Times of Griefs, Concern, and Sadness
1. AL-IMAAM AL-BUKHAAREE-rahimahullaah- said in his ‘Saheeh’ [The Book of Supplications: Chapter (27): Supplication at times of distress (no. 6346)]:
“Musaddad narrated to us: Yahyaa narrated to us: from Hishaam ibn Abee ‘Abdillaah: from Qataadah: from Abul ‘Aaliyah: from Ibn ‘Abbaas that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to say at times of distress:
لَاإِلَهَ إلاّ اللهُ العَظِيْمُ الحَلِيْمُ
لَا إِلَهَ إِلاّ اللهُ ربُّ العَرْشِ العَظِيْمِ
لَاإِلَهَ إِلاّ اللهُ ربُّ السَمَاوَاتِ
وَ ربُّ الأرْضِ وَ ربُّ العَرْشِ الْكَرِيْمِ.
((None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah,
the Tremendous One, the Forebearing.
None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, the Lord of the tremendous Throne.
None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah,
the Lord of the heavens, and the Lord of the earth,
and the Lord of the honourable Throne.))”
– Also reported by Muslim (no. 2730), at-Tirmidhee (no. 3435), and Ibn Maajah (no. 3883).
اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ،
والعَجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِ والجُـبْنِ،
وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجَال.
“O Allaah, I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness,
from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice,
from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i.e. others)”.
[Reference: Al-Bukhaaree 7/158]
3. Abi Bakrata stated that the Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه و سلم) said:
“There supplications of the distressed are:
اللّهُـمَّ رَحْمَتَـكَ أَرْجـوفَلا تَكِلـني إِلى نَفْـسي طَـرْفَةَ عَـيْنٍ،
وَأَصْلِـحْ لِي شَأْنِـي كُلَّـهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْـتَ.
O Allaah , I hope for Your Mercy .
Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment).
Correct all of my affairs for me .
There is none worthy of worship but You.”
[Reference: Abu Daawood, Al-Albaani graded it as good. It is in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #99]
4. The Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to ‘Asmaa binti ‘Umaysin:
“Shall I not teach you a few words which you can say when to say when you are distressed – or at times of distress –
اللهُ اللهُ رَبِّ
لا أُشْـرِكُ بِهِ شَيْـئًا
“Allaah, Allaah is my Lord. I do not associate anything with Him.”
[Reference: Abu Daawood . Al-Albaani graded it as good. It is in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #100]
5. The Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه و سلم) said:
“The petition of Thin-Noon [Prophet Yunus] which he petitioned with when he was inside the whale:
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا أنْـتَ سُـبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْـتُ مِنَ الظَّـالِميْـن.
“There is none worthy of worship but You,
I declare You free of all imperfections.
Surely, I was among the wrongdoers.”
[Reference: at-Tirmithi, Al-Albaani that it was in his Sunan at-Tirmithi as (#260/4). It is in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #101]