رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
Rabbanaa afrigh ‘alaynaa sabran wa thabbit aqdaamanaa wan-surnaa ‘alal-qawmil-kaafiriin. (2:250)
Our Lord, pour out patience on us, plant firmly our feet, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.
This was the du’aa of the Children of Israel fighting under the leadership of King Talut (Saul) against the Philistines who were fighting under Jalut (Goliath). The Children of Israel were the Muslims of the time. Allah Ta’aala accepted this du’aa and gave them victory over Goliath as Prophet Dawud (David) (as) slew him.
The trials and tribulations of this life constantly require sabr, which implies more than just patience. It implies patience in the face of hardships, steadfastness to refrain from evil in the face of temptations, and determination in overcoming obstacles to doing good. Thus overcoming laziness in offering daily salaats is part of sabr, as is remaining firm in the face of peer pressure. Of course perseverance in the face of oppression is a big part of it.
This d’aa reminds us that sabr is the key to victory. Sabr that emanates from a strong heart and trust in Allah Ta’aala leads to firmness of the feet which in turn leads to victory. But for each step on this path to victory, we need Allah’s help. Hence the du’aa.
(Source: Khalid Baig’s commentary to du’aa #2 in the Accepted Whispers)
May Allah Ta’aala accept this du’aa from the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) too. Ameen.