (AS) with calm conviction as he stood in front of the Red Sea, Pharaoh and his army hot on his heels. His complete trust in Allah (SWT) parted the Nile, saved his followers and drowned his enemies – all in a day’s work!
And when I am sick, so He heals me. (Ash-Shu’ara:80)
I don’t take kindly to being sick, and I make a lousy patient. Every time I fall ill, I sink into depression and only by repeating this ayah do I manage to pull myself out. It is part of Prophet Ibrahim’s prayer, which is beautiful in its entirety.
My Lord, I am in need of whatever good you bestow upon me. (Al-Qasas:24)
Another du’a by Prophet Musa (AS), this one was wrenched out of his heart when he was at his lowest point in life – destitute, lost, on the run from the law, wanted for murder, penniless, friendless, homeless, famished and parched with thirst. No sooner had he uttered it, Allah’s mercy descended in the form of an opportunity that would change his life overnight. In our darkest, loneliest moments, Allah (SWT) is with us, so we should never despair.
Verily distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy. (Al-Anbiya:83)
Prophet Ayyub (AS) was tried severely but, ever patient, uttered this prayer, and was rewarded by Allah (SWT). Like Prophet Musa’s prayer above, this one is also the prayer of a man who had hit rock bottom and was desperate for Allah’s mercy. It is a prayer that ascends from, and touches, the heart.
I only complain of my suffering and grief to Allah… (Yusuf:86)
There comes a time in most people’s lives when they realise how truly alone they are, and how helpless too. When Prophet Yaqub (AS) uttered this prayer, his eyes were full of tears and his heart full of anguish. He knew that his son Yusuf was alive, and that his other sons were responsible for his suffering; but even being a prophet of God did not save him from experiencing decades of grief, albeit tempered with patience. We all go through highs and lows, and this ayah reminds us that when we are feeling low, only Allah I has the power to end our suffering.
And we have put before them a barrier and behind them a barrier and covered them, so they do not see. (Ya-Sin:9)
The power of this ayah is mind-boggling. It truly has the power to blind people. I do recommend you memorise it and recite it whenever you feel in danger and wish to reach safety, e.g. if you are alone in a car park.
O Lord, expand for me my breast; and make easy for me my task; and undo the knot from my tongue, so they may understand my speech. (Taha:25-28)
Another beautiful du’a of Prophet Musa (AS), this one comes in handy all the time. Have a speech to give? Say this du’a. An interview coming up? Say this du’a. An important letter to write? Say this du’a.
Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Your own presence; You are the Bestower without measure. (Al ‘Imran:8)
Those of us born into Islam and practising Islam may become complacent that our hearts will always be full of iman. I know I always thought so, until I came to a place which was dark and bitter, and my heart turned cold; I left my prayers, my du’as became shorter and finally faded away, and the Qur’an became a stranger to me. Had Allah (SWT) not rescued me, I’d have been lost. Ever since then, I have held on tightly to this ayah, because it takes but a moment for hearts to turn. Our beloved Prophet (SAW) told us that there will be people who spend their entire life in Islam, and then do one evil act and they are lost. May Allah (SWT) protect us and make us of those who are never deprived of His Mercy and His Love.
My Lord, have mercy on them both as they cared for me when I was young. (Ibrahim:41)
I owe whatever I have and whoever I am to my parents, and no matter how much I pray for them, my words are inadequate when compared to the beauty and simplicity of this ayah. Part of showing gratitude to Allah (SWT) is showing gratitude to our parents, and we should make this du’a in every salah.
May Allah (SWT) keep our tongues moist with His remembrance, ameen.
Safia is a mother of two with a background in graphic design, interior design, fine art and creative textiles. She loves painting, writing, reading and baking and says that “When I grow up, I will be an artist and a writer.” Watch this space.