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Du‘aa when Leaving the Home

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 16:48

Sayyiduna Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “When a man leaves his home and recites:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِالله​

Transliteration: Bismillahi tawakkaltu ‘alallah, laa howla walaa quwwata illaa billah

Translation: (I leave) in the name of Allah. I place my reliance upon Allah. There is no ability (to refrain from sin) and no power (to carry out good deeds) except with (the help of) Allah,

then he is (addressed by an angel and) told, ‘You have been (Divinely) guided, you have been sufficed (from your Deeni and worldly needs and concerns), and you have been (Divinely) protected.’ Thereafter, the shaitaan (which intends to misguide him) moves away from him, and another shaitaan says (to the shaitaan that moved away), ‘How will you gain control over a man who has been (Divinely guided), sufficed and protected?’” (Sunan Abi Dawood #5095)

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Seeking the Goodness of this World and the Next

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 February 2022 16:22

On one occasion, Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the special attendant of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was asked, “Which du‘aa would Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) make the most?” Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “The du‘aa which he would make the most was:

اَللّٰهُمَّ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارْ​

O Allah, our Rabb! Bestow us with goodness in this world, and goodness in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the fire (of Jahannam)!

In emulating this blessed sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would also recite this du‘aa in abundance. It is thus reported that if he ever made just a single du‘aa, then it would be this du‘aa, and when he made a lengthy du‘aa, then he would ensure that he did not forget to include this du‘aa with the other du‘aas that he made. (Saheeh Bukhaari #6389 and Saheeh Muslim #6840)

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A Du‘aa of Gratitude and Appreciation

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 November 2021 16:22

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Ghannaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites the following du‘aa in the morning has expressed gratitude for that day, and the one who recites it in the evening has expressed gratitude for that night:

اَللّٰهُمَّ مَا أَصْبَحَ بـِيْ مِنْ نِعْمَةٍ أَوْ بِأَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ فَمِنْكَ وَحْدَكَ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ ، فَلَكَ الْـحَمْدُ وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ

Transliteration: Allaahumma ma asbaha bee min ni’matin ow bi ahadim min khalqika faminka wahdaka laa shareeka lak, falakal hamdu walakash shukr

Translation: O Allah! Whatever bounty I have been blessed with this morning and whatever anyone in Your entire creation has been blessed with, it is all from You alone. To You alone belongs all praise, and for You alone is all gratitude. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5073 & As-Sunanul Kubraa – Nasaai #9835)

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A Special Du‘aa for a Special Person

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 September 2021 09:04

On one occasion, the respected wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Will you not teach me a special du‘aa that I can make for myself?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “Certainly! Recite the following:

اَللّٰهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّبِيِّ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، اِغْفِرْ لِيْ ذَنْبِيْ ، وَأَذْهِبْ غَيْظَ قَلْبِيْ ، وَأَجِرْنِيْ مِنْ مُضِلَّاتِ الْفِتَنِ مَا أَحْيَيْتَنَا

Transliteration: Allahumma Rabban Nabiyyi Muhammadin (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ighfir lee zambee, wa az-hib ghaiza qalbee, wa ajirnee min mudhillaatil fitani ma ahyaytanaa.

Translation: O Allah! Rabb of Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Forgive my sins, remove anger from my heart, and so long as you allow me to live, save me from trials that cause a person to go astray.” (Musnad Ahmad #26576)

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The Somersaults of the Heart

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 August 2021 15:15

On one occasion, Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was asked, “Which du‘aa would Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) make the most when he was with you (in your home)?” She replied, “The du‘aa that he would make the most was:

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوْبِ ، ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِيْ عَلَى دِيْنِكَ

Transliteration: Ya Muqallibal Quloob! Sabbit qalbee ‘alaa deenik

Translation: O the Turner of hearts! Keep my heart firm on Your Deen!”

Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as to why he made this du‘aa in such abundance. He replied, “O Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)! Every person’s heart is in the complete control of Allah Ta‘ala. Whomsoever Allah Ta‘ala wishes, He keeps steadfast, and whomsoever He wishes, He allows to go astray.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3522)

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