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Monday, December 26, 2022

Prophetic Supplication for protection against Grief, Incapacity and Cowardice (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has been an excellent role model for his companions of his time and for the rest of the humanity till the end of this earthly world. His every word and gesture were a means of guidance for his followers, his every supplication to emulate. In our series of posts on prophetic supplications attributed to him, today we share yet another prayer which the revered Prophet of Allah made himself much too often so that others too could invoke Allah's countless mercies. The supplication is especially to be made in times when a believer is in low spirits due to grief or incapacity.

This Hadith is mentioned in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī  (Book 80 Invocations كتاب الدعوات/ Chapter 40: To seek refuge with Allah from cowardice and laziness باب الاِسْتِعَاذَةِ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَالْكَسَلِ‏) as Hadith 6369, given herein under:

Narrated by Anas bin Malik:

حَدَّثَنَا خَالِدُ بْنُ مَخْلَدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي عَمْرُو بْنُ أَبِي عَمْرٍو، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَنَسًا، قَالَ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ "‏ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ، وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ، وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ ‏"‏‏.

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to say, "O Allah! I seek refuge with You from worry and grief, from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and miserliness, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered by (other) men." 

as can be seen it is a wholesome prayer to be made specially in times of grief and incapacity. It is also to be made to save oneself from cowardice, to stand for one's rights and to prevent being overtaken by others. It is also to be made when a man is under debt and no other way seems to be helping him. Let us always turn to Allah and supplicate the way Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did, for his words are the most balanced and wholesome, and we do hope Allah will accept our supplications.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

Please refer to our reference page: Sunnah and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to know more about sunnah of Prophet of Allah. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

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