The story behind the duas we love
By The Muslimah Network
Imagine being handed over a weapon. Just for a moment, imagine.
Why do you think that would be happening?
You’re either under threat or you’re just about to go to battle. There is no other possible explanation for having a sword, sniper rifle or a bazooka in your hand.
Now, take some time to ponder over this famous statement: “Dua is the weapon of a believer”.
Why was dua called a weapon?! We make all sorts of duas – for food, for health, for intelligence or patience. One might think these are just means to an end, whether in this dunya (world) or the aakhirah (hereafter). We’re asking Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)for help in the little things we need in life. Then why was the imagery of a weapon necessary?
The fact is, this world is a battle, and we are in fact under threat. For every single moment of our existence Shaytaan will make every effort possible to destroy our faith. You and I, dear Sister, are under constant danger. Take a moment to let that reality sink in.
Even right now, as you read this article, you are under threat of having your intentions, your perspectives and your understanding corrupted by the most evil creature that has ever lived. And the threats we face aren’t just from the cursed Shaytaan … sometimes there are difficulties written down for us in our fate. They are all means for our purification; Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)’s way of testing us. After all, it is “He who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving” (Qur’an 67:2)
So, there you have it. A reality of life that we often fail to acknowledge: we are in a constant state of war. So, my little soldier, now that you have appreciated this reality, just read this mind-blowing hadith:
Just imagine the battle! That tiny little dua you made when you were upset or in anguish was not weak! It was strong enough to leave your lips and rise up to the sky. It confronted a calamity that would have fallen upon you. And it doesn’t just fight on your behalf once! It continues to fight for you and will battle on your behalf till the Day of Judgement. Subhanallah! Why aren’t we taking advantage of these weapons and soldiers that our Lord has so mercifully granted us?
And it is not just about battle and bravery, duas are about showing your nobility to the One who is the best Appreciator.
So with this in mind, our team at The Muslimah Network would like to share their favourite weapons in facing the challenges they have to deal with as Muslimahs. Do remember to share your weapon of choice in the comments below!
“Over a period of time I realised that I am a helpless slave of Allah, that even in the smallest of things I should seek His Mercy and His Help, because He is the Most Powerful. No one on this planet could benefit me without Allah’s Will and Help. I wanted to worship my Lord the way He is pleased with and the way He wants His slave to be in this dunya. I am not very good at making duas in my language … I lose out on the good words that a slave should praise Allah with. There is so much that a dua offers to a believer’s heart. As a human being, I will always fall short of obeying my Lord, even in worship I may not be perfect. But this constant dua after my tashahhaud keeps me connected to my goal in this Dunya, i.e. to live for the hereafter.” – Aysha Abrar
“Through this dua I seek constant refuge in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to save me from those evil thoughts and action that are constantly eyeing my deeds. No matter how hard we try these nifaq (hypocrisy) and riya (showing off) issues can creep in and kill the essence of our deeds without us even realising it. Only Allah can save our deeds from strewing up.” – Khateeba
Another sister, Zohra Irfan, said: “I love this dua. It is essential that we seek refuge in Allah every now and then as we are vulnerable to the attacks of Shaitan who seeks to corrupt our niyyah and nullify the good we seek to do. So many times when we go out, we happen to look at something we shouldn’t have looked at. And Subhanallah we turn away immediately out of fear of others catching us looking at it, but we cannot fool Allah. Allah knows the betrayal of the eyes and the secrets of the hearts. May Allah give us the tawfeeq to make this beautiful dua. Ameen.”
“This here is my weapon of choice, as it is a very comprehensive dua that contains everything that a true soul needs. Prophet Ibrahim (عليه السلام) made this dua when he got sick of the shirk around him, he asked for hikmah,Hikmah is an Arabic word having the meaning of wisdom, insight, understanding and ability to distinguish between right and wrong, to separate shirk from tawheed (the oneness of Allah). Now, how can this dua be our weapon,
- To gain wisdom to face the trials of life to separate haq (truth) from baatil (falsehood)
- To gain good company, to stay on the right track.
- To make people remember us in good words, and what can be better than a dua for a deceased person.
- To be an inheritor of Jannah, inshaa’Allah.
All of the duas of Ibraheem (عليه السلام) were accepted, not just because he was a prophet but for the reason that he made these duas with conviction of acceptance. Allah Al Mujeeb, the Responsive One, listens to every one. All we need is conviction and trust.” – Ambreen Binte Muhammad
This is the simplest yet one of the most powerful duas that can change your life. I was going through a really difficult time when I discovered a forgotten Sunnah that not only helped me find solace, but all the duas I made were accepted. It brought more relief and blessings than I ever expected.
Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.*” – Gilla Barre
*Abu Dawud Book 20, Hadith 5/ Arabic/English book reference Book 20, Hadith 1873 –
“My favorite dua is the one that Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) taught Umm Salamah (رضي الله عنها) to supplicate when her husband Abu Salamah (رضي الله عنه) passed away in a war. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon. My husband passed away after a year of our wedding due to cancer and I was seven months pregnant. I always keep supplicating this Dua as it reassures me with hope.” – Zuhena Parveen
This is sister Rihana Basheer’s favourite dua as well. She says: “Choosing one’s favorite dua is quite difficult as we all have many but this is one dua which is close to my heart. Surely our hearts get closer to Allah when we are in distress. During one of my lowest phases in life, I came to know about the story of Umm Salamah and this beautiful dua and it’s been with me since. 🙂
Whenever I face a difficult situation – small or big; in deen- and dunya-related matters – I say this dua with the utmost trust in Allah and He makes me stronger with it. Indeed, Allah surely shows us what life is when we trust him.”
“Alhamdulillah! Many times in various situations in life I have enjoyed the blessings of Allah as a result of reciting this dua excessively. We all know the virtues of salawat, when we recite it once Allah sends 10 blessings on us! Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: He who blesses me once, Allah would bless him ten times. (Sahih Muslim 408)” – Shama F.
There is a lovely hadith that accompanies this dua and in this expression:
“Make Qur’an the spring (delight) of my heart, the light of my chest, the eliminator of my sorrow, and the remover of my worries”
the word spring means rain, which brings life to the earth. The Qur’an is compared to rain because it revives the hearts. The slave when making this dua, makes a similarity between the Qur’an and water, which is the cause of life, and light, which is the cause of brightness. So the supplication implies that the heart is revived by the spring of the Qur’an, which brings to it life and light.
Amazing right? And what could be a better time to ask this dua than the month in which the Qur’an itself was revealed! I love the Qur’an and this Ramadan I’m really looking forward to making an enormously beautiful bond with it. In shaa Allah!” – Khadijah Sharif
“Marriage, a house full of little children and managing the household can get very stressful, which usually leads to a strained relationship between a husband and wife. And if you are raising your children in a non-Islamic country, it adds to your worries no matter how well you teach them at home.
In this dua we are asking Allah to make our spouses and children the coolness of our eyes while they are causing us to cry out of happiness! How beautiful is this dua, it lets us handover all our worries and anxieties to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and in return we are assured of a righteous family, which sets an example for the righteous! Ya Rabb, make my family so. Ameen!” – Fauzia Syed
Another TMN writer, Ismath Khatoon, says: “This is one of my favourite duas because I see this as a blessing not only when we are alive but also when we are dead. Having an understanding spouse seeing whom the eyes feel comfort and the pious and obedient children is indeed the greatest blessing in today’s world. Reaping the rewards of all the good that our children do even after we are dead is an added advantage of having pious children.”
“A big mansion with a beautiful garden, with fruit-laden trees laden offering shade, rivers flowing through it, servants at your service …
Hold on, who is in the neighbourhood?
Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
Subhanallah! Everyone of us would like to have a mansion like this, right?
I love this dua made by the wife of Firaun, Aasiya when she was tortured under the sun by Firaun. For her patience and steadfastness she was shown her house in paradise before her death.
(Tafsir ibn kathir). Our final goal and destination is Jannah. Let’s book a mansion there with this dua.”
– Umme Aiyman.
The dua of Istikhaarah is my favourite dua. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Qur’aan. Istikhaarah is a word which means asking Allaah to help one make a decision. After saying this dua, I leave everything to Allah and relax. Now I have full confidence that whatever will happen will be good for me and I pray that Allaah gives me patience to accept the Qadr without complaining. For example, the other day I went to buy my children’s furniture after doing Istikhaarah. When I went to a shop, I really liked one of the tables but it seemed a bit out of my budget. After consulting with my husband and children, we decided to buy it. But when we went to make the payment, they said that the sales girl calculated the price incorrectly and we need to pay AED 300 above the price quoted. We dropped the idea of buying the furniture. We went to another store and I read my Istikhaara dua again when I saw another piece with almost half the price. I felt convinced and therefore I bought it. Alhamdulillaah, my child was very happy with it. We don’t need to go anywhere for any kind of help. We can just consult with each other, finalise our decision, read two rakahs and then read the Istikhaara dua. Insha’Allah, Allah will take care of everything.” – Fakeha Neelofar
As a child, I was painfully shy and fully aware of this fact. Words would flow smoothly in the shifting thoughts of my mind, but when it was time to voice them, they would get irreversibly lodged in my throat. So when I came across this dua in my teenage years, it was like a revelation. My awe increased when I read that Prophet Musa (عليه السلام), who challenged the most powerful man in Egypt – Fir’aoun – had a stammering problem. He asks Allah to ‘loosen the knot in his tongue’, and what a beautiful way of asking for help! Now, scholars say the same dua before beginning their lectures, and I find my strength in it – every day.” – Sanya N. Hussain