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Why We Should Make Duas
Allah reminds us that even when we feel the most alone, He is with us and that we should be patient and have no doubt in Allah’s mercy.
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱسْتَعِينُوا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ وَٱلصَّلَوٰةِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ
Meaning: “O’ you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”
Use these duas and remembrance of Allah to help you along your journey, and be open to accepting help from outside as well. May Allah grant you all ease.
1. Seeking Refuge From Grief & Sadness
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ
Meaning: “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and laziness, from miserliness and cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by others.”
Transliteration: “Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal.”
This dua is from the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and it’s said when you’re seeking Allah’s guidance away from negative emotions.
2. Asking For Ease
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
Meaning: “Lord, lift up my heart and ease my task for me. Remove the impediment from my tongue so that they may understand my speech.”
Transliteration: “Rabbi-shrah li sodri, wa yassir li amri, wahlul uqdatan min lisani yafqohu qawli.“
This ayah asks for ease and comfort from Allah in both worldly and religious affairs.
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3. Asking For Mercy
Meaning: “I seek aid through Your Mercy; correct for me all my matters and do not entrust me to my own self even for the blink of an eye.”
Transliteration: “Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom birahmatika astagheeth, ass-lih Lee Shahaani kullaahu, wa laa Takillni ila nafsee Tarfataa Ayyin.”
This ayah asks Allah to remove the trials and tribulations one may be going through and invokes Allah’s mercy.
If you’re interested in counseling with a Muslim therapist, check out Therapy for Muslims, the Muslim Association for Psychological Services, and the Institute for Muslim Mental Health. Everyone needs some help sometimes. There’s no shame in seeking out assistance from experts if you need some help.