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What supplications can be used in times of distress?

All praises be to Allaah, Lord and Sustainer of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and upon his family and companions.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say, when he felt distressed:

"There is no god except Allaah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allaah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god except Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.”

(Agreed upon)

Abi-Bakrah narrated . . . The Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) said: "The prayer for one in distress is:

"O Allaah, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, and rectify for me all of my affairs. None has the right to be worshipped except You ."

(reported by Abu- Dawud and Ahmad)

Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that when something would upset the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) he would say:

“Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom, bi Rahmatika astagheeth (O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help).”

(Reported by Al-Tirmidhi)

And it was reported that Asmaa' bint ‘Umays (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me:

“Shall I not teach you some words to say when you feel distressed? ‘Allaah, Allaah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him.'”

(Reported by Abu- Dawud)

Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood, may Allaah be pleased with him: reported "The Messenger of Allaah (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) said:

"There is no slave who, when he is stricken by anxiety and sorrow, says ‘O Allaah, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and female slave. My forelock is in Your hand (i.e., You have complete mastery over me ), Your command over me is forever executed, and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Qur'aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety ' - but Allaah will remove his sorrow and replace his grief with joy ." The people said: "O Messenger of Allaah, we should learn these words." He said: "The one hears them should learn them ."

(Narrated by Ahmad)

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