We all know that du’a is the weapon of the believer. Shaytan is our unseen enemy, and he watches us from a place where we cannot see him. In such a scenario, only a fool would abandon his weapon; the wise man holds on to the du’as taught by our beloved Prophet (SAW) and continually adds to his arsenal, to better protect himself.
As any Muslim would, I too have turned to du’a frequently and try my best to make du’a when times are good, so that when times are bad, my du’a may be answered. Allah I loves it when His servant asks Him, and there are some du’as I repeat more often than others. Every person has their own favourites, and I’d like to share mine with you in the hope that they may benefit you:
Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahlan, wa anta taj’al alhazna itha shi’ta sahla.
O Allah there is nothing easy except what You make easy, and You make the difficulty – if You will – easy.
Many people recommend this du’a for exams, but the way I see it, all of life is a test, and hardship is a constant companion, so this du’a should be recited constantly.
Another du’a in a similar vein is:
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum bi rahmatika astagheeth.
O Ever Living! O Sustainer! By Your mercy I seek help.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon, Allahumma’ jurni fee museebati wakhluf lee khayrun minh
We belong to Allah, to Allah is our return; O Allah compensate me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better.
This du’a really strengthens you and gives hope. When Umm Salamah’s beloved husband passed away, the Prophet (SAW) taught her this du’a. She wondered how Allah (SWT) could replace her husband with something better – after all, who could possibly be better than Abu Salamah? But when Allah (SWT) gave her the Prophet (SAW) as her husband, she realised the power of this du’a!
Allahumma antas-salam, wa minkas-salam, tabarakta ya dhul-jalali wal-ikram.
O Allah! You are Assalam (perfect), and from You is salam (peace). Blessed are You, O Possessor of majesty and honour.
I love this du’a, and repeat it in times of inner turbulence, sickness and distress. It is recommended to say it after every salah.
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul afwa fa’fu ‘anni.
O Allah You are Forgiving, You love forgiveness, so forgive me.
‘Afu is different from Ghafoor in that, while Ghafoor is forgiving, ‘Afu doesn’t just forgive but wipes away the sin, erasing its record entirely! That kind of generosity is what we should all seek.
Allahumma inni aoodhu bika min ‘azaab jahannam wa min ‘azaab al qabar wa min fitnatal mahya wal mamaat wa min fitnatal maseeh ad Dajjal.
O Allah I seek refuge in You from the punishment of Hell, and from the punishment of the grave, and from the tribulation of life and death, and from the tribulation of the false messiah Dajjal.
This is one of the most important du’as in my opinion, because it encompasses all the agonies we could experience in this life and the next, and seeks refuge from them all. Children should be taught this du’a from an early age and should learn to say it after every salah.
Ya Muqallib al quloob, thabbit qalbi ‘ala deenik.
O Controller of hearts, make my heart steadfast upon your religion.
Who has not experienced the highs of iman only to be followed by the lows of apathy? Days when reaching for the Qur’an becomes a chore, and when salah is prayed quickly without any khushoo’? Such days terrify me and drag me down. This du’a is so essential for avoiding those dips.
Allahumma akfini bi halalika ‘an haramika, wa aghnini bi fadlika ‘amman sawaak.
O Allah grant me from what You make halal so that I may dispense with what You make haram, and enable me by Your grace to dispense with all but You.
Most of us living in the West are tainted by some type of haram, and I love this du’a because it gives hope that it is indeed possible to throw off those shackles, that Allah (SWT) will open doors we did not even imagine.
Of course, I could go on as there is no shortage of awe-inspiring du’as. But I truly believe that a few du’as recited with consistency are better than numerous du’as remembered occasionally.
May Allah (SWT) accept all our du’as and give us ease after every difficulty.
Safia A. 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.